Shin Aisha Buhari Ta Bada Umarnin Kona Ofishin Abba Kyari?

Gaskiyar Magana: Labari Ne Na Bogi! Wani bidiyo mai tsawon minti hudu da dakika goma sha bakwai (4:17) da wata kafa mai suna Gido24TV dake dandalin YouTube  wanda yanzu haka ake yaduwa a WhatsApp ta wallafa ya bayyana cewa Uwargidan Shugaba Buhari, wato Aisha Buhari ta bada umarnin nan take cewa a kona ofishin shugaban …

Can Steam From Boiled Uda, Uziza, Lime Cure Coronavirus?

VERDICT: Unproven CLAIM: A WhatsApp broadcast message (likely from a Nigerian who lives in the United States) has been circulating in Nigeria with the claim that steam from boiled Uda (Negro Pepper), Uziza (Benja Black Pepper), Lime and ginger can cure Coronavirus. Part of the message reads, Nwunye dim’s (my sister-in-law’s) younger sister is a …

HEALTH MISINFORMATION: FALSE STORIES FROM EBOLA TO CORONAVIRUS

Summary Nigeria has had a long-running battle with misinformation and disinformation. In times of health pandemics, misinformation, or false information shared unintentionally, becomes especially harmful. This was evident during the Ebola crisis in Nigeria; similar dynamics are coming to play with the current coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic. The Centre for Democracy and Development has been tracking …

Traditional leaders key factors in ending Liberia’s culture impunity – CDD, OHCHR

In a continuous effort to end financial crime, the Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD) in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform (CSOHRAP) met with traditional leaders in Liberia. The team who were welcomed to Bomi county by the traditional leaders said …

Regional Consultation Strengthening Reparation Measures In Transitional Justice Process In The ECOWAS Region 

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, organised a regional consultation on ‘Strengthening Reparation Measures in Transitional Justice Process in the ECOWAS region’ from 25 to 26 January 2022 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The purpose of the meeting, which brought together …

Regional Consultation On Strengthening The Role Of Legal Practitioners And Justice Stakeholders In Transitional Justice Process In The Ecowas Region 

In collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) organised a ‘Regional Consultation on Strengthening the Role of Legal Practitioners and Justice Stakeholders in Transitional Justice Process in the ECOWAS region’ from 5 to 6 October 2021 in Accra, Ghana. Its objective was to …

Regional Strategy Meeting on Enhancing Traditional Justice in Traditional Justice Process In The Ecowas Region

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs of the ECOWAS Commission, organised a regional strategic meeting on ‘Enhancing Traditional Justice Mechanisms in Transitional Justice Process in the ECOWAS Region’ from 27 to 28 January 2022 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The objective of the meeting was …

Northwest Nigeria’s Bandit Problem: Explaining the conflict drivers 

Nigeria is suffering from a devastating criminal insurgency in its northwestern states. Thousands of militants, known colloquially as bandits, have taken over swathes of the countryside, using military-grade weaponry to rustle cattle, terrorise communities, stage mass kidnappings for ransom, and overrun security forces. The conflict is liable to have immense long-term impacts on the socioeconomic …

Multiple Nodes,Common Causes: National Stocktake of Contemporary Insecurity and State Responses in Nigeria 

The Nigerian body politic faces a seeming epidemic of insecurity spanning jihadist insurgency, criminal banditry, farmer-herder conflicts, and violent separatist agitations. While governmental responses have overwhelming followed a militarised path to resolving these multifaceted conflicts, such interventions do not appear to have substantially diminished insecurity. 

REQUIEM FOR DEMOCRACY

On September 5, 2021, the military ended the eleven-year ‘reign’ of Alpha Conde in Guinea. The coup was led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the head of Guinea’s Special Forces. The military have since received assurances of cooperation from the major opposition party, the National Alliance for Change and Democracy (ANAD), and the Convergence for Renewal …

BENIN’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

La propagation des fausses nouvelles ou infox, appelées ‘’fake news’’ chez les Anglo-Saxons, a pris une ampleur inquiétante et dévastatrice au Bénin au cours de la dernière décennie. La flambée de la circulation des fausses nouvelles a coïncidé avec l’augmentation du taux de pénétration de l’internet, la croissance du parc internet mobile et l’émergence des …

Burkina Faso's fake news ecostem

BURKINA FASO’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

l’image de la situation dans les autres États, les fausses informations font aujourd’hui partie intégrante de l’écosystème de la circulation de l’information au Burkina Faso. Ces fausses informations côtoient les vraies informations dans un contexte marqué par le développement des réseaux sociaux numériques et internet de façon générale. Dans cet environnement, tandis que les médias …

TOGO’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Les fausses nouvelles sont un phénomène qui n’épargne pas le Togo à l’instar d’autres pays du monde. Il importe donc d’essayer de comprendre les mécanismes qui gouvernent leur rapide diffusion pour trouver les voies de mitigation. L’écosystème de l’information au Togo est composé de deux branches : les médias traditionnels (la presse écrite, la radio, …

NIGER’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Niger’s first private media entities emerged in the 1990s following the fall of the single-party and military era. However, the birth of private media did not lead to free and independent media. A bipolar media system quickly took shape, with public media tending to support the ruling party and private media siding with the opposition. …

GUINEE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

En Guinée, les fausses informations circulent sur toutes les plateformes d’information et aussi dans les espaces en ligne comme hors ligne. On note toutefois que les réseaux sociaux jouent un rôle d’amplificateurs des fausses informations qui sont propagées, de même que le bouche à oreille dans certaines circonstances. Les fausses informations sont plus perceptibles pendant …

GHANA’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This report explores Ghana’s fake news ecosystem examining key actors in the online and offline space and the origins of their authority; key online information platforms and the interaction between offline media and non-media structures that shape information flows and gender dynamics. Ten interviews were undertaken to augment secondary data gathered from online and offline …

GUINEA BISSAU’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

Guinea-Bissau has faced cyclical instability and insecurity for the last two decades.These episodes of political breakdown have ranged in scale, from armed attempts to overthrow the president, to assassination plots, to countless extra-judicial imprisonments and beatings. The country has become infamous for the fact that successive elected governments and heads of state have not been …

SENEGAL’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

A l’image de ce qui se passe dans plusieurs Àpays, les fausses informations prennent de l’ampleur dans l’espace public au Sénégal. Le phénomène en soi n’est pas nouveau, mais il est aujourd’hui accentué et vulgarisé avec l’avènement des réseaux sociaux et autres plateformes numériques. Les acteurs responsables de la création et diffusion des fausses informations …

CABO VERDE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This study, which draws on 16 key informant interviews with academics, journalists, lawyers, and social media users and an extensive review of relevant reports, documents, and social media posts, provides one of the first comprehensive overviews of the, increasingly digital, information eco-system in Cabo Verde. Technology advancements and the emergence of social media have brought …

SIERRA LEONE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

In January 2020 internet penetration in Sierra Leone was 25% and there were an estimated 700,000 active social media users, with Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp the most used applications. These new media platforms act as both sources and enablers of fake news. The internet has also influenced news gathering and content production in the sense …

MALI’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This study aims to better understand key facets of the ecosystem of fake news in Mali. It argues that the deteriorated political context in the country has facilitated the proliferation of fake news. The Malian fake news ecosystem is also thriving in the traditional media which is dominated by the political and economic elite who …

#EndSARS and Beyond

2020 will be remembered as the year of #EndSARS, the series of explosive, youth-led protests against police brutality and impunity that caught the Nigerian government by surprise and eventually forced it to make some concessions to the protesters. Starting in the first week of October and continuing for the next several weeks, the protests erupted …