, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11- United States President, Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya dominated Google search trends for the month of July, with ‘Obama in Kenya’ emerging the number one trending search.
President Obama was in the country to attend the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi.
“Searches related to President Obama’s historic visit to the country secured five spots out of the top 10 trends as Kenyans wanted to gather more information about his half sister – Auma, The Beast, POTUS – abbreviation for President of The United States, and Air Force one,” says Dorothy Ooko Google Communications and Public Affairs Manager for East and Francophone Africa.
‘The Beast’, President Obama’s official car was the second trending search.
The third trending search was POTUS, abbreviation for President of The United States, which rose to prominence ahead of President Obama’s visit.
Dr Auma Obama, the US President’s half sister came in fourth after President Obama offered her a ride in The Beast, when she received him at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), becoming the first Kenyan to ride in Obama’s official car.
Air Force One, the aircraft that carries the US President also made it to top 10 trending searches.
Other search terms that trended in July are, Barcelona FC forward, Pedro Rodriguez, a 28-year-old Spaniard who was transferred to English Club Manchester United, Mzee Ojwang, also known as Benson Wanjau also sent Kenyans online following his death.
The Emirates Cup, hosted by English club Arsenal at their home ground the Emirates Stadium in London was also among Kenyans’ Google searches while Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria was a trending search topic throughout the month of July owing to his on-going High Court case over alleged incitement to violence.
Eid Mubarak, a traditional Muslim greeting during celebration of the Eid festival was also a top search as Kenyans joined more than a billion Muslims worldwide in celebrating the festival which marks the end of Ramadan.