A social media post by a famous Nigerian comedian claims there are over a million Nigerians in South Africa.
Ayo Makun, known by his stage name “AY”, says in his Instagram post: “Over a million Nigerians live in South Africa.” He goes on to discuss the “investment” each country makes in the other.
The comedian’s post came in the wake of xenophobic violence in South Africa, which has led to the loss of properties largely owned by foreigners, including Nigerians.
Xenophobic violence against foreign-owned stores and enterprises has a long history in South Africa.
Similar claim debunked
Inflated claims about the number of Nigerians living in South Africa have made the rounds before.
In August 2019 Africa Check checked a similar claim and found no data supporting this. The pan-African media site Africa is a Country tweeted that 800,000 Nigerians “live in South Africa”. This figure was attributed to the News Agency of Nigeria.
A senior editor at the news agency told Africa Check that this number was likely more, but admitted that no census or official figure has been released on the number of Nigerians in South Africa.
Only about 30,000 Nigerians in South Africa
Statistics South Africa’s 2016 Community Survey estimated that 30,314 people, or about 2%, of foreign-born people living in South Africa were from Nigeria.
The 2016 survey is the most recent data collection exercise in South Africa that includes migrants. Other sources such as the country’s 2011 census and UN statistics also do not show anything more than 30,000 Nigerians resident in Soth Africa. – Motunrayo Joel
Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check has partnered with Facebook to combat fake news and false information on the social platform. This fact-check is part of the initiative.
As part of its third-party fact-checking programme, Facebook allows its partners to see public articles, pictures or videos that have been flagged as potentially inaccurate.
Content rated as “false” by fact-checkers will be downgraded in news feeds. This means fewer people will see it.
You can help us identify fake news and false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.
© Copyright Africa Check 2019. Read our republishing guidelines. You may reproduce this piece or content from it for the purpose of reporting and/or discussing news and current events. This is subject to: Crediting Africa Check in the byline, keeping all hyperlinks to the sources used and adding this sentence at the end of your publication: “This report was written by Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation. View the original piece on their website", with a link back to this page.