Back to Africa Check

‘Giant monster’ spotted at Ngong hills in Kenya? No, this video is edited

A video showing a strange creature walking against the backdrop of rotating wind turbines at Ngong hills in Kajiado county in Kenya has got social media attention.

In the video, the giant, which appears to be as tall as the turbines, emerges from a forest on the horizon and climbs a hill before disappearing.

The user has captioned the video: “Muthesa itu...Mungu tusaidie. At ngong hills.” Translated from Kikuyu and Kiswahili this means: “An extraordinary tall person … God help us. At Ngong hills.”

Other users called it a “creature” and a “ghost” and said it was “terrifying”.

But what does the video really show? We checked.

Monster_False

Video edited, not real

Africa Check searched for the video on YouTube using the words “Creature at Ngong Hills” and found a longer version of the video.

It is titled: “Real Giant monster sighting in Kenya East Africa Ngong Hills Wind Power Station.” 

It was posted on a YouTube channel called “Paranormal World” on 16 November 2020. A shorter version was also reposted on the same channel on 24 November with the title: “Proof that giants exist and are still visiting earth.”

In the longer version, there are clues that the video has been heavily edited. For instance, at one point, a motorcycle is seen moving backwards instead of forward. Towards the end, people are also seen walking backwards.

The person running the channel clearly explains in the description of every video that they don't upload anything “real” and, as it also says on the about page for the channel, “videos on this channel are edited and for entertaining”.

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”. What should you do? First, don't delete!

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Further Reading

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters