1. #UhuruInKenya – Kenyans gave President Uhuru a piece of their mind for the fact that he seems to be more out of the country than in and about. With a website isUhuruinKenya.co.ke signaling his movements in and out of the country, the memes especially spelt out the sentiments of Kenyans on the President’s touring tendencies. A PR spin by the government fell on deaf ears – as usual.
Rare photos of @UKenyatta arriving in Kenya to change his clothes and suitcases before his next tour #UhuruInKenya. pic.twitter.com/CpGhzu40lC
— ; (@ThisIsVoight) December 6, 2015
Uhuru making a stop over in Kenya before proceeding with his world tour. #UhuruInKenya
— Fiona (@fiona_theartist) December 6, 2015
2. #NyakundiExposed – when a leaked tape surfaced of ‘certified noisemaker’ Cyprian Nyakundi extorting Kes. 50M from a BIDCO representative, with Xtian Dela acting as middleman, it threw Twitter into disarray when many realized that Nyakundi is no more than a gun for hire. Well, what else is new under the sun.
Wow. Just listened to this audacious #NyakundiExposed audio. Does this Xtian guy still have a job? @NationFMKe http://t.co/c0rcTZcRv0
— Ciku Muiruri (@MissCiku) August 13, 2015
still wondering why someone will solicit for a bribe over an already done expose!!!
— Free Thinker (@Zc_Maragia) August 12, 2015
3. #Hotbedof(insert awesome Kenyan feat) – CNN called Kenya a ‘hotbed of terror’, and walked right into the fire. This led to Kenya pulling off it’s tourism ads from the network, and a senior CNN executive had to come apologize to the president personally. That right there gives you a glimpse into the clout that #KOT have on the media scene.
No #Kenya #tourism ad deal yet 4 #CNN despite #apology over ' #terror #hotbed' http://t.co/DSOwPTQ5GO pic.twitter.com/EucoQR6aHm
— Waqar Rizvi (@s_wrizvi) August 16, 2015
Thanks CNN for introducing Kenya to the term #Hotbed. We welcome our athletes to the #HotbedofChampions with their #hotbedofmedals
— Elizabeth (@akoko_let) September 1, 2015
4. #PoleKwaMwirigi – In a nutshell: @thisisEss got engaged. Bobby (@Mwirigi) was heartbroken. @Currie_Powder sent him commiserations, and started off a spiral that saw the biggest newsjacking moment of 2015. With over 52 million impressions (we tracked it), Bobby became the story. We hope all those brands that promised him stuff did actually deliver on their promises.
Guys this is the hashtag. #PoleKwaMwirigi. Pass your words of comfort to @Mwirigi because this brother is broken down
— Japhetha Waitina (@Currie_Powder) May 5, 2015
Coming soon to a cinema near you Starring @Mwirigi @ThisisEss and 'Mr. L' #PoleKwaMwirigi http://t.co/pqozsAJEve pic.twitter.com/viC279J1Db
— Capital FM Kenya (@CapitalFMKenya) May 5, 2015
5. #1MillionforJadudi – The biggest use of social media for good this year saw BikoZulu pen a piece that tugged on our heartstrings and wallets, and in a record 24 hours we had raised 6 million bob towards the cause. Drama about how the money was utilized surfaced but it still didn’t beat the fact that KOT aren’t heartless bastards all the time. Keep it up!
I stand with Jadudi #1MillionforJadudi
— Ed Nyamu (@ednyamu) August 5, 2015
Yes! Let's all do what we can! "@Eddahs_Hope: please take a minute #1MilliForJadudi That Thing… http://t.co/G7GvRxXtOT via @bikozulu"
— Julie Gichuru (@JulieGichuru) August 4, 2015
I'm an absolutely proud Kenyan today! We raised 6 million bob for Jadudi!! #RT
See – https://t.co/Ofi0DXEWm6
— Caroline Mutoko (@CarolineMutoko) August 6, 2015
6. #BoycottBrandX and #BRANDXonTrial – The new wave of angry customers keeps rearing it’s head through a call to boycott this and that. The biggest brand fiasco held Nakumatt hostage with #NakumattonTrial, prompting the brand to apologize and correct the pricing on items on their shelves. However, we’re still wondering who runs that COFEK account, cause they’re like a hamster let loose on the keyboard – irrelevant tagging and shouting all over our TLs.
COFEK takes on #NakumattOnTrial pic.twitter.com/Wpd69eEbAY
— Ory Okolloh Mwangi (@kenyanpundit) May 21, 2015
My pal @mugwerudenis got charged 9995 instead of 995 at @Nakumatt for a book jana @ConsumersKenya #NakumattOnTrial pic.twitter.com/Jd1vjNdmqq
— Ri Chad (@irichieus) May 22, 2015
7. Barack Obama and The Pope graced our Kenyan soil this year, and the internet went into overdrive with everyone wanting to discuss and debate their presence and actions while in Kenya. Actual experts, the media and more kept us in the know with blow-by-blow updates featured on the hashtags #PopeinKenya and #ObamainKenya, with The Beast and the Pope Mobile taking the bigger chunk of the news.
