Did a 16-year-old Nigerian win $1billion?
A story went viral on social media and blogs claiming that a 16 year old Nigerian girl won $1billion.
It also claimed that the girl beat 49,000 other teenagers with an app she built for a contest.
The claim is false, here is what we know
Tominsin Ogunnubi took part in a global contest under the RISE initiative in 2019.
The RISE programme runs with a $1billion donation made by former Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt in 2019.
Annually, $5million is designated for the programme to cover scholarship to study abroad, mentorship, career-shaping opportunities and funding for 100 young people between ages 15-17.
Contrary to the claim, Ogunnubi was one of six Nigerians and one of 100 brilliant people from all over the world who won the contest.
She neither won $1billion nor $5million but will benefit in the global opportunities with 99 others.
Her father, Yinka Ogunnubi in a thread on twitter has debunked several claims by the viral report. He said his daughter was 18 years old when she won the award in 2021.
He also debunked the claim that his daughter won $1billion.
The claim that Ogunnubi won $1billion is false. The RISE award is run annually with $5million for 100 selected young people across the world out of the total $1billion dedicated to the programme.
#Fake News Debunker Edition 51.
#Fake News Debunker Edition 51.
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Is it true that restaurant sells human skin in New York?
A video spreading across various media claims a restaurant in New York has been licenced to sell human skin.
The claim is FALSE, we checked
The video shows a man, sharing another video from a supposed news broadcast. A check on the station in the background of the video shows it does not exist as the supposed presenter also fidgets in what could be likened to an unprofessional presenter.
Further findings revealed that it was fake news that had been in circulation since 2016. It was first published by a medium – Empire news which has been flagged as a fake news website.
The article claimed one Mario Dorcy, the acclaimed owner of the restaurant called SKIN, received a licence after petitioning the state and federal government over laws against cannibalism.
Empire News has a disclaimer on its website stating that all published stories are fictitious. Many media have also fallen victims of the story without adding a disclaimer.
The claims that a restaurant has been licenced to sell human skin in New York is FALSE
The claim that US citizens were killed during attacked launched on embassy convoy is FALSE
Will the UK bar Nigerian Students from bringing their families abroad?
There are speculations indicating that the United Kingdom will bar Nigerian students from bringing their relatives into the country.
The claim is True
According to a report by The Sun UK, the United Kingdom will from January 2024 commence the enforcement of new restrictions that will stop Nigerian students and other nationalities studying in the UK from bringing their families over.
The crackdown will see all masters students and many other post grads banned from bringing family over.
The ban will however not apply to PHD students whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled.
This decision came following reports that net migration into the UK has skyrocketed to 1 million with Tory MPs asking the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, “to get a grip on the rocketing numbers.”
“There has been an explosion in the number of people coming to Britain piggybacking on their relative’s student visa. Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year – nine times more than in 2019. Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives.”
The UK government through the secretary of State for the home department, Suella Braverman said oversea students will be stopped from switching from the student visa route to a work visa until their studies have been completed.
She said the UK will also review the required funds students must have to demonstrate that they can look after themselves and their dependents.
Braverman explained that the move was necessary to protect the UK economy
The claim that the UK will bar Nigerian Students from bringing dependant relatives abroad is TRUE.