One-man religions armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city goes noisier, residents are crusading back
” If you flout the laws of God, the serpent will burn you. Satan will down 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 stack of talkers enlarging his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive prayers and approvals, some threshing their money presents from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far from religious sermons. According to one approximation, there are approximately 10 churches per sq km, and open-air sermon, whether on 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 the population increases and the city get noisier, residents are becoming more willing to fight back- ensuing 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 complained. He feels all the persons who complain about the racket are not true Christians.