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No, Kenya’s debt not at ‘100% of GDP’ as economist claimed

13th April 2021 In April 2021 the International Monetary Fund found itself in an online storm as thousands of Kenyans protested a US$2.34-billion loan it had... 

No, 60% of women in Nigeria don’t give birth at traditional attendants’ facilities

1st April 2021 Traditional medicine could improve healthcare in Nigeria, experts told a February 2021 meeting of alternative medicine practitioners. One of them,... 

Does agriculture account for nearly half of Nigeria’s economy and provide a living for ‘90% of rural dwellers’?

26th March 2021 To help leave a legacy in Africa, US president Joe Biden should focus on the continent’s economy, said an online news publication. For Nigeria in... 

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Six South African cities in top 20 of world’s ‘most dangerous’? Crime index based on website users’ opinions

24th March 2021 South Africa has a reputation for high rates of crime and violence. And now six of its cities have been named among the most dangerous in the... 

South African MP wrongly claims 70% of informal economy ‘in hands of non-citizens’

16th March 2021 The debate on South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address covered many topics, ranging from gender-based violence to... 

Debating the state of South Africa: did members of parliament get their facts straight?

16th March 2021 “Please keep your masks on and sit in your designated area,” Amos Masondo, chairperson of South Africa’s national council of provinces, told the... 

Catholic doctors in Kenya pushed startling claims about Covid-19. Here’s why they’re wrong

11th March 2021 A day after Kenya took delivery of a million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19, a group of Catholic doctors weighed in.  The... 

Three claims about Kenya’s billion dollar debt to China, checked

9th March 2021 The periodical was correct that China was by far Kenya’s largest bilateral creditor, owed nearly five times as much as the next nearest creditor,... 

Yes, malaria kills more kids under five than in any other age group. Here’s why

25th February 2021 The discovery in Africa of a drug-resistant strain of the parasite that causes malaria is a new threat, as the region continues to battle Covid-19.... 

Chickens and the economy: fact-checking Ramaphosa's #SONA2021

18th February 2021 Ramaphosa didn’t shy away from economic realities, correctly claiming the unemployment rate has reached a “staggering” 30.8% and that the economy... 

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