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

Publisert 3. april. 2021
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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  • DRC????? Is that the Congo

  • I'm very disappointed that they didn't take a bottle back home, have it thoroughly tested and tell us what's in it exactly.

  • The super rich is just regular people that got /creative


  • Somewhere it has to be the white man’s fault

  • Prophet for profit. Same all over the world. When will people learn?

  • I bet these ‘living proof’ of the juice are paid actors🤦🏽‍♀️

  • That pastor is a crook!

  • Omg! He got those people drinking gasoline!😩😩 Religious hustlers are the worst of the worst

  • I wish that man would use some of his millions to build some decent infrastructure and roads. I wonder if the rich have some kind of sewage treatment for their homes or are they just letting it pollute the river where the poor are fishing. 😢

  • 😂😂😂😂😂🖕👌

  • All of Africa is like this

  • Disgusting 😠

  • Trafficking so much money and you cant even fix the roads to deliver your own product.. what a Liberty

  • Why don't documentaries like this START with the dehumanisation and oppression of colonisation (King Leopold in this instance) and continue with the COMPLICITY of the West and all of us? Where would Apple, Samsung and Nokia be without slavery in minerals? Where would the US & China be if they couldn't sell arms to conflict zones? Where would so many "Development" initiatives be without "consultancy fees" leaving the continent for the West? Where would Europe's wealth come from if it didn't STEAL so many resources from the continent - both in the past and today?? The "White gaze" type documentaries that refuse to contextualise fully are tiresome and need to be held to account.

  • That disgusting " Religious prophet" makes me SICK!! OH YAY, the cure for everyone is my juice! Sickening. Karma is a b☆tch!!

  • I am African (Kenya) but I too am shocked of the nurse to cab driver career change. Shocking!!!

    • that magical juice didn't shock you? but a nurse who drives a car does.

  • God is disturbed about the amount of riches deposited in Africa when he listens to their prayers of lack and poverty.Congo is the UAE of Africa only if the mineral resources were fairly distributed.

  • "Good luck with your project" Then laughs like, yeah right, luck. Wink wink

  • 🤨....I’d really like to know what this Miracle Juice is !!!!!!! I’m sorry but I’m calling MAJOR BS !!!!!! How can they be so gullible to actually believe that stuff works did you hear everything it CURES !!!! GTFOH

  • Holy shit. Religion is a fucking curse

  • blacks always tryin to get that white peoples hair lol..........

  • How much is the US to blame for the short falls of Africa. Is good for the us and other country's that africa is a failed state that way they can exploit their minerals.

  • Wow, after watching this; it was America in the 1700 and 1800's. It is all about the money and never about the race/racism. taking money from the poor with fear!

  • "The Maths" 40 tons = 40,000 kilos X $43.5 = $1,740,000. Thanks for the correction @Dean Gold

    • The British ton is the long ton, which is 2240 pounds, and the U.S. ton is the short ton which is 2000 pounds. ... There is also an third type of ton called the metric ton, equal to 1000 kilograms and this is a country where they use metric so you have to use metric ton

    • I don't know which tons you use, but 1 metric ton = 1000kg 40 metric tons = 40000kg

  • During this holy month of Ramadan I will be more grateful for my blessings and having a home where my kids at least have a bed

  • Ahahah. L'homme qui fait des miracles ... Quelle blaque ! Le profete Dominique Khonde La petite boisson ... ahahaha, est il se rempli bien les poches. Fou, les gens sont fou !

  • Yooooo!!! The pastor finessing game is on another level. "Are you drinking the juice?..."Yes"...."keep drinking it". Ignorance is bliss 😔😔

  • seems to me women are running legit business men are into Ponzi scheme

  • Oh D.R Congo a country of chaos! Oh masisi my territory ! This country needs a brutal mentality revolution !

  • Patricia needs to run for the President of Congo.

  • Whites have exploited and siphoned African minerals for far too long!

  • Vous avez vue .... Robert Seninga ... Un rebel qui s'est mis à la politique et qui en plus s'est attribue du terrain de mine. Est puisse de cette façon la se remplire les poches. S'est fou. Touts est possible dans ses pays ! ( oh vous savez dans touts les pays, mais en Afrique ils en savent quelques chose ! )

  • Chaque fois quand je vois des reportages ... une chose me tape à l'oeil ! Que ses gens la sont sales. Bah, regardez les rues... Ils en ont rien à faire. Les routes ... comme chez nous fin 1800/debuts 1900. Bah !

  • Gasoline and lemon juice-my GOD I thought us black people in America had it bad, damn!

  • that juice, clearly packaged in old rinsed out disgarded water bottles, is the most atrocious thing I have ever seen on youtube.

  • I never imagined, that in my life time I'd see tribes convert to cities... but maybe they will fair better... I just hope western ideals like "CONSUME" dont consume them and they can keep their humbleness like that singer.

  • Unbelievable!

  • Thanks for the documentary...great work cameraman

  • why are these people so gullible..."that juice" looks nasty af

  • The day is not far when every country will be ripped off their natural resources... Till then let the mad game continue in the name of progress.

  • Wow very good prophet ..😂 earning money

  • He works for 5 dollars a day. I make that in less than 15 mins. It's crazy to think about how relative currencies are.

  • Prof: Are you taking the juice? Guy: Yes Prof: Good!

  • What is with these country's (past) leaders taking billions from their people?!

  • The owner of the mines did NOT reach there with hard work I feel sorry for the miners the boss man can atleast fix the roads just bullying his fellow men I wonder if they have an accident if there is things in place for their family

  • Wait, did he say maggot sellers?

