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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  1. Uchiha Avenger

    Uchiha AvengerUur geleden

    Did he really just give them €50 to SHARE? 😐 cmon bro

  2. Shawarmang

    ShawarmangUur geleden

    A prophet with juice...they are brainwashed as if these people didn't have it hard enough

  3. Kevin Lumenello

    Kevin LumenelloUur geleden

    Africa is so rich in so many things not just money . Great documentary:)

  4. Teone Launay

    Teone Launay2 uur geleden

    Where can I buy this juice from 🤣😂😂😂

  5. The mongolian way

    The mongolian way3 uur geleden

    When was this shot?

  6. Dee Fitzgerald

    Dee Fitzgerald3 uur geleden

    It’s so sad how some people who have a lot and other’s have nothing......This man should invest in his own country buy helping with the minerals that are rich in his country.....

  7. akuaku

    akuaku4 uur geleden

    All these rich folks in these poor countries but hard any of them do a lot to help their own people. Those in power are at fault too

  8. Henry C

    Henry C4 uur geleden

    26:44 The city of Chicago is right in that group😱🤣🤣

  9. Eric Gary

    Eric Gary4 uur geleden

    I make huge profits on my investment since I started trading with Mrs Anna,her trading strategies are top much

  10. Mike Denny

    Mike Denny4 uur geleden

    Wow, amazing to see others who trade with Mrs Anna I am currently on my 5th trade with her and my portfolio has increased tremendously

  11. Onli Eena Belize

    Onli Eena Belize4 uur geleden

    Fake ass prophet.

  12. Pat

    Pat4 uur geleden

    They're trying to find out how the rich get rich while others are in poverty. Well, you need to find out why that happens in Germany and America as well.

  13. Caryn Benson

    Caryn Benson4 uur geleden

    My people perish because of lack of knowledge... however I believe if you believe in something it will work for you ... this is SAD 😔

  14. Babaero Max

    Babaero Max4 uur geleden

    worst bribery i bet.. that is why the social gap is so far

  15. Killy_ Hoffman

    Killy_ Hoffman4 uur geleden

    Dw do this kind of documentary in Tanzania

  16. Caryn Benson

    Caryn Benson4 uur geleden

    My heart is bleeding... I would not even be able to stay under there for 2 seconds ... 😔😔😔

  17. Just Another Shitty YouTube Channel

    Just Another Shitty YouTube Channel4 uur geleden

    Even the subtitles are going WTH?, after seeing the shit that's going on down there. (I am referring to the question marks).

  18. Vanessa Haileka

    Vanessa Haileka4 uur geleden

    This is in 2021?


    ABHISHEK ARYA5 uur geleden

    Mysterious juiceeee........god help them

  20. Sheldon Armstrong

    Sheldon Armstrong5 uur geleden

    when was this filmed? Is this before COVID or ???

  21. Totallymaria

    Totallymaria5 uur geleden

    Sending all my blessings to the Congolese people. 🙏 Patricia seems like a kind and thoughtful person, hope her business prospers.

  22. cameron pickard

    cameron pickard5 uur geleden

    just 50 bucks?

  23. UBUNTU

    UBUNTU5 uur geleden

    Why are African so crazy about religion. It sad to see people become so gullible 😟😢

  24. Charming nowhere to hide

    Charming nowhere to hide6 uur geleden

    "The Juice" looks nasty af

  25. daveydoesit

    daveydoesit6 uur geleden

    If your part of the super poor stop having kids

  26. daveydoesit

    daveydoesit6 uur geleden

    Wow I didn't realize how easily people are manipulated until reading these shitty comments

  27. Jessica Pace

    Jessica Pace7 uur geleden

    I think its disgusting that the rich is literally right across from ppl suffering. This world is so corrupt

  28. Rob Ashton

    Rob Ashton7 uur geleden

    "It cures AIDS, stomach pain, liver cancer, cirrhosis, lots of things..." Ye gods woman! No it does _not!_ This sort of crap _infuriates_ me. If there _is_ a hell, there will be a particularly hot, pointy corner of it for those who peddle snake-oil "cures" to the sick and the desperate by exploiting their faith and their superstitious natures. Truly the work of conscience-free scum. Edit: Hang on, "It can bring children back from the dead"??? What The actual F***? How much of a ethically bereft bastard does someone need to be to pull _that_ move on grief-stricken parents? Can you imagine what would happen if someone like him got their feet under the table at an actual pharmaceutical company? It's the stuff of nightmares.

