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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By the time the harmful claims were withdrawn, the damage had been done.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.

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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 non-profit 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.

Noko Makgato

Executive director

Alphonce Shiundu

Kenya editor

David Ajikobi

Nigeria editor

Lee Mwiti

Chief editor

Cayley Clifford

Deputy chief editor

Motunrayo Joel

Nigeria deputy editor/health researcher

Valdez Onanina

Chief editor

Dancan Nanyanga Bwire

Researcher

Keegan Leech

Researcher

Aniesha Bulbulia

Operations manager

Grace Wairimu Gichuhi

Researcher

Allwell Okpi

Researcher & community manager

Lwandle Mthombeni

Finance manager

Carina van Wyk

Head of education & training

Catherine Olorunfemi

Junior researcher

Dieynaba Thiombane

Researcher

An-Li Theron

Head of partnerships & engagement

Laura Kapelari

Head of digital communication

Hlalani Gumpo

Impact manager

Thipe Maelane

Outreach coordinator

Kirsten Cosser

Researcher

Taryn Khourie

Data & project researcher

Tess Wandia

Senior researcher

Makinia Juma Sylvia

Senior researcher

Dudu Mkhize

Head of outreach

Elishua Ngoma

Data administrator

Tshiamo Mononyane

Digital communication assistant

Misiwe Zulu

Finance officer

Coumba Sylla

Deputy editor in chief

Gloria Mwivanda

Intern

Geruza Bumba

Researcher

Abisola Olasupo

Editorial project assistant

Paul John Vos

TRi Facts managing executive

Faysal Arnold Boukary

Intern

Fatoumata Bintou Ba

Intern

Oreratile Serunye

Stakeholder communications intern

Keatlaretse Mills

Executive assistant

Ass Momar Lô

Researcher

Oluseyi Awojulugbe

Researcher

Mary Alexander

Head copy editor and Facebook programme coordinator

Ester Levinrad

Copy editor

Sarah Lubala-Smit

Info Finder & media literacy editor

Khumo Motaung

Marketing assistant

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