‘Muliro Gardens’ Dominate Google Searches by Kenyans in 2011
It was such a surprising news both for me and the eventual readers. We got wind of what was happening in Kakamega while visiting the Western Kenya town. I decided to get the evidence with the help of locals. In the end, I had more than 300 photos of locals together with even policemen in full uniform having sex in the open.
When we did post the pictures and the story on Walalahoi, the whole country responded in furor and we even got politicians issuing threats. Others accused us of being out to soil the name of the government. But Kenyans on Facebook and Twitter shared and reshared he phenomenon. It has become part of the national jjoke. Rarely would you mention that you visited or come from Kakamega without being asked if you have visited Muliro Gardens.
Muliro Gardens was edited from the official Google list but you can still see it from Google Search Insights site where the Zeitgeist is derived from. Google’s annual Zeitgeeist release is some kind of PR for the same. This year, Google only released Zeitgeist for Kenya, Egypt and South Africa while omitting Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia and other African countries with very high net subscriptions.
From the Google Zeitgeist 2011 Kenya list, Youtube was listed as the most searched term which is not surprising since Google launched its Youtube Kenya link which it hopes to market by playing with the psychology of Kenyan net users. I doubt if Youtube would come top in searches above Kenya, Facebook, Google and M-Pesa.