One-man faiths forearmed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, residents are fighting back
” If you disobey the laws of God, the serpent will bite you. Satan will exhaust you ,” hollers Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major road intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He proclaims for five hours every weekday morning, with a load of loudspeakers enlarging his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and supports, some tossing their money provides from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far from religious speeches. Harmonizing to one estimate, there are approximately 10 faiths per sq km, and open-air preaching, whether on modes of public transport, in bus terminals or at superhighway 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 entire populations multiplies and the city gets noisier, residents are becoming more willing to fight back- resulting in a rise in noise 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 ranks after beings deplored. He accepts those who complain about the interference are not true Christians.