President Obama takes a selfie with his sister, Dr. @AumaObama while in Kenya. #ObamaInKenya https://t.co/3MoicNsuxf pic.twitter.com/0bOpfhYpMM
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 1, 2015
Behind the Lens: President Obama's trip to Kenya And Ethiopia. https://t.co/l8qCvUG85X #ObamaInKenya #ObamaInEthiopia pic.twitter.com/Nz0vDJ7COr
— Brook Bufa (@jupiter896) August 1, 2015
#PopeInKenya Destination marketing! Wow! #SMUg15 pic.twitter.com/6ktupfk5cP
— Sarah Kagingo (@SarahKagingo) December 3, 2015
If u missed #PopeFrancis from #PopeInKenya here's sharing from my @AFP assignment <3 @KENYAPICS @Ma3Route pic.twitter.com/ZhgLSL3MTj
— Georgina Goodwin (@ggkenya) November 30, 2015
9. #DeclareYourWealth – Following the UN Global Compact meeting, Bob Collymore (Safaricom CEO) made us wonder what we spend our lives doing by declaring his earnings and wealth. With a salary of Kes. 10M bob a month, you really stop and pause and wonder what you’re doing with your life. KCB Group CEO Joshua Oigara followed suit. We’re still waiting for our government leaders to declare the same…and we’ll probably die waiting for the same.
KCB boss Joshua Oigara earns Sh4.9 million a month, is worth Sh220m https://t.co/xB8DXtvjVE #DeclareYourWealth pic.twitter.com/dFVbt5ASaC
— The Star, Kenya (@TheStarKenya) December 10, 2015
Bob Collymore has 1.15Million Safaricom shares worth Ksh 18.4 Million.
Making him the 4th largest foreign investor pic.twitter.com/AuDURFUze1
— Kenyanwallstreet (@kenyanwalstreet) December 9, 2015
10. #RohoJuu – Harambee Stars, the national football team suffered humiliation from the footballing bodies and sports ministry after they couldn’t get a flight to Cape Verde on time for their World Cup qualifiers. Despite their tribulations, they did finally make it to the islandic nation and played a few hours after landing. Predictably, they lost the match, but that didn’t stop KOT from rallying behind them using the #RohoJuu hashtag. The biggest news of that night however was Tanzania’s 7 – 0 defeat to Algeria.
We spare Harambee stars the beating and defeat… Nyamweya 0 – 2 Cape verde plus harambe stars plus #KOT NB not goals but slaps #RohoJuu
— riekwafula (@HuyuErik) November 17, 2015
FT SCORE Cape verde 2-0 #HarambeeStars Agg Cape verde 2-1 harambee stars congratulations boys #TeamKenya #RohoJuu
— ©bénâh ïrôhà jnr ®™ (@Benah254) November 17, 2015
11. #Strathmore University was the ugliest incident of 2015, with the university conducting a poorly planned and executed drill that lead to the death of one staff member and many more injuries. Kenyans took to Twitter to tell the truth about what happened, countering the claims of a supposedly well planned drill by the authorities in the institution. 2 weeks later, the students have resumed classes but the investigation has still not closed.
Several #Strathmore University students injured following a drill at the institution pic.twitter.com/3E0MzrITap
— Ma†e †ongola ™ (@Mate_Tongola) November 30, 2015
Note that there is NO terror attack in Strathmore University. A drill is being carried out in.People should not panic ~ @NDOCKenya.
— Nation FM (@NationFMKe) November 30, 2015
12. #WhatWouldMagufuliDo – after a resounding victory in the Tanzanian elections, President John Pombe Magufuli blazed into office with reforms on spending from the government and it’s institutions. Immediately, KOT took the inspiration and imagined what their life would be if they acted like Magufuli. Let’s just say, Kenyans are seriously hilarious.
Was going to buy car freshener but then I asked myself #WhatWouldMagufuliDo I got a rosemary twig from my garden pic.twitter.com/EjpX97noD2
— Grace Natabaalo (@Natabaalo) December 17, 2015
I wanted to Attend #JamhuriDay Celebrations then I asked myself #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.
Nkasoma Speech ya Last Jamhuri. It will be the same.
— menjaci8 (@nick_JASSY) December 12, 2015
There’s many more funny, crazy, sad and great moments that we haven’t captured. What are your memories of 2015 via the KOT lens? Tweet using the hashtag #KOTMoments2015, and let’s relive them!