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Viral claims about Bawumia, Kayaye and digitalisation, false!

Claim: A controversial fact card has gone viral in which Dr Bawumia allegedly said head potters (Kayayes)  have stopped using head pans because of digitalisation.

Verdict: False. DUBAWA checked the speech delivered on Wednesday and found no such statements. Joy News, the brand on whose fact card the claim was made, has also denied publishing it. 

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On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, Dr Bawumia, the vice president of Ghana, presented his vision since his election as the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party for the 2024 elections.

Party members, dignitaries, and supporters all attended the speech event at the UPSA auditorium.

In his speech, the flag bearer laid out his vision for Ghana if given the mandate as president in the upcoming presidential elections.

The speech was well received by the party faithful. On the other hand, opposition party members have criticised aspects of the speech on both traditional and social media.

Hours after the speech, part of which touched on digitalisation, a fact card went viral with claims about head potters (Kayaye) and digitisation attributed to the vice president.  

The fact card is branded with the colours and logos of Joy News owned by the Multimedia Group.

The viral fact card.

One of the fact cards was posted on  X, formerly Twitter,  by Kwame Agbodza, minority chief whip, claiming that Dr Bawumia said that due to investment in digitalisation, head potters (Kayaye) do not need head pans now.

“COMICAL B,” the post was captioned.

The post had 28,000 views, 84 reposts, 39 quotes, 371 likes, and three bookmarks as of Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

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DUBAWA decided to investigate this claim because of its virality and potential to misinform.


DUBAWA read and listened to the entire speech by Dr Bawumia on Wednesday and found no mention of Kayayes (head potters).  Also, we observed that the image in the post had JoyNews and its affiliate stations as its source. 

However, the researcher did not find the post on JoyNews’ social media handles and its sister stations. There were also no publications on this topic on any of their websites.

We further contacted Kwaku Kyei, the social media manager for Joy Cluster at Multimedia Ghana Group, to ascertain the claim’s veracity. According to him, the fact card did not emanate from JoyNews. He described it as ‘fake’. He added that they released a ‘fake news artwork’ to debunk it. 

The fake news artwork by JoyNews and Joy Cluster.


False! Dr Bawumia did not say that Kayaayes (head potters) do not need head pans now because of digitalisation.

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