One-man faiths armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, occupants are pushing back
” If you flout the laws of God, the serpent will burn you. Satan will eat you ,” wails Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major superhighway intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He urges for five hours every weekday morning, with a load of loudspeakers amplifying his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and blessings, some threshing their fund provides from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far from religious sermons. According to one estimation, there are approximately 10 churches per sq km, and open-air sermon, whether on public transport, in bus terminals or at road intersections, is commonplace.
The population of Greater Accra was about 4 million in 2010, but the city’s rapid growth means that number is expected to reach nearly 10 million by 2037. And as the population increases and the city gets noisier, inhabitants are becoming more willing to fight back- arising in a rise in interference 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 parties grumbled. He speculates those who complain about the noise are not true Christians.