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Providing coronavirus information in local languages and colour

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Tomiwa Aladekomo, a 2013 Tutu Fellow, who has wide-ranging experience in media, marketing and publishing as well as being the former Art Manager at Atlantic Records in New York, where he received art management credits on nine albums. Channelling this incredible experience into combating the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent, he has built a colourful, user-friendly and data-rich website with live updates and critical information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website sources local and international data to display up-to-date statistics, colourful and interactive graphics, and updates on the number of cases, recoveries and deaths across the continent and globally.

The website notes that the only thing that “spreads faster than the virus itself… is fake news and panic”. It only links to verifiable and useful information as well as complementary organisations.

The website also has instructional videos and other useful content on symptoms and prevention, which it explains simply and vibrantly in a manner in which anybody can understand. It includes a list of useful sites and resources and informative videos in English, French, Pidgin, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. All content is also easily shareable via social media platforms as well downloadable. In fact, the website encourages collaborations and sharing, calling on individuals and organisations such as religious, educational and grassroots level organisations to reach out directly via email.

The information is presented so that it is easy to understand, with simple and clear infographics and media, all shareable and downable for allow for easy distribution. Laid out in such a clear and non-threatening way goes far to dispel myths and anxieties about the Virus as well as, making it easy for individuals and organisations to attain and share lifesaving information.

Visit the site at coronafacts.africa

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