WanaData, un réseau panafricain de plus de 440 femmes data scientists, journalistes et technologues, offre une série de bourses de données et de micro-subventions aux data scientists, journalistes, technologues, épidémiologistes et Wikipédiens en résidence cherchant à travailler sur des questions autour de la Covid -19 vaccination et déploiement à travers l’Afrique.

Le programme de bourses, l’initiative liée à la pandémie de Code for Africa, vise à améliorer la prise de décision fondée sur les données en fournissant un ensemble d’outils interactifs et des informations exploitables sur les facteurs épidémiologiques, les facteurs du système de santé, la vulnérabilité démographique et l’accès…


WanaData, a pan-African network of 440+ women data scientists, journalists, and technologists, offers a series of data fellowships and micro-grants to data scientists, journalists, technologists, epidemiologists, and Wikipedian in Residence seeking to work on issues around Covid-19 vaccination and roll out across Africa.

The fellowship programme, Code for Africa’s Outbreak initiative, seeks to improve data-driven decision-making by providing a set of interactive tools and actionable insights into epidemiological factors, healthcare system factors, demographic vulnerability, and access to water and other essential services that impact the vaccine roll-out. This phase of the initiative aims to build on Outbreak’s initial success, which…


Sakina Salem is a graphic designer and academy trainer at Code For Africa.

She enjoys designing long-form articles and created maps and data visualisations as well as story design for the award-winning “Sucked Dry” project in collaboration with InfoNile.

Sakina writes about overcoming data visualisation hurdles in her medium blog: https://sakinasalem.medium.com/. She can also be found on Twitter @SakinaSalem


Tolulope Adeyemo is an international development practitioner and female education specialist.

She is a senior programme manager at Code for Africa, providing managerial support to WanaData and Hacks/Hackers initiatives & team.


By Nyakerario Omari

This tweet from April 29, 2021, claims to show a video of Mali bandits in a truck, crossing over to Nigeria. It is alleged that they had set up a camp along Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Bandits from Mali coming into Nigeria to wreck havoc caught. They hav camps along Ibadan ijebu ode road. Be careful out there #Baba Ijesha #SecureNorth Haaland pic.twitter.com/d3NiVjlgnY

— Ohis. SE MCFC (@binitimes) April 29, 2021

Such claims can be very alarming with the recent reports of mass kidnappings by bandits in Nigeria.

Background

While presenting a quarterly security report


By Nyakerario Omari

These two tweets have close similarities. They both show a video of a volcanic eruption alleged to have taken place in Congo.

However, replies to these tweets suggest that this video was taken during an eruption in Iceland.

This fact check seeks to establish where and when this eruption happened.

Background

A few days after Mt Nyiragongo, erupted in Eastern Congo, families have been left homeless and others in search of missing family members. Those evacuated to Rubavu had started to return home. …


By Nyakerario Omari

The morning of May 11, 2021, this tweet was shared showing graphic images of children in shrouds. Claims were made on Afghanistan Jihadists having killed these Hazara children for being Shi’a, a minority Islam community in Afghanistan.

We check whether there is any connection between these deaths and Afghanistan jihadists.

Background

On May 8, 2021, an explosion went off in front of Sayedul Shuhada’s entrance a school in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital. It claimed almost 55 lives, leaving 150 other injured. Speaking to Reuters, a spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education said that a great number of those…


By Nyakerario Omari

As India reports a piling pressure on hospitals struggling with a rise in COVID-19 cases, information keeps surfacing on the internet showing how bad the situation is getting. This tweet, in particular, claims to show a video of dead bodies floating on the Ganga River.

A reply to this tweet, claiming this video was taken in 2015, created suspicion and this prompted Piga Firimbi to run a check.

Background

The Ganga river is considered holy and is personified as the ‘Mother of Humanity’ in Hinduism. …


By Nyakerario Omari

This tweet by the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, made claims on November 17, 2020, that the Nigerian government, through Fulani terrorists, had killed children all over Biafraland.

Background

A couple of bandit attacks have been experienced in Nigeria in recent years and are marked by mass abductions.

Traditionally, Fulani herdsmen are semi-nomadic cattle herders and are often accused of crossing boundaries. As there have been attacks by Boko Haram in the North East of Nigeria, the North West part has been experiencing unrest caused by the bandit groups consisting of…


By Nyakerario Omari

On May 8, 2021, this tweet under the hashtags #FixThecountryGhana and #NameandShame made sarcastic remarks against Ghana’s health care system.

Showing the same image of infants arranged on plastic seats, this tweet went up on the internet a day later, addressing gaps in Ghana’s health care system, with over 258 retweets and 28 quote tweets.

Background

Ghana has a poor healthcare system, ranging from limited bed space to health providers’ burnout. The most recent case is that of a 12-year-old boy who died as a result of the ‘no-bed syndrome’, referring to a situation where there…

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