Footage viewed tens of thousands of times shows men unearthing a baby. The caption claims the baby was rescued after a deadly landslide in Cameroon in October 2019, but the footage was actually shot in Burkina Faso in 2016.
One post of the video, which we’ve archived here, has racked up more than 120,000 views on Facebook since it was published on October 30, 2019. It shows two men in military uniform rescuing a baby - which can be heard crying - buried in the ground.
Published on Thursday14 November 2019 at 15:52Updated on Monday18 November 2019 at 14:29
Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim that Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote is planning a 'hot giveaway' of cash, cars and scholarships to study abroad. But the Facebook page behind the claim is fake and a spokesman for Dangote's business empire told AFP the posts are a 'scam'.
A picture that has racked up thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter claims to show the oldest tortoise in Africa who -- supposedly -- recently died aged 344. But the picture actually shows a giant Galapagos tortoise, nowhere near as old, in an Australian zoo.
A photo that went viral in 2015 has resurfaced in Nigeria alongside false claims that it shows a 74-year-old Indian woman who recently gave birth to twin girls. In fact, the picture shows a 101-year-old woman in the United States, holding her great-granddaughter.
A video of students seated in a flooded classroom with a dilapidated roof, hardly protecting them from the heavy downpour, has been shared in numerous African countries in social media posts decrying the state of local educational facilities. Some web users claimed the school was in Kenya or Ghana; others in Cameroon, Togo or Tanzania. But a tip-off from comments on a Nigerian celebrity’s Instagram account allowed us to show that the video was actually filmed at a school in Delta State, southern Nigeria.
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