A TikTok video of Michelle Obama, wife of former US president Barack Obama, unveiling what seems to be a portrait of Kenyan politician Martha Karua has been circulating on Facebook since 10 June 2022.
Kenya is set to hold general elections in August.
In the video, Obama and US artist Amy Sherald unveil a large portrait in front of press photographers and an applauding audience. The portrait shows Karua, her arm raised. Text on the video reads: “Martha Karua portrait unveiled at Women Conference in the US.”
But did Obama really unveil a portrait of Kenyan politician Karua at a recent “women conference in the US”? We checked.
Official unveiling of Michelle Obama portrait in 2018
Google search for “Michele Obama and Amy Sherald unveiling portrait” led Africa Check to several instances of the original version of the video. It shows that the portrait is of Obama herself, not Karua. The video on Facebook has been altered.
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