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Kenya’s Nairobi and Uganda’s Kampala? Only one photo shows the right capital city

Two photos of cities have been shared on a Kenyan Facebook group page with the claim they show the capitals of Kenya and Uganda.

“Beautiful Nairobi city Kenya vs Kampala omutowuni Uganda,” the caption reads.

The second photo does look like Kampala, but the one said to be Nairobi was suspicious. Tall buildings that usually stand out on the city’s skyline – such as the Kenyatta International Convention Centre and the Times Tower – can’t be seen.



Nairobi? Osaka, Japan


A reverse image search for the first photo confirmed our suspicion. It actually shows Japan’s city of Osaka.

The photo is available on stock image site Shutterstock.  It’s captioned: “OSAKA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 24, 2013: A highway running through an office building in the Umeda district.”

A search for the second photo shows it is indeed Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

The photo has been published on the Independent, a Ugandan news website. The National Social Security Fund building, a fixture of Kampala’s skyline, is unmissable while the large crowd was reported as being due to a street party. – Dancan Bwire




 

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