Babu Owino, member of parliament for a constituency in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, shared an image on his Facebook page. It appears to be a cover of Time magazine, showing Odinga in a brown suit and red tie under the headline “Person of the Year”.
A smaller headline reads: “GREATEST AFRICAN STATESMAN” and the cover is labelled as the “November issue”.
Owino has captioned the cover “Raila PRESIDENT, Ruto RESIDENT”. But has the long-standing Kenyan opposition politician been named “person of the year” by Time magazine?
It is an honour previously given only to four individual Africans – Ethiopian Haile Selassie in 1935, Egyptian Anwar Sadat in 1977 and shared by South Africans Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk in 1993 – so we checked.
Africa Check debunked the exact same image in October 2018, finding that the cover was “not authentic”, as Time magazine told us.
The magazine also said that although it had reported on Odinga, he had never been featured on the cover nor described as the “Greatest African Statesman”.
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