‘How To Reverse M-pesa’ And ‘Samantha’ Tops List Of Trending Kenyan Seaches In January

Google has released top trending searches for the month of January 2018.

Top on the list was the search for Samantha – a sex doll developed with artificial intelligence (AI) by a Barcelona-based engineer Sergi Santos.

The month also saw Kenyans go online in search of KUCCPS 2018 intake which was the second trending item. This comes after the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) opened its online application system for 2017 KCSE students to revise their choices for placement as Government-sponsored students to Universities and Colleges.

The Football Association Challenge Cup, officially known as the FA Cup, trended at number three as the 2018 edition of this annual knockout competition in men’s domestic English football came to its 3rd and 4th round.

Trending at number four was Yvonne Wamalwa, widow of the late former Vice President Michael Wamalwa Kijana. Ms. Wamalwa passed on at at Nanyuki Cottage hospital on Sunday, 25th January and will be laid to rest on Saturday 3rd February in Milimani Estate, Trans Nzoia county.

Ms. Farida Karoney was the fifth trending item on Google following her nomination to the position of Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Lands. Ms. Karoney is a media and communications specialist who, prior to her appointment, served as the Royal Media Services’ Chief Operating Officer, and formerly the KTN Head of Editorial.

The search for Cabinet Secretaries became the sixth trending item on Google as Kenyans sought to know the full list of new nominees for the different government ministries.

Seventh on the list of top trending items in January was Nairobi Deputy Governor, Polycarp Igathe. Mr. Igathe had tendered his resignation on 12th January stating that he had failed to earn the trust of Governor Mike Sonko to enable him work at the county.

The Australian Open – a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia was eighth trending search item on Google. The tournament, dubbed the Grand Slam of Asia / Pacific, saw Roger Federer receive a personalised honour after winning the tournament for the sixth time.

Closing the list of top ten trending Kenyan searches in January were gospel singer Kambua Manundu and human rights activist Ken Wafula, at position nine and ten respectively. Ms Kambua had earlier in the month been compelled by Kenyans online to apologize for grabbing the microphone from Inooro TV’s Jeff Kuria,who was her co-emcee at the Royal Media Services’ Vuka Mwaka Party held at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Interest in Ken Wafula was generated by his demise at an Eldoret hospital on January 17th. Ken Wafula was the Director at the Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD).

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


  1. Samantha
  2. KUCCPS 2018 intake
  3. FA cup
  4. Yvonne Wamalwa
  5. Farida Karoney
  6. Cabinet Secretaries
  7. Polycarp Igathe
  8. Australian open
  9. Kambua Manundu
  10. Ken Wafula

Trending How to

  1. How to reverse mpesa
  2. How to buy tokens
  3. How to withdraw money from sportpesa
  4. How to buy airtel airtime from mpesa
  5. How to write application letter
  6. How to write a formal letter
  7. How to delete instagram account
  8. How to save money
  9. How to pay nhif through mpesa
  10. How to bet on sportpesa

Wahome Gakuru And Eye Witness Challenge Among The Top Kenyan Searches

Google has released the top trending searches in Kenya for the week of 5th – 12th November 2017.

Top on the list of trending searches was the late Nyeri Governor, Dr.Wahome Gakuru who passed on last week on Tuesday in a grisly road crash. Following the accident, Kenyans searched about the family and wife of the late governor.

Football was the second trending search item. Matches in the EPL, Serie A and World Cup Qualifiers topped this category: Arsenal Vs Mancity, Lazio vs Udinese and Ivory Coast Vs Morocco respectively.

The burial of the late Bishop Cornelius Kipngeno Korir was the third trending item on Google Search. The late Bishop of Eldoret Diocese who had passed away on October 30 was buried on Saturday. In a ceremony attended by the Government and Religious leaders, the late clergyman was eulogised as a peacemaker – having played a pivotal role in quelling tensions in Eldoret and the larger Rift Valley.

The week also saw Kenyans go online in search of the eyewitness challenge. The meme, became fourth trending item, after a man – who identified himself as Dennis Muigai Ngengi – claimed to have witnessed two high profile accidents in less than three weeks.  Dennis was interviewed on the scene of the Lake Nakuru plane crash and the accident of the late Nyeri Governor where he gave detailed accounts.

The fifth trending search was the texas church shooting. This is after a gunman (On November 5, 2017) opened fire on parishioners of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas – leading to the loss of lives for 25 people and an unborn child. The church has since been turned into a memorial.

On the entertainment scene, American Rapper Meek Mill, also drew search interest among Kenyans. Sixth on the list of trending searches, Meek Mill’s was last week sentenced to 2-4 years jail term following multiple probation violations. His arrest sparked outrage and rally protests by his supporters.

The week also saw Kenyans go online searching about  Don Moenand for his songs. Don, an American singer-songwriter, pastor, and producer of Christian worship music arrived in the country for a worship concert at CITAM, Karen. He became the seventh trending search for the week.

Following his appearance as a witness in two consecutive accidents, and his subsequent arrest, Dennis Muigai Ngengi, was the eighth trending search. Dennis was arrested last week on Thursday. After carrying out fingerprint forensic analysis, the police said Mr. Ngengi has eight previous criminal records.

The ninth trending search was on Britain’s overseas aid ministerPriti Patel who quit on Wednesday over unauthorised meetings in Israel.

Closing the list of top 10 trending searches was the ex-Kilome MP,Harun Mwau. The former Assistant Minister had last week filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the October 26th Presidential Elections.

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

  1. Dr. Wahome Gakuru
  2. Football: EPL, Serie A and World Cup Qualifiers
  3. Bishop Cornelius Korir
  4. Eyewitness Challenge
  5. Texas Church Shooting
  6. Dennis Ngengi Muigai
  7. Meek Mill
  8. Don Moen
  9. Priti Patel
  10. Harun Mwau

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