West Africa Leaks is the largest-ever collaboration of journalists from West Africa.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, in collaboration with the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Reporting in West Africa (Cenozo) and more than a dozen reporters from 11 countries, spent months analyzing the 27.5 million documents that represent years of ICIJ data leaks: Offshore Leaks, Swiss Leaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers.

Many of the reporters involved in West Africa Leaks are the first in their country to explore the leaked data, a reflection of ICIJ’s commitment to grow its network of trusted reporters.

The data includes Swiss bank account details, emails, contracts and passports of some of West Africa’s most high-profile politicians and entrepreneurs. Complex financial spreadsheets also reveal details about how some of the world’s largest multinational corporations do business and may avoid taxes.

ICIJ, Cenozo and partners met in Dakar, Senegal, to launch the project. Reporters used collaborative platforms to share findings and information and to search through multiple terabytes that make up the different offshore leaks.

Special thanks to Cenozo and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (Osiwa).

The Team:


  • Alloycius David (Liberia)
  • Anderson Diedri (Cote d’Ivoire)
  • Bassim Al-Hussaini (Nigeria)
  • David Dembele (Mali)
  • Emmanuel Dogbevi (Ghana)
  • Ignace Soussou (Benin)
  • Maxime Domegni (Togo)
  • Momar Dieng (Senegal)
  • Momar Nieng (Senegal)
  • Moussa Askar (Niger)
  • Nisreen Keita (Burkina Faso)
  • Noel Konan (Cote d’Ivoire)
  • Arlinda Neves (Cape Verde)
  • Daniela Lepiz (Costa Rice/Burkina Faso)

ICIJ team

Lead reporter: Will Fitzgibbon

Editors: Martha M. Hamilton, Fergus Shiel, Ben Hallman and Marina Walker Guevara

Engagement editor: Amy Wilson-Chapman

Online editor: Hamish Boland-Rudder

Fact checkers: Richard H.P. Sia and Margot Williams

Copy editor: Joe Hillhouse

Illustrations: Rocco Fazzari

Map design and development: Pierre Romera and Hilary Fung