The life of the super-rich in Central Africa | DW Documentary

Many millionaires live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world's poorest countries. This film depicts some of those who have made fortunes amid the chaos, including musicians, mining bosses, entrepreneurs and preachers.
The DRC is rich in raw materials, but only a few profit from its natural resources. While 60% of Congo's inhabitants live on less than $1.25 per day, businessmen, artists, former rebel leaders and evangelists are reaping the rewards of economic growth. In the capital, Kinshasa, these new rich live in safe and luxurious enclaves, while children toil in coltan mines in the eastern part of the country.
Fally Ipupa has made his money with music. Others rely on their business acumen, like Patricia Nzolantima, who founded a taxi company and aims to give more opportunities to women.
With 3,000 mine workers, Cooperamma is the largest employer in North Kivu, in the east of the DRC. Managing director Robert Seninga says his coltan mines are extremely well-run, yet safety standards are poor. Coltan, a globally coveted mineral, is used in cell phones and other devices. It’s both a blessing and a curse for the Congo. It makes some rich, but for others it means death. The region still suffers from ethnic and factional conflicts, with money from illegal coltan smuggling financing new violence. It’s a vicious cycle.
[April 22, 2021: The former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, in a letter to DW dated 16 April 2021, has rejected as false an estimate in the (aforementioned) documentary that he had amassed a fortune estimated at some 13 billion euros during his tenure in office. Kabila also claimed no sources had been cited supporting this report. The estimate was first published in “Forbes” magazine by American investigative journalist Richard Miniter in June 2014. The text of that article is currently not available online. Joseph Kabila is considered to be very wealthy, though he has never publicly declared his assets.]
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  1. DW Documentary

    DW Documentary21 timme sedan

    The former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, in a letter to DW dated 16 April 2021, has rejected as false an estimate in the (aforementioned) documentary that he had amassed a fortune estimated at some 13 billion euros during his tenure in office. Kabila also claimed no sources had been cited supporting this report. The estimate was first published in “Forbes” magazine by American investigative journalist Richard Miniter in June 2014. The text of that article is currently not available online. Joseph Kabila is considered to be very wealthy, though he has never publicly declared his assets.

  2. Cognitive_player

    Cognitive_player11 timmar sedan

    you have an update on the magic juice man?

  3. Multi0703

    Multi070312 timmar sedan

    DW's translations from French to English ARE NOT the same. You guy miss a lot when you interpret things into English - please, next time, just add big subtitles and try to include ALL the thoughts speaksers say!

  4. Alam Kokni

    Alam Kokni16 timmar sedan


  5. Rizki Fauzi

    Rizki Fauzi5 minuter sedan

    how tf that juice legal? even the ex pm support it? lol this country is hopeless

  6. Rizki Fauzi

    Rizki Fauzi11 minuter sedan

    omg I still got hopes for them until i saw they're poisonous beliefs on that fake prophet

  7. shihtzuaki

    shihtzuaki14 minuter sedan

    they dont speak english

  8. Aphelele Sibisi

    Aphelele Sibisi15 minuter sedan

    That pastor is the pits.

  9. Crace Auguy

    Crace Auguy32 minuter sedan

    "Gasoline *🤢😧

  10. Crace Auguy

    Crace Auguy34 minuter sedan

    These days churches are like a personal business for some pastors

  11. Mohamed Kore

    Mohamed Kore46 minuter sedan

    The biggest problem in Africa is the African culture.

  12. Vikash Sahu

    Vikash Sahu58 minuter sedan

    i was feeling suffocated even by watching them going down the mine. Absolutely Horrendous!!

  13. Sadityy Brie

    Sadityy BrieTimme sedan

    The thought of that man being a millionaire but he won’t fix the roads is unbelievable. This video has humbled me and it breaks my heart to see people living in those conditions. What we Americans consider poor can be very shallow considering living conditions in this video.I want to help! Here I was trying to make more money to be able to afford more designer. I’m embarrassed to even think that that is true luxury instead of being able to turn on hot water when I go in my kitchen. God bless these people 💙.

