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. The mongolian way

    The mongolian way

    46 minuten geleden

    When was this shot?

  2. Dee Fitzgerald

    Dee Fitzgerald

    56 minuten 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.....

  3. akuaku


    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

  4. Henry C

    Henry C

    Uur geleden

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

  5. Eric Gary

    Eric Gary

    Uur geleden

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

    • Mike Denny

      Mike Denny

      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

  6. Onli Eena Belize

    Onli Eena Belize

    Uur geleden

    Fake ass prophet.

  7. Pat


    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.

  8. Caryn Benson

    Caryn Benson

    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 😔

  9. Babaero Max

    Babaero Max

    Uur geleden

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

  10. Killy_ Hoffman

    Killy_ Hoffman

    Uur geleden

    Dw do this kind of documentary in Tanzania

  11. Caryn Benson

    Caryn Benson

    Uur geleden

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

  12. Just Another Shitty YouTube Channel

    Just Another Shitty YouTube Channel

    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).

  13. Vanessa Haileka

    Vanessa Haileka

    Uur geleden

    This is in 2021?



    2 uur geleden

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

  15. Sheldon Armstrong

    Sheldon Armstrong

    2 uur geleden

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

  16. Totallymaria


    2 uur geleden

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

  17. cameron pickard

    cameron pickard

    2 uur geleden

    just 50 bucks?

  18. UBUNTU


    2 uur geleden

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

  19. Charming nowhere to hide

    Charming nowhere to hide

    3 uur geleden

    "The Juice" looks nasty af

  20. daveydoesit


    3 uur geleden

    If your part of the super poor stop having kids

  21. daveydoesit


    3 uur geleden

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

  22. Jessica Pace

    Jessica Pace

    4 uur geleden

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

  23. Rob Ashton

    Rob Ashton

    4 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.

  24. Kumo I Iipinge

    Kumo I Iipinge

    4 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!

  25. ChiefJustice Middleton

    ChiefJustice Middleton

    4 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

  26. Melody M Sizemore

    Melody M Sizemore

    4 uur geleden

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

  27. miiiikku


    5 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.

  28. Gagandeep Singh

    Gagandeep Singh

    5 uur geleden

    Good and engaging documentary

  29. Cold Turkey

    Cold Turkey

    5 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. 😂

  30. JustAnother Soul

    JustAnother Soul

    5 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.

  31. H Dackewiecz

    H Dackewiecz

    5 uur geleden

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

  32. leferreirax music

    leferreirax music

    5 uur geleden

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

  33. sanket solanki

    sanket solanki

    6 uur geleden


  34. Laifa Kumo

    Laifa Kumo

    6 uur geleden

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

  35. Shaggy Waves

    Shaggy Waves

    6 uur geleden

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

  36. Onesmus Nyaberi

    Onesmus Nyaberi

    6 uur geleden

    Much difference from Fally Ipupa to that Entrepreneural lady

  37. slpl


    6 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.

  38. riptorn


    7 uur geleden

    What's with the donkey Kong music

  39. Leo Espinoza

    Leo Espinoza

    7 uur geleden

    They were not excited to see yellow jacket!! Lmfao

  40. Stella hamil

    Stella hamil

    7 uur geleden

    Can I get a job too🕊️🌟☑️

  41. SgtLevi


    7 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 .

  42. Sir. Boaz Mutatay

    Sir. Boaz Mutatay

    7 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.

  43. Kyzzle112718


    7 uur geleden

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

  44. Raivolt


    7 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!

  45. Prisca Maloya

    Prisca Maloya

    7 uur geleden

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

  46. Ali Blessed

    Ali Blessed

    7 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 ...!?

    • Marcelo Gomés

      Marcelo Gomés

      4 uur geleden

      @Rostom Kikava where you from?

    • Rostom Kikava

      Rostom Kikava

      5 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.

  47. Melanie Van der bril

    Melanie Van der bril

    8 uur geleden

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

  48. boomerang files

    boomerang files

    8 uur geleden

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

  49. NIKA Angela

    NIKA Angela

    8 uur geleden

    Wow the prophet become billionaire.this is sick😷

  50. Chri S

    Chri S

    8 uur geleden

    why does a rich African looks poor still for me lol

  51. abdi abdullahi

    abdi abdullahi

    8 uur geleden


  52. Karen


    8 uur geleden

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

  53. eyanae eipa

    eyanae eipa

    9 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

  54. CAM BONE


    9 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

  55. Rolando Arriazola

    Rolando Arriazola

    9 uur geleden

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

  56. Rujez rob

    Rujez rob

    9 uur geleden

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

  57. Kunga Gyaltsen

    Kunga Gyaltsen

    9 uur geleden

    Have your god mercy on your sins!!

