About Paul Kenyon
Paul Kenyon is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, presenter and author. He has reported from danger-zones around the world for the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Panorama, and is one of the UK’s most experienced undercover film-makers.
Before becoming Panorama’s youngest reporter, he fronted his own investigative show on BBC1, “Kenyon Confronts”, which specialized in secret filming and daring confrontations of criminal gangs.
He became Panorama’s Africa specialist after several ground-breaking stories in West Africa and Libya.
In 2009 he filmed the most dangerous migration route in the world, from sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean Sea, charting the passage of economic and political migrants into Europe and exposing the work of the people smugglers. He made six films on the issue and was named Specialist Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society. The experience led to publication of his first book, “I am Justice – A Journey Out of Africa”. The Daily Telegraph called it “…a testament to the power of the printed word as medium for foreign reporting.” The BBC’s John Simpson called it “hugely impressive”.
Kenyon has travelled Africa extensively. In Ivory Coast and Ghana he made an award-winning film about child exploitation at the hands of multi national chocolate companies. In Guinea he exposed people trafficking in cargo ships. In 2011 he was the first TV journalist to report from both sides of the Libya conflict, and won the prestigious Association of International Broadcasters Award.
In 2018 he published his second book, “Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa”, an epic modern history about how Africa’s natural resources were plundered, first by colonial regimes and then by the wave of authoritarian leaders who followed.
This is the breathtaking account of how a handful of men were handed a continent of rich lands and poor people. How they became tyrants overnight and turned their countries into cruel kleptocracies. How they ransacked their treasuries to make billion-pound fortunes, and lived in unimaginable luxury while their people often starved. Paul Kenyon is a brilliant writer and reporter who's been there and tells a story of unparalleled greed and western complicity in vivid detail. It's Africa's ruin, but our story too.' Michael Buerk
`The full horror of what happened in Africa from 1960 onwards has never been accurately described... But for those who would like to know how awful it was, it is all here.' Frederick Forsyth