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Thought Leadership Series

Who to trust and how to overcome COVID-19 misinformation in Nigeria

If there is a lesson that COVID-19 has taught stakeholders about public health misinformation in Nigeria and probably elsewhere, it is that a sentiment-laden blend of distrust and religion, and a number of traditional beliefs could get people who are expected to know better, to jettison commonsense, temporarily or permanently, and consider or fully embrace […]

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Covid19 Torchlight Series

Bridging the communications divide: Fighting COVID-19 misinformation using local languages

By Abdullahi Tsanni (Lead Writer) When the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID — 19 a global pandemic on 11 March, 2020, Dr. Mohammed Auwal Ibrahim, a Nigerian scientist, was in his lab at the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan. His relatives in Kano — at the time, the state with the second-highest number […]