The New Crusading GUIDE reporters, and a team of invesitgators, release the names of judicial civil servants including top judges, involved in 170 cases of various acts of corruption all over Ghana. 

This was the pinnacle, the ‘coup d’eclat’ of a long carreer for Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the leader of the investigation. He has been for almost two decades, one of the most remarkable activists the African continent has produced in recent memory. Pushing the boundaries of investigative journalism to the edge of activism and “advance the cause of citizens in sub-saharian Africa”. Anas is a character, more precisely he frequently employs the use of a host of creative disguises to carry out his work. This comes with the price of having to hide his own identity ever since. Apart from close collaborators, his face remains a mask of beeds.

This story might seem like an anecdote, but it isn’t. Anas is part of what Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly call in their book “Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change”,the “third wave” of protests in Africa.

This third wave is in relation to two earlier waves of African protest: the anti-colonial struggle that brought independence in the 1960s, and the anti-austerity wave that ushered in political and economic liberalization in the 1980s and 1990s.
Anas is part of this fast changing Africa caught between the flaws of post colonial disappointing corrupt elite and one of the fastest growing ultra-liberal middle class. He is among the one who wants and do shape sub-saharian Africa idea of citizenship, moral standards and new expectations. He is an hybrid: a journalist, human rights activist and proprietor of a private investigation company, Tiger Eye. I see Anas as someone who has invented a particular form of activism.

Moreover, he created with collaborators, the Tiger Eye Foundation in order to disseminate what can be considered as a successful model for positive changes. It is called “Nigeria Investigates”.  “(..) It is a groundbreaking investigative journalism project that works with Nigerian journalists to identify, report and produce stories. ». In a way Anas Aremeyaw Anas is reinventing a form of activism, that prides itself in efficiency, following his famous moto « name, shame and jail ».