Back to Africa Check

Photo of Lollapalooza festival in US, not Odinga rally in Kenya

As Kenyan politicians crisscross the country campaigning ahead of the 2022 elections, their supporters have been sharing photos of crowds on Facebook.

But not all are authentic.

A user shared a photo showing a huge crowd and suggested it showed Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga during one of his rallies in Embu county.

The caption reads, in Kikuyu: “Movoro ma hi na hi,,,embu town andu nitwamacokeria ngatho nikwiyumiiria niundu wa kuthikiriria mutongoooria tiii............raila omolo ondinga,,waap shangwee.”

This translates as: “Breaking news … Embu town, we thank you for coming out to listen to our leader Raila Odinga. Let's congratulate him.”

But does the photo really show an Odinga rally in Embu county? We checked.

Photo_False

Photo unrelated

A reverse image search reveals that the photo is old and unrelated to political events in Kenya.

It was taken during the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago in the US in 2021.

The event was covered by several media houses.

Business Insider Africa interviewed Colin Hinkle, the photographer who took the photo, who said he snapped it from the balcony of his home. 

He also posted a photo of the event on Twitter.

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.

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