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.
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  • Nikhil VJ
    Nikhil VJ18 minuten geleden

    maggot sellers??

  • Jesse Nelson
    Jesse Nelson21 minuut geleden

    I fell I couldn’t breath they were going down the mine. I don’t know what to think of all of this. It’s kinda simple thou in order for someone to live an above average luxurious and wealthy life many have to suffer and die. Living like worms

  • Live Nyheter
    Live Nyheter46 minuten geleden

    6:42 real comedy 😂

  • memer boyzz
    memer boyzz53 minuten geleden

    wow they are in 2040 already 39:28

  • Zari Ballard
    Zari Ballard54 minuten geleden

    So, where are the super rich?

  • Martina Simone
    Martina SimoneUur geleden

    Great documentary!!! But the miracle juice story 😣😥

  • Hasan Azeez
    Hasan AzeezUur geleden

    One of the many things i found funny is like, You might own a Lamborghini But, No power Generator. WOW

  • OhC'mon
    OhC'monUur geleden

    The guy selling his juice to whomever who's asking for it is more concerning to me. I mean he literally walked in a room with dozens of people expecting him to spill his juice all over them waiting with their mouth wide open ready to drink every single drop. I don't know about you but you can't just drink anybody's juice just because you believe it's gonna cure cancer. I mean how many times were you asked to drink somebody else's juice because he explicitly told you that you would feel much better afterwards. Did it happen? Did you see any improvements when you drank it? No. They lied to you. No different from this guy. His juice is no better than anybody else's. It could taste a little funny, a little salty but it's never ever gonna cure cancer. No way. But worst, the government is in it and he performs in front of thousands of people.

  • J S
    J SUur geleden

    doesnt cures near sightedness

  • Faceless
    FacelessUur geleden

    wish that guy sold his juices globally...

  • Mcth Mcth
    Mcth McthUur geleden

    Fally ipupa ft Booba Kiname nice song!

    VINCENT VAN GOGH2 uur geleden

    civil war , my ass !!!! it was the CIA behind of all crimes that happened all over the world ,not just in Congo .

  • Rude 05
    Rude 052 uur geleden

    His Pimp Juice cant even cure his poor eyesight.

  • Fernando Magana
    Fernando Magana2 uur geleden

    all them millionaires and thy cant even help their own country

  • Finn Penn
    Finn Penn2 uur geleden

    I’m surprised they didn’t mention China in this. They’re taking over huge parts of Africa and exporting many many local jobs. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of this money originated there somehow.

  • Justin Breedlove
    Justin Breedlove2 uur geleden

    Within 10 years or less I see the U.S.A. coming in and taking over mainly to screw over the chinese in all honesty it will probably work out better 4 them I see taliban or isis or Al shabab and the us will wanna take it away from other countries hands down The U.S.M. is not going to to allow all the minerals to go to are rivals I just hope they can run it in away where they actually get what they deserve because china and other shady places are not going to be able to handle all the shady stuff that goes on U.S.A. will take the minerals and I believe give them a fair enough deal to where they can consider a dele where they don't need to work and they can just collect a monthly payment that the Americans will pay off 100 percent what he owes good luck to whoever pull this off

  • Thabang
    Thabang2 uur geleden

    I can feel the sarcasm in this narrators voice when he’s talking about the miracle juice 😂

  • Kutlo Mahole
    Kutlo Mahole2 uur geleden

    This is heart breaking to see as an african. In a fair world DRC would have been the dubai of the world.

  • Dinesh Bhat

    Dinesh Bhat

    Uur geleden

    Come to INDIA, dear AFRICANS.

  • Sasha Rogers LMT
    Sasha Rogers LMT2 uur geleden

    The singer guy is really attractive

  • ቻርሊ ቻፕሊን
    ቻርሊ ቻፕሊን3 uur geleden

    The DRC untapped natural resources are estimated to be 14 trillion US Dollars. And they repeat the word poorest, poorest, poorest bla, bla, bla.......This is a typical narrative of a western media.

  • Creotech SRL
    Creotech SRL3 uur geleden

    Africa, dictator's club

  • Angela Slack
    Angela Slack3 uur geleden

    The superstar could do something for his immediate community across the river the poor fishermen he's just showing off his wealth when he just hands OUT A FEW NOTES, this DOESN'T HELP THEM REALLY. The river on his doorstep needs cleaning up, to begin with. Sigh! See now, the female cab company that makes dollars and cents...would take a woman to have some vision!

  • GamerWorks
    GamerWorks3 uur geleden

    god bless you bro, the rich often just ignore poverty

  • Cake vs Fondant
    Cake vs Fondant3 uur geleden

    well, 18 euros sounds like a lot given the context. Marie is doing great.

