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Debunking Fake China-Africa News

AFP Fact Check journalist Mayowa Tijani joins Eric & Cobus from Lagos to discuss his reporting that debunks fake news, particularly videos and other stories related to China-Africa. Misleading and downright false information have long been a hallmark of the China-Africa story but it’s become more prevalent in recent months in response to events like the maltreatment of Africans in Guangzhou.

Tijani explains how he and the team at AFP Fact Check authenticate China-Africa-related stories that are misleading. He also provides some practical, actionable tips for what news consumers can do themselves to verify that the information they’re consuming is accurate.

Show Notes:

About Mayowa Tijani:

‘Mayowa is a development journalist, a multi-award-winning public speaker, and a 2017 Chevening scholar. He’s a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan; the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos; and just concluded his master’s degree (with distinction) in Media Practice for Development and Social Change at the University of Sussex, UK — via the prestigious UK government Chevening scholarship. He was named as one of 50 young leaders — and only African journalist — from over 144 countries around the world to discuss and proffer solutions to sundry education and human rights issues at the Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, UK.

‘Mayowa’s works, which have been translated to French, Spanish, Portugese and Arabic, have been quoted by The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, International Business Times, Bloomberg, New York Times and the BBC. The 29-year-old journalist is the business and development Editor at TheCable and leads Agence France-Presse AFP-Facebook fact checking drive in Nigeria.

What is The China-Africa Project?


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A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.


A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.