Africa Investigates is a documentary series that gives some of Africa’s best
journalists the opportunity to pursue high-level investigative targets across the
continent – using their unique perspective and local knowledge to put
corruption, exploitation and abuse under the spotlight. The series is produced
by Insight TWI and commissioned by the Al Jazeera International news
Africa Investigates was conceived by award winning African journalists and
investigators Sorious Samura and Anas Aremeyaw Anas together with
Diarmuid Jeffreys of Al Jazeera and Ron McCullagh of Insight News TV (now
Insight TWI: The World Investigates).
All too often in the past, African reporters have not been able to pursue
wrongdoing because it involves powerful figures who wield undue influence
over local media – financial, corporate or political – or because it is simply too
dangerous. Investigative journalism is a perilous profession in many African
nations, where intimidation, beatings, imprisonment and death threats can be
an occupational hazard. As a result they have often had to sit idly by while
Africa’s story has been told by Western correspondents, “parachuted in” for
the purpose, who reinforce stereotypical views about African people and their
supposed inability to face up to and solve their own problems.
It is this trend that Africa Investigates seeks to correct.
Since the launch of the first series in 2011, Africa Investigates has
empowered African investigative journalists to produce impactful and award
winning documentary films that have revealed the truth about corruption and
abuse across the continent (See list of some notable films and synopsis
Now in its third season, Africa Investigates seeks to empower even more
African Investigative journalists to tackle the biggest and most important
stories across the continent.
GhOne is a new addition to the EIB (Excellence in Broadcasting) family with
the vision to become the premier Information and Communication Services
Organization by leading our Market with a Global Perspective.
As the hub of news, current affairs and entertainment especially for the youth
across the country, we are inspired to influence society positively hence our
partnership with Insight TWI; The World Investigates and Al Jazeera
International News Network in the broadcasting of one of the most sought
after award winning documentary films that has revealed the truth about
corruption and abuse across the continent.
At GhOne we are committed to serving our dear nation with quality news,
current affairs and entertaining productions with the mindset of inspiring our
viewers with thought provoking television content. In View of this GhOne
Television is happy to partner with Insight TWI; The World Investigates and Al
Jazeera International News Network to give Ghanaians the opportunity to
view the Africa Investigate Documentary Film Series on GhOne Television.
List of Africa Investigates Films
Ghana is the second-largest producer of gold on the continent and is now
home to a large network of gold fraudsters. But the new gold rush has come
with a big rise in scams and confidence tricks. They now represent a major
threat for companies and individuals and many of them take place in Africa.
Investors have lost millions at their hands.
In this investigation, we go undercover to lift the lid on this illusory pot of gold.
Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus
Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Zimbabwean children have taken
quite remarkable risks to smuggle themselves across the border into South
Africa. For the most part they are acting illegally, and most travel alone or
unaccompanied by adult relatives, but it is the only way that many of them feel
they can escape the debilitating poverty, disease and violence they have
experienced under Robert Mugabe’s regime. Zimbabwe’s Child Exodus is a
searing investigation into a phenomenon, ignored by much of the world’s
media, that has seen school-aged African children struggling for survival and
facing a dangerous and uncertain future.
Sierra Leone: Timber!
Illegal logging is laying waste to Sierra Leone’s endangered forests. Despite
years of laws and bans, its precious timber is still being exported abroad and
unless something is done the country’s woodlands will have been destroyed
within a decade. So why can the authorities not do more to stop it?
In this edition of Africa Investigates, reporter Sorious Samura exposes the
high level corruption that is stripping his homeland bare.
Liberia: Living with Ebola
On a journey to the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic, award-winning journalist
Sorious Samura follows Liberia’s poorly paid and ill-equipped health workers
as they risk their lives to treat the infected and recover the bodies of the dead.
With the price of precious metals surging on the world market, Ghana is
experiencing a new gold rush as more people try and get access to its most
famous export. Unfortunately, much of that effort revolves around unlicensed –
and hence illegal – mining operations, known locally as galamsey, which are
often funded by foreign speculators and criminals. The potential profits are
huge but few if any of the groups and individuals involved will spare a thought
for the environmental destruction illegal mining causes or for the safety of
workers they hire, on pitiful salaries, to extract the gold on their behalf. As
Ghanaian investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been discovering,
the consequences of this indifference can be tragic.
Spell of the Albino
In this remarkable episode of Africa Investigates, Tanzanian journalist Richard
Mgamba, albino community representative Isaack Timothy and Ghanaian
investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas set out to Investigate the sinister
trade in the body parts of murdered albinos in Tanzania.
In the process they meet two albino children, victims of vicious assaults that
occurred in the weeks the film was being made. One of them is a 12-year-old
boy who had part of his hand cut off, allegedly with the connivance of his
father who is now in police custody and awaiting trial. The other is a 16-year-
old girl whose left arm was hacked off by a stranger with a machete.
Zimbabwe: Stealing Lives
Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world; nearly
15 pecent of the population carry the virus. Hundreds of thousands of
Zimbabweans are kept alive by anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) given freely by aid
agencies on condition that they are not re-sold and that they are used for
treating those in need. The drugs have played a vital role in stabilizing a
situation that was running out of control a decade ago, citing the death rate by
more than two-thirds.
As Zimbabwean health reporter Cassim John discovered while making this
disturbing film for Africa Investigates, the medicines are somehow being
siphoned out of hospitals, clinics and the national pharmaceutical network and
then sold on the black market – often for use as recreational narcotics.
So who is responsible for this illegal trade and why is it being allowed to
Nigeria’s Fake Doctors
Take a drive though any city or large town in Nigeria and the chances are you
will come across numerous privately owned health clinics, doctor’s surgeries
and hospitals. They are so widespread because Nigeria’s state-run health
system – ranked at 197th out of 200 by the World Health Organization – is
chronically underfunded and so overstretched that it simply cannot meet all
the demands made on it. Private medicine fills the gap and in the best cases,
at least for those who can afford it, it can provide a valuable alternative
Two journalists go undercover to delve into the disturbing world of West
Africa’s quack doctors.
Ghana: Food for Thought
Following the discovery of oil in 2010, Ghana is on the road to becoming one
of Africa’s more economically successful countries. But it is not quite there yet
and still ranks 138th out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development
Index. The most obvious signs of this poverty are found in the north of the
country, where most of the population are small scale subsistence farmers
who have to battle with poor soil quality, an erratic rainy season, and recurrent
floods and droughts. These problems in turn often lead to serious food
shortages and high rates of malnutrition.
In this episode of Africa Investigates, Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw
Anas sets out in search of the answers and unveils a truly shocking tale of
theft and corruption.
Uganda: Temples of Injustice
Judicial corruption undermines the fabric of any modern society. If the police
routinely take bribes and court officials are for sale to the highest bidder, then
justice is put beyond the reach of ordinary people and it becomes impossible
to trust the law.
But as this episode of Africa Investigates reveals, that is exactly what is
happening in Uganda. Local journalist Emmanuel Mutaizibwa goes in search
of bent cops and crooked lawyers. His film – much of which was filmed
undercover in and around one court on the outskirts of the capital Kampala –
reveals that corruption in the judiciary is disturbingly commonplace.