Is Makmende Kenya’s first “viral” Internet sensation?

Something amazing is afoot! I am not sure when it started but its certainly gone viral by the time I am writing about it. Its exciting, hilarious and even serious stuff, all at the same time. What am I talking about? Unless you’ve been offline for the better part of two weeks its Kenya’s first viral Internet sensation, and his name is Makmende! Yes. Makmende is something to smile about! He is Kenya’s first super hero and boy does he rock! He lives more or less online and a look at his web site www.makmende.com will certainly crack you up! Until last week, I had never heard of the now famous Makmende. A detailed “expose” on Makmende can be found on the popular Archer blog here> Whatever the case is, Kenya has its first viral Internet hit – the man, the super hero, Makmende! Check out this cool Makmende video below:

41 Responses to “Is Makmende Kenya’s first “viral” Internet sensation?”

  1. March 23, 2010

    Evans Reply

    This is the best Kenyan internet sensation. From Twitter, to Facebook….to the coffee houses after work!! I simply Love the humor! Join the group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101898936513471

  2. March 23, 2010

    Kelvin Reply

    laughed my head off when i saw this video last week. truly is viral & fun to watch too.

  3. […] Ship (MV Internet) saying the the M in the MV is for Makmende. He started with the leaders, got one Moses Kemibaro wondering if he should quit the MV Internet and become official blogger for Makmende. He is got […]

  4. March 23, 2010

    Wayan Reply

    OMG! That is so damn good! From the music to the video – a real break out for Kenyan content
    .-= Wayan´s last blog ..Intel Atom Processor: Disruptive Innovation in Energy-Efficient Computing =-.

  5. March 23, 2010

    TERRYANNE Reply

    Intersting stuff. I also just blogged about it here:

    http://grainsofmasala.blogspot.com/2010/03/makmendes-got-me-covered.html

    And the website is rib cracking!

  6. March 23, 2010

    marcusolang Reply

    Truly viral!

    Possibly the post that kicked it off, posted soon after the video’s release and shared on Twitter (now known as “the birthplace of Makmende”!): http://marcusolang.blog.com/2010/03/18/makmende/

    And it’s not about to stop!

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  8. March 23, 2010

    mwangi Reply

    this makmende story is simply amazing. I was in campus with team of ’82 that developed makmende into what he is today. me thinks they know what they are upto!

    its a great thing for all web enthusiasts in this country.
    .-= mwangi´s last blog ..Yule Pale =-.

  9. March 23, 2010

    archer Reply

    Thanks for the shoutout! Much appreciated.

  10. March 23, 2010

    toni kamau Reply

    this is great stuff.it feels like we are witnessing the first of many kenyan virals-i like :)

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  13. March 24, 2010

    Sera love Reply

    This is a true show that young Kenyans got lot’s of talent!!!

  14. March 24, 2010

    Marvin Tumbo Reply

    I am actually waiting to see how this pans out. It is definitely Kenya’s first internet sensation given the way Kenyan bloggers have taken to it. I am interested on how this will reflect in the sales for JAB albums and would make for an interesting case study as far as leveraging social media for business ends goes.

  15. March 24, 2010

    Kathy Reply

    Makmende dates back to the ’80’s. If you went to school in Nairobi you remember us spending lots of time talking about Makmende. Actually in sheng in those early days Makmende meant super hero.

  16. March 24, 2010

    angela centra Reply

    i was wondering if you would talk about it…and im glad you did. JAB are one of the most creative artists in the market, and Jim Chuchu himself is on a very different level. its great stuff! im excited for them, and i hope the sales for this album wil reflect the level of work they have put in.
    .-= angela centra´s last blog ..retail to mobile II =-.

  17. […] réalité, le terme Makmende n’est pas nouveau.  Archer et Moses nous rappellent dans leur blog que ce terme était souvent utilisé lors des années 90 pour […]

  18. March 24, 2010

    Mulunda Kisika Reply

    KENYANS ARE SO CREATIVE AT TIMES…..mad fun!!

  19. March 24, 2010

    iceage2k2 Reply

    I like the video because its a break from the usual girls dancing inside a popular joint.

  20. March 24, 2010

    Africa Unsigned Reply

    JAB are the future superstars. Support their new recording at http://www.africaunsigned.com/justaband

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  22. March 24, 2010

    Kasimvz Reply

    I insist, makmende is a woman! Nice on tho’ the hits tell the tale.

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  25. March 24, 2010

    sheillah yvette Reply

    Buhahaha, I could watch this every other day…..hilarious indeed. So, who’s makmende again?? :-D

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  27. March 25, 2010

    Stella Reply

    This is cool and creative stuff

  28. […] ride this wave for commercial gain. Personally, I have (already) made gains from Makmende through the post I made earlier this week that saw this blog featured on the Wall Street Journal and hit almost 20,000 visits (so far) this […]

  29. March 30, 2010

    Leo Reply

    Aki this is one great piece of creativity!

  30. March 31, 2010

    John Jibebe Reply

    we love makmende

  31. April 4, 2010

    Antodezigns Reply

    Intoducing Makmende 2012 Animated Superhero:

  32. April 7, 2010

    Antodezigns Reply

    Makmende 2012 Animations:

    A walk in the wheat field turns tragic! There is a masked gangster larking in the fields!

  33. […] arts, collectively part of a three-piece (four-piece) electro African band whose music video Ha-He with Makmende was the first video ever to go viral in Kenya. Daniel Muli’s cartoon print and digital […]

  34. […] we witness in the clips in Moses Kemibaro, “Is Makmende Kenya’s first viral video sensation?” the very current culture in Kenya as well as the series going viral on the internet showed that the […]

  35. April 30, 2011

    Vera Reply

    If only Makmende could do this again. This was the time I was proud to be a Kenyan. The moment I watched this on cnn I was blown away.

    Thank you for sharing this with us I had totally forgotten about the power of kenyans on the internet.

  36. […] arts, collectively part of a three-piece (four-piece) electro African band whose music video Ha-He with Makmende was the first video ever to go viral in Kenya. Daniel Muli’s cartoon print and digital […]

  37. […] the hot topic online and in public. The video and the resulting meme caught our attention. If Kenyan bloggers and international news organizations like the Wall Street Journal and CNN were discussing […]

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