Claim: Teddy Ride Meets Burna Boy

Source: Liberian’s Impact 

Judgment: Untrue

Full narrative: A social media blog with 20 thousand followers on April 16, 2023,  posted that Liberian musician Teddy Ride’s dream has become a reality as he has met Burna Boy, a Nigerian Hits maker who Teddy considers as his ‘idol’. 

The full text of the post says, “Boom!!

Finally Liberian Multi Awards winning Artist Teddy Ride dream have become reality 👁!! The Popular Afro pop singer has been a long-time fan of Nigerian Hitz maker Burna Boy and it has been his dream to perform on the same stage with him!!.”

The social media blog went on indicating that, “After forcing his way on many occasions, the Liberian Artist finally met his idol and they both performed on the Same stage!!

Nothing is impossible with God, Congratulations Teddy Ride!!”

Since the post was made, it has received over 3 thousand reactions and has been shared 32 times. However, 3.8K persons have liked the post and it has generated a total of 455 comments thus far.

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu MFR (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally. His third studio album Outside (2018) marked his major-label debut. In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was announced as Apple Music Up Next artist that year.

Verification: The Stage Media Liberia (TSM-Liberia) used TinEye to verify the image.

TSM-Liberia  search result reads, “ TinEye searched over 59.7 billion images but did not  find any matches for your search image.”

The search, however,  saw a related image of the same singer with another person on the same stage, the same background, same speaker, and lighting systems in the back. 

But we found an image of Burna Boy with Idris Elba performing in London.

Burna Boy and Idris Elba

There is no image or stage performance about Teddy and Burna on all the search engines we used.

Moreover; TSM-Liberia noticed that Teddy Ride does not have a five-star Tattoo on the right hand as seen in the above image.

We searched the Liberian musician’s images on Facebook for the five-star tattoo but all of the images searched like the one below did not show any five-star star tattoo at the back of his right hand.

Two of Teddy Ride’s Images that show the back of his two hands without the five-star tattoo. 

Conclusion: From our search, it is fair to state that the platform’s April 16, 2023 post is False.

This story was produced with the Center for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) support.


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