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 »
June 23, 2017
Nigeria: Are 30 of Nigeria's 36 States Behind On Pension Payouts?
For decades, the plight of retired people in Nigeria has been dire. Pensioners have died while queueing for their cheques while many don't receive them at all. Are most of… Read more »
June 21, 2017
Africa: WHO Figure Wrong - 11% of Births in Sub-Saharan Africa to Teens - Not 50%
Until Africa Check started looking into it, the World Health Organization said on the French version of their website that a startling half of births in sub-Saharan Africa are to… Read more »
June 14, 2017
South Africa: Are Fewer Than 6,000 Babies Born HIV+ Every Year, As Zuma Said?
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma highlighted the success of his administration's HIV policies in parliament recently. Does official data back up his claim that fewer than 6,000… Read more »
June 06, 2017
South Africa: Can You Trace a Missing Person Using Their Phone's IMEI Number... Even When It's Off?
Researched by Ina Skosana & Gopolang Makou Read more »
June 04, 2017
Africa: Are Mexican Farmers Benefitting From Kenya's Maize Crisis?
Raila Odinga, Kenya's main opposition candidate, claimed that foreign maize farmers are benefiting at the expense of Kenyan growers following a food crisis. We weighed up the… Read more »
June 01, 2017
South Africa: Levels of Child Sexual Abuse Even Higher Than Activist Claimed
A South African activist said in radio interview that a quarter of girls and 17% of boys would be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This turned out to be an… Read more »
May 30, 2017
Nigeria: Buhari and APC's Campaign Promises - Appraising 9 Pledges 2 Years On
Nigeria's 2017 Democracy Day - celebrated every year on 29 May - marked the 2nd anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari's All Progressive Congress government. Read more »
May 26, 2017
South Africa: No Evidence for Govt's 'Truly Amazing' House Delivery Rate
South Africa's housing minister claims that her department delivers 1,200 houses per day. Departmental statistics suggests it's a third of that. Read more »
May 24, 2017
Africa: Is 80% of Africa's Population Without Electricity?
The head of Africa at the World Economic Forum recently said that only about 20% of Africans have access to electricity. We pulled the data. Read more »
May 19, 2017
South Africa: Does Rooibos Tea Reduce Stress Hormones, Helping You Lose Weight?
The idea that South Africa's iconic rooibos herbal tea can help you lose weight frequently pops up in publications. Read more »
May 18, 2017
South Africa: Is Suicide the 3rd Leading Cause of Death for Ages 15-24?
A South African community newspaper has claimed only car accidents and murder kill more young people in the country. The data doesn't support the claim. Read more »