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Delali Adogla-Bessa

Delali is a freelance journalist, researcher, and photographer based in Ghana. He has written on governance, health, education, the environment, the cocoa value chain, and film.

Delali has produced work for The Continent, SWI Swissinfo, Africa is a Country, Equal Times, ADP Rethink Quarterly, UNESCO, Ubuntu Times and Omni Media.

He has also carried out research work for organizations like UNESCO and the Africa Digital Rights Hub.

Services offered include proofreading, blog post writing, photography, copy editing and field interviews.

 
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A convergence of political and economic crises is transforming the tenor of protests in Ghana.

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Children learn to read and write more easily if they are first taught in their mother tongue. In Ghana, as in many African countries, that’s easier said than done.

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African kids deserve to get into advanced sciences like astronomy or robotics, but official curricula often fail to teach even the basics and extra-curricular Stem champions need deep pockets to close the gaps.

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A profile of a rasta family fighting back after being discriminated against at one of Ghana's most prominent High Schools.

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Elections in Ghana are judged by freeness, fairness and transparency. As the country moves past 28 years of sustained democracy, there are fears these principles suffered from the melee of the 2020 electoral cycle.

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Never in a million years did the Marghuys think they would be at the centre of a media storm because of the length of their dreadlocked hair; specifically, that of their son, 17-year-old Tyrone. At this point, Tyrone was hoping to be a month into his edu

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Churches in Ghana have been urged to have more of a stake in environmental conservation issues to mixed effect.

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The resilience of the Ghanaian victims of the 2005 massacre of West African migrants in The Gambia is being tested by a questionable commitment to pursuing justice by the State.

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A movement fueled by Nkrumahist youth argues that there are no viable options for Ghanaians at the polls.

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This story picks the thoughts and observers and teachers about the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on inequality in education.

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Godknows feels like the apathy of contemporary Ghana is squeezing the life out of the art form that fed him and his family for the better part of two decades. There may have been a generation that actively supported artists like Godknows but it is certain

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The Teshie-Spintex road has become synonymous with disappointment and neglect over the years, but there was something different this time around that reinforced its position as one of many totems of dysfunction in Ghana – the excessive dust.

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Now while an NGO won’t go out on a limb and declare that the media is more critical than the law in the short term, they insist the media and the law work hand in hand. But it is clear to me the law is down on its knees and in need of a helping hand.

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The idea of a double disease burden in developing to poor countries almost feels like a platitude in 2018. Poverty and NCDs — the four main ones being cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes — have been established as the best of f

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Parts of the small community of Joma, near Ablekuma in the Greater Accra Region, present a portrait of a society on the fringes. This community has its peculiar fears. A number of them live within the buffer zone of a quarry. This means they are at the mercy of flying rocks when the quarry carries out its rock blasts.

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A still from the 2018 Aferneto festival of the Mepe people in the Volta Region. Some of the totems convey a legacy of aggression.

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A still from the 2018 Aferneto festival of the Mepe people in the Volta Region. A sub-chief of the Mepe war clan soaks in the appellations under gloomy skies as he is carried through the town.

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A still from the 2018 Aferneto festival of the Mepe people in the Volta Region. A priestess appears to fall into a trance during the procession as she carries a totem.

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A still from the 2018 Aferneto festival of the Mepe people in the Volta Region. A clan in the community hurls adulations towards its sub-chief.

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This is the Africa section of my film blog which features quasi-reviews and features on all things African Cinema. It features content ranging from classic Senegalese cinema to contemporary African films and documentaries.

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Ghana has a strong legacy of protest and resistance but that has waned in the last two decades or so. This opinion piece focuses on the church in Ghana and the role it could play in harnessing a protest culture.

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This story, which centers on the small community of Joma, near Ablekuma in Accra, encapsulates issues of encroachment and lack of regard for the law in Ghana as settlements spring up in the buffer zone of a quarry. Lives are clearly at risk because of the rock blasts and the most vulnerable live in the most danger amid a legal battle to stop developments in the area.

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