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FALSE: These images of a mother nursing an infant in an alley were not taken in Kenya

A reverse image search on Google reveals that the images are of a woman who gave birth to a baby in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria.

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These images of a woman nursing a baby in what looks like an alleyway were not taken in Kenya, as claimed in this Twitter post.

The images show a woman wrapped in a multi-coloured sarong sitting beside an infant swaddled in cloth, in what appears to be a littered alleyway.

The text above the images reads, “It pains me a lot when I see Kenyans live this way.”

However, a reverse image search shows both photos first appeared online on 5 December 2020, when Facebook users in Nigeria began sharing them in different posts as seen herehere and here.

The Nigerian Facebook users claimed the lady had given birth to a bouncing baby. The mother lives in Ondo state, South-West Nigeria, according to this post.

PesaCheck has looked into images shared on Twitter showing a woman nursing an infant in what appears to be an alley and claiming they were taken in Kenya and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake news or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Cynthia Ilako and edited by PesaCheck chief copy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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