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ALTERED: This photo isn’t of Raila Odinga being crowned a Nigerian elder

By Evans Isohe

The original image is of Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Empire.

This photo shared on X (formerly Twitter) supposedly of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga being crowned a Nigerian elder is ALTERED.

“Former PM @RailaOdinga has this evening been crowned as a special Osun-Osogbo elder at an invite-only ceremony held at a “sacred grove” along the banks of Osun River, Osogbo City, Nigeria,” reads the post dated 1 September 2023.

Osun-Osogbo is a Nigerian festival that happens annually to celebrate the goddess of fertility, Osun.

Mtaani Radio performed a Google reverse image search and established that the original picture is of Jean-Bédel Bokass, when he crowned himself Emperor of the Central African Republic.

According to Getty Images, the photo was taken on 4 December 1977.

The image was also published by the BBC and Huff Post.


Mtaani Radio looked into a photo shared on X supposedly of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga being crowned a Nigerian elder and found it to be ALTERED.

This fact-check was published by Mtaani Radio with technical support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck newsdesk through the African Fact-Checking Alliance.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amatahttps://mtaaniradio.or.ke
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.
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