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The African Power Players Named in Paradise Papers Leaks

The paradise papers are a snapshot of a global elite living outside the rules

The Paradise Papers consist of 13.4 million leaked documents detailing how the global elite hide their wealth in offshore tax havens. Like the Panama Papers before it, the research into the database was coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists alongside dozens of partner publications. The bulk of the documents come from the law firm Appleby, based in Bermuda—the picturesque island with lax tax laws that give the Paradise Papers its name.


On their site, the ICIJ have compiled an interactive list of many of the power players found in the documents. And while there are some notable African names on the list, it's a truly global roster of bigwigs from former Canadian Prime Ministers, to Trump associates and most notably the Queen of England.

As the ICIJ warns on their site:

There are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly. Many people and entities have the same or similar names. We suggest you confirm the identities of any individuals or entities located in the database based on addresses or other identifiable information. If you find an error in the database please get in touch with us.

Check out some of the names of those implicated below and hit the link to take you to their profiles on the ICIJ site:

Sam Kahamba Kutesa

Sally Kosgei

John Mahama

Hakainde Sammy Hichilema

Bukola Saraki

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ahmad Ali al-Mirghani

Hosni Mubarak

Mohammed VI of Morocco

John Agyekum Kufuor

Lansana Conté

Jacob Zuma

Laurent Gbagbo

Jaynet Désirée Kabila Kyungu

José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos

Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua

Emmanuel Ndahiro

James Ibori

Attan Shansonga

Kofi Annan

Karim Wade

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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