Throughout the year, social media has been flooded with trends ranging from politics, economy, lifestyle, celebrities, sports and entertainment.
As per Google Trends, in general, the most searched trends of the year were, English Premier League Tables & Updates, Uganda Elections, Kimba Bye-elections, IEBC, Kazi Matani Application, BBI Ruling, KDF Recruitment 2021, Standard-Gauge Railway (SGR) Booking, Pandora Papers and Afghanistan.
Google Trends is a website from Google that analyzes the popularity of the top search queries in Google Search across different regions and languages.
In a normal situation, when a topic is trending, it gets a lot of attention. In an attempt to establish facts around the said topic, they turn to Google to know more details.
The analysis has named Mukhisa Kituyi, the presidential candidate in 2022, as the leading trending local personality on the internet.
In June, a video of a presidential hopeful in Mombasa allegedly compromising with a woman while on vacation surfaced online and met with mixed reactions. The video made a splash on various social media platforms and became a topic of discussion on many platforms.
However, during some interviews months later, Kituyi downplayed the video, saying that it would not be derailed by “non-issues”.
Other local public figures who were on top trends were former President Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s first female Chief Justice Martha Koom, marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Vice President William Ruto, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, former Attorney General Charles Nzonjo, Dagoretti North MP. It was Simba. Aarti, fastest Kenyan sprinter Ferdinand Omanayala, and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
In the last 12 months, there have been many deaths and losses and according to Google, the top trending loss was the passing away of Tanzanian President John Magufuli.
Magufuli’s death was announced on March 17, nearly a fortnight after he was last seen in public. Before his death was made public, he was trending on various social media platforms, with speculations of his death dominating the internet.
Other top trending deaths in Kenya this year included businessman Chris Kirubi, American rapper DMX, Nigerian campaigner TB Joshua, veteran politician Jakoyo Midiwo, Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip, former MPs Shimon Nyacha and Kalembe Ndile.
In the health sector, vaccination dominated almost all trends. According to Google, starting with the Covid-19 registry, which was the leading trend in health throughout the year.
The COVID-19 Registry is a self-service portal by the Ministry of Health for all residents. To assist with the COVID-19 vaccination process within the Republic of Kenya.
Other health conditions that were most sought after in 2021 were AstraZeneca Vaccine, Chanzo Kenya, Modern Vaccine and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC).
On December 31, 2020, just hours after midnight, President Uhuru Kenyatta called 2021 the Year of Reconstruction, therefore calling it a year of boundless opportunities.
“We cannot reverse our losses, but we can only rebuild what we had in 2019,” President Uhuru said in his New Year’s Address to the Nation.
With days left till the end of 2021, the country has gained, lost and in some cases created historic moments.
For example, at the beginning of the year, all learners resumed physical education after a nine-month break as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the middle of the year, the Treasury signaled an economic recovery, and finally, the president lifted an early evening curfew.
Despite learning to live with the virus, health experts warn of future mutations and the emergence of more forms of the coronavirus than have been seen globally so far, while the push for vaccinations for the better part of 2021 intensifies Is.