Photographs present Nigerian movie character, not man with two heads

Photographs present Nigerian movie character, not man with two heads

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A social media account lately claimed that photographs they shared confirmed a person with two heads in Nigeria, suggesting the pictures had been actual. However the claims are deceptive: AFP Truth Verify discovered that the images, initially shared by a Nigerian particular results artist, confirmed a fictional character from a Nigerian Netflix collection.

“Man wey get two heads don land for Naija! Wonders no go ever end. Dem don uncover man with two heads for Naija (sic),” reads a post printed in Nigerian pidgin on March 4, 2024 and shared greater than than 1,100 occasions.

Translated to English, the consumer claims {that a} man with two heads had simply been found in Nigeria, with Naija referring to the nation.

A screenshot of the deceptive declare, taken on March 26, 2024

The publish incorporates a collage of three photographs. Two of the images present a person with what appears like conjoined heads. The third options him standing with one other man.

A number of Fb accounts (together with here and here) shared the identical declare. An X account posted an analogous declare with a video of the person.

Congenital malformations are uncommon in Nigeria.

In 2019, two Nigerian sisters joined in the chest had been separated by a 78-person surgical procedure crew within the nation’s capital metropolis, Abuja (archived here).

One other set of Nigerian conjoined twins had been efficiently separated in Saudi Arabia in March (archived here).

Nevertheless, the declare that the photographs present a person with two heads is deceptive.

Movie character

Utilizing a reverse image search, AFP Truth Verify discovered that the images had been screengrabs from a video posted on Instagram on March 3, 2024 (archived here).

The account behind the publish belongs to a Nigerian particular results artist known as Hakeem Onilogbo. His replies to feedback indicated that he created the person’s second head for a TV collection.

His caption included the hashtag “#anikulaporiseofthespectre”.

It refers to “Anikulapo: the Rise of the Spectre”, a Yoruba-language Netflix collection launched on March 1, 2024 (archived here).

“Should you can assume the imposibilities… @hakeemeffect will convey it to life, because of @kunleafo for considering out of field (sic),” the caption reads.

AFP Truth Verify has contacted the artist for remark and can replace this story accordingly.

The second Instagram account talked about within the caption belongs to Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian filmmaker who directed the collection.

The character with the conjoined heads will be seen briefly 48 seconds into the third episode of the Netflix collection.

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