IN SHORT: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief exec of Facebook, jogged across a bridge once in Nigeria. But in Lagos state, not east-central Anambra state, and in 2016.
In August 2016, Zuckerberg made a surprise visit to Lagos state in southwestern Nigeria. His first stop was a local innovation centre and technology hub in Yaba, an area on the mainland of Lagos. It is known as Nigeria’s Silicon Valley, after the region south of San Francisco in California, United States, home to many tech companies, including Facebook.
But is this a photo of Zuckerberg exercising taken in Agulu? We checked.
Photo from Lagos, not Agulu
A reverse image search reveals that the photo was taken during Zuckerberg’s visit to Lagos state.
On 31 August 2016, Zuckerberg posted the same photo on his Facebook page with the caption: “Quick run this morning across the Ikoyi Bridge with entrepreneurs in the Lagos Road Warriors running club. Best way to see a city!”
The Facebook page which posted the photo in January 2023 describes itself as “a group where all discussions about politics are welcomed”.
Posting a photo of Zuckerberg and claiming he was jogging in Agulu could be an attempt to attract social media users’ attention.
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