Google has released the top trending searches for the month of February 2019.
Kenyans are ardent football fans, therefore unsurprisingly, English Football League fixtures such as Chelsea vs. Manchester City, Manchester United vs. PSG among others dominated the list of sporting matches searched by Kenyans in February.
The third most searched item was Tetema, the latest song by Tanzanian Bongo stars, Diamond Platnumz, and Rayvanny. The song was released on the 6th of February and has already garnered over 7 million views on YouTube. As earlier reported on The Sauce, “Tanzanian musicians Raymond Shaban aka Rayvanny and Nasib Abdul aka Diamond Platnumz have released a new song called “Tetema.” barely two weeks after they announced that they are working on some new music after the BASATA ban was lifted.” In 2018, Diamond’s song, Kwangwaru featured in the list of most viewed music videos in Kenya, in YouTube Rewind, the annual review of the most popular moments, videos and creators on YouTube.
Valentine’s Day quotes were the fourth most popular search item. In the ‘month of love,’ as February is known, Kenyans went online to find popular Valentine’s Day related sayings.
Many Kenyans also searched for news around the Europa League making it the fifth most searched item. The UEFA Europa League is one of Kenyans’ most-watched football tournaments.
Caroline Mwatha, the slain human rights activist and founder of the Dandora Community Justice Center was the sixth trending item on Google. This came after the activist was reported missing and later found dead.
Kenyan Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) was the seventh most searched item, as Kenyans went on Google to determine the deadline for 2019/2020 university placements.
Eighth on the list was Mildred Odira, the slain switchboard operator with Foresight Company but stationed at Nation Centre, who was found murdered after she had gone missing for a week.
In ninth position was the Public Service Commission’s online platform, www.publicservice.go.ke, which provides an overview of available jobs and internships in public service.
Closing the list of top ten trending searches in February was Karl Lagerfeld, the late creative director of the French fashion house, Chanel, who passed away on the 19th of February. He was also the creative director of the Italian fashion house, Fendi. He was recognized for his signature white hair and black sunglasses look.
Below are the top trending searches for the month:
Top Trending Searches
1. Chelsea vs. Manchester United
2. Manchester United vs. PSG
3. Tetema by Diamond
4. Valentine’s Day quotes
5. Europa League
6. Caroline Mwatha
7. Kenya Universities Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS)
8. Mildred Odira
10. Karl Lagerfeld
Top How to Searches
1. How to check CRB status
2. How to lose weight
3. How to pay Tala loan
4. How to pay NHIF via M-Pesa
5. How to make pancakes
6. How to hack a phone
7. How to cook mandazi
8. How to create a website
9. How to make spaghetti
10. How to get M-Pesa statement
Google Search Trends is a publicly available tool that indicates search patterns over a period of time and shows the clusters of searches that made it to the weekly trending searches in the country.