  29. Kumo I Iipinge

    Kumo I Iipinge7 uur geleden

    Some countries in Africa are a joke DRC is a joke my Namibia is run way better look how that mine is runned!

  30. ChiefJustice Middleton

    ChiefJustice Middleton7 uur geleden

    the leaders and banking interests are the problem for all of what is happening in the world. There is no balance whatsoever. left vs right paradigm. Its so sad and now we have this fake plandemic on top of all this nonsense

  31. Melody M Sizemore

    Melody M Sizemore7 uur geleden

    Wow. I really hope the millionaires over there are trying to help their fellow countrymen who are living in horrible poverty.

  32. miiiikku

    miiiikku8 uur geleden

    These people can be any age imaginable. While working for cobalt mine 11 year old can be 20. While applying for asylum 37 year old man can be 15. Its a miracle.

  33. Gagandeep Singh

    Gagandeep Singh8 uur geleden

    Good and engaging documentary

  34. Cold Turkey

    Cold Turkey8 uur geleden

    Super rich in Africa?’s the folks who try to call me or email me saying I have $50 million waiting for me but it’s stuck at some bank and I need to give them all my personal information to get these funds. 😂

  35. JustAnother Soul

    JustAnother Soul8 uur geleden

    Without our cellphones and tablets we wouldn’t be watching this documentary on how these poor, desperate people scratch in the earth to provide the mineral coltan that is needed to make our cellphones and tablets which allow us to watch this documentary.

  36. H Dackewiecz

    H Dackewiecz8 uur geleden

    With Biden’s immigration policies, it won’t be long until we live like they are.

  37. leferreirax music

    leferreirax music8 uur geleden

    what about the european and american contribution to this situation ? GIVE me the Truth !!

  38. sanket solanki

    sanket solanki9 uur geleden


  39. Laifa Kumo

    Laifa Kumo9 uur geleden

    Corrupt leaders, uneducated masses and religion. A recipe for disaster.

  40. Shaggy Waves

    Shaggy Waves9 uur geleden

    Is there children working in the mines *smiles* no, thats illegal

  41. Onesmus Nyaberi

    Onesmus Nyaberi9 uur geleden

    Much difference from Fally Ipupa to that Entrepreneural lady

  42. slpl

    slpl9 uur geleden

    Why instead of buying luxury cars help your poor neighbors, I guess if you don’t buy one car you would be able to build a couple schools for kids or even a hospital.

  43. riptorn

    riptorn10 uur geleden

    What's with the donkey Kong music

  44. Leo Espinoza

    Leo Espinoza10 uur geleden

    They were not excited to see yellow jacket!! Lmfao

  45. Stella hamil

    Stella hamil10 uur geleden

    Can I get a job too🕊️🌟☑️

  46. SgtLevi

    SgtLevi10 uur geleden

    Its soo sad and disturbing to See the Lack of education in Africa , when people believe in this self proclaimed Prophet and His "Miracle" Juice Made from Gasoline!? May God Help them ... Noone should live in poverty and lack of education ! This is such a sad World we live in . And yea there is a Special place in Hell for that "Prophet" and His accomplices .

  47. Sir. Boaz Mutatay

    Sir. Boaz Mutatay10 uur geleden

    As a Born and raised Congolese citizen who currently lives in Canada, I’ll sump up these documentary in 2 words, BLOODY POLITICIANS.

  48. Kyzzle112718

    Kyzzle11271810 uur geleden

    Who’s paying these armed rebel groups to go after these natural resources??

  49. Raivolt

    Raivolt10 uur geleden

    That fake piece of crap prophet needs to be put out of everyone's misery! You can't argue with his miracle cure juice. Gasoline and lemon juice! Of course, it makes perfect sense! It's widely known for curing everything that could be wrong with you, even if you suffer from a bad case of death! I'd better get some magic juice, put an end to Covid and put the rest in my cars gas tank!

  50. Prisca Maloya

    Prisca Maloya10 uur geleden

    One of the best documentaries I have ever watched.....

  51. Ali Blessed

    Ali Blessed10 uur geleden

    I'm from Congo and this documentary was definitely made by a white man the undertones of racism is insane ...why did you fail to mention that the whole world would literally be nothing without Congo ..literally the material to make all our phones is only found there or that we have the most gold, diamonds , copper, silver than anywhere else in the whole WORLD or that more people have been killed here by Europeans than any other place in history ...!?

  52. Marcelo Gomés

    Marcelo Gomés7 uur geleden

    @Rostom Kikava where you from?