  14. Raquel Reid

    Raquel ReidTimme sedan

    In the Bible it says that there will be false prophets and people should be careful. This man is exploiting the people desire to be healed and their wants so that they can buy whatever juice that is and slapping God's name in it as a brand. These people need to go back to the olden days were people pray, read their bible , fast and ask God for what they want but most of all they need to be patient. In the Bible it said ask and he shall receive but they also need to keep in mind that God does not give you what you want but what you need and that everything does not happens before its time.

  15. Chithra Unni

    Chithra UnniTimme sedan

    Christian churches making a fool of people in every country.

  16. Rad m

    Rad m2 timmar sedan

    At 18:20 Ive never imagined Africa would be this beautiful ❤️

  17. Rad m

    Rad m2 timmar sedan

    At 11:35 could she say and think only of her kids ????

  18. Sarah Bowman

    Sarah Bowman2 timmar sedan

    So a whole docu to tell us that greedy, lying "officials" are a problem in the Congo... More like those kind of people are a huge issue for the entire world!

  19. Sarah Bowman

    Sarah Bowman3 timmar sedan

    Fally wants to be Samy Deluxe... Respect


    RN ONLINE TUTORIALS3 timmar sedan

    chemical analysis of juice done or not? if we do that we can find what exactly he feeding people with?

  21. Luc Desprets

    Luc Desprets3 timmar sedan

    You drive a Lamborghini and yet you gave out JUST $50 for 6 people to share???? Woooooooow.......The rich TRULY are STINGY.

  22. Issra

    Issra4 timmar sedan

    i haven't finished watching the documentary yet, but i would like to point out for other fellow viewers and hopefully the channel managers that right off the bat using the term "failed state", though used in political spheres, is quite problematic. i know someone who thinks they're smarter than they actually are is going to think or comment "they're using an "objective/formal" definition", but the thing is there is no such thing as objectivity (natural laws are a different story so don't even think about going there). the term "failed state" is often used by the west to further the idea that "Africa" (which is a huge and diverse continent btw!) is somehow "undeveloped", "uncivilized", etc... it is a way to divert the blame of conflict and exploitation onto "Africans". this brings me to my second point: it is EXTREMELY problematic to completely gloss over the role colonialism, neo-imperialism and the west has played in the country's current situation. western governments and corporations alike have exploited, incentivized and made business with militias that exploit people (especially children) to mine for minerals, and thus fuel conflicts in the region (to know more: google coltan DRC). i hope this is mentioned later on at least, but if not DW (a german broadcast service) needs to do better because this just further perpetuates colonial ideology and stigma towards "Africa".

  23. John Labacasch

    John Labacasch4 timmar sedan

    Eric, I feel, is the most genuine of all these millionaires. I just bursted out laughing at Kipay Energy though. Kipay means pussy in our language so that's basically pussy energy.

  24. Bruce Jackson

    Bruce Jackson4 timmar sedan

    This singer 🚘drives fast cars but can't afford a good power generator!!!

  25. Bee

    Bee5 timmar sedan

    This is why education is very important. It shapes the way of thinking and teach us what's our rights. It is befuddling that the nation worship a scammer.

  26. Hoops

    Hoops5 timmar sedan

    Corruption corruption corruption. It’s never ending in Africa. Makes me so angry 😡

  27. Reverence Blade

    Reverence Blade5 timmar sedan

    Rebel leader turned millionaire it's people like him that get rich off the poor

  28. Ankit Gupta

    Ankit Gupta5 timmar sedan

    "Everyone in Congo dreams of becoming rich" That is a thing in all countries, thanks for the obvious clarification.

  29. Abhimanyu Injeti

    Abhimanyu Injeti5 timmar sedan

    Do they even know about covid?

  30. Muhammed Shabeer

    Muhammed Shabeer6 timmar sedan

    As expected, not a single mention about the root cause of Congo's' misery...European colonialism... no mention of the Patrice Lumumba; first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was killed by his rivals on behalf of the European powers....shame

  31. Gilgamesch Sarwari

    Gilgamesch Sarwari6 timmar sedan

    Bingo Bongo from Congo

  32. Meoli55

    Meoli556 timmar sedan

    there is science behind the juice though, it's called the placebo effect and it actually means that people do heal through the belief in the "medicine". Taking the faith from the people might even be a cruel thing to do...

