Africa

Luanda Leaks stories from around the world
Kyra Gurney · January 23, 2020

From Brazilian real estate to Swiss jewelry, read all the headlines from Luanda Leaks stories from dozens of ICIJ’s media partners around the world.

How Africa’s richest woman exploited family ties, shell companies and inside deals to build an empire
Sydney P. Freedberg, Scilla Alecci, Will Fitzgibbon and 2 more · January 19, 2020

Isabel dos Santos made a fortune at the expense of the Angolan people, Luanda Leaks reveals.

Western advisers helped an autocrat’s daughter amass and shield a fortune
Ben Hallman, Kyra Gurney, Scilla Alecci and 1 more · January 19, 2020

Isabel dos Santos created a shell empire to move tainted billions — lawyers, accountants and consultants made it possible.

Watch: Luanda Leaks is a ‘global story’
Scilla Alecci · January 19, 2020

Isabel dos Santos claims her success is self-made. Luanda Leaks, an investigation by the ICIJ and 36 media partners, reveals the true origins of her fortune.

From Colonization to Kleptocracy: A history of Angola
Antonio Cucho · January 16, 2020

Our visual explainer shows you how Africa’s richest woman rose amid a country divided by war and rich in natural resources.

About the Luanda Leaks Investigation
Fergus Shiel and Ben Hallman · January 15, 2020

As Isabel dos Santos tells it, she made her massive fortune through business acumen, grit and entrepreneurial spirit. Luanda Leaks reveals a dramatically different story about how she became Africa’s richest woman.

What is the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa?
Douglas Dalby · January 15, 2020

ICIJ received the Luanda Leaks documents from the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF).

Being a ‘troublemaker’ in Ghana: verify, verify, verify
Will Fitzgibbon · October 28, 2019

Don’t pretend to know it all, says experienced investigative reporter Emmanuel Dogbevi, from Ghana. “It’s all about a learning attitude.”

Press Freedom Fears After West Africa Leaks Reporter Convicted in Benin
Will Fitzgibbon · August 25, 2019

A journalist who exposed the offshore accounts of a corporate titan has been fined and given a suspended jail sentence under a new digital media law.

Uganda, Mauritius, and Kenya: What’s life like as a reporter?
Zshekinah Collier · July 25, 2019

We spoke with three of our partners from Uganda, Kenya and Mauritius about what press freedom was like at home – and the challenges they overcome.