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Here are the hashtags that ruled Kenya’s Twittersphere in 2018

Twitter-sphere was full of activities in 2018. Hashtags advocating for different causes became a powerful tool for advocacy.

Here are some of the top trending hashtags that shaped conversations on Twitter in 2018.

1.#FakeHandshake
The hashtag trended hours after the famous handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s on the steps of Harambee House. Netizens used it to mock Raila for his reconciliatory gesture the president as his  key lieutenant Miguna Miguna battled deportation.

2.#KaribuKwanguDP
This was a top trend after deputy president William Ruto visited former president Daniel Moi at his Kabarnet home but failed to meet him. Kenyans online welcomed the DP to their homes instead and even uploaded hilarious photos of the foods they would prepare him.

3.#WakianikaTunafunika
Kenyans online had a great time covering up semi-nude women using Photoshop. Images of before and after were shared under the hashtag making it a top trend in February.

4.#SugaryLies
As reports of sugar laced with mercury came up, the online community started a trend to expose government agencies that were issuing conflicting information on the scandal.

5.#GovSonkoSecurity
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko cried foul after the government scaled down the number of police officers assigned to him. Although the move affected all leaders assigned VIP escorts, his rants caught the attention of KOT who offered him solutions using the hashtag.

6.#WeKnowYourSalary
Public officers who own mega investments were flagged down using this hashtag, provoking a reaction from Senator Kipchumba Murkomen. He defended wealthy politicians saying everyone needs loans to survive.