By Michael Barnabe.
There have been a debate on who might be the oldest woman alive today.
However,there has not been no ear information to end this debate.
A week ago a post was seen going round social media, stating that a Mishay Aailiah is the oldest woman.
The post that was posted by ”Sourcecode” stated that Mishay celebrate her 210th Birthday recently.
Our fact check desk decided to look into this claim and verify wether it is true or a lie.
And NO we can report that Mishay Aaliah is not the oldest woman alive rather Kane Tanaka.
In a post published By Masakazu Senda on 9th of March 2019
Kane Tanaka from Fukuoka, Japan, was officially confirmed as the oldest person living at 116 years 66 days old as of 9 March 2019.
The super centenarian was confirmed as the oldest person alive on 30 January 2019 (when she was 116 years 28 days), and was presented with her certificates for that record and oldest woman living in a ceremony at her home by the guinness world book of records.
Kane was born prematurely on 2 January 1903, the same year the Wright brothers became the first to achieve powered flight!
The seventh child of Kumakichi and Kuma Ota, Kane went on to marry Hideo Tanaka on 6 January 1922, four days after her 19th birthday.
Despite not meeting before their wedding day (something that was not unusual in Japan at the time), Kane and Hideo went on to have four children and adopt a fifth.
Hideo ran a family business called Tanaka Mochiya, which made and sold sticky rice, Zenzai (a type of Japanese sweets), and Udon noodles.
116-year-old Kane is six years shy of the record for oldest person ever, which has been held by Jeanne Louise Calment (France) for the past 22 years.
Born on 21 February 1875, Jeanne died at a nursing home in Arles, southern France on 4 August 1997 at the age of 122 years 164 days.
The title for oldest living man is currently under investigation after Masazo Nonaka (Japan) passed away on 20 January 2019 at age of 113 years 179 days. Further information will be announced upon confirmation of a new record holder.
The oldest man ever is Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on 19 April 1897 and passed away aged 116 years 54 days on 12 June 2013.
Despite having several operations – including one for cataracts and another for colorectal cancer – Kane now lives a peaceful life at a rest home in Fukuoka.
This story was produced by Michael Barnabe at Mtaani newsroom in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie’.’