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Is Nigeria’s unemployment rate 18.8%, as widely tweeted?

8th March 2018 When an account called Spectator Index tweeted that Nigeria’s unemployment rate was 18.8%, some expressed doubt. “That Nigeria figure is... 

Are more than a quarter of Nigerian women still subjected to genital mutilation?

27th February 2018 The harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation is still an accepted part of many Nigerian cultures. Reporting on the threat to... 

Verifying key claims in SA’s 2018 State of the Nation address debate

20th February 2018 South Africa’s parliament squeezed in the debate on the State of the Nation address as well as the president’s reply before the budget speech is... 


Fact-checked: Pres Cyril Ramaphosa’s first-ever State of the Nation Address

19th February 2018 New South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was afforded calm and plenty of cheers as he delivered his first state of the nation address. Did he... 

Does Nigeria have 23% of world’s malaria cases, as a major insecticide maker claimed?

7th February 2018 In recent years, major insecticide brand Mortein is highly visible in anti-malaria campaigns in Nigeria. It often partners with state governments... 

Zuma’s broken promise: Mpumalanga high court in SA not yet completed

6th February 2018 The State of the Nation addresses involves reflection on government’s achievements: how many households have been connected to electricity or how... 

No evidence that a child is kidnapped every 30 seconds in South Africa

1st February 2018 A picture of a young child, shoved into a box with her mouth duct-taped shut, accompanies a terrifying viral post shared on Facebook. “STOP HUMAN... 

Did ‘at least 50,000’ Nigerians die from terrorism in 2017?

25th January 2018 Attacks linked to Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have claimed more than 120 lives this year, sparking reprisal attacks in what is seen as a struggle... 

Yes, education & jobs ‘belong to same WhatsApp group’, as SA’s Malema said

25th January 2018 Reiterating his party’s support for free higher education, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters told supporters that “education and... 

ANC job creation boast ignores SA’s increased unemployment rate

18th January 2018 In one of his first duties as newly-elected president of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa gave the party’s traditional “January... 

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