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Anatomy of an African Trending Topic – #KenyaInThe90s

In Happenings on February 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

For the Ukwelii blog faithful, I must say it’s been a minute…I’ve been pleasantly distracted by my Posterous Photoblog and of course Twitter (and a couple other things, but we’ll get to the “Where’d you go, Mariko” post later on). Meanwhile, the Twitterwebs are abuzz with a new Kenyan Trending Topic (definition: a phrase – that at times with a hash # before it – that is shared by many people on Twitter over a period of time)

Kenya/East Africa’s had it’s share now, with the popularity, scale and ripple effect growing with each one. The past few good Twitter trending topics include #AVitzIsNotACar (A Vitz is not a car) which made it into the blogosphere on Al Kags’ blog and even garnered an official response from Toyota Kenya. Then there was #MWEA10 (but we’re still debating whether this counts because it was a conference, not a by-the-people-for-the-people kind of Trending Topic), and iAlen‘s #YouknowYouAreKenyan was another good one, but thanks to the you’re/your/you are dilemma, didn’t really archive well.

So, seems like Moses Baraza didn’t know he’d be starting one when he started #Kenyainthe90s but he did, and it’s been a hilarious ride through the lives of Kenyans on Twitter (Can’t forget the hashtag of the same name by “CEO of #KenyansonTwitter” – Rojahs)

Here’s a glance at what’s trending right now. (By the time this goes up, it will already be old news. Keep up to date on it here)

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hilum: He paid the ultimate price…..#Renegade #Kenyainthe90s
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Kitteekattii06: RT @SupremeGREAM: #kenyainthe90s when a car registration eg KAB would take a whole year to run out
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kaggzie: #kenyainthe90s when kbc used to start at 4…and right after news was spiff n hercules:)
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Kid_Kanye: RT @Lazizi: RT @Switcheeks: #kenyainthe90s dufu mpararo and the way we’d daka those tadpoles in the name of fishes..hehehe=>DEAD
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Lazizi: #kenyainthe90s weather forecast by the 1 n only, Ngwata francis.
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TheMacharia: #Kenyainthe90s Blueband Quiz show. I was on that show, and we won!
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Tininai: #kenyainthe90s the doubledecker buses at bus station.
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Amasy: #kenyainthe90s sabuni ilikuwa Rexona na lifebouy
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asayf: We could buy something for a shilling! #kenyainthe90s
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Tininai: RT @Lordacolyte: Hi-tops ie Fila, Reebok, Nike were in, and for broke asses there was Fiba, Reobek and Niks #kenyainthe90s
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MoSande: #kenyainthe90s I went to Montecarlo, Hollywood and Vibestar once!
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will_e88: #kenyainthe90s the ‘oxford’ geometric set…… a must have for KCPE
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Mungei: @Erickogweno yeah..I rem one time during the ASK show one of the parachute guys landed on stima posts and lines..ha! ha! #Kenyainthe90s
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edsamich: RT @Chiira #kenyainthe90s Ulinzi Stars could actually challenge teams like Tusker United for the Premier League title> make it AFC nt ulinzi

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lyssawambui: #kenyainthe90s when u cud go 2 Uhuru Park with kenchic or city park 2 c th monkeys made mst of th sundays.
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muniu: #Kenyainthe90s the Sanyo TV with sliding doors ws still cool
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muniu: #Kenyainthe90s GoK had no spokesman n Moi fired guys via Radio/TV at 1 o’clock news
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SupremeGREAM: #kenyainthe90s birth of head on collision. proffesor kiogothe
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kiagiri: Omo Pick-a-box … the money or the box? #kenyainthe90s
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matrixster: #kenyainthe90s kids used to wear shorts to school. Nowadays even kindergartens wear long pants. Even Sunshine Secondary!
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flyefi: #kenyainthe90s folks used 2 chase us from watching Tropical Heat… it was PG18 them days I think

