NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – What’s on the mind of Kenyans? Just ask Google.
In its latest data on what was most searched online in the month May, Google Kenya reveals that Kenyans searched information regarding news-makers of the time, scandals and football.
For instance, slain businessman Jacob Juma topped Google’s search items on its portal. Known more for his controversy than his business ventures, Juma was found dead in his car at dawn on May 5, sending the country’s online community into a search and find mission.
The death of former Malava Member of Parliament Soita Shitanda late last month also drew online traffic becoming one of the most searched items in the country.
In comes gossip.
Following Juma’s death, CCTV footage revealed that on that fateful night, the businessman had been in the company of a 26 year old university student whose name was exposed by local media. Cheryl Kitonga would consequently capture the attention of the country’s interwebs, with focus shifting from Juma’s death to extra marital affairs.
Other personalities to have made the cut on the most searched items were musician Nyota Ndogo and Conjestina Achieng’. The former made the cut for probably the not-so-obvious reasons; photos of her wedding day surfaced online. But no, it wasn’t her wedding that caught the buzz, rather it was her makeup. Former world female world boxing champion Conjestina Achieng’ was also searched after false reports stated that she had died.
Kenyans also searched information about English football seeing that Google’s third most searched item was Arsenal’s signing of Swiss professional footballer Granit Xhaka at an approximated Sh3.6 billion.
Rubella – an infection caused by the rubella virus – was also among the top ten most searched items.
“The infection, which is also known as German measles, was a trending search after the Ministry of Health announced that it would be conducting a vaccination drive across the country’s 47 counties,” Google Kenya said.
Apart from rubella, Kenyans were also curious about health issues such as hysteria, epilepsy and drooling. Weight loss and curing prolonged menses were also part of health related searches.
Women seemed to have dominated the ‘how to’ category. Hence, ‘how to have bigger hips’ and ‘how to care for natural hair’ were among the hot searches last month. That’s not all, they were also curious about ways of styling the ‘mambo twist’ and how to make a fruit cake.
If you are wondering what economy empowering searches were fed into the search engines, ‘how to file for taxes online’, ‘what is a cover letter’ and ‘how to use a computer’ were among the hot searches.