  33. Naomi Nzilani

    Naomi Nzilani6 timmar sedan

    With all the minerals and natural resources in congo..its a shame!

  34. Nando

    Nando7 timmar sedan

    Shout-out to the camera guy that kept his hands still in that mine

  35. kayz

    kayz7 timmar sedan

    Whata a business model from prophet Khonde. Khonde: are you taking the juice? Guy : yes Khonde : keep taking it 😂😂😂 And the juice costs 3 times the guy's salary

  36. Nuwan gajanayake

    Nuwan gajanayake7 timmar sedan

    I wish one day DRC will be a prosperous and happier place and all its people will spend beautiful lives.

  37. Tshirt

    Tshirt7 timmar sedan

    Ok but if you listen to the news apparently only white people have money and don’t give away all their wealth

  38. ALP

    ALP8 timmar sedan

    Damn iam tired to see self proclaimed prophet telling sick people to buy their product instead going to doctor. Damn and that lady who lost weight of course you will lose weight when u buy a gasoline compuond for 14$.

  39. Njau Inuka

    Njau Inuka8 timmar sedan

    THEY make business deals... WE catch fish. Deeply sad.


    BIINGI NELSON8 timmar sedan

    I love Congo because it's Africa's origin of music, best guitarist and drummers Come from Congo regardless of the state of the country. I will always love Congolese for knowing music 🎶 🎤🎸🎹

  41. Pascal Matadi

    Pascal Matadi9 timmar sedan

    Prophet khonde is the real man of God it sad our people change and lie the story about him 😔 is written in the book of esaiah 65:8 God bless africa and God bless you prophet Khonde we will always pray for u...peace and love

  42. I love Cupcakes

    I love Cupcakes9 timmar sedan

    The last guy is absolutely disgusting he should be on the most wanted criminal list 🤬

  43. MyRealin

    MyRealin9 timmar sedan

    Here the greatest ever business idea - sell the Jus online!

  44. Richard Suku

    Richard Suku9 timmar sedan

    You won't find me in that gold mines, especially going deep down underground, where those walls can easily collapse

  45. GIGI

    GIGI9 timmar sedan

    I’m a black American I couldn’t live there too much for me. The Africans here are low key mean af

  46. 瑠衣美丹 Lou

    瑠衣美丹 Lou10 timmar sedan

    Wanna try some of that juice

  47. Sydney Ashiona

    Sydney Ashiona10 timmar sedan

    Keep fighting fellow Africans✊🏽 someday

  48. Salman Salahuddin

    Salman Salahuddin10 timmar sedan

    My life is truly blessed.

  49. Savannahthickness

    Savannahthickness10 timmar sedan

    What's in the juice?

  50. Bruna Vilasboas

    Bruna Vilasboas10 timmar sedan

    Well, if it isn’t the consequences of capitalism and imperialism 💔

  51. Ignoble Surfer

    Ignoble Surfer11 timmar sedan

    Does anyone know where I can get some of the juice?

  52. CN Ern

    CN Ern11 timmar sedan

    'In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king'. Only legends will understand this.

  53. James Lizomba

    James Lizomba11 timmar sedan

    Once Congo is free! Africa is free. Love from Tanzania.

  54. Sylvester The Cat

    Sylvester The Cat11 timmar sedan


  55. Safet Begic

    Safet Begic11 timmar sedan

    I wd like to help these people, can anyone tell me which organization is reliable in Kogo who really helps and improve lifes ? Thanks in advance

  56. Multi0703

    Multi070312 timmar sedan

    36:40 - as a devout traditional Christian ( non-liberal) myself, I can guarantee you that this stupid fake individualistic Calvinist Prosperity Gospel Theology has greatly contributed to the horrific pollution and natural disasters that have been taken place around the world over the past 300 years. - It's a long span of the time that separates the first Roman Christian congregations, once found in the catacombs and which widely preached poverty, simplicity, humility and charity as being the ONLY virtues that could take you to heaven well into this fake and distorted beliefs that millions of people are taught worldwide and which just do the opposite, i.e. it brings them further away from God and from Jesus Christ's original messages and teachings!

