About Us

We set up Hechtech in Ghana to produce a documentary radio series called Invisible Governance

We have received generous support from the European Journalism Center to produce an hour long documentary for WDR Radio5, broadcast in October 2019 on the inner city slum in Accra called Jamestown. But we are only getting started in our quest to represent the interplay in Ghana between the spiritual and the political.

Believe it or not, we have been recording audio of beings from spirit worlds to tell stories of how these beings influence the world of the living. The beings have human mediators, who are priests, with whom we work to make long-form radio documentary dramas in English, German, French, Ga and Twi.

Hechtech House consists of a sound studio and office where we also undertake corporate investigations. We have an events space for concerts and public meetings, as well as conferences, workshops, weddings and crazy parties. We also run a small guest house.

Our team includes our administrator and investigator Gertrude and my assistant producer Adjeley. Also, Esther keeps Hechtech House administrator and functioning along with her assistant Naa. Mr Cat is head of security and Jojo is his assistant who doubles as the gardener

Hechtech team

David Hecht

Born in Australia, grew up in New York and lived all around Africa where I worked as a news correspondent and UN official. I started making radio documentaries in the mid 1990s in Senegal when I was a BBC and NDR correspondent. In 2009, I moved to Berlin, learned German and started making documentaries for German public radio. At the same time I started working as an investigator for risk consultancy firms. In the early 1990s I co-authored a book on Africa called Invisible Governance: The Art of African Micro Politics. Now I’m in Accra, Ghana to fulfill my life’s dream of producing Invisible Governance, the radio series.

Hechtech team

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David Hecht

Born in Australia, grew up in New York and lived all around Africa where I worked as a news correspondent and UN official. I started making radio documentaries in the mid 1990s in Senegal when I was a BBC and NDR correspondent. In 2009, I moved to Berlin, learned German and started making documentaries for German public radio. At the same time I started working as an investigator for risk consultancy firms. In the early 1990s I co-authored a book on Africa called Invisible Governance: The Art of African Micro Politics. Now I’m in Accra, Ghana to fulfill my life’s dream of producing Invisible Governance, the radio series.

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Gertrude Hanson

Office Admin & Investigator

I am the administrator at Hechtech, making sure the office is running smoothly. I started at Hechtech in 2019 as a researcher. I have become skilled at finding people for David to interview for our investigations and I am good at writing up the interviews in reports. I attained a degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Ghana in 2016 and previously worked as the district coordinator for the online shopping platform e-Connect Global Africa from 2017 to 2018

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Adjeley Adjei

Assistant Producer

I started recently at Hechtech as assistant producer. Sometimes the job is overwhelming. I am meant to do everything to help produce and market features for radio, plus I am Hechtech’s techie, dealing with microphones and recording devices. At times I’m also asked to help write up interviews for the investigative work. I attained a degree at the University of Cape Coast in film studies in 2018 and have worked at the National Theatre of Ghana as an actress and social media coordinator.

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Esther Adjei

House ADministrator

I am responsible for keeping Hechtech House spick and span. That makes me the housekeeper, but at times I also organize and solve problems as if I were a manager. Previously I was a caterer, working at the printing company Camelot Ghana Ltd.

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Naa Amerley

ass. house administrator

I recently started as an assistant housekeeper. I don’t have much experience but under Esther’s supervision I think I’m getting there

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Alfred

Investigative reporter

I am head night guard, keeping Hechtech House safe and secure. I live around the corner and was born and raised in Osu so I know pretty well everyone in the neighborhood. I was previously a security officer at various companies including Stanchart Bank

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Samuel

It support officer

I am head night guard, keeping Hechtech House safe and secure. I live around the corner and was born and raised in Osu so I know pretty well everyone in the neighborhood. I was previously a security officer at various companies including Stanchart Bank

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Mr. Cat

Head of Security

I am head night guard, keeping Hechtech House safe and secure. I live around the corner and was born and raised in Osu so I know pretty well everyone in the neighborhood. I was previously a security officer at various companies including Stanchart Bank

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Jojo Okraku

Ass.security & Gardener

I am Hechtech’s gardener and double once a week as relief night guard. I am born in Osu. I studied agriculture at Osu Secondary School where I learned the Latin names of many plants in Hechtech’s beautiful gardens. I was formerly employed by Maxmart supermarket in Accra where I was a supervisor.

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Gertrude

admin & investigatoR

Grew up in Kokomlemle inside Accra. Currently working at Hechtech as an administrator and assistant  investigator.

Adjeley

Assistant producer

Grew up  in Teshie, inside Accra. Currently working at Hechtech as the assistant radio producer and sound editor.

Alfred

Investigative Report

Grew up with my parents in a community called Teshie, inside Accra. Currently working at Hechtech as the assistant radio producer and sound editor.

Samuel

IT Officer

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Find Us

Hechtech House
55 Okodan Rd
Corner Klannaa St
Accra Ghana GL-032-9061

https://g.page/Hechtech?share

+49 30 1205 9813
+233 5521 98175

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Data protection (from the heart)

Let’s be honest. We don’t know all the ins and outs of data protection legislation and, chances are, neither do you. But our communications systems are as secure as can make them and we swear that we are very, very careful about not disclosing the identities of our clients or other parties if they have made clear that they do not want us to. This is often in accordance with the legally binding non-disclosure agreements that everyone who works in the Hechtech office has signed. But we also often provide anonymity and privacy that goes beyond any written agreements.

We are ethical beings. We would never use private information to injure anyone in any way. But private information is different from the information we gather openly for our reports and documentaries. We are truth seekers and, fact is, the truth can hurt. It can also have consequences that may be impossible to predict. What we can say in all honesty is that we are always mindful of what those consequences might be. And we swear that we would never ever break the law unless we had a really good reason to do so.

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