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Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa.

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Africa needed an organisation dedicated to holding public figures accountable for what they said, and debunking dangerous false statements.

Facts matter. Every day across Africa, people make decisions, big and small. To do this, they rely on publicly available information. Often that information is misleading or just plain wrong.

Rumours that the polio vaccine caused infertility and was part of a plot to reduce the Muslim population rippled across northern Nigeria in 2002 and 2003. 

The baseless claims were shared in communities and believed by leaders of several states in the region, who then fomented a boycott of the vaccination campaign against polio. This led to a surge in cases.

Compounding the problem of public distrust was that the media reported these claims without interrogating them.  

By the time the harmful claims were withdrawn, the damage had been done. The devastating disease, which was on the retreat worldwide, spread to other West African countries, and the world. 

The impact of this false information in Nigeria made it clear that Africa needed an organisation dedicated to holding public figures accountable for what they said, and debunking dangerous false statements.

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What we do

Our holistic approach to fact-checking includes publishing reports and factsheets, media literacy, running awards and training journalists

Impact

Improving public debate and strengthening democracy depends on our work having a sustainable impact. We rigorously track and measure progress towards these goals

Funding

Philanthropic organisations and private donors support us in the fight against misinformation in Africa by providing financial support. Do you want to join them?

How it all started

Africa Check, the continent’s first independent non-profit fact-checking organisation, supported by philanthropic organisations and individual donors, was established in South Africa in 2012. This team has debunked inflammatory statements about the number of foreign nationals in the country and revealed errors in the national crime statistics. 

Africa Check's francophone office, established in Senegal in 2015, led to an international health agency correcting information it shared about teen pregnancies.

Our offices in Nigeria, set up in 2016, and Kenya, opened in 2017, have set the record straight on important issues such as “child prostitution” and the extent of chronic depression. 

Collectively, our team of nearly 40 has published more than 1,300 fact-check reports and fact-checked over 1,800 claims, published 180 factsheets and 47 guides on contested issues and trained 4,500 journalists on verification best practices. More than 17 million people have visited our website, viewing over 23.5 million pages.

Through our work we seek to reduce the spread and impact of misinformation and promote accurate, evidence-based understanding in the public, governments and media. This will ultimately strengthen democracy, foster engaged citizenship and improve life outcomes across the continent.

The Africa Check team

Africa Check's head office is based at the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. We also have offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria.

David Ajikobi

David Ajikobi

Nigeria editor
Lee Mwiti

Lee Mwiti

Chief editor
Noko Makgato

Noko Makgato

Executive director
Alphonce Shiundu

Alphonce Shiundu

Kenya editor
cayley

Cayley Clifford

Deputy chief editor
motunrayo

Motunrayo Joel

Nigeria deputy editor/health researcher
valdez

Valdez Onanina

Chief editor
Dancan Nanyanga Bwire

Dancan Nanyanga Bwire

Researcher
Keegan Leech

Keegan Leech

Researcher
Allwell Okpi

Allwell Okpi

Researcher & community manager
Grace Wairimu Gichuhi

Grace Wairimu Gichuhi

Researcher
Lwandle Mthombeni

Lwandle Mthombeni

Finance manager
catherine

Catherine Adeniyi

Junior researcher
dieynaba

Dieynaba Thiombane

Researcher
Carina van Wyk

Carina van Wyk

Head of education & training
Thipe Maelane

Thipe Maelane

Senior outreach coordinator
kirsten

Kirsten Cosser

Researcher
Laura Kapelari

Laura Kapelari

Head of digital communication
Hlalani Gumpo

Hlalani Gumpo

Head of impact
Misiwe Zulu

Misiwe Zulu

Finance officer
mmabatho

Mmabatho Koena

Project coordinator
bokamoso

Bokamoso Matsawane

Outreach Assistant
diassy souleymane

Souleymane Diassy

Researcher and community manager
Sylvia

Makinia Juma

Kenya deputy editor
aretha

Aretha Mashotana

Head of partnership and engagement.
tshiamo

Tshiamo Mononyane

Digital content specialist
mary mbiti 2

Mary Mbiti

Impact intern
coumba sylla

Coumba Sylla

Deputy editor in chief
winnie

Winnie Theletsane

Copy editor
ass momar

Azil Momar Lô

Researcher
Taryn Khourie

Taryn Khourie

Data & project researcher
muktar

Muktar Balogun

Intern
semilore

Semilore Adelola

Editorial intern
Tess

Tess Wandia

Senior researcher
amobi

Amobi Denzel Ifeanyichukwu

Editorial intern
philile

Philile Ntombela

Researcher
Ester Levinrad

Ester Levinrad

Copy editor
Sarah Lubala-Smit

Sarah Lubala-Smit

Info Finder & media literacy editor
Khumo Motaung

Khumo Motaung

Outreach content designer

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