  • F M
    F M3 uur geleden

    Kudos to the female entrepreneur(s) supporting women 👍🙏🏻

    VAN GROOVER3 uur geleden

    Would somebody from Canada be able to get rich on the African stick market?

  • Jacinta Nimo
    Jacinta Nimo3 uur geleden

    Fake prophet don’t believe this things 😱😡

  • MacKenzie King
    MacKenzie King4 uur geleden

    So many things were censored but those kids who were obviously hiding didn’t have their faces blurred out. That’s reckless DW. I hope those kids weren’t punished for your oversight. Please censor children’s faces.

  • Simp Gaming
    Simp Gaming4 uur geleden

    "This Drink brings back the Dead" Yep a fake Prophet

  • Ahmed A.
    Ahmed A.4 uur geleden

    the most thing I disliked was the fake prophet at the end. It's not just third world countries where these scams happen also first world countries. These type of people that claim they're helping people and just take their money need to be wiped out

  • susan wanjiru
    susan wanjiru4 uur geleden

    gaiii😢😢upuzi gani hio ya juice? nkt. prophet be like are yu still taking the juice ?continue taking it. I love Marie tho❤❤ Viva taxi director!!

  • Michael Pawlak
    Michael Pawlak4 uur geleden

    That Rick Ross poster.. 💀

  • Michael Pawlak
    Michael Pawlak4 uur geleden

    What a cluster fuck of an area holy shit😂😂😂

  • Persona
    Persona4 uur geleden

    Landry caught lacking.

  • ayan Nuur
    ayan Nuur5 uur geleden

    Maggots tho???

  • jonnda
    jonnda5 uur geleden

    Tantalum is used for capacitors.

  • Persona
    Persona5 uur geleden

    I appreciate my life now, thanks.

  • Valdi Kamenarov
    Valdi Kamenarov5 uur geleden

    Add a car battery to that mixture and it will certainly bring people back from the dead.

  • Kuroaka
    Kuroaka5 uur geleden

    I know besides all the bad things that are happening in this country, it’s is still amazing to see how it’s slowly evolving. More people than before can actually work their way out ob their poverty and lift their life standard. I could imagine that in a couple of years if nothing stops it less and less people would live poverty. Dunno...just a thought. Correct me if I’m wrong. :)

  • Isaa
    Isaa5 uur geleden

    Never follow someone who is a self-proclaimed prophet.

  • Signature Envisions llc
    Signature Envisions llc5 uur geleden

    That really pmtfo that someone could lie and steal from people like that.... thats so sad

  • Signature Envisions llc
    Signature Envisions llc5 uur geleden

    The prophet did work a miracle... he managed to lie and manipulate all of them into making him rich smh

  • Signature Envisions llc
    Signature Envisions llc6 uur geleden

    I got anxious watching them go down in the hole... this is sad..

  • khalid ayami
    khalid ayami6 uur geleden

    It’s disgusting where people blindly follow that greedy person as a prophet and drinking his harmful drink, it is the same in poor countries, lack of education ,poverty ,corrupt leaders.

  • Tanatswa Taruvinga
    Tanatswa Taruvinga6 uur geleden

    I remember living in Kinshasa and the water of the Congo River being too dirty for people to swim in so when Fally was riding through the water I was just thinking "Don't fall in!"

  • Dinesh Bhat

    Dinesh Bhat

    Uur geleden

    Come to INDIA, dear AFRICANS.

  • shafi mohamed
    shafi mohamed6 uur geleden

    peps out here buying magic juices and we all wonder how africa became the resource for the first world for generations

  • Jay-B Abbasi
    Jay-B Abbasi6 uur geleden

    We want such a documentary in pakistan too. Its gonna be pretty hard though

  • Guimarães
    Guimarães6 uur geleden

    I see those poor countries on Africa and seems like they're more simulating a society than actually being civilizate and stuff.. Look at that those traffic guards, the plastic USA/EU influences.. Such a unique, yet strange place

