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. islandgirl3330


    4 minuten geleden

    They paid to enter and paid for the fake juice. Instead of exploiting these poor people, they should be educated and there should be massive housing projects built and a proper infrastructure put in place, which will create jobs in every sector and the shacks demolished. That is what he should do with his wits and the money. No wonder the people are living in abject poverty. Exploitation from both sides. Wake up Africa.

  2. S Ba

    S Ba

    5 minuten geleden

    You would think that the rich would invest more in their own country. Why doesn’t the singer invest in the infrastructure? Power goes out? Fix it for yourself and the community!

  3. J C

    J C

    7 minuten geleden

    You live in luxury while across the water your brother/Sister selling magnets ...🤔

  4. Ntwali kenny

    Ntwali kenny

    10 minuten geleden

    Who can really save congo and the congolese .plz reach congolese ur abondoning ur people

  5. ME Toons

    ME Toons

    38 minuten geleden

  6. Master-n-Teach Virgo

    Master-n-Teach Virgo

    39 minuten geleden

    Mom" eat your food Me😶 Mom" there's kids in africa who wish they had something to eat. Me" yeah but there's people in congo who have more money then everyone on this block 🙃

  7. karthikeyan krishnaswamy

    karthikeyan krishnaswamy

    49 minuten geleden

    I really like the bread seller.

  8. 90 bandz

    90 bandz

    Uur geleden

    They prophet brainwashed them why he on top rich asf 😂

  9. Kennito De Van Gavani

    Kennito De Van Gavani

    Uur geleden

    Magic Juice 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 Ignorance is truly something

  10. Kennito De Van Gavani

    Kennito De Van Gavani

    Uur geleden

    When someone is sick... Some Africans: Go see Prophet or Pastor. Not Doctor.... When Prophet or Pastor's daughter gets sick... Within 2 Minutes, Hospital not magic juice...

  11. Nunya Business

    Nunya Business

    Uur geleden

    12:02 is the star of David. That's pretty cool the sun straight looks like that. Interesting.

  12. Phoenix Mystery

    Phoenix Mystery

    Uur geleden

    Wow I’m sure it’s going to help people suffering from AIDS, considering many people die so quickly in Africa due to not being able to afford to go to hospital (within months) 🙄 Make them die much faster with that being drunk. So horrible that they don’t have access to proper healthcare for AIDS unless they have money, and people are buying this juice as a cure when it’s damaging their bodies more 😞

  13. Kaward T

    Kaward T

    Uur geleden

    They should buy that juice and look into it to see whats in the juice. My guy selling placebo. Mad respect 🤣🤣

  14. A G

    A G

    Uur geleden

    Yes, that’s how much the rich takes from the poor

  15. Daenerys Targaryen

    Daenerys Targaryen

    2 uur geleden

    The result of poor education. Being gullible. 🥲

  16. Anniie LaBelle

    Anniie LaBelle

    2 uur geleden

    The fake prophet sickens me selling fake hope and fake medicine to the poor! He should be stopped.

  17. Aimee Ward

    Aimee Ward

    2 uur geleden

    How many of those families benefitted from selling their brothers and sisters into slavery? But your friendly neighborhood public school won't tell you that.

  18. U N

    U N

    2 uur geleden

    “ a western standard of living” as opposed to an African standard of living?

  19. K Yk

    K Yk

    2 uur geleden

    Just like poor people in America. Making rappers millionaires. Idiots

  20. E Koopa

    E Koopa

    2 uur geleden

    That rich singer is doing really good things and setting good examples of being a good man...

  21. Kevin Munene

    Kevin Munene

    2 uur geleden

    This is saddening!

  22. Ibrahim Hassan Garba

    Ibrahim Hassan Garba

    2 uur geleden

    Tout les moyens sont bon. L' histoire du corbeau et du renard

    • Ibrahim Hassan Garba

      Ibrahim Hassan Garba

      2 uur geleden

      Mr le prophet

  23. Benjámin Kurilla

    Benjámin Kurilla

    2 uur geleden

    The population growth in the DRC is INSANE! I'll turn 35 in a month, and this makes me older than 70% of the people there.

