Rumor also had it that popular Kumawood actor Joseph Nana Osei Kofi known in showbiz circles as Wayoosi passed on in August at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi.
In the last couple of weeks, we have heard, read and seen various websites circulating the immediate death of some Ghanaians that were actually not true.
Below are 5 people Ghanaians have 'killed’ via rumours
Ghanaians woke up to the news that former president John Agyekum Kuffuor is dead. According to the news websites spreading this hoax, he died in South Africa. But kuffuor is going about his duties as usual and is in good health, although he is seen in public using a walking stick.
Popular footballer and national icon Michael Essien on 12 November was also rumored dead. The news which spread like wildfire last week caused major concern among fans across the world. However reports have now been confirmed as completely false. Thankfully, the 33-year old footballer is alive and well.
Rumor also had it that popular Kumawood actor Joseph Nana Osei Kofi known in showbiz circles as Wayoosi passed on in August at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. They claimed that he had died while being treated for cancer of the liver. But this was quickly dispelled after the actor spoke from his sick bed. And this was not the first time the actor been reported dead .
Top local actress, Mercy Asiedu who is popularly called Asabea also received her share of the cake when her name ‘Mercy Asiedu stabbed to death’ was used as the headline by some online publications. The news spread like wildfire causing panic among her fans and family. But she quickly debunked it saying it was a total hoax as she was abroad spending holidays and that she was healthy.
Websites that spread false news are on the rise in Ghana. They tend to clone other popular websites so that their news appears to be credible. This is not a problem only in Ghana.
According to some political analysts the rise of hoax which was spread on Facebook contributed to the election victory of Donald Trump. Facebook founder Zuckerberg has however debunked this assertion.