Fetish Priests/Priestesses Media Programmes: Examining their Effects on the Youth in Ghana

George Anderson


Church-membership competition exists amid churches in Ghana. This competition is generally conspicuous among Penteco-Charismatics. Research findings have first indicated that the competition is the product of the swift growth of new religious movements. Secondly, it is due to the need to maintain and cause church membership growth. In this respect, Penteco-Charismatic churches in Ghana are in one way and the other under pressure to put up varied attractive strategies and Christian-related religious artefacts/products to attract and maintain people into their fold. In this seemingly same line of progression, one observes a replica of competition, this time, among fetish priests/priestesses in Ghana. In this regard, fetish priests/priestesses showcase their spiritual potency, daunting but sacred artefacts (e.g. snakes, birds), and then conjure money on various media platforms to win the interest of people into their fold. In view of the kind of scenes and the utterances that are telecasted and aired respectively on the media platforms in Ghana, the paper raises a question. “What is/are the effect(s) the programme has on the youth and children in Ghana? The paper maintains that fetish priests/priestesses television and radio programmes should be curtailed. This is because such programmes drive the youth to develop the desire for quick money, occult/magical practices, and social vices, which at the long run may ruin their lives and the society they live in.

Keywords: Ghana, Magic, Fetish Priest & Priestess, Riches, Media, Youth & Children

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