Tuesday, 11 August 2015



The much anticipated visit by the 44th President of The United States
Barack Obama was the most searched item in Google.

The Obama fever seemed to have dominated its presence in Kenya's web
pages with the phrase 'Obama in Kenya' being the most sought after
topic in the month of July.

Searches related to Obama's visit who hosted the 6th Global
Enterpreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi secured 5 out of the top 10
trends in the previous month.

Kenyans then searched for more information about his half sister -
Auma, The Beast, POTUS - abbreviation for President of The United
States,  and Air Force one.

The Beast is Obama's official state car and it came second in the Google trends.

The 3rd trending topic was POTUS which means President of The United States.

POTUS is  the president's official Twitter handle and this  term rose
to prominence ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit prompting
Kenyans to find out its meaning and genesis on Google search.

History has it that Obama is who traces his roots back to Kenya is the
first ever sitting president of America to ever tour this country.

Dr. Auma Obama - half sister to U.S President Barack Obama came in
fourth after President Obama offered her a ride in ‘The Beast’ when
she received him at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA),
becoming the first Kenyan to ride in Obama's official car.

Auma also joked about how she went to pick his half brother at the
airport  decades ago with her battered car and here he was repaying
her with a ride on the beast.

Air Force One - the official aircraft that carries the US of America
also made it to top ten trending searches.

Other search terms that trended in July are: Barcelona FC forward,
Pedro Rodriguez, a 28-year-old spaniard who was transferred to English
Club Manchester United; Mzee Ojwang, also known as Benson Wanjau also
sent Kenyans online following his death while undergoing treatment at
the Kenyatta National Hospital; The Emirates Cup - a preseason
association football invitational competition hosted by English club
Arsenal at their home ground Emirates Stadium in London; Gatundu South
Member of Parliament Moses Kuria who was a trending search topic
throughout the month of July owing to his on-going High Court case
over the alleged incitement to violence; and Eid Mubarak - a
traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use during the celebration of
the festival of Eid as Kenyans joined more than billion Muslims
worldwide in celebrating the Islamic festival which marks the end of

Trending searches

    Obama in Kenya

    The Beast


    Auma Obama

    Pedro Rodriguez

    Mzee Ojwang

    Emirates Cup

    Moses Kuria

    Eid Mubarak

    Air Force One