One-man churches armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city goes noisier, occupants are crusading back
” If you disobey the laws of God, the serpent will burn you. Satan will deplete you ,” hollers Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major superhighway intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He proclaims for five hours every weekday morning, with a stack of loudspeakers enlarging his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive prayers and praises, some threshing their coin presents from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far away from religious sermons. According to one calculate, there are approximately 10 churches per sq km, and open-air advocate, whether on forms of public transport, in bus terminals or at street intersections, is commonplace.
The population of Greater Accra was about 4 million in 2010, but the city’s rapid growth has meant that figure is expected to reach nearly 10 million by 2037. And as local populations increases and the city goes noisier, residents are becoming more willing to fight back- ensuing in a rise in racket complaints.
Sarfo has been preaching at this intersection with his speaker system for the past four years. He says he used to be a lot louder but lowered his heights after people complained. He belief all the persons who complain about the noise are not true Christians.