  53. Rostom Kikava

    Rostom Kikava8 uur geleden

    Im also from a poor country, with an avarage salary 150 dollars per month, but we dont leave surrounded by garbage and dont kill each other in the streets. Just get civilized , thats all. And im not racist, im just being real. Try to be real atleast once, and look around.

  54. Melanie Van der bril

    Melanie Van der bril11 uur geleden

    Why doesn t unicef protect these children as they know what is going on????

  55. boomerang files

    boomerang files11 uur geleden

    Unfair report. You don't say in kinshasa the roads are unpaved.

  56. NIKA Angela

    NIKA Angela11 uur geleden

    Wow the prophet become billionaire.this is sick😷

  57. Chri S

    Chri S11 uur geleden

    why does a rich African looks poor still for me lol

  58. abdi abdullahi

    abdi abdullahi11 uur geleden


  59. Karen

    Karen11 uur geleden

    If I have Aids I'll drink the Jus👍🙌🙏👌

  60. eyanae eipa

    eyanae eipa12 uur geleden

    Becoming a billionaire is not an easy route #Respect to u all including the prophet, I wish I also my ways to be a multybillionaire

  61. CAM BONE

    CAM BONE12 uur geleden

    The last two leaders took the countries wealth. No wonder it’s a failed state. It’s like the people of that country cant count to see him taking hundreds of millions a year

  62. Rolando Arriazola

    Rolando Arriazola12 uur geleden

    Did they really say that the juice contains gasoline? 😖 I’m no expert but would never drink anything with gasoline in it

  63. Rujez rob

    Rujez rob12 uur geleden

    I love whole story of congoh and especially the way they they speak french

  64. Kunga Gyaltsen

    Kunga Gyaltsen12 uur geleden

    Have your god mercy on your sins!!

  65. Integer Consulting

    Integer Consulting13 uur geleden

    Human stories are the same everywhere. Everyone is out to get the most they can for as little as they can, whenever they can. Even in the US there are crooked profiteers in abundance. Watch a documentary on the drug trade and you will realize our greed is universal, and it is limitless. Sad.

  66. Cake A

    Cake A13 uur geleden

    O. M. G. I cannot believe how ignorant I am. I never dreamed this could be happening on our planet, in these days. The unsafe mines, the miracle juice, those men should be in prison. Ide pay dude mine owner 18 euros to go in one of the graves/mines he allows poor desperate destitute people/children to go in. Maybe prophet dude should drink some of his own juice. I wonder if it cures GREED, the most insidious disease on the planet.

  67. Dashas21

    Dashas2113 uur geleden

    This documentary really sheds proof on the thesis on the 4 steps of society. 1. Tough times create a hardworking and strong people 2. Strong and hardworking people create good times 3. Good times create lazy and weak people 4. Lazy and weak people create tough times. Congo is moving onto step 2 with all the entrepreneurs and businesspeople rising from the ashes.

  68. Mr Clark

    Mr Clark13 uur geleden

    Truly disgusting selling a drink with gas in it

  69. Blanc Ciarga

    Blanc Ciarga13 uur geleden

    Blur intensity is not good. 🤔

  70. cegil noram

    cegil noram13 uur geleden


  71. Chinsin Pasaje Delos Angeles

    Chinsin Pasaje Delos Angeles14 uur geleden

    False prophets

  72. Donna Bonn

    Donna Bonn14 uur geleden

    Europe carved up Africa like a pizza pie...for their natural resources Europe wouldn't have shit if not for Africa... Rape Robbery Slavery Then they call you the savage...

  73. Ritesh Pahladsingh

    Ritesh Pahladsingh14 uur geleden

    There is an overseas department of Congo in South America called Suriname. Equally poor corrupt, filthy and unstable. the only difference is that instead of coltan they mine gold there.

  74. Clifford Onwonga

    Clifford Onwonga14 uur geleden

    Africans are blinded with so called self proclaimed prophets.they are enriching themselves and living more people in poverty.This is brainwash and it's so shameful

  75. Alex

    Alex14 uur geleden

    The Coltan business man probably participated in some war crimes as a rebel leader and used child workers. Those miners were not 20, more like 14.

  76. Sami Drif

    Sami Drif14 uur geleden

    Ask France

  77. Mopap Zayi

    Mopap Zayi15 uur geleden

    "God doesn't give everything"

  78. purple tree

    purple tree16 uur geleden

    Its like India. I mean similar. I'm surprised.

  79. Moubarak Halidou

    Moubarak Halidou16 uur geleden

    Our generation believes in strong Africa. this is just the beginning God bless Africa, these pastors have no places in Africa. we are for you

  80. monkE

    monkE16 uur geleden

    This made me remember of Outer Banks.

