Back to Africa Check

No, photo doesn’t show Tanzanian president and daughter, but Kenyan actors

A photo of two women standing close to each other, with the one embracing the other, has been shared on Facebook with the claim that it shows Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan and her daughter “Wanu”.

The caption reads: “Meet Tanzania President, Samia Suluhu Hassan (61) and her pretty daughter, Wanu.”

Similar posts have been posted with captions comparing the women’s outfits, criticising the younger woman for being “westernised”. 

In the photo, the older woman wears a long yellow tunic dress and a hijab while the other is dressed in a skintight jumpsuit.

The caption of one post reads: “Tanzania President, Samia Suluhu Hassan (61) and her daughter, Wanu. The mum Hijabed. The daughter westernized. This is a matter of choice. Let us stop deceiving ourselves with one yeye religion. Is the daughter not a muslim? Imagine if it was in Nigeria.”

Data from CrowdTangle, Facebook’s public insights tool, shows that the photo has been shared hundreds of times, and gathered multiple reactions, particularly widely in Nigeria.

Hassan has one daughter called Mwanu Hafidh Ameir, who is also a politician and a member of the Zanzibar house of representatives

But does this photo show the mother-daughter political duo?


Unrelated TV actors, not mother and daughter

A Google reverse image search of the photo revealed that it was previously posted on the Facebook page of Kenyan news website Ghafla. But here it was captioned: “Actress Trish Khalid and her mother.”

We searched for Trisha Khalid on Instagram and found she posted the photo on 16 March. She captioned the photo: “And then life happened. I love you Mama @saada_fateh.”

In the comment section, a fan asked if fellow actor Saada Fateh was Khalid’s real mother to which she replied: “... no dear … On-screen mum but still my mum.”

Fateh and Khalid both appear on the Maisha Magic Plus TV series, KOVU. They play daughter Ruby and mother Alisa.

The two women pictured are the Kenyan actors Trisha Khalid and Saada Fateh, not the Tanzanian president and her daughter.

Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta'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

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.