, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – Google Search Trends that show search patterns for a particular period indicate that the on-going teachers strike was the most dominant search trend for the month of September.
Now in its fourth week, the teachers strike continued to send Kenyans online as they sought to find out more about the current impasse between teachers and the Government.
Last month, the Employment and Labour Relations court ordered the Teachers Service Commission to pay teachers between 50 to 60 percent salary increment.
This has, so far, not happened as the Government insists that making the payments would be unsustainable.
Actress, blogger and Kenya Airways stewardess, Nana Gichuru – also known as Kanana Gichuru – was the second trending search. Nana, died in a tragic car accident on the Eastern bypass after her BMW convertible saloon car had a head-on collision with an oncoming lorry.
Mugo wa Wairimu, alias James Mugo Ndichu, who is accused of allegedly sedating and raping women in his clinic was the third trending search in the month of September.
The Capital One Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, came in fourth on the top 10 trending searches.
The league, which is a football competition played by teams in England and Wales, drove football fans online as they wanted to keep up with the league’s match fixtures and results.
The Rugby World Cup, which is a men’s rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams, was the fifth trending search.
Other search terms that trended in September are the UEFA Champions League, which has been a consistently dominant search term as football fans attempt to find out more about the league’s match fixtures and results.
Anthony Martial – the 19- year-old French footballer who sent football fans online after Manchester United offered to sign the teenager for £58 million; the Africa Cup of Nations match between Kenya and Zambia which rose to prominence as football fans took to online search to establish the results of the match played at Nyayo Stadium.
The “What is” question category seems to be pushed more by searches by students for meaning. Most of the questions are classroom-driven . ‘What is weed’ captured the first position under the trending ‘What is’ searches category followed by ‘What is liberalism’ as they sought to understand the meaning of this political philosophy.
In the ‘How to’ category, the trending searches, ‘How to focus’ featured as the number one search while How to photoshop was number two. Kenyans also searched for How to write, How to trust, How to print, How to incorporate, How to trade, How to apologise, How to save and How to lie.