Is This Image of a Flooded Classroom in Cross River State, Nigeria as Alleged?

An image showing a flooded classroom where students are seated on rocks was published on the Nairaland platform here and here. One of the posts contains the caption; “See Heart Breaking Picture Of Class Room In Boki LGA, Cross River”.


Nigeria, among other west African countries, has been facing a flood crisis since September 2022. According to a report on the Human Angle news website, the floods caused over 500 deaths, destroyed about 90,000 homes, displaced close to 800,000 people while affecting about 1.4 million people overall as of October 12, 2022.


A reverse image search brings up a previous publication of the same image where children were seated on rocks in a flooded classroom. The image appeared on The Star news website on May 10, 2019. It shows students in Kenya’s Mangororomu Primary school, Kilifi County. See screengrab below.

Similarly, this image also appeared in Kenyan publications in May 2019 here and here.


Claims that the image showing a flooded classroom is from Nigeria’s Cross River State are FALSE.

This fact-check was produced by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, International Fact-Checking Network, and African Fact-Checking Alliance network.

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