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World Emoji Day: Facebook shares data on popular emojis in Kenya

The popularity of Kenya’s used emoji is also based on food and drinks, age and gender.

In Summary

• Facebook is launching an entire Soundmoji library for everyone to choose from, which we’ll update regularly with new sound effects and famous sound bites.

• Messenger is launching Soundmojis on Thursday. Soundmojis is a new feature that enables people to send short sound clips in Messenger chat.

Most popular by gender emojis in Kenya
Most popular by gender emojis in Kenya
Image: FACEBOOK

As the world marks World Emoji Day on July 17, Facebook measured the use of emojis in Facebook posts between April 4 and July 3, 2021. 

In Kenya, the top overall emojis used are face with tears of joy, love heart and rolling on the floor laughing.

The popularity of Kenya’s used emoji is also based on food and drinks, age and gender. 

The popular food and drink emojis are birthday cake, aubergine, shortcake, candy, and lollipop.

Most popular by age include 18-24, face with tears of joy, love heart and rolling on the floor laughing.

Most popular emojis by age in Kenya.
Most popular emojis by age in Kenya.
Image: FACEBOOK

For 25-44 it's the face with tears of joy and love heart, 45+ love heart, person with folded hands, and face with tears of joy. 

As 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.

In addition, Messenger is launching Soundmojis on Thursday.

Top emojis overall in Kenya.
Top emojis overall in Kenya.
Image: FACEBOOK

Soundmojis is a new feature that enables people to send short sound clips in Messenger chat.

People will be able to choose from a library of options that range from sound effects (crickets, clapping, drumroll, and evil laughter) to popular song clips.

Each sound is sent as an emoji (no words), providing surprising delights through culturally relevant audio clips.

Popular food and drinks emojis in Kenya.
Popular food and drinks emojis in Kenya.
Image: FACEBOOK

Facebook is launching an entire Soundmoji library for everyone to choose from, which we’ll update regularly with new sound effects and famous sound bites.

Each sound is represented by an emoji, keeping the visual emojis we all love in play, while bringing sound into the mix.