itsKwambox: #Kenyainthe90s Fred Obachi Machoka and the show is Music time…Rear watts the masai dancerz wer the starz!
Chiira: #kenyainthe90s The huge screen at Thika Road’s drive in used to work
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gich99: #kenyainthe90s movie at Kenya Cinema and #wimpy lunch = #cooldates
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Mukanzi: RT @Sara_Mburia: Wash and blowdry for 30 bob #KenyaInThe90s
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mwanikih: RT: @nzilani: #kenyainthe90s those ink pens you had to refill < OMG! Haha! And they were so messy. Used Quail Ink!
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nymou: Ending Man Computer Game #kenyainthe90s seriously, who decided to call a console that. and Nintendo and Atari
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Switcheeks: #kenyainthe90s kamatana na mlazo hairstyles for back to school openings..nkkt
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will_e88: RT @amisij: Ramayan, Mahabharat “JAI SHREE RAM!!!” #kenyainthe90s< lol
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jusBlackman: #kenyainthe90s Maembe pilo, Kashata, Cool (Ice) mabuyu..
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missmacharia: #kenyainthe90s kass kass, rastrut, and jam jimmy jam jam-a-delic!
#kenyainthe90s wawawawa drawing cartoons in the blackboard closing day
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Chiira: #kenyainthe90s Starehe was the school to beat in KCSE while Olympic in Kibera ruled at KCPE
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Mwangy: when fuel was 40/- a litre #kenyainthe90s
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wanyax: #kenyainthe90s red GreatWall TVs with a rainbow coloured film to convert them “from black-and-white to colour”!
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saitonne: School Outfitters, Textbook Centre and @BataKenya the first week of January #kenyainthe90s
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Chiira: #kenyainthe90s Katherine Kasavuli and Fayaz Qureshi on @KTNKenya 9 O’clock news
mwanikih: #kenyainthe90s Playing cards using the Maziwa ya Nyayo cut outs. They had, Boxing, Football and Netball cards!
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RamaRamzZ: #Kenyainthe90s exchanging above the rim and spacejam vcr tapes in school.usiambie ‘odijo’
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Lordacolyte: Every matatu on a route that was in the 100s ie 118 would only play roots n culture reggae. Nothing else! #kenyainthe90s

Bonus Tweet:

They even got a big-up from the official Nestle Nesquick Twitter page:

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NestleNesquik: Yes .Agreed. RT @Kitteekattii06: #kenyainthe90s Nesquik in every household

That’s probably not even the best of it all, but just a taste. Here are some of the videos being shared during the trending topic, bound to bring a chuckle or two.

Stay tuned to this post, I’ll try and update it, but I’ll need your help. Give me your favourite videos and tweets and we’ll at least immortalise them here… 😉

What’s your favourite memory of Kenya in the ’90s?

A Conversation on Conservation – My post at TEDxNairobi

In Perspective, Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 at 6:58 am

I’m one of the curators of TEDxNairobi and though I wasn’t in attendance at the inaugural event (was busy working on my first film – Dawa <– Follow them on Twitter!) I was able to do the awesome planning with the great members of the Dream Team – Joshua, Phares, Sheila, Soud, Kim and Lina. If you’re unfamiliar with TED and their independently organised events have a look-see below.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED‘s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDx events, unique talks given by live speakers combine with TEDTalks videos to spark deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

One of the speakers at TEDxNairobi was Conservationist and CEO of Wildlife Direct, Paula Kahumbu, of whom you should already be following on Twitter, she’s awesome, trust me. She gave a great talk, of which I blogged about on the TEDxNairobi blog. Have yourself a look-see and enjoy A Conversation on Conservation on the official TEDxNairobi blog:

Engaging Conversation on Conservation in Africa

Paula Kahumbu speaking at TEDxNairobi

Paula Kahumbu Speaking at TEDxNairobi

A self-confessed tree hugger, Paula Kahumbu opened by reminding us how extraordinarily privileged Kenya is as a country as far as diversity is concerned, and how most times, it’s taken for granted by Kenyans themselves. By demonstration when she asked to see those in the crowd who had been to a National Park in the last month, only a handful inferred to the affirmative. It brought life to her statement!

She shared on how Kenya has one of the world’s largest diversities of bees – over 1500 species.

We assume the Maasai Migration is going to be around for generations (for those who’ve not seen it already.)

