Kenyans Googled More About the US Elections Than COVID-19 in 2020

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It is the end of 2020 and companies are releasing data right left center of what their users have been upto this year.

Google has released the trending searches made by Kenyans in 2020 after releasing what Kenyans were watching on YouTube this year. “The 2020 Year in Search lists not only reveal the most popular trends from the past 12 months, but also give insight into the biggest events in the news, politics, sports, entertainment and popular lockdown trends,” Dorothy Ooko, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Africa said.

You would think that the COVID-19 pandemic would be at the top of search results in Kenya but that is far from the truth. The truth is, people love football and elections and those took the top slots.


The English Premier League and the US Elections took the first and second spots respectively. Search queries on football clubs in the Premier League dominated the trend where they seeked to know the league standings, fixtures and results. Regarding the US elections, Kenyans followed keenly where they compared it with their own and searched for updates and results for both President Trump and the President elect, Joe Biden. Third on the list was thank you coronavirus helpers. When Google published Doodles for two weeks to thank coronavirus frontline workers.

Here is the rest of the trending general queries made by Kenyans on Google

Top 10 Trending General Queries

  1. English Premier League
  2. US elections
  3. Thank you coronavirus helpers
  4. Coronavirus in Kenya
  5. Schools reopening in Kenya
  6. Tanzania coronavirus
  7. Boris Johnson
  8. Coronavirus in Italy
  9. Waiguru impeachment
  10. London marathon

Google did not stop there. They also released data about trending local personalities, global personalities, losses, health queries, movies & TV shows, sports queries, “how to” queries and “what is” queries.

Top 10 Trending General Queries

  1. English Premier League
  2. US elections
  3. Thank you coronavirus helpers
  4. Coronavirus in Kenya
  5. Schools reopening in Kenya
  6. Tanzania coronavirus
  7. Boris Johnson
  8. Coronavirus in Italy
  9. Waiguru impeachment
  10. London marathon

Top 10 Trending Local Personalities

  1. Miguna Miguna
  2. Babu Owino
  3. Raphael Tuju
  4. Joan Kubai
  5. Mutahi Kagwe
  6. Oscar Sudi
  7. Mercy Mwangangi
  8. Willis Raburu
  9. Moses Kuria
  10. George Magoha

Top 10 Trending Global Personalities

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Kim Jong-Un
  3. Kamala Harris
  4. Boris Johnson
  5. Mike Oliver
  6. Prince Charles
  7. Felicien Kabuga
  8. John Magufuli
  9. Mikel Arteta
  10. Jack Ma

Top 10 Trending Losses

  1. Papa Shirandula
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Former President Daniel Moi
  4. Ken Walibora
  5. Kenny Rogers
  6. Chadwick Boseman
  7. Papa Dennis
  8. Naya Rivera
  9. George Floyd
  10. Tecra Muigai

Top 10 Trending Health Queries

  1. Coronavirus
  2. Quarantine
  3. Dexamethasone
  4. Pfizer
  5. Vitamin C
  6. KEMSA
  7. Chloroquine
  8. Asymptomatic
  9. Sanitiser
  10. Ventilator

Top 10 Trending Movies & TV Shows

  1. Money Heist
  2. Maria
  3. Ringo
  4. Extraction
  5. Contagion
  6. Blood and Water
  7. Nazar
  8. Raised by wolves
  9. The Witcher
  10. Cursed

Top 10 Trending Sports Queries

  1. English Premier League
  2. UEFA Champions League
  3. Serie A League
  4. Europa League
  5. La Liga
  6. Bruno Fernandes
  7. FA Cup
  8. NBA
  9. Willian Borges
  10. Kai Havertz

Top 10 Trending General “How to” Queries

  1. How to file nil returns
  2. How to open a pdf file
  3. How to check NHIF status
  4. How to write a report
  5. How to play chess
  6. How to style braids
  7. How to register a company in Kenya
  8. How to clear from CRB
  9. How to download music
  10. How to plant onions

Top 10 Trending Tech “How to” Queries

  1. How to fill Tpad online
  2. How to create a website
  3. How to connect a phone to TV
  4. How to make my electric plate cooker work
  5. How to take a screenshot on a laptop
  6. How to create a Paypal account
  7. How to open bin file
  8. How to create a YouTube channel
  9. How to save photos on Google
  10. How to create an email account

Top 10 Trending “What is” Queries

  1. What is coronavirus
  2. What is curfew
  3. What is happening in Nigeria
  4. What is Halloween
  5. What is fever
  6. What is BBI
  7. What is my IP
  8. What is entanglement
  9. What is hantavirus
  10. What is quarantine