Mo’ Salah, Kirinyaga Deputy Governor top Kenyan Google searches


Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri at Thika Police Station on Wednesday, April 25. PHOTO| COURTESY
Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri at Thika Police Station on Wednesday, April 25. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Top on the list of Google top trending searches in Kenya for the week April 22-29 was Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah Ghaly who was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
  • Trending at number two was Kirinyaga Deputy Governor, Peter Ndambiri, after a video implying that he was caught in a compromising situation with the alleged wife of another man went viral on social media.

Google has released top trending searches in Kenya for the week closing the month of April 2018; April 22-29 2018.

Top on the list was Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah Ghaly who was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association. The Liverpool forward, who has scored 43 goals in his debut season at Anfield, made history by becoming the first African player ever to collect the accolade.

Trending at number two was Kirinyaga Deputy Governor, Peter Ndambiri, after a video implying that he was caught in a compromising situation with the alleged wife of another man went viral on social media.

Mr Ndambiri, while recording a statement at Thika police station, claimed he was a victim of a set-up that was meant to embarrass him, after he refused to pay a Ksh.5 million ransom.

Nairobi businessman John Gichia, son to media mogul Dr. S.K Macharia, Chairman of Royal Media Services, trended at number three following his demise on Thursday at the Karen Hospital, after a tragic road accident along the Southern bypass in Nairobi.

The week also saw Kenyans go online in search of Rick Ross. The 42-year-old American rapper and entrepreneur, real name William Leonard Roberts II, arrived in Kenya on Friday, and performed on Saturday at an NRGWave concert at Carnivore grounds.

The 38th annual mass participation London Marathon race that took place on Sunday, April 22, in London, England, was the fifth trending item, while Kenneth Matiba’s cremation came in the sixth place.

The late Matiba, who had made public his wish for cremation in February 1994, was on Friday cremated at the Lang’ata Cemetery in an event attended by family members and a few close friends.

Pansexual, the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity, was the seventh trending search item on Google. This is after singer-actress Janelle Monae, in a magazine interview, spoke about her sexuality, revealing the fact she has had relationships with men and women.

Robert Rihmeek Williams, popularly known as Meek Mill, was the eighth trending search item on Google as Kenyans went online to seek details of his release from prison. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had, earlier in the week, ordered an immediate release for Mill directing the judge to free him on “unsecured bail.”

Trending at number nine was Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal baby. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they had named their third son Louis Arthur Charles. The prince, born on 23 April 2018, is fifth in line to the throne.

Closing the list of top ten trending Kenyan searches for the week was Kanye West. The American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and fashion designer had in a tweet proclaimed his support for President Trump, consequently attracting mixed reactions from a section of his fans.

Here are results for the most popular searches by Kenyans in the past week in descending order:

  1. Mo Salah, Liverpool
  2. Kirinyaga Deputy Governor
  3. John Macharia
  4. Rick Ross in Kenya
  5. London Marathon 2018; Eliud Kipchoge, Vivian Cheruiyot, Mo Farah
  6. Kenneth Matiba cremation
  7. Pansexual
  8. Meek Mill
  9. Kate Middleton, Prince William royal baby
  10. Kanye West

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