Winner of the student category Moussa Ngom and runner-up of best fact-check Jason Norwood-Young at the 2018 African Fact-checking Awards held at Wits University. Picture: Kabi Motlau.

Now in their fifth year, the African Fact-Checking Awards are the only awards that each year honour journalism by Africa-based media in the growing field of fact-checking.

They continue to grow. This year, we received over 150 entries from more than 20 countries, from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Egypt to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Chair of the jury for the awards, Prof Franz Kruger, highlighted the quality of fact-checking by students: “In general, there was some really good work. We were particularly struck by the student entries, which were very strong. In some cases, they were well ahead of entries from professional journalists.”

The winners and runners-up have been named at a ceremony in Johannesburg.

Winners and runners-up

‘Best fact-check’

‘Best student journalist fact-check’

The jury decided not to award the ‘best body of work’ category, due to an insufficient number of entries for this category and the unsatisfactory standard of those entries.


Entries to the awards are judged on the following four criteria:

  • The significance for wider society of the claim investigated
  • How the claim was tested against the available evidence
  • How well the piece presented the evidence for and against the claim
  • The impact that the publication had on public debate on the topic.

Fact of the year

What’s the most striking fact of 2018, as voted for by you, our readers? It’s “90.8% of Nigerians do not have safe drinking water.” You can read the full report here

Voting for the Fact of the year – the most striking statistic published on between September 2017 and August 2018 – closed on 5 October.


This year’s awards are being held with the generous support of Absa.