For Centuries there have been mysteries surrounding the speaking of tongues and especially the first man to speak in tongues. The exact phrase “speaking in tongues ” has been used at least since the translation of the New Testament bible by John Wycliffe and Jon Hus.
There is an assertion that “glossolia ” first occurred among the followers of Jesus on the day of Pentecost when all of them spoke in tongues through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Ancestral sacrifices and worship were the means the indigenous people connected with the one true God for centuries. When the Europeans arrived in the 15th century they considered some acts barbaric. They influenced the locals with Basel and Wesleyan principles.
FIRST MAN TO SPEAK IN TONGUES IN GHANA
On the Dawn of 4th February 1890 at Boso in the eastern region of Ghana, a child was born named Peter Newman Anim who would later on in the years become an Apostle. He became a Christian by reading a magazine called “The sword of the Spirit ” given to him by a friend who resided in Philadelphia.
After reading the magazine he experienced the power of the holy spirit by being healed of a chronic stomach disorder and an infestation of Guinea Worm. He became a firm believer in divine healing, having been healed himself.
He formed a prayer group that eventually became the Ghana pioneers of classical Pentecostalism, his faith became stronger by the day. More people believed and joined the new movement of the holy spirit.
In 1923 during a revival meeting, it was reported that the people of Asamankese saw a “pillar of fire” on the top of the church building.
Thinking it was a fire outbreak, they approached the church building and saw Apostle Newman Anim speaking in a strange language. The glory of God in a form of a pillar of fire came upon the church and that is how tongues-speaking began and became a norm among believers in Ghana, the then Gold Coast.