Twitter, and more specifically, Kenyan Twitter, is an interesting place, a place where key influential tweeps and even the smallest of individuals can get their voice heard.
It’s a space where we can joke and have serious conversations all in one place.
Someone once joked that Twitter is the only place where a professor will argue with someone seated in their bedsitter. “Enyewe social media imetufanya vichwa ngumu! You can argue with a Top World Economist from your bedsitter in Wangige! 😜” read the tweet.
Nonetheless, when it comes to serious business such as matters affecting the economy, Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) don’t joke.
KOT will analyse anything a politician, leader or anyone in the limelight will say or do, make a trend out of it, come up with memes, both positively and negatively.
KOT is also famous for uniting Kenyans on the social media platform and waging war against other twitter users from other countries.
Kenyans have waged war against South Africans, Ugandans, Rwandans, Tanzanians, Ghana, Nigeria, just to name a few.
2019 has been an eventful year with all sorts of trends and conversations on Twitter.
These conversations and trends would not have been possible had it not been for these influential persons, or as we like to call them, tweeps, on Twitter either sparking, engaging and retweeting conversations.
Politician Twitter Accounts
William is a Kenyan politician and the current Deputy President of Kenya since 2013. He is known to be a cunning politician and has shaped several conversations on social media and especially on Twitter. He has made several trends especially with what he says and what he does.
2. Raila Odinga @RailaOdinga – 2.4M
Raila Amolo Odinga is a controversial Kenyan politician who served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013 and Leader of the Opposition since 2013. His recent handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the leader of the ruling party, Jubilee has sparked quite the conversation across the country.
3. Martha Karua – @MarthaKarua – 851.1K.
She is a former long-standing member of parliament for the Gichugu Constituency and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She was Minister of Justice until resigning from that position in April 2009. Karua has consistently fought for the protection of women’s rights and improvements to the democratic process.
4. Mike Sonko – @MikeSonko – 850.4K.
Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Wam Mike Sonko commonly known as Mike Sonko or simply Sonko (Sheng for “rich person” or “boss”) is a Kenyan politician who currently serves as the second Governor of Nairobi since devolution
5. Hon Ababu-Namwamba – @AbabuNamwamba – 334.7K.
Ababu Namwamba E.G.H. (full name Ababu Tawfiq Pius Namwamba) is a Kenyan politician and international lawyer trained in Nairobi and Washington, DC. Since 2016 he has been the leader of the Labour Party of Kenya and is currently the Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya
6. Anne Waiguru – @AnneWaiguru – 366.3K.
Waiguru is the 2nd and current Governor of Kirinyaga County in Kenya, in office since 22 August 2017. She was elected as Governor in elections held on 8 August 2017. Previously, she served as the first Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. She first came under the limelight after the NYS Saga made headlines where billions were looted under her watch.
7. NoReferendumBeforeElections – @HonMoses_Kuria – 99.7K.
Moses Kuria is a Kenyan politician and the Member of Parliament for Gatundu South since 2013. Kuria’s political career has been marred by controversy. He has been incarcerated severally and charged with hate speech.
His ravaging attacks on Kenya’s opposition has created a sharp schism among political protagonists; while the opponents feel that Kuria is a ‘loose cannon’ who is poised to incite his community against the others, his proponents believe that he is an ardent defender of their interests in the political arena
8. @MigunaMiguna – 722K.
Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan-born Canadian citizen, author, columnist, attorney, and political dissident. He is a barrister and solicitor in Canada, and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Miguna served as a senior adviser to former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga from 2009 to 2011
9. @SakajaJohnson – 608.1K.
Sakaja is the current Senator of Nairobi County, following his election to the position on 8 August 2017 General Election in Kenya.
Previously, he was a nominated Member of Parliament (National Assembly), in office since 2017. He was nominated to Parliament by The National Alliance (TNA) party which is part of the ruling Jubilee Coalition.
10. @honkabogo – 252.1K.
He was the first and former governor of Kiambu County and a member of The National Alliance (TNA), one of the allied parties that merged to form The Jubilee Party.
He was defeated by his bitter rival Ferdinand Waititu for the Jubilee gubernatorial ticket in 2017 and thereafter quit the Jubilee Party and declared that he would run as an independent candidate.
Government officials’ Twitter Accounts
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has been very active on social media platforms, and especially on Twitter over recent years.
DCI has been so efficient on Twitter that it is faster to report a crime online than it is to record a statement in a police station. The account on Twitter has proven reliable since crimes reported online have ended up being solved.
2. ODPP_KE – @ODPP_KE – 197.2K
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is responsible for instituting and undertaking criminal proceedings against any person before any court (other than a court-martial) in Kenya with respect of any offense alleged to have been committed.
The account has also been very active and vocal on Twitter.
3. Fred Matiang’I – @FredMatiangi – 483.4K
Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang’i is a Kenyan Cabinet Secretary. He is the current Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security in Kenya.
4. Machel Waikenda – @MachelWaikenda – 23.9K
Dr. Machel Waikenda is a Kenyan politician, pilot, engineer, columnist, media entrepreneur, and the incumbent State House Director of Political Affairs.
He was the first County Executive Committee Member in charge of Youth Affairs, Sports, and Communications in the County Government of Kiambu.
5. Governor Ndiritu Muriithi – @NdirituMuriithi – 16.5K
Ndiritu Muriithi is a Kenyan politician and current Governor of Laikipia County. He was elected to represent the Laikipia County in the August 2017 general elections as an Independent candidate after he failed to clinch the Jubilee Alliance Party nominations ticket.
6. State House Kenya – @StateHouseKenya – 840.5K
This account is responsible for communicating any relevant information concerning the president and the government to the public on Twitter.
