International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
During a live sermon on a radio station, Prophet Kyeremeh of the Promised Land Prayer Camp in Techiman, Ghana, provoked his listeners by questioning their devotedness to the Holy Spirit. His pregnant question, ‘In a town like this, who is your God?’, referred to the growing sense of confusion and uncertainty that mists religious practices in Techiman. This small town in central Ghana has been a stronghold of the so-called Traditional religion since time immemorial. The last decades, the fast urbanization and the increasing interaction with the world-at-large have thoroughly widened and shuffled the religious landscape of this centuries-old city. New religious cults made their entry, older ones either disappeared or adapted to the changing environment. Today, the urban space of Techiman has become the arena for an animated competition between different religious cults and their protagonists. This article dives into the historical background of this religious competition. It analyses the interplay between urbanisation, globalization and religious innovations, and scrutinizes how these process are played out in the urban space. The findings challenge us to rethink our analytical categories to read African urban spaces.