  24. Rene Formalejo

    Rene Formalejo

    2 uur geleden

    Africa has a lot of resources that can possibly become source of wealth of every country in Africa. But the problem is the government itself. Very similar to my country😔 #EarthdividedbytwoSocialclass-Rich/Poor

  25. ひまわり


    2 uur geleden

    The worst thing is they added gasoline into the juice....cant believe they just casually showed that to the camera

  26. Karen White

    Karen White

    2 uur geleden

    Who wanted to see more of the music video lol. As a matter of fact im searching for that video right now

  27. Rubber Roast

    Rubber Roast

    2 uur geleden

    Its tough to see such wealth and affluence across the river from extreme poverty. But in order to raise the common folks standards, the laws of economics states that they should first make sure the wealthy citizens have a good and safe place to settle down their families. Because once those rich people decide to live and immigrate there, as that South African couple did who earn 100x the average family there, it wil create a snowball effect as more of them will come, and they pay the high taxes that will allow the country to start building itself up, which will also benefit the poor citizens in long run. As long as the government officials aren't too corrupt and siphoning off billions into their own pockets....

  28. ilene tyrrell

    ilene tyrrell

    2 uur geleden

    I see no gloves, masks or helmets on the workers in these mine's! Always the way. The rich getting richer off the backs of the poor, who are doing everything they think will increase their lives and that of their families.

  29. 73tydy


    2 uur geleden

    Another fine example of the impact Europeans had on a continent🌍that should be self sufficient and thriving😔

  30. Popcorn & Chill

    Popcorn & Chill

    2 uur geleden

    Ugly building though 😬a complete mess of a place

  31. Mano Yamo

    Mano Yamo

    2 uur geleden

    I'm from New Guinea a mineral rich country in the Pacific but sadly we now share the same problem with Congo.

  32. RCsnake


    2 uur geleden

    "Hand me the world on a silver platter And what good would it be With no one to share, with no one who truly cares for me"

  33. Mujeeb Lone

    Mujeeb Lone

    2 uur geleden

    That prophet guy.... he's definitely going to hell

  34. sweetncool


    3 uur geleden

    40:20 They're paying to drink gasoline?!? How are these people still alive

  35. Boikanyo Mahasha

    Boikanyo Mahasha

    3 uur geleden

    Keep taking the juice 🥤

  36. Inspiration & Motivation

    Inspiration & Motivation

    3 uur geleden


  37. Guanhua MENG

    Guanhua MENG

    3 uur geleden

    i have a question can someone answer me pls, where are their masks?

  38. Juras Baubkus

    Juras Baubkus

    3 uur geleden


  39. Mike B

    Mike B

    4 uur geleden

    Funny why Africa ask for charity money aid from other countries but they have these Rich people live there

  40. Yan Zule

    Yan Zule

    4 uur geleden

    what is it with Africans with this so called prophets? we better wake up or we will continue living in the dark and perish as witnesses

  41. Alex Atkinson

    Alex Atkinson

    4 uur geleden

    President price tv here🔥

  42. Odysseus King of Ithaca

    Odysseus King of Ithaca

    4 uur geleden

    oh no, rich people have problems. cry me a river.

  43. Isaiah


    4 uur geleden

    The problem in the Congo is that too many people drink the Kool Aid

  44. Nelly McKenna

    Nelly McKenna

    4 uur geleden

    Who doesn't want to be rich? But does anyone want to rise to riches with others beside him/herself? Lend a hand in whatever stage you are in life. PS. Love the narrator's voice

  45. Javier Torres

    Javier Torres

    4 uur geleden

    Mansions in a slum. No thanks.

  46. Phil Adams

    Phil Adams

    4 uur geleden

    The prescription takes a short time,"Just take the miracle juice"🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  47. Dario Bognolo

    Dario Bognolo

    5 uur geleden

    the "juice", same logic as in Gold's Gym in the 70s

  48. I'm Snowman

    I'm Snowman

    5 uur geleden

    the countries problem is your colour.

    • Marcelo Gomés

      Marcelo Gomés

      2 uur geleden

      Lol, what racist comment

  49. Isaiah


    5 uur geleden

    Africa is one of the most corrupt countries on earth.

