One-man religions forearmed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghanas fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, tenants are fighting back
” If you flout the statutes of God, the serpent will pierce you. Satan will deplete you ,” outcries Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major road intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He preaches for five hours every weekday morning, with a load of talkers enlarging his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive devotions and boons, some pitching their money presents from moving cars.
In Accra, you are never far away from religious speeches. Harmonizing to one gues, there are approximately 10 churches per sq km, and open-air preaching, 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 count 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- developing in an increase 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 levels after people grumbled. He feels all the persons who complain about the interference are not true Christians.