Her second confession was that she didn’t have a television. Her veranda is her television from her home on the edge of the Nairobi National Park and you can always follow her amazing tweets and extraordinary wildlife pictures. […Read More…]

Make sure you have a look, and a special thanks to WildlifeDirect‘s  Baraza for sharing it on their blog too. If you’d like to know more about TEDxNairobi have a look at the posts on all their Speakers. Amazing list with the likes of Aly Khan Satchu, Boniface Mwangi, Kwame Nyongo and Tonee Ndungu and Nyokabi Musila.

You can always follow my TEDxNairobi Twitter list here.

Don’t forget to stay in the loop on the next TEDxNairobi! Fan them on Facebook and Follow TEDxNairobi on Twitter.

KTN’s Larry Madowo interviews Kahenya Kamunyu and Mark Kaigwa on Social Media

In Happenings on November 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Last week, Larry Madowo – Business Anchor for KTN, sent out a tweet to his followers on who to bring to KTN’s Sunrise Live show the following morning to talk about Social Media. The said person would accompany Kenyan Twitter Rockstar and techpreneur (not to mention, good friend of mine) Kahenya Kamunyu.

Thanks to the likes of Teddy and many other people on Twitter, I was recommended and got Larry’s call later that evening. I was both humbled and very grateful for those who put in the good word from me, and I hope I did them justice in the interview, of which is an excerpt below via Kahenya.

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#Stigvote : A Twitter Story

In History's Future, Perspective on August 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Forewarning: You probably need to be familiar with Twitter and The Stig to really enjoy this article…

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Some say he’s powered by a warped core, and that he has tyremarks for fingerprints…

Some say he can slam a revolving door and that his premolars are what are commonly referred to as ‘blood diamonds’…

Others claim that his blood type is ‘Unleaded’ and if you tune in to the 1245 MW Frequency, you can hear his thoughts…All we know is that he’s called The Stig.

It was a conspicuously sunny Nairobi afternoon, as @mkaigwa (known from here on out as TheRealStig) walked around in his ‘Oval Office’ pacing the length of the room searching for a corner. He was also pondering all things horse-trading, flea-markets and lampshades. In the midst of his thunderous brainstorm, from the comfort of his umbrella, he sent out a tweet. A tweet that would change the face of the Tweetmosphere…forever. One of the greatest revelations to a modern mystery that has baffled millions of car enthusiasts the world over. He exposed, that He indeed was…The Stig.

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Simple it was. A statement that was true, fair and just (all three words in the Kenyan context). But not so. For soon after this tweet was hurriedly placed behind a cursor and sent at lightening speed through the interwebs to appear to some +350 followers, there would be trouble in paradise.

Meanwhile in a dreary and drizzly London, from a pro-Arsenal cafe, sat @Shaun_g, also known as ‘Leader of the Resistance’ or LoR. As pulses of Arsenal-blood flowed through his body to his fingers, Shaun_G was also to send out a tweet that would shake the foundations of the Twitterverse. He challenged @mkaigwa and claimed HE was The Stig.

It left @mkaigwa disturbed. He paced up and down the halls, with great unease. This prompted him to seek the counsel of one of his wise men. Having been challenged, and the masses being told of this farcical reality, it was the wise words of @alfredmutua that prompted @mkaigwa to find a democratic view to resolving matters.

It was to be decided, who indeed is The Stig. By means of a vote. Not just any vote, but #StigVote.

In The Beginning

The Campaign Trail

And they were off. @mkaigwa began the lobbying for his election (and appropriate renaming) as “The Democratically Elected, People Chosen, Fairly Voted Stig” or TDEPCFVS for short. It wouldn’t be easy, @Shaun_G was prepared, he was poised, and with his international credentials, looked set to mount serious challenge to the incumbent @mkaigwa.

The campaign styles were simple. Get people on Twitter to ‘vote’ for whichever candidate they felt best represented them. Some chose not to vote, others chose to vote either both ways, but there was soon to be a twist.