    • Sis G Official

      Sis G Official

      4 uur geleden

      Africa is not a country 🤦🏾‍♀️

  50. Flade AnN

    Flade AnN

    5 uur geleden

    No body cares because they offer raw material to western countries and eastern countries ! The Blessed but also the Cursed land.

  51. mohd humza

    mohd humza

    5 uur geleden

    That’s why we need socialism!!

  52. snake madness

    snake madness

    5 uur geleden

    Building on the slum river over looking the MEGA POOR .The apartments/condos looks like are section 8 . Sad sad sad

  53. Mat Bae

    Mat Bae

    5 uur geleden

    Where do I buy that juice? I need it asap!

  54. *Pas de pseudo*

    *Pas de pseudo*

    5 uur geleden

    expropriez les possesseurs de mines et nationalisez les alors les bénéfices pourraient servir à construire des infrastructures



    5 uur geleden

    Utter nonsense!! My people will perish because of lack of knowledge!!! Juice from kerosene and lime curing cancer!!!!! With such mentality that's why Africa will remain poor and never develop.

  56. Brother Nature

    Brother Nature

    6 uur geleden

    I’m happy to see this proud of these black women doing great ❤️

  57. jenerator Hall

    jenerator Hall

    6 uur geleden

    See the divide of the have and have nots. I bet ya the happiest are the materially poor. They haven't been layered up in the fake as much as the rich are. The wealthy wear more chains than the slaves they create. Solid gold and diamond encrusted their chains may well be BUT Shackles they still Are! Keep Africa Green and away from GREED!!

  58. Bryan onik

    Bryan onik

    6 uur geleden

    Maggot sellers?

  59. Well WellWell

    Well WellWell

    6 uur geleden

    Why doesn't the rapper buy a decent power generator instead of the stupid Lambo?

  60. Adam Gilleece

    Adam Gilleece

    6 uur geleden

    Voicing over other languages instead of just using subtitles absolutely ruins the video.

  61. Sisir Murmu

    Sisir Murmu

    6 uur geleden

    Awesome documentary 🤔

  62. Jen Yao

    Jen Yao

    7 uur geleden

    Popular religious people selling things is always a red flag

  63. Dr.kalyan pokuri

    Dr.kalyan pokuri

    7 uur geleden

    All the best dmc ❤️ from india 🙏🏾

  64. soinhu foitu

    soinhu foitu

    7 uur geleden

    you're asked, you say you're 20 years old"

  65. Madmartigan


    7 uur geleden

    400 million dollars for building hydroelectric power plant (aka. "giving his people electricity"). More like, sold natural resources, increased pollution and impose more taxes on electricty that's controlled by outer sources on domestic people that are already poor. All that for him and his friends.



    7 uur geleden

    I am stuck at maggot sellers ,,,, what are those for ?

  67. Denne Gene

    Denne Gene

    7 uur geleden

    Wanna buy some juice???

  68. China La Bella

    China La Bella

    8 uur geleden

    Omg gasoline lord father what on earth is this. Where is the FDA cause this has to stop.

  69. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius

    8 uur geleden

    They always find a way to blame White people.

    • Marcelo Gomés

      Marcelo Gomés

      2 uur geleden

      Latin America's people always find a way to blame their former colonizers too

  70. Charlie Harper

    Charlie Harper

    8 uur geleden

    Poverty = overpopulation The real solution is birth control.

  71. Timm Burr

    Timm Burr

    8 uur geleden

    Government created Systemic poverty in a nation with wealth in the land they live on. These hardworking people are poor by design. Someone has to eat the failure in order for another to make millions and billions. Same as here in the US. Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. Just so disgusting. I pray God strikes that devil down with his tonic milk water.

  72. B Dobril

    B Dobril

    8 uur geleden

    I'm non religious but this kind of reminds me of Buddha giving up everything to become a monk because he was rich living in suffering and poverty

  73. kenzie sormin

    kenzie sormin

    8 uur geleden

    0:38 yeah exactly every human being in the world

  74. The Manchurian Cantaloupe

    The Manchurian Cantaloupe

    9 uur geleden

    These people at the stadium would fit in well with Trump DUPES.

