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Africa's first independent fact-checking organisation

Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa.

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Africa needed an organisation dedicated to holding public figures accountable for what they said, and debunking dangerous false statements.

Facts matter. Every day across Africa, people make decisions, big and small. To do this, they rely on publicly available information. Often that information is misleading or just plain wrong.

Rumours that the polio vaccine caused infertility and was part of a plot to reduce the Muslim population rippled across northern Nigeria in 2002 and 2003. 

The baseless claims were shared in communities and believed by leaders of several states in the region, who then fomented a boycott of the vaccination campaign against polio. This led to a surge in cases.

 

 

Compounding the problem of public distrust was that the media reported these claims without interrogating them.  

By the time the harmful claims were withdrawn, the damage had been done. The devastating disease, which was on the retreat worldwide, spread to other West African countries, and the world. 

The impact of this false information in Nigeria made it clear that Africa needed an organisation dedicated to holding public figures accountable for what they said, and debunking dangerous false statements.

Learn how we fact-check

What we do

Our holistic approach to fact-checking includes publishing reports and factsheets, media literacy, running awards and training journalists

Impact

Improving public debate and strengthening democracy depends on our work having a sustainable impact. We rigorously track and measure progress towards these goals

Funding

Philanthropic organisations and private donors support us in the fight against misinformation in Africa by providing financial support. Do you want to join them?

How it all started

Africa Check, the continent’s first independent nonprofit fact-checking organisation, supported by philanthropic organisations and individual donors, was established in South Africa in 2012. This team has debunked inflammatory statements about the number of foreign nationals in the country and revealed errors in the national crime statistics. 

Africa Check's francophone office, established in Senegal in 2015, led to an international health agency correcting information it shared about teen pregnancies.

Our offices in Nigeria, set up in 2016, and Kenya, opened in 2017, have set the record straight on important issues such as “child prostitution” and the extent of chronic depression. 

Collectively, our team of nearly 40 has published more than 1,300 fact-check reports and fact-checked over 1,800 claims, published 180 factsheets and 47 guides on contested issues and trained 4,500 journalists on verification best practices. More than 17 million people have visited our website, viewing over 23.5 million pages.

Through our work we seek to reduce the spread and impact of misinformation and promote accurate, evidence-based understanding in the public, governments and media. This will ultimately strengthen democracy, foster engaged citizenship and improve life outcomes across the continent.

The Africa Check team

Africa Check's head office is based at the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. We also have offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria.

Samba Dialimpa Badji

Samba Dialimpa Badji

Editor
Alphonce Shiundu

Alphonce Shiundu

Kenya editor
Lee Mwiti

Lee Mwiti

Chief editor
David Ajikobi

David Ajikobi

Nigeria editor
Noko Makgato

Noko Makgato

Executive director
Vincent Ng’ethe

Vincent Ng’ethe

Kenya deputy editor
Kate Wilkinson

Kate Wilkinson

Deputy chief editor
Motunrayo Joel

Motunrayo Joel

Nigeria deputy editor/health researcher
Retha Langa

Retha Langa

Deputy director
Diomma Dramé

Diomma Dramé

Health researcher
Dancan Nanyanga Bwire

Dancan Nanyanga Bwire

Researcher
Cayley Clifford

Cayley Clifford

Researcher
Juliane Hoss

Juliane Hoss

TRi Facts managing executive
Valdez Onanina

Valdez Onanina

Senior researcher & digital communications coordinator
Grace Wairimu Gichuhi

Grace Wairimu Gichuhi

Researcher
Keegan Leech

Keegan Leech

Researcher
Allwell Okpi

Allwell Okpi

Researcher & community manager
Fatima Abubakar

Fatima Abubakar

Hausa Facebook research assistant & translator
Aniesha Bulbulia

Aniesha Bulbulia

TRi Facts operations manager
Carina van Wyk

Carina van Wyk

TRi Facts head of education & training
Dieynaba Thiombane

Dieynaba Thiombane

Researcher
Catherine Olorunfemi

Catherine Olorunfemi

Editorial Project Coordinator
Mallory Perrett

Mallory Perrett

Special Projects Manager
An-Li Theron

An-Li Theron

Head of partnerships & engagement
Mame Gor Ngom

Mame Gor Ngom

Deputy editor
Ass Momar Lô

Ass Momar Lô

Editorial assistant & junior researcher
Naledi Mashishi

Naledi Mashishi

Researcher
Mary Alexander

Mary Alexander

Head copy editor and Facebook programme coordinator
Mouhammad Moreau

Mouhammad Moreau

Content creator & coordinator of the “Fact ambassador” project
Laura Kapelari

Laura Kapelari

Head of digital communication
Hlalani Gumpo

Hlalani Gumpo

Impact manager
Ester Levinrad

Ester Levinrad

Copy editor
Thipe Maelane

Thipe Maelane

Impact coordinator
Taryn Willows

Taryn Willows

Editorial assistant
Sarah Lubala-Smit

Sarah Lubala-Smit

Info Finder & media literacy editor
Khumo Motaung

Khumo Motaung

Marketing assistant
Mandy Lombo

Mandy Lombo

Health fellow
Kholiswa Thobakgale

Kholiswa Thobakgale

Finance officer
Nicola Theunissen

Nicola Theunissen

Research consultant
Liesl Pretorius

Liesl Pretorius

Research consultant