  • DW have good documentaries but I dont remember them showing Africa in a positive perspective. Always about some slums,poor people, corruption,war etc. Africa is more than that..

  • Woe! to that false prophet, he will be held accountable for leading people astray!

  • 2.36 More money than brains then and WOW what a great view

  • UN 16 thousand troops what a joke the only reason they send this kind of troops is to steal the resource diamond 💎 and gold

  • Should try the juice against covid 19...🤣🤣🤣

  • Mean while in the US: "$5 Smart Water"

  • Power of the mind.. and the so called prophet, chargerges the poor for his luxury aurothoties say nothing as they get a cut. So sad people getting ripped as they trust the greedy

  • 0:32 Maggot sellers, yes the maggots alive are moving vigorously.

  • Wealth difference is almost similar to India. But fortunately their is good chunk of middle class so situation is not so worst.

  • Cameroon can learn from The DRC in paying it forward and seeing its country grow and progress. We’re just as wealthy but corruption/greed is getting in the way

  • Yes DW seems to do the best they can often with their documentaries. 👏

  • Many millionaires but cannot afford to fix or build a better the street.. clearly selfishness dominate this country

  • Who wants to live in Central Africa, certainly not being super rich. Like having a target on your back.

  • Pump ya breaks they're paying 1months salary to drink gas lemonade to "heal them" sounds like witchcraft to me and that "prophet" is being treated like a god 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ terrible

  • 35:00 The guy selling gasoline and lemon flavoring.... I can not believe that is happening....

  • Prophet selling juice for healing 🤣🤣

  • The guy building the dam is creating a proper system to benefit others as well good job

  • who else went straight to comments when you hear " maggot sellers "

  • I have learnt more here than my University

  • Woman drive in thr same way in everycountry😂🤣

  • The woman with the cab company has the right idea ! Great job !

  • The juice looks like Phenyl bathroom cleaner with water mixed in it. WTF is he doing, is it even safe to drink that liquid!

  • What a damn shame ! You neighbor poverty and are rich and have resources available to you and don't create systems for the poor to thrive your a terrible steward and you don't know God so don't say his name!

  • where can i get some of that juice .i might can use it as a pesticide

  • After watching this again, DW is definitely racist. They are clearly mocking African rich people. DW knows very well these people are not "super rich" in t their eyes and that is not a relative term. Billionaires are super rich. These people are just well off. Like middle class people in a developed economy.

  • Why its always black women uplifting the community

  • 15:40 double cheeked up all the way

  • the "Juice"

  • The amount of the problem must seem immense

  • If these people were educated,They wouldnt beleive the power of the juice.he is simply a prophet for sad

  • uh! 😥 I feel so bad for those people at the end! They are desperate and that man is taking advantage of them!


  • America would have been like this had Trump won a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, term as POTUS.

    • Not really. America is already like this and many of those places are run by Democrats.

  • Resorting to divine stuff is what scums do to poor/desperate people, it works because these people have nothing else to lose so they are easily manipulated.

  • Man I want to know where I can donate some helmets, googles and gloves to those mine workers. And it sucks that it feels like you can't help with the roads because those politicians are corrupt, people shouldn't feel like they could almost die just because they have to make it to work.

  • Smh....

  • There are a lot of people that are not from the continent speaking ill of those that live comfortably. So if you are from a poor country, you should never enjoy any comfort? These rich people hire people from the poor neighborhood.

  • Almost looks like America. Won't be long now.

  • oligarchy at its finest

  • of course the fake prophet's tummy is big, i guessed it before he even showed up

  • There is nothing more repulsive than the existence of lavish wealth in the shadow of dehumanizing poverty.

  • How can people watch this and still not understand the evils of capitalism and why it is an extremely flawed system?

    • Maybe because for all of its flaws, capitalism still gives people a chance to improve their situation as the evils of capitalism still pales in comparison to the evils of socialism, an even more flawed system with an extensive track record of failure even in countries that were not undermined by outside interference including some in Africa such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Guinea, etc.

  • Fucking gasoline and lemon mix sell to poor people !!! What fraud man

  • This is what Nigerian government should have encouraged their citizens to be doing instead of trying islamatize the whole Nigerian.

  • gasoline-lemon juice... he feel no shame.

  • Lemon juice and gas?? LEMON JUICE AND GAS???! WTF.....this man is a demon

  • Revelation 21: 3 &4 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Only God’s Kingdom will fix this corrupt, horrible and evil world we are living in. It’s so sad to see how people risks their lives everyday for a bit of money. It’s so sad to see this man acting like if he were Jesus selling this expensive and disgusting “miracle” juice to people. Only God can fix this and he will soon.

  • I am sorry but I could not drive around in a lamborgini surrounded by such poverty. I just couldn't do it.

  • Horchata heals AIDS?

  • 38:11 WTF? There's literally American Currency in the black bag. On top you can clearly see a 10 dollar bill. And I think I see another one folded just under the other one right next to it

  • Where is Akon when you need him? Considering he was installing billions of dollars worth of solar power, with the backing from the Chinese who are sponsoring and increasing in Africa, due to the fact that there is no infrastructure for the power lines to deliver the power to the houses from a plant. So that's why he is doing it with solar power instead of hydroelectric or nuclear or any other method. Plus he's already filthy wealthy so he has no need to be greedy and steal the states money and he would instead reinvest that money into the country. Besides from a single person by the name Akon, I can't think of a single other person who would take over the leadership and run this country without robbing it blind for his own gain. Shit he's done so much for free already. Free or out of his own pocket. He's definitely trustworthy enough to lead this country out of poverty.

  • How many African Americans help out in Africa !!?? None when I was with the UN in sierra leonne in 1999 Rebuilding water supply and sewage pipes etc