  • Bernardo chill
    Bernardo chill6 uur geleden

    The US-Japan conspiracy to dump nuclear waste water is equivalent to an asymmetric nuclear war against China! The United States and Japan conspired to dump nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean, where the typhoon was generated. You know, from May to November every year, about 20 typhoons in the Pacific land on the Chinese mainland. The polluted rainwater will also pollute China's most expansive and fertile areas, the most abundant freshwater resources, the most abundant agricultural products, and the most important economically developed coastal areas of the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta. They are equivalent to using disguised nuclear weapons to strike a heavy blow to China's national power. It is equivalent to a nuclear war jointly launched by the United States and Japan, but it is an asymmetric war! But China cannot counterattack nuclear! The dumping of nuclear sewage in Japan is very serious! Typhoons have rescued Japan in the past, and the Japanese call them kamikaze. It seems that the Japanese want to use kamikaze to attack China again! In the context of the trend that the hegemony of the US dollar is slowly declining, and taking advantage of the abundant water resources of the United States, the United States has opened a new world of water resources and the development of national wealth is also a water resource war! . Japan dumped nuclear sewage into the Pacific, polluting the Pacific, and then attacked China in the form of a typhoon formed in the Pacific! The United States is reaping the profits! Not only gaining water resources wealth and water dollar benefits but also weakening the development of China and Asia, the ideal of white-centrism to rule the world can still be realized. With this, the United States can continue to maintain its world hegemony! The United States is really sinister! It's evil! Now the entire Anglo-Saxon Western countries are silent and wait for a good show! The entire Western international theory does not report on this major event that endangers the survival of mankind on earth. Western environmental protection organizations, including the Swedish environmental protection girl, have not spoken about this, and the entire West is completely double-standard on this!

  • abdu Shalo
    abdu Shalo6 uur geleden

    Hands up for TOYOTA

  • Mukasa S. Mike
    Mukasa S. Mike6 uur geleden

    Dominique Khonde is a crook pastor just like many Other pastor in Africa like Uganda, the so-called men of God hoodwink blind followers into thinking they have mighty powers, yet they're simply making money and becoming millionaires while followers' languish in poverty.

  • christy buhatin
    christy buhatin6 uur geleden

    I so appreciate it the commercial of coke ogie and michael v

  • negusse berhane
    negusse berhane6 uur geleden


  • Paleigh Varallo
    Paleigh Varallo6 uur geleden

    Capitalism is disgusting!!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬

  • steven steven
    steven steven6 uur geleden

    “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ― Confucius

  • Betty gathee
    Betty gathee7 uur geleden

    The most blessed country in africa with even mountain of Gold....what a pity!!!

  • Mastana Developer
    Mastana Developer7 uur geleden

    why does he not give juice to every poor man to become rich?

  • Hanifa Nabukeera
    Hanifa Nabukeera7 uur geleden


  • Joanna
    Joanna7 uur geleden

    My father is from DRC and I can confirm that all of the content in this video reflects the reality.

  • Zaheer Mohamed
    Zaheer Mohamed7 uur geleden

    The juice hard me laughing so hard hahahahahaha OMG!! Gasoline juice Wtf

  • Zaheer Mohamed

    Zaheer Mohamed

    7 uur geleden

    The juice can cure AIDS and can bring the dead back hahahaha. I don't wanna sound judgemental but that is absurd n only a person with absolutely no brain won't even believe that.

  • Mabdivine Divine
    Mabdivine Divine7 uur geleden

    Oh my my country😭😭😭 Extremely rich naturally, but poor in GDP because of politics (Congolese's and the world's). When will greed, selfishness, and wickedness stop?

    KNEEGROW PULEEZE 2.77 uur geleden


  • Brent Summers
    Brent Summers8 uur geleden

    Sir Humphrey, from the tv series 'Yes Minister' and 'Yes Prime Minister' made a joke that any country in Africa that had the word 'Democratic' in its name was a communist dictatorship. And as we know some people in a dictator run country do very nicely thank you.

  • Ariane Malendo
    Ariane Malendo8 uur geleden

    Can you talk about how you westerns kill pple for minerals and funds terrorist to create civil wars?

  • Andro SP
    Andro SP8 uur geleden

    'One is telling me to go left, one is telling me to go right. What am i supposed to do?'' Go straight up the middle.

  • Angie Brots

    Angie Brots

    7 uur geleden


  • Aryan Inge
    Aryan Inge8 uur geleden

    This video infuriates me so much that i almost want to dislike it. Quality content

  • yourimaginary friend
    yourimaginary friend9 uur geleden

    so sweet

  • Killerbabies
    Killerbabies9 uur geleden

    An ex rebellen who becomes millionar and politician at the same tile and nobody do nothing 🤮🤮🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️

    ANKUSH ROY9 uur geleden

    their situation is very better than slum in kolkata,west bengal,india.

  • B logical
    B logical9 uur geleden

    I would really like to go to africa and help people as much as i can out their❤💔

  • nymike06
    nymike069 uur geleden

    Trump 2024

  • Sammy B.
    Sammy B.9 uur geleden

    Gasoline Lemon mixture😳😳😳??

