IN SHORT: The death of the UK’s queen in September 2022 led to a number of false claims circulating on social media. And that Ghanaian universities would close for a week to “honour” Elizabeth is one of them.
The strapline below the image of Nana Akufo-Addo reads: “Universities in Ghana to be closed down for one week in honour of queen Elizabeth,” the strapline reads.
It seems equally unlikely that this dated claim is true, but we investigated.
Next we searched for any evidence that Akufo-Addo said anything like this on his social media. We found one tweet where the Ghanian president gave condolences to the British royal family, but said nothing about university closures.
On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend deepest condolences to the new British monarch, King Charles III, the @RoyalFamily, the Prime Minister, and the Government and people of Great Britain on the death, today, of HM Queen Elizabeth II 1/7 pic.twitter.com/Y7fFKxwCR4— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) September 8, 2022
The interview with the BBC on 5 April focused on Ghana’s economy. It took place five months before the death of Elizabeth.
Reuters have fact-checked the same claim and the BBC confirmed to them that the screenshot in the Facebook posts was fake. The strapline was digitally manipulated.
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