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Google’s Year in Search: Kenya

December 12, 2019 • East Africa, Features, Top Stories

Earlier this week, Google released the results of its 2019 ‘Year in Search’, providing a unique insight into the year’s biggest moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Kenya.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Kenyans have been searching for and asking Google this year. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

This year’s trending searches show Kenyans’ keen interest in the world and people around them. Pop culture, sports and politics captured the nation’s attention. From tech ‘How to’s…’ to Bird Box, Bob Collymore and Census 2019, Kenyans use search to find out about the things that really matter to them. Here’s a closer look at Kenya’s ‘Year in Search’:

Top ten trending news searches

  1. Form One Selection 2020
  2. Huduma Number
  3. Likoni Ferry Tragedy
  4. BBI Report
  5. Ethiopian Air Crash
  6. KCPE Results 2019
  7. Kibra Elections
  8. Dusit Riverside Attack
  9. Eliud Kipchoge INEOS
  10. Census 2019

Top ten trending tech ‘how-to’ questions

  1. How to download videos from YouTube
  2. How to create a website
  3. How to take care of a phone
  4. How to hack wifi
  5. How to track a phone number
  6. How to convert pdf to word
  7. How to hack a phone
  8. How to track a lost phone
  9. How to create a YouTube channel
  10. How to pay parking in Nairobi

Top ten trending movies and TV shows

  1. Bird Box
  2. Avengers Endgame
  3. Game of Thrones Season 8
  4. Money Heist Season 3
  5. When They See Us
  6. Sex and the City movie
  7. Captain Marvel
  8. Lion King
  9. Hobbs and Shaw
  10. Joker

Top ten trending local personalities

  1. Bob Collymore
  2. Eliud Kipchoge
  3. John Demathew
  4. Joyce Laboso
  5. Ken Okoth
  6. Tob Cohen
  7. Mike Sonko
  8. Jonathan Moi
  9. Ivy Wangechi
  10. Esther Arunga

Top ten trending general ‘how-to’ questions

  1. How to file returns using P9 form
  2. How to apply for a passport
  3. How to start a business
  4. How to make money
  5. How to drive a manual car
  6. How to be successful in life
  7. How to get a baby boy
  8. How to check CRB status
  9. How to check KCPE results 2019
  10. How to get pregnant

Edited by Jenna Delport

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