Economist/Business Analysts Twitter Accounts
David Ndii is Managing Director of Africa Economics and currently writes a column for the Saturday Nation.
He served as a technical advisor on Public Finance to the Committee of Experts and previously worked as an economic advisor to the president of Rwanda, Chief Economist for Equity Bank, an economist with the World Bank, and taught at the University of Nairobi.
Steve Biko, commonly known as Soko Analyst, is the owner of the Business Blog Soko Directory. He is a market and investment analyst, researcher, legal drafter and entrepreneurial student besides being a digital and social media strategist with a bias in youth advocacy.
Sura Mbaya is a market and economic analyst whose views on Twitter have labelled him among the top analysts on Kenyan Twitter.
Patrick Gathara is a Kenyan journalist, cartoonist, blogger, and author. He is also a regularly published commentator on regional and international affairs. His work has appeared in multiple publications, including The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and The Star.
Robert Alai, HSC is a Kenyan blogger, internet entrepreneur and cyber-activist. Alai has earned notoriety for his relentless stream of social rants that misleads, somewhat entertains and, not unusually, embarrass public officials in equal measure.
John Njenga Karugia is a researcher at the Inter-Centre-Programme on new African-Asian Interactions (AFRASO – Africa’s Asian Options) at Goethe University, Frankfurt.
He is known for his analysis of the Kenyan economy on Twitter and his vocality on issues affecting Kenya.
This account is run by Jerotich Seii who has been calling for the shut down of Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) due to its inefficiency in providing power to Kenyans.
Scheaffer Okore is the vice-chairperson of Ukweli Party and former head of programs for civic engagement at Siasa place. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Nairobi.
Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan photojournalist, politician, and activist involved in social-political activism. He is known for his images of the post-election violence that hit Kenya in 2007–2008.
Donald is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. He is the founder of Law Firm, KTK Advocates.
Mr Wehliye is a senior adviser at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority.
Consumer Grassroots Association (CGA) is an independent, multi-sectoral, non-political and non-profit Association committed to grassroots consumer protection.
Cyprian Nyakundi is a blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories.
Media and Entertainment
Maina Kageni hosts Classic 105’s breakfast show ‘Maina In The Morning’ alongside Mwalimu King’ang’i. He wakes you up to a fun-filled show where humor and relationships are part of the recipe. He is a staunch supporter of English Premier League side Manchester United and is also a professional golfer.
2. Caroline Mutoko – @CarolineMutoko – 596.3K
Caroline Mutoko is the CMO of Radio Africa Group who successfully created a new space for women and young people to hold the attention of the nation.
When she first got behind the microphone – she was labelled as controversial though she maintains she was simply very apt at talking about the things that were on ours mind that we dared not talk about.
3. J A L A N ‘G O – @JalangoMwenyewe – 399.3K
Felix Odiwour commonly known as Jalang’o is a Kenyan entrepreneur, actor, director, comedian and radio presenter.
He is known for his green suit and a leopard print shirt. He is also the CEO of Arena media, an event organizing company. Felix is mostly known for his role as Jalang’o in Citizen TV’s Papa Shirandula.
4. ETHIC – @ethicofficial – 14.7K
Ethic Entertainment is a Kenyan afro-pop music group formed in Nairobi in 2018 by its four members namely Swat, Reckless, Zila and Seska.
The “Lamba Lolo” hit maker group was named the best new artists in the industry by Mdundo since they have managed to maintain relevance with every song they have released since shooting to fame.
5. Larry Madowo – @LarryMadowo – 1.8M
Larry Madowo is a Kenyan journalist and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in New York. He was previously the BBC Africa Business Editor. He has been a news anchor who specialized in technology, current affairs, political interviews and popular culture
6. Xtian Dela™ – @xtiandela – 519.2K
Aurther Mandela, better known as Xtian Dela, is a Kenyan YouTuber, blogger, social media personality and a radio presenter.
In 2014, he won the Best Personal Blog in the African Bloggers Awards and the Most Influential Twitter Personality in the Kenyan Social Media Awards.
7. Jeff Koinange – @KoinangeJeff – 1.6M
Jeff Mwaura Koinange MBS is a Kenyan journalist and talk show host of Jeff Koinange Live on Citizen TV since February 2017. He is also the breakfast host alongside co-host Professor Hamo, at HOT 96, the English station owned by Royal Media Services.
8. Willis Raburu – @WillisRaburu – 565K
Willis Raburu is a versatile journalist who hosts Citizen TV’s morning show as well as the 10 Over 10 entertainment show not to mention that he is also a mid-morning show presenter at Hot 96 radio station.
9. Betty Kyallo – @BettyMKyallo – 703.1K
Betty Kyallo is a TV presenter who hosts K24’s Weekend with Betty. She was linked to her ex-husband, Denis Okari whose marriage and divorce was highly covered by the media.
10.Dennis Okari – @DennisOkari – 267.7K
Dennis Okari is a renowned investigative journalist who currently works with NTV. He is linked to his ex-wife, Betty Kyallo.
11. Hussein Mohamed – @HusseinMohamedg – 233K
Hussein Mohamed is a journalist, news Anchor and political show host.
12. Churchill – @MwalimChurchill – 506K
Daniel “Churchill” Ndambuki is a Kenyan comedian who hosts the comedy television show Churchill Show on NTV Kenya on Sundays and Thursdays.
Churchill was born in Kitui town, but moved to Machakos. He has worked in the comedy industry since 1996 and has now become a household name in Kenya.
13. Janet Mbugua – @OfficialJMbugua – 47.3K
Janet Mbugua – Ndichu is a Kenyan media personality, anchor and actress. As a news anchor she is known to have served in KTN in her earlier year of her career.
She worked for Citizen TV for several years, before announcing her retirement from the media industry.