Saturday, 15 April 2017

Was Italian Emma Morano the world's oldest person alive?

Emma Morano, an Italian woman believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday.

French international news agency AFP reported Morano's death on Saturday at the age of 117 years, leaves Jamaican Violet Brown, born March 10 1900, as the oldest living person according to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) records.

The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) goes on to list the ten oldest people on record, but remains silent about a revelation in October 2016, of Uganda's John Ahumura, who was said to be 131 years old.

John Ahumura, visited Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe in October.

Ahumura, the president said, had a birth certificate that shows he was born in 1885.

Lack of records

Lack of records on the continent means it has been hard to verify or compare facts with the rest of the world.

In 1999, Uganda announced John Paul Ofwono from Tororo as the tallest man in the world, only to discover that the methods used to measure height by the reporter who broke the news, were not up to standard. Ofwono, it emerged, was just the third tallest man in the world. 

At 7ft 6.5in, Ofwono was the clearly the tallest man in the country, but had been put at 8 feet 4 inches which was an error.

AFP: The ten oldest people on record today

Here is the list of the ten oldest living people on the planet, all of whom are women, according to the US-based group.

The list is dominated by Japanese and Italian women with the oldest man coming in at 16th place at the age of 113.

- Violet Brown, 117 years old, Jamaica

- Nabi Tajima, 116, Japan

- Chiyo Miyako, 115, Japan

- Ana Vela-Rubio, 115, Spain

- Marie-Josephine Gaudette, 115, Italy (born in US)

- Giuseppina Projetto-Frau, 114, Italy

- Kane Tanaka, 114, Japan

- Maria-Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso 114, Italy

- Iso Nakamura, 113,, Japan

- Tae Ito, 113, Japan

Ten oldest verified cases ever

1Jeanne Calment122 years, 164 days
2Sarah Knauss119 years, 97 days
3Lucy Hannah117 years, 248 days
4Marie-Louise Meilleur117 years, 230 days

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