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Best 'Social Media challenges' in 2018

By Vincent Kejitan | December 31st 2018

Whenever something trends on social media, you can bet that Kenyans will make a ‘challenge’ out of it.

Social media challenges have become popular in recent years where netizens reenact certain situations, dances, voices or even speeches for fun.

Some of the social media challenges that lit up the interwebs this year include:


Lawyer Miguna Miguna was the self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) general after the 2017 General Election. Irked by the manner in which the election was handled, the barrister was vocal on social media but hell broke loose when he was forcefully bundled into a plane to Dubai in March before being deported to Canada. The manner in which authorities went about the matter was humiliating by all standards but Kenyans picked out a phrase that has now become popular- I am not boarding! Coupled with photos that mimicked Miguna’s situation at the JKIA.


NASA leader Raila Odinga swore himself as the people’s president on January 30 much to the delight of his supporters. The even took place at Uhuru Park and was officiated by Miguna Miguna. Kenyans wasted no time in creating the #RailaChallenge with hilarious photos that lit up the internet.


In April South African MP and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, gave a tribute during Winnie Mandela's funeral service. He called out leaders in government for their hypocrisy in how they betrayed the deceased. "Some of those who sold you out to the regime are here.

What's funny mama is that they are crying the loudest more than all of us who cared for you," he proclaimed amid cheers from the crowd. What stood out from his speech was the phrase ‘Mama give us a sign’ which quickly went viral and Kenyans made numerous memes from the same.


You must have come across a video of four bearded men dancing to the song ‘Kupe Dance’ by Ghanaian afrobeat singer, A-Star.

Thanks to the four men — who really troubled our ladies — the song and the dance went viral and netizens all over the world recorded similar videos.


This was one of the most mimicked challenges on social media and originated from South Africa.

Malwedhe is a song by South African artist King Monada who in the song, is warning his partner against breaking up with him because he has a disease of collapsing.

Kenyans took it up led by the Rugby Kenya Sevens Team members. The challenge involves a dance where people collapse at every turn, in line with the song which sings,

“Kena le bolwedhe bja go idibala, wa nhlala kea idibala (I have a sickness of collapsing, if you break up with me, I collapse.)”

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