Bob Collymore, Eliud Kipchoge, John Demathew most searched by Kenyans in 2019


Bob Collymore, Eliud Kipchoge, John Demathew most searched by Kenyans in 2019
Late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymoe, marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge, and late Benga musician Jodn deMathew. PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Topping the list of the trending personalities was the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore - who succumbed to cancer on July 1 – followed by Eliud Kipchoge after he ran a sub-two hour race in Vienna, Austria, on October 12.
  • Form One selection 2020 was the number one most searched item after it emerged that several top KCPE examination students were not posted in the national high schools of their choice.

American technology powerhouse Google on Monday released the top trends of what Kenyans searched for this year; among them popular personalities, compelling news events and exhilarating sports actions.

Topping the list of the trending personalities was the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore — who succumbed to cancer on July 1 – followed by Eliud Kipchoge after he ran a sub-two hour race in Vienna, Austria, on October 12.

Late Benga musician John DeMathew, who died in a road crash on August 18, was the third most searched personality, trailed by late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso who succumbed to a 20-year battle with cancer.

The late Kibra MP Ken Okoth came in fifth place; he too passed away after a battle with cancer.

At number six was murdered Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen, at seventh was Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko following his Friday dramatic arrest in Voi over Ksh.357 million corruption allegations.

Former President Daniel Moi’s elder son Jonathan Moi who passed away after a struggle with cancer was the eighth most searched person, coming right above by Moi University student Ivy Wangechi who was murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend.

Former media personality and advocate Esther Arunga, who now resides in Australia, closed out the search list after news of her court sentencing following the death of her son.

Form One selection 2020 was the number one most searched item after it emerged that several top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination students were not posted in the national high schools of their choice.

The second trending query was Huduma Number following the government’s mass registration exercise that was aimed at ensuring the issuance of new digital identity cards for all Kenyan residents.

Next up was the Likoni Ferry tragedy where Miriam Kigenda and her daughter, Amanda Mutheu, lost their lives after their vehicle plunged into the Indian Ocean from a ferry crossing the Likoni Channel.

Kenyans also searched for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which was as a result of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The Ethiopian Air Crash, which occurred two minutes after takeoff and claimed the lives of 149 Kenyans and 8 crew members, came fifth.

KCPE results 2019 came sixth, followed by the Kibra by-elections occasioned by the death of MP Ken Okoth and in which his brother, Bernard ‘Imran’ Okoth, vying on an ODM ticket beat out Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga to emerge victor.

The eighth trending query was the Dusit Riverside attack where Al Shabaab militants – in January this year – mounted an assault on the 14 Riverside office and hotel complex and killed more than 20 people.

Eliud Kipchoge INEOS came next after the Kenyan athletics legend broke the two-hour mark for running the marathon in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

The tenth search query was Census 2019 following the government’s announcement to conduct a household enumeration countrywide.

Under movies and TV shows category, Game of Thrones Season 8 and Money Heist Season 3 were the two big TV shows that kept Kenyans curious of the coming episodes.

The next searches were blockbusters Avengers Endgame, Bird Box and When They See Us; a TV miniseries based on true events about five African American men who were falsely accused and prosecuted on rape and assault charges.

Below are lists of Top 10 trending searches by Kenyans in 2019:

Top Trending News Searches

  1. Form one selection 2020
  2. Huduma Number
  3. Likoni Ferry tragedy
  4. Building Bridges Initiative report
  5. Ethiopian air crash
  6. KCPE results 2019
  7. Kibra elections
  8. Dusit Riverside attack
  9. Eliud Kipchoge INEOS
  10. Census 2019

Top Trending Local Personalities

  1. Bob Collymore
  2. Eliud Kipchoge
  3. John DeMathew
  4. Joyce Laboso
  5. Ken Okoth
  6. Tob Cohen
  7. Mike Sonko
  8. Jonathan Moi
  9. Ivy Wangechi
  10. Esther Arunga

Top Trending Global Personalities

  1. Robert Mugabe
  2. Oliver Mtukudzi
  3. Nipsey Hussle
  4. David Luiz
  5. Bruno Fernandes
  6. Dwayne Johnson
  7. Harry Maguire
  8. Nicholas Pepe
  9. Jussie Smollet
  10. Kevin Hart

Top Trending General “How to” Searches

  1. How to file returns using P9 form
  2. How to apply for a passport
  3. How to start a business
  4. How to make money
  5. How to drive a manual car
  6. How to be successful in life
  7. How to get a baby boy
  8. How to check CRB status
  9. How to check kcpe results 2019
  10. How to get pregnant

Top Trending Tech “How to” Searches

  1. How to download videos from YouTube
  2. How to create a website
  3. How to take care of a phone
  4. How to hack wifi
  5. How to track a phone number
  6. How to convert pdf to word
  7. How to hack a phone
  8. How to track a lost phone
  9. How to create a YouTube channel
  10. How to pay parking in Nairobi

Top Trending “What is” Searches

  1. What is census?
  2. What is huduma number
  3. What is xenophobia
  4. What is cancer
  5. What is INEOS
  6. What is housing census
  7. What is population census
  8. What is BBI
  9. What is aflatoxin
  10. What is happening in Sudan

Top Trending Sports Searches

  1. Africa Cup of Nations 2019
  2. UEFA Nations League
  3. ICC World Cup 2019
  4. Rugby World Cup
  5. EPL
  6. Women’s World Cup 2019
  7. Kariobangi Sharks vs Everton
  8. Zarika vs Phiri
  9. Champions League finals
  10. New York Marathon 2019

Top Trending Movies & TV Shows

  1. Game of Thrones Season 8
  2. Money Heist Season 3
  3. Avengers Endgame
  4. Bird Box
  5. When They See Us
  6. Sex and the City movie
  7. Captain Marvel
  8. Lion King
  9. Hobbs and Shaw
  10. Joker

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