  • Anita Leo
    Anita Leo9 uur geleden

    And the poor desperate people fall victim to this conman... he the " preacher " will receive judgement when Jesus Christ comes again to judge the wicked n evil men who deceive many using His holy name

  • Iam John
    Iam John9 uur geleden

    I don't know what to say about this.

    DIXON KUMIS10 uur geleden

    What a bullshit juice😂😂... how cargo cult preachers are exploiting Christians!

  • Shabaka Mae Tchameni
    Shabaka Mae Tchameni10 uur geleden

    DW, it’s hard to talk about the history of DRC without talking about Patrice Lumumba. Please do better

  • Vikter Choge
    Vikter Choge10 uur geleden

    So kiswahili is spoken in Congo

  • Mark Hartry
    Mark Hartry10 uur geleden

    so you've been lieing for decades then

  • Savakichi
    Savakichi10 uur geleden

    Thank you for the great content. I see modern day slavery - Congolese enslaved by their own fellow countrymen/women. The politician is enjoying luxury off the labour of thousands of his fellow countrymen who risk their life every day for meagre $5 a day. He gets to count the harvest and buys a landcruiser with the stolen money that belongs to the country. --- and HE IS OKAY with all that! I can see why politicians in any country wants to keep us stupid, poor, and enslaved.

  • Diana Kotova
    Diana Kotova10 uur geleden

    I thought it was a joke first. The guy in lambo is so lame like may other rich people who is just showing off their wealth! Can’t believe they just casually showed that to the camera.

  • Chelsea Bailey
    Chelsea Bailey10 uur geleden

    Ignorance is a scary thing 😔

  • Dinesh Bhat

    Dinesh Bhat

    Uur geleden

    Come to INDIA , dear AFRICANS. We have so much love for AFRICANS.

  • N W
    N W10 uur geleden

    Just watching them go into the mine, made me extremely claustrophobic......They are risking their lives for money. Btw the camera man is crazy to go down there!!

  • N W
    N W10 uur geleden

    I think the family with three kids living at the mine is a perfect example of not having priorities in order. He hopes to get rich from the mine to buy a car? What about supporting the beautiful family you have with a more comfortable place, sanitation, and work to save money? I feel sorry for the children.

  • Dennis Reynolds
    Dennis Reynolds10 uur geleden

    those tires are bald when they are in the mudddy river road

  • yvonne goodgridge
    yvonne goodgridge10 uur geleden


  • Santosh Shrestha
    Santosh Shrestha11 uur geleden

    So, sad to see that, Prophet guy is making fool everyone and earning millions by selling juice .

  • A 3
    A 311 uur geleden

    The prophet is lying to the people and stealing their money. You must TAKE the JUICE. That is a scammer for sure. I feel bad for the people putting their hope in this man.

  • yvonne goodgridge
    yvonne goodgridge11 uur geleden


  • Halim Docs
    Halim Docs11 uur geleden

    this documentary simply mocking Congolese people.. especially that prophet 😂😂😂

  • Kristian Gameplay
    Kristian Gameplay11 uur geleden

    well multinational exploited this young workiers and kids with coltan, they payed a little price for this precious black metallic ore and the sell for much higher price

  • UmmYusuf Sadiiq
    UmmYusuf Sadiiq11 uur geleden

    This documents everything that is unfortunate about Africa.

  • khone rassavong
    khone rassavong11 uur geleden

    It's sad to see, cus once all the resources are gone that Mother Earth has provide, and soon it will be an abandoned place, and people will go on looking for other places go or take from which is nothing new

  • Gongzilla 1 Duks
    Gongzilla 1 Duks11 uur geleden

    The funny thing is Fally is rich because of these poor people, they buy his album and go to his concerts

  • Isaac Elone
    Isaac Elone11 uur geleden

    Those arent maggots damn it those are larvae at 0:33

  • Eddie L
    Eddie L11 uur geleden

    Only 600 millionaires ??? Omg

  • The Beauty of CHANGE
    The Beauty of CHANGE11 uur geleden


  • Tracy Pohle
    Tracy Pohle12 uur geleden

    Ugh.. the miracle juice.... in South Africa one of the healers was spraying the equivalent of Raid on the followers. We have our superstar evangelicals in the US too.... 🙄. This juice and snake oil salesman is likely poisoning his followers.... scary.

  • Alberto Chirindza Chirindza
    Alberto Chirindza Chirindza12 uur geleden

    Life is survive.

  • bamboleyo
    bamboleyo12 uur geleden

    feel pity?!!!!!!! think “Smart Water” for $4.5 at a local corner store.... you are poorer then the poor there, compared to the rich of the Western World. and the local governments selling your children to the highest bidder is also known as Patriotism. There it just stands out to you from here, but we are also “there” from some other point of view....