One-man religions armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city goes noisier, residents are opposing back
” If you flout the laws of God, the serpent will bite you. Satan will consume you ,” calls Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major superhighway intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He urges for five hours every weekday morning, with a stack of orators amplifying his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and boons, some flinging their coin offerings from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far away from religious speeches. According to one appraisal, there are approximately 10 faiths per sq km, and open-air proclaim, whether on forms 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 local populations increases and the city get noisier, tenants are becoming more willing to fight back- arising 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 ranks after beings deplored. He accepts all the persons who complain about the racket are not true Christians.