  81. oriwan

    oriwan17 uur geleden

    The west should provide some knowledge on how effectively prospect and mine with safety and good equipment.... why are they mining with their hand and a pickaxe..

  82. Stephen Dreessen

    Stephen Dreessen17 uur geleden

    This was awesome to watch, thanks for your work! They said they wear helmets, masks, and boots in the mines; yet I saw no helmets or masks, not even gloves....?

  83. Wong Chwin Yen

    Wong Chwin Yen18 uur geleden

    I don't think you should drink the miracle don't even know what the "actual" ingredients in it. That's really sad that someone would "exploit" people trust and faith...

  84. Bald Boss Media TV

    Bald Boss Media TV18 uur geleden

    I don't know why so many people are surprised about the Prophet this hustle is as old as religion itself ,,, from the prophets juice to holy water to prayer cloths ordered off tv ...FACTS

  85. Marcelle Roedolph

    Marcelle Roedolph18 uur geleden

    Who's racist now

  86. Korey Danilson

    Korey Danilson18 uur geleden

    I uki

  87. Linda Aya New

    Linda Aya New18 uur geleden

    Honestly, this is sad because many of these men cannot get to this wealth. There are not enough fair and legal opportunities there because it is a dirty run country. The only way is through education there which I bet is not very possible because it costs money. Such an unstable country. Wealth does NOT equal happiness but the depth of poverty some of them live in is ridiculous. I LOVE THE PINK CARS IDEA. The wealthy here are dirty unless they do what this singer does. He became popular off his music and honestly, I feel he holds dirty money as well. There needs to be a change in their government.

  88. Mill Mill

    Mill Mill18 uur geleden

    Imagine how fucking evil you must be to scam uneducated desperate people with gasoline lime juice 🤦.

  89. SOMALIA 91

    SOMALIA 9119 uur geleden

    Honestly these people dont have any heart. How can they have a view of their own brothers and sisters suffer while they relax. I would rather die than live like that!!

  90. Philip Buckley

    Philip Buckley19 uur geleden

    any good deal on diamonds....

  91. Camelia D

    Camelia D19 uur geleden

    Fally should teach poor how to sing so they can become rich too. That being said those people at 11:50 who have a view of poverty on the other side of the river bank-__-

  92. Gustavo Corral

    Gustavo Corral19 uur geleden

    Meanwhile Mia Khalifa on her anual trip the DRC 👀 09:14

  93. Joe Doe

    Joe Doe19 uur geleden

    Apparently the miracle juice can cure everything. Except stupidity.

  94. Prim Rizvi

    Prim Rizvi19 uur geleden

    Can't the Prophet vanish Corona Virus from the world!? Did any person from Congo ask him about it?

  95. Pro Saint

    Pro Saint19 uur geleden

    What does he make a bottle of juice from? Mayaans civilization ,eternal recipe? It cures liver cirrhosis? Holy scam.... He havent tried on AIDS. Quarter of congolese suffer from it and this scam barely works..

  96. Ge Ta

    Ge Ta20 uur geleden

    None of them (so called successful ones) spoke about how their business plan would help solve the community's economic & social problems and provide more opportunities for the less fortunate ones. All they talk about is how to make money and become millionaires. That prophet is a con artist deceiving those uneducated.

  97. rubens herrera

    rubens herrera20 uur geleden

    That juice looks like spicy 😂😂😂

  98. Hi! Don vous speak!

    Hi! Don vous speak!20 uur geleden

    "The juice that can bring the kids back from death... "

  99. Dean Ggold

    Dean Ggold19 uur geleden

    it's the gasoline that fires up the engine hell yeah baby

  100. Cheryl Jane

    Cheryl Jane20 uur geleden

    I am still thankful that I live in the Philippines. I hope these people will not be greedy of money and power, they must help those who are living in poverty.

  101. dom taylor

    dom taylor21 uur geleden

    Watching this on my phone feeling guilty people died

  102. Nickesha Brown

    Nickesha Brown21 uur geleden

    Maggot sellers, ewe!!!!! Whats the use of selling maggots?

  103. Villanueva Ink

    Villanueva Ink21 uur geleden

    smh ,you think usa is terrible 🥱🤔 gasoline wit lemon juice cures aids n cancer smfh

  104. Jonash Pañas

    Jonash Pañas21 uur geleden

    I've been watching DW for over 15 years. Still fascinates me.

  105. DW Documentary

    DW Documentary9 uur geleden

    Hi @Jonash Pañas, thanks for sticking with us! 🙂