Twitter Wars, commonly known as “Twars” have become a full time job for some African countries in the recent past with Kenyans often the most vociferous participants. Kenyan tweeps have engaged in twars (twitter wars) with different African countries including Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe (have no idea why they would fight Zimbabwe) and South Africa, the latest tweef casualty.
Twar 1: #KenyansVsNigerians
It all started when Harambee Stars were playing against Nigeria where it was alleged that Harambee Stars players were mistreated in Nigeria. This then followed a twitter war where volunteers from each country massacred each other in a tweef that lasted for about sixty hours.
Just the other day Nigerians and Kenyans were at it again engaging in a hilarious war of memes on Twitter, which lasted several hours.
Nigerians and Kenyans took the tweef as hilarious and worth a comic relief from the day’s stress, others waved it as unnecessary banters, capable of stirring a load of internalized racism and offensive stereotypes.
Here are some of the tweefs;
Reys Gitonga @ReysGitonga #KenyansVsNigerians let’s be honest, can a Nigerian pronounce George – Judge Horny – Honey Brother – Broader
IGNIFABULAZ @Nifabulaz But we can’t blame people who live in places called Enugu. They’re all nugus #KenyansVsNigerians
Bernard Kiarie ™ @bernardkiarie1 This is why Nigerian men are coming to Kenya to commit crime! #KenyansVsNigerians
Twar 2: #KenyansVsZimbabweans
Just the other week, a Kenyan news outlet, The Spectator, published an article about Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. It said he had made defamatory comments towards the Kenyan public. This report was however discredited later on.
But here is what Mugabe is alleged to have said: “Those people of East Africa shock me with their wizardry in stealing. Sometimes I tend to believe that stealing is in every Kenyan’s blood….You can even think that there is a subject in their universities called Bachelor of Stealing”.
As was expected, Kenyans On Twitter were offended and outraged hence the hashtag “Kenyans vs Zimbabweans”.
Here are some of the tweefs;
Masaku @masaku_ Still funny #KenyansVsZimbabweans
Patrick Tito™ @Patriktito Zimbabwean President said the truth and I challenge anyone to prove him wrong here. Argue with M7 #KenyansVsZimbabweans
Atanas @atanasi_ #KenyansVsZimbabweans KOT are untouchable, we fear oNLY GOD, ELECTRICITY& uji moto
Twar 3: #KenyansVsSouthAfricans
The Twitter fight between Kenyans and South Africans comes only days after #KenyansVsNigerians made the rounds on social media.
It remains unclear who came out on top but looks like KOT finally found their match.
The Kenyan South Africa Twitter war started early this year when the South Africa’s sports Minister Fikile Mbalula suggested that Kenyans send their athletes to the Olympics to “drown in the pool”.
There was an immediate, furious reaction by Kenyans on Twitter and local newspaper websites. Many questioned the veracity of the minister’s claim and called on him to apologise.
Winston Rabotapi, the opposition Democratic Alliance’s Shadow Minister for Sports and Recreation, admitted that the comments were unacceptable and deeply offensive to the people of Kenya, and should have been retracted without further delay.
If you missed, these are some of the tweefs;
@Mtendawema #Someonetellsouthafrica Kenya’s First Lady can run better than their four first ladies combined.
@KiarieJohn #Someonetellsouthafrica Ms South Africa 2014 Vs Ms Kenya Regular Police
@mohamedmahmud #someonetellsouthafrica When our Lupita is on the world map winning Oscars, their Oscar is on world breaking news, shooting his GF.
I don’t know who won in this case but I’ll leave that to you to be the judge. At this rate, it looks like Kenyans aren’t going to relent on these twars and are on the verge of taking on the whole African Continent.