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Were 800,000 cows from northern Nigeria “poisoned” with the cowpox virus in 2019? Is cowpox life-threatening, and can you get it from eating beef – or even from living cows? We debunk a scary Facebook post.

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Nigeria has at least 170 universities, with the oldest set up in 1948. But few have been led by women, now or in the past. The post More than 15 female vice-chancellors have led Nigerian universities, but higher education still a man’s world appeared first on Africa Check.

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Kenyatta’s claims about funding to coastal counties and Kenyan life expectancy are largely supported by the available data. But the evidence isn’t as compelling for the president’s other claims. The post Fact-checked: 5 claims by Kenyan President Kenyatta in national day speech appeared first on Africa Check.

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The South African government is making headway in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with clean energy’s share of the country’s power mix on the rise. It’s grown from zero to over 8% since 2010.

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A campaign by South African non-profit Aware.org has claimed half the people who start drinking before they’re 18 develop alcohol dependence – what’s known as “alcoholism”. But no research supports this alarming figure.

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With South African Airways under pressure from an ongoing strike, a graphic circulating online compares the carrier’s staff and plane numbers to two other national airlines. Are its claims about SAA correct? The post South African Airways does not employ 55,500 people appeared first on Africa Check.

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A South African animal welfare organisation recently claimed that animal abusers will go on to abuse people, including vulnerable children and women. But is this true? The post No research shows animal abuse always leads to violence against people appeared first on Africa Check.

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In a recent report, news organisation Al Jazeera painted a stark picture of mental illness in Africa’s most populous country. But are its facts accurate? The post Fact-checked: Al Jazeera’s claims about Nigeria’s ‘mental health problem’ appeared first on Africa Check.

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While launching a report, Ramaphosa made a raft of claims about government achievements over the past 25 years. We zeroed in on five. The post Fact-Checked: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s claims about progress in South Africa since 1994 appeared first on Africa Check.

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A national daily newspaper claimed transport secretary James Macharia has been allocated 47% of the national government’s development budget since 2015. This is inaccurate. The post Has ‘super’ minister been handed nearly half of Kenya’s development cash? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Nigeria’s communications minister said information technology now contributed more to GDP than oil. Did he get his facts right? The post ICT outstrips oil and gas in Nigeria’s economy – but error in minister’s comparison appeared first on Africa Check.

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Skyscrapers are jostling to top Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre as the king of the African skies. The official title can be a bit elusive, making some contenders a little hasty. The post Tallest building in Africa? SA’s Leonardo pulls the trigger too soon appeared first on Africa Check.

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The head of a Nigeria and Australia registered non-profit organisation claimed that of 14,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, 8,000 will die. But the most recent data shows a heavier burden. The post Charity understates cervical cancer deaths in Nigeria as it unveils campaign appeared first on Africa Check.

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But it does mean that if your day involves a lot of sitting time, any kind of physical activity will benefit you. The post No, sitting for over 11 hours a day doesn’t mean 50% chance you’ll die in three years appeared first on Africa Check.

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Three high profile deaths from cancer have led to public debate in Kenya on the disease’s causes and cures. But not all claims, including by influential leaders, are correct. The post Kenyan senator wrong about breast cancer risk from soya appeared first on Africa Check.

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Women in Nigeria suffer the most from female genital mutilation and maternal deaths, a national newspaper charged. Is this the case? The post Fact-checked: four claims about sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria appeared first on Africa Check.

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South Africa’s police minister suggested the country was the only one in Africa releasing crime statistics. But the minister was missed the mark. The post No Minister Cele: SA not only country in Africa giving out crime stats appeared first on Africa Check.

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Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, but it doesn’t account for almost 70% of the world’s malaria deaths each year. The post No, malaria doesn’t kill 300,000 people in Nigeria a year, as insurance seller claimed appeared first on Africa Check.

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