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Campaigner in hit and miss with facts about Nigeria’s stroke burden

13th January 2020 On World Stroke Day in 2019, Nigerian media reported on the toll of the life-threatening condition, which is caused by the sudden interruption of... 

Do one in four women in Africa suffer from depression? We checked

9th January 2020 When Wenzile Madonsela Msimanga tweeted about the prevalence of depression among women in Africa, a number of Twitter users wanted to know where... 

More than 15 female vice-chancellors have led Nigerian universities, but higher education still a man’s world

6th December 2019 The recent appointment of Prof Lilian Salami as the vice-chancellor of the University of Benin in Edo state was widely praised.  Salami becomes the... 

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Fact-checked: 5 claims by Kenyan President Kenyatta in national day speech

5th December 2019 Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa hosted Mashujaa Day celebrations for the first time in 2019. One of three annual national days in Kenya and... 

Yes, South Africa’s clean energy output up from zero to ‘over 4.5%’ since 2010

4th December 2019 South Africa’s government had “successfully increased the contribution of clean energy from 0% in 2010 to over 4.5% within five years”, energy... 

South African Airways does not employ 55 500 people

21st November 2019 A strike at cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) led to all local flights being cancelled. Employees are demanding higher pay and for planned... 

Fact-checked: Al Jazeera’s claims about Nigeria’s ‘mental health problem’

19th November 2019 On World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019, Qatar-headquartered news organisation Al Jazeera focused on Nigeria.  In an online report with the... 

Fact-Checked: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s claims about progress in South Africa since 1994

14th November 2019 How has South Africa fared since its first democratic elections in 1994? That’s the question a new government report released by the country’s... 

Has ‘super’ minister been handed nearly half of Kenya’s development cash?

12th November 2019 The “Sh800-billion minister with few answers”: That is how Kenyan daily the Standard recently described transport and infrastructure minister James... 

ICT outstrips oil and gas in Nigeria’s economy – but error in minister’s comparison

7th November 2019 Nigeria’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector contributed more to gross domestic product than the oil and gas sector, Dr Isa... 

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