December 07, 2017
South Africa: Zuma Wrong - More Than 34 Percent of SA Homes Had Electricity Access in 1994
What share of South African households had access to electricity in 1994? Read more »
December 06, 2017
South Africa: #5Facts - Water in South Africa
While residents in South Africa's economic capital of Johannesburg seek shelter from current rains, Cape Town residents are being pressured to further reduce their water… Read more »
November 29, 2017
Nigeria: Taking Stock of 5 Claims in Buhari's 2018 Budget Speech
Nigeria's president is firmly back in the driving seat after two medical leaves of absence. Now mid-term, President Muhammadu Buhari has outlined his spending plans for 2018. But… Read more »
November 27, 2017
Africa: Anti-Poverty Group Misleads With Patchwork of Data On Women's Education in Africa
Anti-poverty campaign group ONE is shining a spotlight on 10 countries, nine of them in Africa, where girls find it "toughest" to get an education. But does the data bear this out? Read more »
November 23, 2017
Zimbabwe: It's Dr. Dre's Mansion - Not Mugabe's 'Blue Roof' House, Citizen Newspaper
Drawing on a story by the UK's dubious Daily Mail, Citizen newspaper in South Africa reported about a "depressed" Mugabe being "cooped up" in his Harare home. Read more »
Zimbabwe: No, Daily Mail - Zimbabwe Isn't 'The Second Poorest Country On the Planet'
Showing what it said was the extravagant lifestyle of Zimbabwe's wealthy and well-connected young elite, UK tabloid Daily Mail sought to contrast their living standards with those… Read more »
November 16, 2017
Africa: Goat Gives Birth to 'Human' Kids... for Real?
A photo of "human" kids delivered by a goat in Nigeria's Yobe state went viral on social media recently. In June 2017, a similar incident was reported in South Africa's Eastern… Read more »
November 15, 2017
Africa: Is SA 'Among the Top Six in the World' for Nuclear Medicine Ingredients?
South Africa's third energy minister for 2017 has high praise for the country's nuclear capabilities. Here's what we know about South Africa's contribution to nuclear medicine. Read more »
November 14, 2017
Ghana: Social Media's Favourite Little Boy 'Doing Wonderful'
The boy that took timelines by storm this time a year ago “is doing wonderful”. Read more »
November 01, 2017
Africa: Does Nigeria Have the Most People With Diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa?
A top drug firm executive said Nigeria registers the most new cases of diabetes in the region and that 5 million people in the country are living with the disease. Do the claims… Read more »
October 25, 2017
Nigeria: No, #Nigeria Doesn't Have the World's Most Out-of-School Children - BBC Africa
Why does Nigeria have the highest number of children out-of-school in the world? BBC Africa asked this question on Twitter to introduce what it said was an investigation into the… Read more »
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 »
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