  58. Integer Consulting

    Integer Consulting

    10 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.

  59. Cake A

    Cake A

    10 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.

  60. Dashas21


    10 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.

  61. Mr Clark

    Mr Clark

    10 uur geleden

    Truly disgusting selling a drink with gas in it

  62. Blanc Ciarga

    Blanc Ciarga

    10 uur geleden

    Blur intensity is not good. 🤔

  63. cegil noram

    cegil noram

    10 uur geleden


  64. Chinsin Pasaje Delos Angeles

    Chinsin Pasaje Delos Angeles

    11 uur geleden

    False prophets

  65. Donna Bonn

    Donna Bonn

    11 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...

  66. Ritesh Pahladsingh

    Ritesh Pahladsingh

    11 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.

  67. Clifford Onwonga

    Clifford Onwonga

    11 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

  68. Alex


    11 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.

  69. Sami Drif

    Sami Drif

    11 uur geleden

    Ask France

  70. Mopap Zayi

    Mopap Zayi

    12 uur geleden

    "God doesn't give everything"

  71. purple tree

    purple tree

    13 uur geleden

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

  72. Moubarak Halidou

    Moubarak Halidou

    13 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

  73. monkE


    13 uur geleden

    This made me remember of Outer Banks.

  74. oriwan


    14 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..

  75. Stephen Dreessen

    Stephen Dreessen

    14 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....?

  76. Wong Chwin Yen

    Wong Chwin Yen

    15 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...

  77. Bald Boss Media TV

    Bald Boss Media TV

    15 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

  78. Marcelle Roedolph

    Marcelle Roedolph

    15 uur geleden

    Who's racist now

  79. Korey Danilson

    Korey Danilson

    15 uur geleden

    I uki

  80. Linda Aya New

    Linda Aya New

    15 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.

  81. Mill Mill

    Mill Mill

    15 uur geleden

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

  82. SOMALIA 91

    SOMALIA 91

    16 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!!

  83. Philip Buckley

    Philip Buckley

    16 uur geleden

    any good deal on diamonds....

  84. Camelia D

    Camelia D

    16 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-__-

  85. Gustavo Corral

    Gustavo Corral

    16 uur geleden

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

  86. Joe Doe

    Joe Doe

    16 uur geleden

    Apparently the miracle juice can cure everything. Except stupidity.

  87. Prim Rizvi

    Prim Rizvi

    16 uur geleden

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

  88. Pro Saint

    Pro Saint

    16 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..

  89. Ge Ta

    Ge Ta

    17 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.

  90. rubens herrera

    rubens herrera

    17 uur geleden

    That juice looks like spicy 😂😂😂

  91. Hi! Don vous speak!

    Hi! Don vous speak!

    17 uur geleden

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

    • Dean Ggold

      Dean Ggold

      16 uur geleden

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

  92. Cheryl Jane

    Cheryl Jane

    17 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.

  93. dom taylor

    dom taylor

    18 uur geleden

    Watching this on my phone feeling guilty people died

  94. Nickesha Brown

    Nickesha Brown

    18 uur geleden

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

  95. Villanueva Ink

    Villanueva Ink

    18 uur geleden

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

  96. Jonash Pañas

    Jonash Pañas

    18 uur geleden

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

    • DW Documentary

      DW Documentary

      6 uur geleden

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

  97. acajudi100


    19 uur geleden

    I will be 79 in October 2021, and happy I travelled on my own dime, from age 20-73. I was born, educated, and earned all my income from working.. I share most generously with non beggars. Acapulco and Singapore were the only places I wanted to retire, but the earthquakes and the expensive cost of living were the deal breakers. There is no reason for people living and dying on the streets. Replace the incomes, when you shut down incomes. My choice was to work, travel, and help where I could with both hands.

  98. Emma L

    Emma L

    19 uur geleden

    Are you kidding me? Juice?! Wtf! These people need another “prophet”, someone tells them the truth!

  99. Hug Hug

    Hug Hug

    19 uur geleden

    Got juice?

  100. Craig Kaschan

    Craig Kaschan

    19 uur geleden

    Government wouldn’t like documentaries like this. He’s a millionaire and can’t afford machinary for his workers that make him rich. He’s just another corrupt politician. Driven by greed while one of his workers is relying on god for the dream of a motor car. Sure he doesn’t employ children.