It seems like Governor Lukas Enembe had just stumbled into one of our modern day social media invention, hoax. The hoax was a head change between Lukas Enembe, the governor of Papua Province of Indonesia, and Armando Guebuza, the president of Mozambique.
The hoax picture was posted by an account called potretanakmelanesia.blogspot.com. It shows that the governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, had secretly met President of the United States, Obama and Vice President of Zambia, Scott Guy. The backdrop of the event also shows “US – Papua Leaders Summit”, giving further assurance for passer-by readers.
When in reality, nothing can be further from the truth. As we can see from the picture below:
The picture was originally Armando Guebuza with President Barack Obama (USA) and Guy Scott (Vice President of Zambia) during the first plenary meeting of the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in August 6, 2014 in Washington D.C. In this event, Obama hosted the last day of the first summit to strengthen ties between the United States and African nations. This is indeed an important event which involved many important international figures. The event it self is very important for the relationship between United States of America and the African countries. As we can see from the picture, the viewers can even feel the importance of this event. We can say it’s a gold mine for hoax-making.
As we all know, hoax has been a part of our digital era for some time. Hoax it self is a fabricated falsehood masquerading as the truth. The goal of this hoax is still blur since it had been deleted as soon as it was posted. Although, we can grasp something from the caption on the hoax picture. It said that the governor of West Papua province of Indonesia, Lukas Enembe, had a US-Papua Leader’s Summit in secret. Secret meetings might ensue a sense of something prohibited. Which is a bit comical since the backdrop obviously shows Leader’s Summit, which in general is a mega event.
In the end, it’s just a nice gag. Good photoshop skill, but lacking in content. Nice try.