Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an undercover journalist, attorney and private detective working in Ghana and across the African continent. In disguise, he finds his way into asylums, brothels, prisons, orphanages and villages, where he methodically gathers evidence for hard-hitting stories — then presents the evidence to authorities, who prosecute these criminals in the court of law.
In his latest investigative work, Anas went undercover for two years to expose a total of 34 judges engaged in corruption-related activities. These judges and over 105 judicial staff were caught on camera receiving bribes to influence judgment in Ghana’s courts.
In Barack Obama’s 2009 African policy address in Ghana, he singled out Anas and commended him as “a courageous journalist who risked his life to report the truth.” Prior to that, his work on human trafficking won him the US State Department Hero Award in 2008. In 2009, he exposed a human trafficking ring operating in the West African sub-region. The result was a story Chinese Sex Mafia, which led to three human traffickers receiving a 41-year jail sentence and seven Chinese girls rescued from forced prostitution. Later in the same year, his investigation in a Ghanaian psychiatric hospital led to a widespread awareness of mental health issues in Ghana and the passage of the 2012 Ghana Mental Health Act.
Anas currently works as a lead reporter on Africa Investigates, a documentary series on Al Jazeera, which empowers African journalists to investigate and tell their own stories. Under the Africa Investigates project, Anas has so far produced over ten award-winning investigative documentaries across the continent. He is best known for his works in anti-corruption and human rights, for which he has won countless national and international awards.