Watching from his lair, deep in the labyrinth beneath Nairobi (Also known as E-dust-real area). Unbeknownst to the common man, was the coy @intelligensia. At this point, #Stigvote was looking like a two-horse race, a good-old Obama-McCain or an Ali-Foreman. But @intelligensia was having none of it. Needless to say, a large 6 foot tall spanner was tossed into the election and it became a three-legged horse race for the official Twitter Title of TDEPCFVS.

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It seemed that there were plenty who were unaware of this monumental race, it was a Manyoo-Liverpool-Chelsea or in my case, a Inter-AC-Juventus race for the Title. It was big. It was really big. Like El Clasico, only with three teams…so El Grande Classico (Why do I feel that doesn’t make any sense in Spanish?)

This battle, it seemed, was to be won and lost deep in the servers and networks of the interwebs. It was a level playing ground, and @mkaigwa was pulling out all the stops to make sure he would be fairly re-elected. His campaign manager @louizah sent out the word, and was quick to persuade the masses on who to pick. But it was close, @Shaun_G and @intelligensia had soon caught up to @mkaigwa’s supposed lead, and things looked like they would go down to the wire.

Supporters were tense, and this soon showed as ‘deals’ began being struck left, right and centre. The @mkaigwa camp stood its ground as it slipped into last place as @Shaun_G and @intelligensia struck deals in high places with Kenya’s Twitterati. It started off innocently with @swmaina asking if anyone had something for him to eat, but the events that followed shook the walls of twitter integrity for years to come. It soon became apparent that @swmaina was not looking for anything edible.

The Society of Blogs for Better Tweets (or SoBleets) has reserved the right to show this tweets contents.

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It all went downhill from there, from open e-bribes to cookies, milk and drinks of a markedly higher potency being promised in return for vote. It must be said, however, that @Shaun_G did excellent in this arena, covering his tracks by going to DM Status (The equivalent of door-to-door Marketing) His strategy would soon pay off, as @intelligensia’s house of cards came tumbling down. Messages like this were soon appearing on screens across the world.

Won me over

@intelligensia was not to be outdone so easily and soon began receiving requests of his own…

Widespread Rigging

@intelligensia tried to throw the heat off him and his ‘Electioneering team’ He would soon bite his words, as @swmaina would soon make a confession meant to build @intelligensia’s campaign and give it credibility that hurt @intelligensia’s public image. @Swmaina had confessed to being bought, and was going to use his spare vote (Granted to him on a Stig Pardon by @mkaigwa) to re-vote.

This would lead to a Delegation of a Team of Experts of Prominent Persons Enlisted on a Shortlist or DATEPPES being sent to investigate. But @intelligensia’s light in the race, was fast disappearing. @Shaun_G had overtaken him in the polls, and @mkaigwa held his slender lead. @mkaigwa was hard-pressed by events. Instead of chasing after votes, he sought clout, one vote that would change all votes.

@mkaigwa won @mamajunkyard’s vote and in a change of events (just like when Obama landed a big State and got more points in the Electoral College) He was in the lead again.

There was also the great support of key individuals in Mark’s party.

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A Timeline was quickly set to 2 PM CAT and as the clock ticked slowly, sweaty fingers typed on keyboards Africa-wide and worldwide urging the masses to vote.

In every election, there are ‘spoilers’ @intelligensia is a spoiler, since this was a two-horse race, but he can be classified as an official spoiler. A last mid-election appearance on the ballot papers was @schunga who sought to clarify some issues.

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Such late entries to the Election were quickly dismissed. At 2 PM CAT, the Official Results Came in…

Sweeping Victory

The Race from here on out, defines words, and can only be described with….Tweets.

Going Ahead with Ceremony

Official Results

The Swearing in Ceremony had started, and it seems while others were being sworn in as Helmet Secretary, others began protesting the outcome.

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But it seemed the decision was final, and though it was a close race, The Winner had been decided.

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Oh, well…You win some you lose some…That’s a #Stigvote for you.

(Stage Directions:) Draw Curtains.

THE END.

#Stigvote: (Teaser Blockbuster Poster)

In History's Future on June 11, 2009 at 8:17 am
Coming soon to a blog near you...

Coming soon to a blog near you...

See

#Stigvote : A Twitter Story

For the actual ‘Movie.’