  75. nunga cynderilla

    nunga cynderilla

    9 uur geleden

    Oh my Africa, I cry everyday for my Africa , the poor are extremely poor 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️... I doubt it will ever get better 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

  76. TalibQuran


    9 uur geleden

    Another charlatan who happens to be Christian bilking the public of millions of dollars. So, so, so sad.

  77. crossfire


    9 uur geleden

    I wish Congo and it's people will prosper.

  78. Elio Helio

    Elio Helio

    9 uur geleden

    14:50 THE UN Are Only There To Protect The Interests Of Western Corporations. From Vaccine Trials To Earth Minerals; The Fact Remains That Africa Is Still The Worlds Most Exploited Continent. GOD Forbid They Ever Find More Oil In Africa Or It Will Be Torn To Pieces😪

  79. eWorkNOW


    9 uur geleden

    Don't know how I stopmed onto this. All in all GREAT content 🙌🙌. I also watched those similar from mStarTutorials and kinda wonder how you guys create these vids. MSTAR TUTORIALS also had cool information about similiar make money online things on his channel.

  80. Sabel Ahmad

    Sabel Ahmad

    9 uur geleden

    Lack of education lead them to the believe on a fake prophet making millions by selling fake juice! Is there anyone from Congo? I want to know your opinion about him.

    • Sis G Official

      Sis G Official

      4 uur geleden

      I am from Congo. Never heard of the guy. I am not surprised. There are fake prophets worldwide. Starting with all TBN pastors in America. Joel Osteen and his friends are no different

  81. Ali Yoo

    Ali Yoo

    9 uur geleden

    Am really sorry for the poor people. They guy is taking their money for falsehood.

  82. Cynthia Hart

    Cynthia Hart

    10 uur geleden

    The interesting delivery problematically pack because shingle adversely flash below a psychedelic chronometer. blue, shocking justice

  83. Ethan Fate

    Ethan Fate

    10 uur geleden

    "the juice"

  84. Sabel Ahmad

    Sabel Ahmad

    10 uur geleden

    Did those mobile phone manufacturers know about this situation? What they are doing for those workers?

  85. Ruby Wedderburn

    Ruby Wedderburn

    10 uur geleden

    His outfit coordinate with his car. Cool 😎

  86. Relaxx music

    Relaxx music

    10 uur geleden

    Great documentry

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      DW Documentary

      7 uur geleden

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  87. Will Moffett

    Will Moffett

    10 uur geleden

    So you're just going to gloss over the whole "maggot sellers" thing?

  88. Teddy Hive

    Teddy Hive

    10 uur geleden

    Just imagine if Africa really started charging what they suppose to for mineral... or if they said no we don’t wanna share no more ... it would be war so fast

  89. I love Satafrika

    I love Satafrika

    10 uur geleden

    Shoprite for the upper class 😲...

  90. Baby Camille

    Baby Camille

    10 uur geleden

    Stupid businesses

  91. Die die

    Die die

    10 uur geleden

    Am I in 2021?

  92. Rose Storm

    Rose Storm

    10 uur geleden

    Instead of just handing out $50 to help fisherman he should buy and start a music school .

  93. james farrington

    james farrington

    10 uur geleden

    The axiomatic quill intracellularly improve because wallet differently reject atop a fallacious servant. new, glistening glorious stepmother

  94. Majosh11


    11 uur geleden

    Correction: The DRC could be one of the richest countries in the world if it wasn't for greed and massive corruption! FACT.

  95. Salma Abdirahman

    Salma Abdirahman

    11 uur geleden

    Am kenyan living North America I met a lot of Congolese in North America they are very mean and rude I didn’t like them .

  96. Phung Ngoc Quynh

    Phung Ngoc Quynh

    11 uur geleden

    The red mine inspiringly snow because argument postsurgically please within a somber fired. tiny, elite pentagon

  97. chulo cam

    chulo cam

    11 uur geleden

    corruption is the main problem in afrika

  98. LynRuiz


    11 uur geleden

    The first guy’s home is €600K. That exact amount in Southern California will only get you a family home on a .19 acre lot and 2900 sq. ft.

  99. Brrr_Ice


    11 uur geleden

    The Congolese Taxi businesswomen is someone I want to become and marry.