Willy Paul, Ayeiya among most searched artists on Google


As 2017 draws to a close, Google has launched its 2017 Year in Search, the 17th annual look at the year through the lenses of Google Search Trends uncovering unique searches and queries that grabbed the attention of Kenyans since the year began.

This year’s most trending searches reveal that Kenyans turned to Google to search more about celebrity personalities, movies and telenovelas.

Mexican telenovela Road to Destiny produced by Televisa was the top trending TV series of the year. The Philippine soap opera My Faithful Husband became the second most searched TV programme. The movie Fast and Furious 8 topped the charts as the most searched movie of the year. Released in April, the movie, which features Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and rapper Ludacris, attracted the attention of Kenyans.

ABC’s drama series Designated Survivor whose first season aired in September of 2016 was the most searched series of the year. Created by David Guggenheim and starring 24’s Keifer Sutherland, the series is now its second season of production. The popular American serial drama Prison Break Season 5 joined the list of most searched TV series. Initially aired on Fox TV from 2005 to 2009 the program headed for the production of its 6th season.

In the celebrity scene, Tanzania’s musician and songwriter Rayvanny was the most searched artist by Kenyans. Winner of the Viewer’s choice award in the 2017 BET Awards, Rayvanny hit the headlines for allegedly being unfaithful to his pregnant girlfriend- Fahyma whom he is recently reported to have dumped.

Former Yamoto band member Aslay became the second most searched artiste of the year following his decision to split from the band. Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who died from suicide, and Churchill Show’s former comedian Emmanuel Makori alias Ayeiya Poa Poa, were amongst the trending artistes of the year. Ayeiya passed on this year following a fatal road accident.

Other highly sought after artistes on the internet included Willy Paul, who released a wedding song – “I Do” with Jamaican songstress Alaine. Zari’s ex-husband – a popular businessman and socialite also generated huge interest among Kenyans following his demise this year. American comedian Charlie Murphy and Play Boy founder – Hugh Hefner also topped Google searches following their deaths within the year.

MCA Tricky – a former street boy, now comedian at the Churchill Show and popular Kikuyu comedian Kianangi who was found dead after going missing for a week are among the other artistes who defined searches in 2017.

Below is a list of TV programs and artistes searched most by Kenyans in 2017:

Trending movies and TV programs 

  1. Fast and Furious 8
  2. Road to Destiny
  3. Designated Survivor
  4. My Faithful Husband
  5. Prison Break Season 5

Trending Artists

  1. Rayvanny
  2. Aslay
  3. Chester Bennington
  4. Ayeiya
  5. Willy Paul and Alaine
  6. Ivan Semwanga
  7. Charlie Murphy
  8. Hugh Hefner
  9. Mca Tricky
  10. Kianangi

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