Monday, April 19, 2010

Which team should Kenyans support in the FIFA World Cup 2010?

Nicolas Nkoulou (20) from Cameroon
With only about 50 days to go to the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, I am curious to know which team Kenyans will support.

We all know that Kenya didn't make it to the World Cup this time round, but we love soccer, so I am sure we will still eagerly follow all the matches. But which team should we support?

Fan of Brazil
Should we support an African team because we are on the same continent? This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation. The African teams are Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. Which African country do we feel most related to?

Or should we support England because they colonized us, we speak their language and the Premier League is extremely popular in Kenya?

Should we support USA, because more than 100,000 Kenyans live in the US? And of course because their President has Kenyan roots. Problem with the USA of course is that their team sucks.

Should we support France, because there are several 'Africans' in their team?

Or should we support Brazil because their female fans are almost as hot as our Kenyan girls?

Or should we support Argentina, Italy, Germany, Spain or the Netherlands simply because they are just great soccer teams?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Doodle for Google - let a Kenyan win this World Cup!

Kenyan girl enjoying football
Google announced today an exciting international initiative for young people called "Doodle 4 Google - I love football". The drawing competition invites aspiring young artists to design their own Google logo inspired by the theme "I love football". The winning Doodle will be displayed internationally on the Google homepage for a day the day of the World Cup Final - July 11, 2010. This will be the first ever international Doodle 4 Google competition, and it’s the first time Google is running this competition in Africa – in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all children in the participating countries aged 4 to 17. Young artists are being asked to create an image around the love of football, regardless of which specific team they support.

In judging the Doodles, Google will be looking for designs that capture the spirit of football and fair play, show artistic merit and creativity, and express a love of the game in their title and supporting statement. The contest has two levels: national and international. The national winning Doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage of the relevant country for 24 hours in June.

The national winner will then automatically be entered into the global competition, in which the public from around the world will vote for their overall favorite Doodle.

National contest – Get your art featured in Kenya

Google employees from Google Africa will select the top 40 doodles and invite the finalists to an event in Nairobi, in which the national winner will be announced. The national winning doodle will be displayed on the Kenyan Google homepage for 24 hours.

Global contest – Get your art featured globally!

Children enjoying drawing a Doodle for Google
The national winner will automatically be entered in the global competition. The public from around the world will vote for their overall favorite doodle. The overall winning doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage of all the participating countries for 24 hours, in July 2010. The overall winner will win a holiday for 4 people to South Africa! The runner-up will win 2 VIP tickets to a Premiere League football match in the UK, including international flights, domestic transportation and accommodation in the city where the match takes place.

Let's make sure a Kenyan kid wins this global competition! For more info about the competition for Kenya please visit the Kenyan Doodle 4 Google site. Deadline for submissions is 3rd of May, 2010.