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Elections, Babu Owino, ‘Tibim’ top Google searches in Kenya in 2017

The Kenya’s elections and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) results topped the list of the most trending searches in Kenya this year.

The elections and IEBC attracted great public interest particularly so after the cancellation of the August 8 elections by the Supreme Court and the subsequent repeat elections held on October 26.

In the top 10 trending events in Kenya, the elections topped the list followed by the lecturers’ strike, which paralyzed learning in public universities.

This year, lectures have been on strike for five months. The strike was called off last week

Former president Mwai Kibaki topped the list of the most searched prominent people followed by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and the embattled IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba.


Kenyans also searched for former NTV presenter Janet Kanini, former Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott, former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, former Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua and former IEBC ICT manager Chis Musando.

All of them captured national attention following their deaths this year

Others who made to the top 10 Google searches in Kenya were deposed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and prominent businessman Jimmy Wanjigi.

The phrase ‘Tibim’, a catchphrase popularized by the leaders of the opposition Nasa, which later morphed into a political slogan, was also among the trending searches.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) 2017 results, Nasa coalition, Jubilee party, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the presidential results also made it into the top 10 most searched trends.

Top Trending Searches

1. IEBC Results

2. Gambia

3. KCPE 2017 results

4. Despacito

5. Tibim

6. NASA Coalition

7. Jubilee Party

8. NASA flag bearer

9. Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)

10. Presidential results

Trending People

1. Mwai Kibaki

2. Babu Owino

3. Ezra Chiloba

4. Janet Kanini

5. Nicholas Biwott

6. Robert Mugabe

7. Joseph Nkaissery

8. Nderitu Gachagua

9. Jimmy Wanjigi

10. Chris Msando

Trending Events

1.    Kenya Elections

2.    Lecturers’ Strike

3.    Mayweather vs McGregor Fight

4.    Confederations Cup

5.    Africa Cup of Nations 2017

6.    Zimbabwe coup

7.    Hurricane Irma

8.    Easter 2017

9.    Catalonia independence

10. Ramadan 2017

Trending “What Is”

1. What is Sarahah

2. What is a Pangolin

3. What is Bitcoin

4. What is Biology

5. What is Covfefe

6. What is old and new at the same time

7. What is Happening in Zimbabwe

8. What is the meaning of Tibim

9. What is Pesalink

10. What is IEBC

Trending “How To”

1. How to check KCPE results online

2. How to file KRA returns

3. How to make pancakes

4. How to write an application letter

5. How to lose belly fat

6. How to make money online

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