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IEBC, Kibaki and Chiloba top Google's searches in 2017

The Bomas of Kenya, which was the IEBC's national tallying centre. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NMG
The Bomas of Kenya, which was the IEBC's national tallying centre. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NMG 

This year's elections and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) topped the list of trending searches in Kenya this year.

The presidential poll topped the list of most searched events after the Supreme Court voided the results of the August 8 election, followed by the lecturers strike that paralysed learning at public universities.

Varsity staff finally called the strike off last week after five months.



Striking lecturers at the Technical University of Mombasa on November 6, 2017. Photo | Kevin Odit | NMG
Striking lecturers at the Technical University of Mombasa on November 6, 2017. Photo | Kevin Odit | NMG

Others subjects that piqued Kenyans' curiosity on the web include the Mayweather vs McGregor fight in August, the confederations cup, the Africa cup of Nations 2017 and the Zimbabwe coup.

In the county searches category, IEBC remained the top search item in Kisumu, Mombasa and Eldoret.

Kibaki, Chiloba

Former president Mwai Kibaki topped the list of most searched people followed by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino.

IEBC chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba came in third.



Ezra Chiloba, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO. FILE PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG
Ezra Chiloba, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO. FILE PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

Kenyans also rushed to Google find out more about the deaths of former NTV presenter Janet Kanini, politician Nicholas Biwott, Former Interior Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua and the polls agency's ICT manager Chis Msando.

Others that made up to the top ten are former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe and Nasa-affiliated businessman Jimmy Wanjigi.

“The phrase 'tibim' morphed into a political slogan was also among the trending searches,” said Google public relations officer Dorothy Ooko.

The word was popularised by Mr Owino who would often use it at political rallies.

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

Health

On trending health searches, Kenyans looked up how to get pregnant, how to lose weight and how to lose belly fat.

They also searched for information about Guillain Barré (GB) syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves and cholera.

“Football dominated the county searches with Chelsea being the top trending team in Mombasa and Eldoret while Arsenal being the favourite in Kisumu County,” said Ms Ooko.

List of top 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 Sports Personalities
1. Alvaro Morata
2. Romelu Lukaku
3. Philippe Coutinho
4. Nemanja Matić
5. Ivan Perisic
6. Thomas Lemar
7. Cheick Tiote
8. Antonio Conte
9. Dennis Oliech
10. Floyd Mayweather

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
7. How to bake a cake
8. How to create a website
9. How to get pregnant
10. How to write a report

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