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Teen pregnancy, poverty most searched by Kenyans in Google

By Clay Muganda | December 18th 2015

NAIROBI: Many Kenyans with access to the internet wanted to know what teenage pregnancy is, according to a new survey. The Google 2015 Year In Search report released on Wednesday says this was one of the searched topics in Kenya in the last 12 months.

Even though What is Teenage Pregnancy was not top on the list of What Is searches category, that Kenyans do not know what it is, or wanted to know what it is, speaks volumes about lack of knowledge about reproductive health.

Several periodic studies have always revealed that many Kenyan youth are more worried about getting pregnant than contracting sexually transmitted infections, thus engage in unprotected sex and then ingest emergency contraceptives.

Top on the list of What Is category, according to the Google Year In Search report, was What is Xenophobia after attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa erupted in April.

Another oddity in the What is category was what is poverty, which came in third, after 'What is Beatification', which was informed by the beatification in Nyeri of Sister Irene Stefani in May 23.

What is POTUS (President of the Unites States) was number four, followed by What is Ebola, What is Climate Change, What is ISIS and What is Eurobond.

Another trending query was What is the Beast,' which is the POTUS official vehicle. The visit by POTUS was the Most Trending Event, followed by the visit by Pope Francis in November.

According to Google Communications Manager for East and Francophone Africa Dorothy Ooko, this year's most trending searches were, for the most part, driven by events and personalities.

The third Most Trending Event was the Garissa University attack in which 147 people lost their lives.

The teachers' strike was the fourth Most Trending Event, followed by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's fight of the century, Beatification of  Nyaatha, Tanzania Elections, Paris Attacks, Blood moon and COPA America.

Fidel Odinga, who passed away in January tops lists in three categories of Most Trending general searches, Most Trending Kenyan personalities and Trending People we lost in 2015.

Trending People we lost in 2015 aslo has Gatundu South MP George Muchai, actress Nana Gichuru, author Grace Ogot and comedian Mzee Ojwang.

Kenya Power and Safaricom also get mentions, though not directly, in the Most trending 'How to' general searches since more people wanted to know how to 'okoa stima' a service offered by Kenya Power through the telcom's platform whereby people can get prepaid power tokens on loan.

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