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Visa racketeering claim against Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to China in viral video, false

Claim: A video of an unnamed news anchor alleging that Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Nana Akua Owusu Afriyieh, has been involved in an exploitation scandal has gone viral on social media.

Verdict: The claim is false. We have found the video to have been generated by Artificial Intelligence. 

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A viral video on social media alleges that Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Nana Akua Owusu Afriyieh, has been exposed for embezzlement and deceptive visa/land schemes.

The video features an unidentified male saying:

“Reports have surfaced that Akua [Owusu Afriyieh] has been soliciting funds from Chinese citizens with promises of securing visas to China and mining promises in her constituency in Ghana. It is claimed that she has been using her position as deputy ambassador to exploit unsuspecting individuals for financial gains,” the news anchor said in the 2:20 minutes viral video.

Several social media users have since shared the video, garnering tons of engagements online. Some accounts that shared the video can be found here, here, here, and here.

A screenshot of the unnamed news anchor making the presentation

​​Considering the high engagement posts the video received on social media and noticing that other online users have expressed belief in the report, DUBAWA Ghana decided to investigate it.

Verification

A screenshot of the clip was taken and analysed to identify the news anchor. His identification would be crucial in determining the news channel for further investigation.

Among the search results was a link to the Studiory page, a product on Fiverr.com, an online marketplace for freelance services.

We noticed the viral video had the same background as other videos published on the platform for marketing purposes.

Areas marked show the similarities in the backgrounds of the viral video (top) and a sample on the Studiory page (down).

Furthermore, we found a Facebook page that used the same video format as a Religious Organization to announce a programme.

A Google search by DUBAWA to ascertain if the same story has been published by any credible news website, particularly in Ghana, yielded no positive results.

Conclusion

The viral video is AI-generated.

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