Video of Raila Odinga was filmed at a nightclub in Kenya, not at welcome rally in Nigeria

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A video has drawn tens of thousands of views on social media with claims that it shows Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga receiving a warm welcome in Nigeria during a visit in early February. But the claim is false: the clip is old and shows Odinga arriving at a popular nightclub in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

On February 2, 2023, this tweet shared a TikTok video of Odinga flanked by his security guards entering an establishment decorated with flags amid cheers from revellers who were recording his arrival on their phones.

“The People’s President. Raila Odinga in Nigeria,” the tweet reads.

The video, which has been viewed more than 120,000 times, was shared on a Twitter account supportive of Odinga.

Screenshot of the false tweet, taken on February 3, 2023

The same claim was shared on Facebook (here, here and here).

Odinga, who lost the 2022 presidential race to William Ruto, has insisted the ballot was rigged.

The five-time presidential candidate and his political party produced documents allegedly leaked by a whistleblower claiming to show how the votes were manipulated.

Odinga travelled to Nigeria’s capital Abuja on January 31, 2023, to attend a leadership conference.

In a keynote speech, Odinga warned Nigerians to be vigilant while using technology in elections as it can be “compromised and results altered”.

His remarks came as Nigeria prepares for a presidential election on February 25, 2023.

But while Odinga had indeed visited Nigeria, the clip shared on Twitter was not taken during this trip.

Old unrelated video

The TikTok video shared online featured the user handle @luvemimahlon in the left-hand corner.

After locating the account on TikTok, AFP Fact Check found that the user had uploaded the footage on January 9, 2023 -- weeks before Odinga travelled to Nigeria.

“Raila in the House,” the caption reads.

User comments below the clip suggested it had been filmed at a popular Nairobi nightclub, Orchid Lounge.

A search for Orchid Lounge on Google Maps and Instagram revealed several images matching the premises seen in the misleading video.

Identical features include the red-carpeted staircase, the dolphin logo of Singleton whiskey, chandeliers and the interior décor.

Screenshots comparing Orchid Lounge taken from the club’s official Instagram, top, and the clip in the false tweet ( Mary KULUNDU)
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