Google has today released the top trending Google Searches in 2022 showing Kenyans looked for information about general elections, movies, education, health, sports, and local and global politics.
The trending Google Search Trends also reveal top-10 searches on general knowledge information on ‘what is and ‘how-to’ queries on health, tech and general issues.
Ms Sharon Machira, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager in Kenya, said, “Google’s 2022 Year in Search lists the moments, people, topics, events, and places that captured Kenyans’ attention during the year. Especially off the back of an election, we saw people come to Google Search to find answers to their biggest questions.”
IEBC Portal which was used to display the presidential results in the 2022 General Elections topped the general trending searches. Kenyans searched for the portal to follow the results as they streamed in from the polling stations as they were eager to know who their next president would be.
Kenyans’ love for football dominated the Trends with World Cup 2022 Fixtures and AFCON emerging as the second and third trending general queries. Kenyans sought to know the countries that qualified for both the World Cup and AFCON and how they were paired. They searched to know the fixtures, and results of their favourite teams as they followed the tournaments. Other queries were KNEC Portal which is used to check primary and secondary national results, KUCCPS Portal which is used for university admission applications, and the online social multiplayer game Pakakumi. The top ten list of the general trending searches are closed by Climate Change, COVID-19 Registry, and the Russia-Ukraine Conflict.
The Trending Local Personalities category was dominated by searches on Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Azimio La Umoja Deputy Presidential candidate Martha Karua, Root’s Party presidential flag bearer Professor George Wajackoyah, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Education Cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu. Searches were also made on IEBC vice chair Juliana Cherera, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, nominated MP Sabina Chege and, 100m and 200m sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala, currently the African record holder and eighth fastest man of all-time in the 100 metres after clocking a time of 9.77 on 18 September 2021 in Nairobi.
On the how-to category, Kenyans searched how to update the Safaricom line, how to check KCSE results, how to check KCPE results, how to check their polling station online, how to buy KPLC tokens, how to make a marionette, how to register Airtel line, how to make a kite, and how to download form one admission letter.
In the Global Personalities category, Kenyans closely monitored information about Gabriel Jesus, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Putin, Jaden Smith, Simon Leviev, Will Smith, Erik Ten Hag,Rishi Sunak and Raphinha.
In the trending loss, the death of local and global personalities saw Kenyans seek more information about Queen Elizabeth, Mwai Kibaki, Takeoff, Osinachi Nwachukwu, Paul Gicheru, DJ Lithium, Kevin Samuels, Frank Obegi, Coolio and Ivana Trump. The top trending searches on Sports were AFCON, World Cup, UEFA Nations League, EPL Table, Ballon D’Or, Winter Paralympics, Commonwealth Games Schedule, Carabao Cup, IPL and Community Shield.
The Search results in Movies and TV Shows category show Kenyans closely monitored Tinder Swindler, Zora, Sultana, Jeffrey Dahmer, House Of The Dragon, Stranger Things, Black Adam, Wakanda, The Terminal List and Inventing Anna.
In the Health category, Kenyans sought information on how to maintain facial health by controlling the type of food consumed, how to register for the COVID vaccine, how to get pregnant fast, how to calculate BMI, how to register NHIF online, how to remove pimples naturally and permanently, how to gain weight in a week, how to treat UTI at home and how to grow hair faster naturally in a week and how to manage stress. Search on the diseases category was on Monkeypox, Swine Flu, Alopecia, Moh Chanjo, Fournier Gangrene and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
In the Tech category, many Kenyans looked for information on how to update GB Whatsapp, How to delete a page in word, how to convert a word document to pdf, how to clear cache, how to screenshot on Windows 10, how to pin location on Whatsapp, how to cast phone to TV, how to backup Whatsapp chats, how to delete the Facebook account and how to download apps on a laptop.
In the Music Lyrics category by various artists among them Rush Lyrics, Tushangilie Kenya Lyrics, Sugarcane Remix Lyrics, Girlfriend Lyrics, Calm Down Lyrics, Finesse Lyrics, Overdose Lyrics, Cough By Kizz Daniel Lyrics, For My Hand Lyrics and Love Nwantiti Lyrics.