  57. Ryan D

    Ryan D12 timmar sedan

    so weird to see so many black people lol. must be the norm.

  58. Tony Walton

    Tony Walton12 timmar sedan

    No one is social distancing! (cuz corona is bull s%^t)

  59. Ryan Opher

    Ryan Opher13 timmar sedan

    Scamming them people 😭😭

  60. The M Network

    The M Network13 timmar sedan

    I just finished watching this. And because I know about Africa I can say this. If something works they are going o use it. We all know drinking gasoline is bad but to these people, it has healed them and saved them. That is the way that it is over there. What this guy is doing he is a herbalist. So this is why. If they feel that they are healed and whatever they will take the bread out of their children's mouths just to buy this. that is how they are over there

  61. The M Network

    The M Network14 timmar sedan

    I keep telling people Africa is very wealthy. Yes there are some places that are poor but these guys are wealthy and smart

  62. jay bee

    jay bee14 timmar sedan

    Dominique Khonde is a modern day Jim Jones. He will rott for his actions.

  63. Tru Religion

    Tru Religion14 timmar sedan

    So the rich niggas are like are middle class? And if you broke you gotta drink dirty water n shit ain’t no way🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️I’m sorry but us as black people down terrible over there

  64. Kayla J'Nae

    Kayla J'Nae14 timmar sedan

    gasoline and lemon juice ???!! Excuse me ? My heart goes out to the people of Congo

  65. Jay Kay

    Jay Kay15 timmar sedan


  66. James Andrews

    James Andrews15 timmar sedan

    i thought Liberia was bàd.

  67. Omar Pineda

    Omar Pineda15 timmar sedan


  68. Omar Pineda

    Omar Pineda15 timmar sedan


  69. Klara Jakob

    Klara Jakob16 timmar sedan

    they could do drugs, would bring more help

  70. Levan Walker

    Levan Walker16 timmar sedan

    The narrator says people of Congo break they neck Hustle for jobs. My investment bread Quadrillions so why is people not at least receiving a $ 2000.00 to a month a family and $1,000.00 a single for contributing to marketing my ideas out of emergency money with a set budget of a Trillion of Quadrillions. I would have been happy and not care. They rest go back to me Levan A Walker ( AKA known as the spirit of Levante

  71. opentrunks

    opentrunks16 timmar sedan

    People who spend their lives pissing & moaning about how horrible America is, need to watch this for a dose of reality.

  72. NicoleM2108

    NicoleM21085 timmar sedan

    The scale is the same though. When the pandemic hit, for example, the millionaires and billionaires went into their bunkers and within 2 weeks of no paychecks, 50 million Americans were in the breadlines. The inequity is just sugar coated by the fact that the "poor" can get a loan to pay for a decent car that hides the fact they never really own anything (like a mouse on a wheel) - same as the DRC and everywhere else with few exception.

  73. Mohamed rvv

    Mohamed rvv16 timmar sedan

    Are you taking the juice? Yes Keep taking it 😂😂😂😂😂

  74. Ghjmla jjaauua

    Ghjmla jjaauua16 timmar sedan

    That juice gotta work

  75. lihdeeya ar

    lihdeeya ar16 timmar sedan

    Why is there no mention of the toll colonization on the DRC? France literally owes billions in reparations

  76. Ghjmla jjaauua

    Ghjmla jjaauua16 timmar sedan

    This video is awesome an I love africa 🌍 ❤

  77. MandrilPR

    MandrilPR17 timmar sedan

    Dude has no problem confirming theres gasoline in the juice...ok then.

  78. Jens Alaska

    Jens Alaska17 timmar sedan

    Are you taking the juice ?you need to take the juice 😅 At the end of the day africans are brave fighters

  79. Williteverbethesameagain

    Williteverbethesameagain18 timmar sedan

    Informative. Thanks.

