October 20, 2017
Nigeria: Does a Nigerian Lawmaker Earn More Than U.S. President Donald Trump?
Terming it "strange, unthinkable and very disheartening", the leader of a Nigerian pro-reform group castigated the "monumental" pay of the country's lawmakers. Read more »
October 09, 2017
South Africa: No Way to Verify Whether 80 Percent of Same-Sex Marriages in SA Are By Afrikaans Speakers
One language group in South Africa seemed to have leapt at the opportunity to enter into same-sex marriages - if a version of Wikipedia is to be believed. Read more »
October 05, 2017
Nigeria: Does Nigeria's Yoruba Have the World's Highest Twin Birth Rate?
The idea that eating yams increases the chance of twins seems to be backed up by the high twinning rate in parts where the vegetable is popular. But it's not grounded in solid… Read more »
September 26, 2017
Nigeria: The Many 'Defeats' of Boko Haram
At the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly thanked the king of Jordan for donating military hardware to his country to… Read more »
September 19, 2017
Kenya: Did Historic Court Ruling Wipe Out Nearly U.S.$1 Billion From Stock Exchange?
The surprise decision by Kenya’s top court to annul the presidential election cost the stock market billions of shillings, deputy president William Ruto said. Read more »
September 14, 2017
Africa: Does Africa Only Have 3 Facilities to Repair Aircraft?
To attract investors, Nigeria's Kaduna state wants to repair aircraft. But would its planned facility be only the fourth on the continent, as the state's governor's account… Read more »
September 07, 2017
South Africa: Mayor's 'Absurd' Claim That Undocumented Foreigners Make Up 80% of Joburg Inner City
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba is a year into his job and trying to make good on election promises to clean up the inner city. Yet different sources of data contradicts his… Read more »
September 06, 2017
Africa: Do 45 Percent of Nigerian Women Get Married Before Their 18th Birthday?
"45% of Nigerian women married before age 18" read the headline of a prominent Nigeria-focused publication. Is there data to back up this figure? Read more »
September 05, 2017
South Africa: No - Heart Disease Is Not SA's Leading Cause of Death, As Health24 Tweeted
September is Heart Awareness Month in South Africa, aiming to focus attention on cardiovascular disease. But could it be South Africa's leading cause of death? Read more »
September 04, 2017
Africa: Is Kenya the First African Country to Overturn a Presidential Election?
Kenya's Supreme Court has judged that irregularities had harmed the integrity of the presidential vote on 8 August 2017. A new presidential election must now be conducted within 60… Read more »
August 29, 2017
South Africa: Black Ownership On SA's Stock Exchange - What We Know
Black participation in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange continues to be the topic of heated debate in South Africa. This guide explains the different estimates and the methodologies… Read more »
August 28, 2017
Nigeria: Everyday Corruption in Nigeria - Who Is On the Take?
In winning Nigeria's 2015 election, President Muhammadu Buhari successfully cast himself as an anti-corruption crusader. But as our factsheet shows, Nigerians' experience with… Read more »
August 24, 2017
Kenya: Do Mothers and Newborns Run a Higher Risk of Dying in Nairobi?
Kenya's freshly elected representatives are full of plans and promises. Nairobi governor Mike Sonko pledged to improve health standards, saying mothers and newborns have a higher… Read more »
August 23, 2017
Kenya: New MPs 'Seeking Higher Pay' - What Would They Earn?
Kenya's newly-elected members of parliament are yet to be sworn in but they are already causing ripples after media reports that they are seeking to raise their salaries. Read more »
August 22, 2017
Nigeria: Did David Cameron Say UK Would 'Cease to Exist' If It Were Looted Like Nigeria?
Former British prime minister David Cameron is famed to have given Nigeria the moniker of "fantastically corrupt". Read more »
August 16, 2017
South Africa: Where Is the Mandela Quote in the Most-Liked Tweet Ever From?
A tweet by former US president Barack Obama in response to violence in the US town of Charlottesville has become the most-liked tweet in Twitter's history. Read more »
August 10, 2017
Nigeria: Does Nigeria Have the World's Most Girls Out-of-School, As Activist Malala Claimed?
Celebrated girls' rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria where she called for a state of emergency on education. Does she get full marks for her claim that the country… Read more »
July 28, 2017
Kenya: The Presidential Debate That Wasn't - Did Odinga Get His Facts Straight?
Despite being much-anticipated, Kenya's presidential frontrunners kept the country guessing whether they would pitch for a debate broadcast live . We examined 3 claims by the main… Read more »
July 27, 2017
South Africa: Does 1 in 5 South African Kids Skip Breakfast, As an Ad Said?
Emphasising the importance of a healthy breakfast, a South African margarine brand claimed that one in five South African children don't eat one. Read more »
July 20, 2017
Nigeria: Is Oil-Rich Rivers State Safer Than Lagos, Kano & 3 Others As Its Governor Claimed?
The governor of Nigeria's Rivers state is wooing investors. As part of Nyesom Wike's pitch, he insists that his administration's investments in security in the southern state are… Read more »
July 13, 2017
South Africa: Femicide - Three Numbers About the Murdering of Women Investigated
After the murder of young Johannesburg woman Karabo Mokoena (22) - allegedly by her ex-lover - the usual discussion about how to end femicide in South Africa followed. Africa Check… Read more »
July 11, 2017
South Africa: No Scientific Credibility to Claim That Vaping Is 95 Percent Safer Than Traditional Cigarettes
Tobacco smokers turn to battery-powered electronic cigarettes, some containing nicotine, in places where smoking is banned or to help them quit. Many believe "vaping" is much less… Read more »
July 02, 2017
Kenya: The Jubilee Party Manifesto - 4 Claims Fact-Checked
Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party is seeking a second term in a general election on August 8 2017. To bolster its case, on 26 June it released its manifesto. Read more »
June 29, 2017
Nigeria: Has Nigeria Ever Allocated More Than 30 Percent of Its Budget to Infrastructure Projects?
Looking to spur an ailing economy, Nigeria’s acting president recently signed the 2017 budget into law, following months of delay. Read more »
June 26, 2017
South Africa: 98 Percent of South African Airways' Spending Didn't Go to White-Owned Companies
A South African minister's claim that the national airline spends just 2% on black-owned companies caused a stir. This report presents the facts. Read more »