Late Abura, Chris Brown top Google search October trends

By Christine Muchira

Google Search Trends that show search patterns for a particular period indicate that afro-jazz musician Achieng Abura, drew the highest amount of online traffic in the month of October in Kenya after she died of an undisclosed illness on Thursday, October 20. People also searched for “Achieng Abura son” as they sought to find out more about the circumstances that led to her death. Achieng Abura’s son, Prince Abura, is suffering from sickle cell anemia – it has been revealed – and is in urgent need of treatment.

Second on the list was American music star, Chris Brown following his maiden visit to Kenya. The R&B artist, performed at the“Mombasa Rocks Festival”  – which featured Nigeria’s Wizkid and Tanzania’s Ali Kiba and is billed as the biggest entertainment event in Kenya this year.
Mashujaa Day, also known as “Heroes Day” was the third most trending search in October as people went online to find out more about the day that seeks to honour  those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence or positively contributed to Kenya’s growth after independence.
People also turned to search to find out more about Haiti – after it was reported that the Caribbean country is struggling to cope with a rise in cholera cases while former radio presenter Grace Makosewe was fifth on the list after she was found dead in her Ngumo apartment on Wednesday, October 26.
Other search terms that trended in October were: Hurricane Matthew, as people sought to learn more about the tropical cyclone; Boniface Mwangi, after the photojournalist and activist after he made controversial comments about deputy President William Ruto; Mandera attack, as people went online to find out more about the terrorist attack that left 12 people dead; Mohammed Alfayo, after he outraged Kenyans by posting a picture of himself with an underage girl after he allegedly defiled her and Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu, after she was nominated for the position of Deputy Chief Justice by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
In the ‘How to’ search category, the dominant trending search was “How to reduce weight” as Kenyans went online to gather information on how they can shed a few pounds before the festive season begins. People also searched for “How to lose arm fat”.
Second on the list was “How to answer interview questions”while “How to reduce cramps” was third on the list.
Other trending “how to” searches were: “How to increase metabolism” a search that is perhaps related to weight loss; Kenyans also used Google search to learn how to make their favourite snacks and bitings as “How to make yogurt at home”, “How to make meat pie”, “How to cook biryani” and “How to cook fish fillet” were fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth positions on the “how to” search trends list.
“How to massage an infant” and “How to tell if a guy likes you” were ninth and tenth on the list.
Trending searches
  1. Achieng Abura
  2. Chris Brown
  3. Mashujaa day
  4. Haiti
  5. Grace Makosewe
  6. Hurricane Matthew
  7. Boniface Mwangi
  8. Mandera Attack
  9. Mohammed Alfayo
  10. Philomena Mwilu
Trending ‘How to’ Searches
  1. How to reduce weight
  2. How to answer interview questions
  3. How to reduce cramps
  4. How to increase metabolism
  5. How to make yogurt at home
  6. How to make meat pie
  7. How to cook biryani
  8. How to cook fish fillet
  9. How to massage an infant
  10. How to tell if a guy likes you



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