  80. Doreatha Ann Highsmith

    Doreatha Ann Highsmith18 timmar sedan

    Aint this a load of crap. Have you bern taking the juice? Yes. Then continue taking it. But yet these poor souls are still in desperate measures. This prophet along with other false prophets are going to have to stand and face God for their lies.

  81. Doreatha Ann Highsmith

    Doreatha Ann Highsmith18 timmar sedan

    Typo been

  82. Gold Roses

    Gold Roses18 timmar sedan

    Who is they in the preachers summon?sad reality,Africa perishes in the hands of able men elected by the poor

  83. foggy wet dog

    foggy wet dog18 timmar sedan

    Super rich? Anyone has $2 in Africa is super rich.

  84. anele makhubalo

    anele makhubalo18 timmar sedan

    There's nothing worse than a black man conning his fellow black people. These fake prophets are just evil

  85. Stand andDeliver

    Stand andDeliver18 timmar sedan

    The future of Melbourne.

  86. Marie Adonis

    Marie Adonis19 timmar sedan

    I wonder if there's a good medicinal plant in that concoction in addition to the "Gasoline" ! Why mix it with Gasoline ! I don't believe in him ; having divine power or else he would use the money to help relieve some of that poverty . Some people might have got some relief from the juice , if not , why so many people continue to flock to buy that juice ? Wouldn't the word would have gone out that the darn thing doesn't work !

  87. Jayesh Kurdekar

    Jayesh Kurdekar19 timmar sedan

    @2:31 Me personally : I really don't like being here... Trashy lake

  88. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman19 timmar sedan

    Selling a drink with gasoline? That's worser than drink bleach to kill covid.

  89. Rachel

    Rachel19 timmar sedan

    I have a problem with these "prophets" peddling the faith. These guys are snake oil salesmen...and these people truly want something to believe in so their desperation is being used against them...this is sad. Fill up their pockets with the hard earned funds of the poor who truly are ignorant

  90. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman19 timmar sedan

    A former rebel leader, now a politician? Like he's not corrupt.

  91. SatrioSaz

    SatrioSaz19 timmar sedan

    There is always someone that breaks the mold, props to her man

  92. Luna

    Luna19 timmar sedan

    She makes more money as a taxi driver than she does as a NURSE.... t least I know Americas wage priorities arent the only ones that arent straight. what is really going on here

  93. SmityBoy 21

    SmityBoy 2119 timmar sedan

    Working Class Heroes those miners are God bless them


    SHUBH SAMAY20 timmar sedan

    Really prophet treating 😡 What the hell with people who are taking his advice for treatment

  95. Velocity Launch systems

    Velocity Launch systems20 timmar sedan

    The juice guy is a total fraud, I feel so bad for those who truly have faith in him and his juice

  96. jonathan77ize

    jonathan77ize20 timmar sedan

    Does he ship that juice to Europe?

  97. Dirty D

    Dirty D20 timmar sedan

    When you get more money being a taxi instead of a nurse wtf is wrong with this world

  98. Dirty D

    Dirty D20 timmar sedan

    I make 230 a day welding pfft do a trade

  99. Dirty D

    Dirty D20 timmar sedan

    Never heard of this guy “internationally known” sit your ass down

  100. Zoobie Loobie

    Zoobie Loobie21 timme sedan

    It's the exact same in South Africa, except the government steal all the money.

  101. Rustica Urbano

    Rustica Urbano21 timme sedan

    Our World, Our Planet, Our People, Our Greed. I still learned something from this documentary.

  102. Jay Ralston

    Jay Ralston21 timme sedan

    people complain about being black in america !

  103. krinjal soni

    krinjal soni21 timme sedan

    Its similar to india. Democratic yet corrupted. Thats why such a large gap between rich and poor

  104. waweru gichuki

    waweru gichuki21 timme sedan

    The lady in the thumbnail is a magnet it seems, don't it?

  105. Conor SK

    Conor SK21 timme sedan

    @21:13 Lets Go Oilers!