Royal wedding, UEFA, Solai dam tragedy among top Google sea…


Global search giant Google has released its top Kenyan trending searches for May 2018.

Top on the list was the wedding of Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018. Kenyans flocked to the site to mine information on the royal couple.

The wedding was broadcast live on YouTube and exclusively on Citizen Television.

The month also saw Kenyans go online to keep track of the UEFA Champions League Final on May 26, in which Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3 – 1 to bag their third successive Champion League title.

Third on the list was the much hyped Gor Mahia vs Hull City friendly match at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on May 13.

Gor Mahia put up a spirited display that resulted in a barren draw, but lost 4-3 on post-match penalties to the English Championship side.

Kenyans also searched for Arsenal’s newly appointed manager Unai Emery. The Spanish football manager and former player replaced Arsene Wenger who had served as Arsenal’s manager from 1996 to 2018, making him longest serving and most successful manager in the club’s history.

The fifth most popular search item by Kenyans was the Solai Dam tragedy where 47 people were killed after a 20 million liter capacity dam burst its banks in Subukia, Nakuru County.

Mother’s Day, which was on May 13, was the sixth trending item on Google, as Kenyans sought to find out the date, and ideas for messages and the best gifts to celebrate mothers.

Sports continued to dominate the Google search lists with the English Premier League matches Chelsea vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Manchester United taking seventh place.

Eighth on the list was pornography addiction, an increasingly common habit with the rising ease of access to free online pornography.

Some of the top results that Kenyans searched for included; the symptoms and side effects of pornography addiction as well as how to stop pornography addiction.

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Kenya went online to find out if their favorite players had made it into the national teams, with the England and Spain World Cup squads dominating the search at ninth trending position.

Closing the top ten list was shockingly, Princess Diana who died 21 years. The search was tied to the Royal Wedding as Kenyans took a trip down memory lane and read up on Prince Harry’s mother.

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997 from injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, France.

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

  1. Royal Wedding
  2. Champions league final
  3. Gor Mahia vs Hull CIty
  4. Unai Emery
  5. Solai Dam
  6. Mother’s Day
  7. Premier league matches (Chelsea vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Manchester United)
  8. Pornography addiction
  9. World cup squads (England and Spain squads)
  10. Princess Diana

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