Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism have a long history in Africa, but it wasn't until the 1980s and 1990s that they started to grow rapidly, often encouraged by churches in the United States. Now the teachings of African church leaders have a wide reach that is not limited to Sunday mornings and midweek services. They broadcast TV and radio programmes, publish books, and have international branches that reach wide audiences beyond their own congregations. Pastors have become rich and powerful in countries such as Ghana, controlling thousands of votes. And with this power and money, they are aiming to shape policies.
In Africa, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches are attracting a growing number of believers.
In Ghana, the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are seeing an unprecedented growth in popularity, promising their followers wealth, health and new worlds of opportunity. But, as photojournalist Tomaso Clavarino discovers, things might not be so simple.
Grantee Tomaso Clavarino reports on the the growing influence of evangelical churches in Africa.
The heart of world Christianity has shifted south. In Africa, pastors exhibit their wealth, and ordinary believers, although poor, make donations to churches that respond to their material desires.
Churches in Ghana are booming and pastors have become some of the richest and most powerful people. But at what price? "Prophets and profits" investigates this boom and its consequences.
Tomaso Clavarino's Instagram takeover will showcase how evangelicalism and pentecostalism are playing an increasingly influential role in Ghanan politics.