HumAngle Journalist Wins Africa Fact-checking Award

Kunle Adebajo, who doubles as investigation editor and head of fact-checking desk at HumAngle, was awarded the best fact-checker as a working journalist by Africa Check.

HumAngle’s investigations editor, Kunle Adebajo, has been named the best African fact-Checker as a working journalist by Africa Check, the first independent non-profit fact-checking organisation in the continent. 

Adebajo, who also serves as the head of the fact-checking desk at HumAngle, was named the winner of the prestigious fact-checking award at a ceremony following a two-day African Fact-checkers Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov. 9-10, 2022. 

Other awards given during the ceremony included ‘Best Fact-check by a Student Journalist’ and ‘Best Fact-check by a Professional Fact-checker’ to a group of three students from the University of Mauritius, including Vidyasharita Bumma, Kokeelavani Mauree, and Sachita Gobeen, and Jonas Nyabor Nyabor of Dubawa respectively. 

According to Africa Check, the winners were chosen from over 200 applications, with only six entries chosen, three as runner-ups and the other three as winners.

Receiving the award, Adebajo thanked the organisers for selecting his work for the award and HumAngle for providing a platform for him to showcase his work.

Kunle Adebajo received the award as a best African Factchecker as a working journalist in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Aliyu/HumAngle.

HumAngle is a member of Africa Facts Network, in which fact-checking organisations share ideas and resources on amplifying fact-checks and fighting disinformation, misinformation and other malinformation categories. 

Adebajo’s award-winning fact-check was on Russia’s claim that the US is building a bioweapon in Nigeria, despite the fact that there is no evidence to support the claim.
Read the award-winning fact-check here.

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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