Every year, July 17 is celebrated as World Emoji Day globally, so today we take a look at Kenya’s most popular emojis according to Facebook.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that the top used emojis in Kenya include the face with tears of joy, love heart, and rolling on the floor laughing. These emojis are most common in WhatsApp and other social media platforms when people comment or react to posts and stories.
The most popular food and drink emojis used by Kenyans include birthday cake, aubergine (eggplant), shortcake, candy, and lollipop.
The most popular emojis in the 18-24 age bracket include face with tears of joy, love heart, and rolling on the floor laughing. Ages 25 to 44 mostly use a face with tears of joy and love heart. The 45+ are mostly fond of the love heart, person with folded hands and face with tears of joy.
The love heart and face with tears of joy emojis seem to be popular in all age brackets.
By gender, globally, over the past three months, women created more posts containing emojis than men. In Kenya, face with tears of joy, love heart and rolling on the floor laughing emojis are popular for both men and women.
Emoji is a Japanese word that means pictograph or pictogram. Initially, there were emoticons 🙂, ;-D, and then later in 1999, Shigetaka Kurita, who worked on the development team for “i-mode”, an early mobile internet platform from Japan’s main mobile carrier DOCOMO, created the first set of emojis. These were mostly symbols of sun, clouds, umbrella, snowman, cell phone, TV, GameBoy, and all moon phases.