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No, Obama not planning to run for Kenyan presidency

A story published on a number of Nigerian news sites and shared several times on Facebook claims former US president Barack Obama has declared his intention to run for president of Kenya in 2021. 

One version of the story says this development will “re-write global history and upset African political setting”.

It’s stirred debate among Nigerians on Facebook. But is it true?

No trace on credible websites, Obama’s channels

Such political developments are usually well-reported by international news media. But we checked and no credible news site in and outside Nigeria published the report. 

Obama’s Twitter timeline, where he’s made big announcements in the past, had no trace of any intent to participate in Kenyan politics.  

Copied from a ‘fictional’ website 

In fact, the story can be traced to the junk news website World News Daily Report, which admits to publishing satirical and fictional content.  

Each page of the site carries this disclaimer: “WNDR assumes, however, all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”

The original story is fiction, and barely qualifies as satire. And satire reused as real news, with no signal that it’s satire, becomes disinformation. – Allwell Okpi


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