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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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