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Dubawa Inducts 26 Fact-Checkers For 2021 West Africa-Wide Fellowship

West Africa’s verification and fact-checking platform, Dubawa, has concluded plans to induct twenty-six (26) fellows into its 2021 cohort of fact-checkers to combat misinformation in the sub-region. The platform, under the aegis of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), announced the commencement of the yearly fellowship in Abuja on Monday, May 17, 2021.  […]

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Does consumption of coconut trigger cough?

CLAIM: Twitter users claim that eating coconut causes coughing. VERDICT: It is not true. Well processed and channeled coconut is even good for coughing. BACKGROUND A Twitter account Freeman, (@charlolar), posted on October 21, 2014, that what causes coughing is coconut. The handle stated that: “@iam_dannex: What Causes Cough? #iNogoTell_by_icee songOftheSeason” coconut. Another twitter account, […]

Is It True Cervical Cancer Screenings, Treatments Can Cause Infertility?

Claim: A viral WhatsApp message shows the fear some people have concerning Cervical Cancer screening becoming a cause of infertility. Also, a Medical Website posted that there is a chance a woman may have a higher risk of miscarriage or infertility owing to potential changes to and scarring of the cervix after she gets the […]

Claims, myths hold that thunderstorms kill humans and animals unnaturally

Claims: Thunderstorm is often sent to destroy a person, animal, or thing unnaturally. It serves as vengeance or sanction for a wrong deed. Verdict: Thunderstorm is scientific. This is because science assumes the reality of its matters to minimise critical metaphysical attitude. Full Text: Belief about havoc wreaked by thunderstorms comes in two ways; sometimes […]

Fact-check: Has South Korean candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, withdrawn from WTO

Claim: Media reports and social media users claimed that Minister Yoo Myung-hee has withdrawn from the WTO DG race. Verdict: Minister Yoo Myung-hee has not withdrawn from the WTO DG race as the Council is yet to receive her withdrawal notice and officially announce the minister’s withdrawal from the race. Full Text: There was a […]

Some People Believe Sleeping Under Insecticide Treated Bed Net Is

Claim: Several people believe that sleeping under a mosquito bed net  treated with insecticide (or not treated) is ineffective and harmful to human health.  Verdict: The claim that sleeping under bed net is harmful to human health and ineffective is misleading. Medical experts and scientists have affirmed that sleeping under a bed net reduces the […]

Again, Nigerians Congratulate Okonjo-Iweala On Landing WTO Job But She’s

Claim: Media reports and social media users claimed that Dr Okonjo-Iweala has emerged as the first female DG of WTO. Verdict: Although, there are all indications that the former Finance Minister of Nigeria may be declared the winner as she currently enjoys massive votes edge, she is yet to be confirmed and officially announced by […]

Does Groundnut Cause Pimples As Sometimes Claimed?

Groundnuts, very rich in protein and oil, are also rich in the vitamins niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese selenium. But oftentimes, this nutritious nut has been blamed for causing pimples in many parts of the world and […]

Demystifying The Lore That You’re Being Visited By Demon When

From time immemorial, there has been the assumption and belief that when someone, though awake from sleep, is unable to move the legs, hands or body, it means an evil spirit is pressing the person from gaining full consciousness.  Even a Dutch physician Isbrand Van Diembroeck wrote about the case of a 50-year old woman […]

Fact-Checking, Hallmark Of Professionalism – DUBAWA

The Dubawa Nigeria- Ghana fact checking fellowship. Fact checkers across Africa have been urged to put professionalism forward as they can’t afford to commit errors in the process of cross checking facts The executive Director, premium times centre for investigative journalism PTCIJ, AND Publisher of the premium times Mr Dapo Olorunyomi disclosed this at the […]