Rose Muhando, Samantha top 2018 Google searches in Kenya

Google has released the 2018 Year in Search, which is an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year.

The 2018 World Cup held in Russia in June and July was the most looked for information on the search engine.

Kenyans also went online to search for news about Rongo University student Sharon Otieno, who was brutally murdered in September and her body dumped in a forest in Homa Bay County.

Controversial opposition politician Miguna Miguna was the third most-searched personality online, with Kenyans taking to the search engine to look for information on his ejection from Kenya back in March.

Kenyans also went online to search for results of the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.

Manchester United Chile footballer, Alexis Sanchez, dominated the top 10 searches, as football fans followed news around his speculated departure from Old Trafford and strained relationship with manager, Jose Mourinho.

Sex doll christened Samantha was the sixth most-looked-for information online by Kenyans, who sought to find out how it works, looks and its country of manufacture.

The death of Swedish musician and DJ, Avicii, also featured in the top 10 trending searches by Kenyans. The musician behind the hit, “Wake Me Up”, was found dead as a result of suicide, which sparked conversations about mental health awareness.

Citizen Television journalist Jacque Maribe also featured as one of the most searched personalities online in 2018 after her fiancé, Joseph Irungu, was arrested in connection with the murder of Nairobi businesswoman Monica Kimani. Ms Maribe was also later arrested and charged with Ms Kimani’s murder. The High Court, however, freed her on bail.

Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” came ninth on the list.

Troubled Tanzanian gospel star, Rose Muhando, wrapped up the ten most-searched people online.

Below are lists of the highly-searched topics and personalities online in 2018:

Top Trending Searches- Kenya

  1. World Cup 2018
  2. Sharon Otieno
  3. Miguna Miguna
  4. KCPE 2018 results
  5. Alexis Sanchez
  6. Samantha
  7. Avicii
  8. Jackie Maribe
  9. Black Panther
  10. Rose Muhando

 Top Trending Events 2018

  1. World Cup 2018
  2. Raila swearing-in
  3. Lunar Eclipse
  4. Lecturers’ strike
  5. Royal Wedding
  6. KDF recruitment 2018
  7. Winter Olympics
  8. Migori by-election
  9. Zimbabwe elections
  10. Ali Kiba wedding

Top Trending Global Personalities

  1. Alexis Sanchez
  2. Avicii
  3. Rose Muhando
  4. Meghan Markle
  5. Bobi Wine
  6. Kofi Annan
  7. Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang
  8. Croatia President
  9. Prince Harry
  10. Billy Graham

Top Trending Local Personalities

  1. Sharon Otieno
  2. Miguna Miguna
  3. Jackie Maribe
  4. Babu Owino
  5. Kanze Dena
  6. Okoth Obado
  7. Kenneth Matiba
  8. Kirinyaga Deputy Governor
  9. Monica Kimani
  10. Joseph Kamaru

Top Trending “How To?”

  1. How to file nil returns?
  2. How to check KCPE results?
  3. How to write an application letter?
  4. How to make money online?
  5. How to file KRA returns?
  6. How to get pregnant?
  7. How to make pancakes?
  8. How to write a report?
  9. How to lose weight faster?
  10. How to start a business?

Top Trending “What is?”

  1. What is lunar eclipse?
  2. What is Samantha?
  3. What is the Blue Economy?
  4. What is sex?
  5. What is riparian land?
  6. What is Halloween?
  7. What is ovulation?
  8. What is bitcoin?
  9. What is communication?
  10. What is management?