Kibaki, Msando, Tibim, Sarahah among top Google searches of 2017

Kibaki, Msando, Tibim, Sarahah among top Google searches of 2017

Kenyans did not really care much for President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga, at least in their Google searches this year. That honour went to former President Mwai Kibaki.

The search engine giant released its results for the most searched items and personalities of 2017 which was topped by “IEBC results”.

“KCPE 2017 Results” followed closely, an impressive feat considering the results were released three weeks ago. “NASA Flagbearer” is third on the list.

The only place Odinga and Uhuru showed up was in the Mombasa County search list where they were third and tenth respectively. This was odd since the two were the main players in this year’s hotly contested election.

Leading the list of the most searched personalities is former President Mwai Kibaki. This, Google attributes to “rumors about his health and demise” that rocked the country during the year.

Also among the most searched personalities are Embakasi East legislator Babu Owino, who made headlines after he was arrested and detained for insulting President Kenyatta.

Next was IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, who became a darling with the Kenyan girls during the August 8 General Election electioneering period followed by controversial businessman Jimmy Wanjigi whose Muthaiga home was raided by police for three days in October.

Death was the reason six of the ten most searched personalities made the list including slain IEBC ICT expert Chris Msando, Joseph Nkaiserry (Heart attack), Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua (accident), Nicholas Biwott (illness) and former broadcaster Janet Kanini who succumbed to cancer.

In the entertainment scene, hit songs Bazokizo and Odi Dance which sparked popular dance styles made the list that also included BET Awards 2017, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of you, as well as Diamond and his Wasafi team’s Zilipendwa smash hit.

As far as the most searched topics in counties go, Google reveals; “In the county searches category, IEBC remained top of the trending searches in Kisumu, Mombasa and Eldoret. Likewise, football dominated the county searches with Chelsea being the top trending team in Mombasa and Eldoret while Arsenal was the favourite in Kisumu County.”

Football maestro Dennis Oliech becomes the only Kenyan in the most searched Sports Personalities Category, coming a distant ninth to Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, Manchester United new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, and Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Below is full list of the top Google searches of 2017 (both in Kenya and worldwide);


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 Entertainment Searches

  1.  Despacito
  2. Odi dance
  3.  Bazokizo
  4. Zilipendwa
  5. Shape Of You
  6. Nyashinski Malaika
  7.  Big Brother Naija
  8. Bet Awards 2017
  9. Eunice Njeri Wedding
  10. Beyonce Twins

Trending Health Searches

  1. Guillain-Barré (GB) syndrome
  2. How to lose weight
  3. How to lose belly fat
  4. How to get pregnant
  5. Cholera

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

County Searches: Mombasa

  1. IEBC
  2. Kenya Elections
  3. Raila Odinga
  4. Confederations Cup
  5. NTSA
  6.  Chelsea
  7. Mayweather vs Mcgregor fight
  8. Nyali Cinemax
  9. La Liga table
  10. Uhuru Kenyatta

County Searches: Eldoret

  1. IEBC
  2. HELB
  3. Chelsea
  4. EPL table
  5. Manchester United
  6. Kenya News
  7. OLX kenya
  8. KRA
  9.  Arsenal
  10. KUCCPS

County Searches: Kisumu

  1. IEBC
  2. Arsenal
  3. Manchester United
  4. Government Human Resource Information System (GHRIS)
  5.  E-citizen
  6. Chelsea
  7. Jumia
  8. HELB
  9.  IEBC jobs
  10. KUCCPS

Trending Global Searches 2017

Trending Searches

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. iPhone 8
  3. iPhone X
  4. Matt Lauer
  5. Meghan Markle
  6. 13 Reasons Why
  7. Tom Petty
  8. Fidget Spinner
  9. Chester Bennington
  10. India National Cricket Team

Trending ‘How To’

  1. How to make slime
  2. How to make solar eclipse glasses
  3. How to buy Bitcoin
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor
  5. How to make a fidget spinner
  6. How to watch the solar eclipse
  7. How to freeze your credit
  8. How to play Powerball
  9. How to screen record
  10. How to lose belly fat fast

Trending People

  1. Matt Lauer
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Nadia Toffa
  4. Harvey Weinstein
  5. Kevin Spacey
  6. Gal Gadot
  7. Melania Trump
  8. Floyd Mayweather
  9. Michael Flynn
  10. Philippe Coutinho

Trending Global News

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Bitcoin
  3. Las Vegas Shooting
  4. North Korea
  5. Solar Eclipse
  6. Hurricane Harvey
  7. Manchester
  8. Hurricane Jose
  9. Hurricane Maria
  10. April the Giraffe