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This circulating traffic photo is from Nigeria; NOT Ghana as claimed by Kwame A Plus

Photo credit: Gettyimages 2 mins read

Claim: Popular Ghanaian social commentator, Kwame Asare Obeng, well-known as Kwame A Plus, has shared a photo on Facebook, suggesting that it was taken in Accra in 1965.

The photo has its setting in Nigeria.

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Well-known Ghanaian social commentator, Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as Kwame A Plus, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, shared a photo on Facebook.

It was a traffic situation with many people walking along the pavement.

Kwame A Plus’ caption for the photo said that it was captured in Accra in 1965.

The post has attracted over 1.2K comments and has been shared at least 279 times.

Image: Screenshot of post

The account from which the post was made is verified and has some 422K followers.

Verification:

A Google reverse image search was done to identify other instances when the same image was used.

According to the search results, the photo was taken in Nigeria in the 1960s.

Several online portals had published the photo on their platforms, saying that it was taken in Nigeria.

Some of these can be found here, here, and here.

In October 2020, a Twitter user with the username, @DefenseNigeria posted the same images among several others also saying that it was in Nigeria

The circulating photo is owned by GettyImages, a very popular British-American visual media company.

To bring finality to the setting of the image, we checked with GettyImages.

The photo can indeed be found in their image collection.

Their caption for the photo reads:

View from above of a busy street in Nigeria with people cycling on the pavement. Nigeria (Photo by Mondadori via Getty Images)

Conclusion

The photo was taken in Nigeria and not Ghana as claimed by Kwame A Plus.

This report was produced under the Dubawa Student Fact-checking Project aimed at offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the profession the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through verification and fact-checking. 

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