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Tennis Star Naomi Osaka’s TV, Hana Kuma, Attracts Hilarious Reviews in Kenya

by Robert Mwangi
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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka opened her media company called Hana Kuma on Tuesday.

The highest-paid female athlete is teaming up with basketball legend LeBron James, who is the co-founder of SpringHill, an entertainment, marketing and products company.

The Japanese star described the venture as a reflection of her and was excited to begin the new project.

“I’ve built my career taking a different approach than those around me.

“And because my journey has been so different it’s opened my eyes to all the incredible stories out there that aren’t getting told. Stories that are global, about a variety of cultures and points of view, about important social issues,” the 24-year-old said.

To set the record straight, Hana kuma means “flower bear” in Japanese.

But here in Kenya, hana kuma has a completely different and controversial meaning. Hana is a Kiswahili word meaning a “lack of something” while kuma is a Kiswahili word meaning vagina, which would make the TV firm’s name vulgar.

That tells why Hana Kuma is trending in Kenya.

Kenyans in their usual fashion wasted zero time to give their thoughts about the Japanese tennis star’s Hana Kuma media firm.

Let’s now sample a few reactions:

Juma G: “Woke up to Hana Kuma trending, only to realise it is a media station started by tennis star Naomi Osaka. And it is Kenyans who have taken it as their global responsibility to spread the word and loudly wonder about it.”

Tali Babe: “Reporting for Hana Kuma TV, I’m Sito Mbeki. Back to you in studio Tom Barasa.”

Dr Juma M: “Bad people like myself will apply to Hana Kuma and ask ‘Do you have any Opening?’.”

Clutch Brakes: “Naomi Osaka is such a clever lady. She researched well. ‘Hana Kuma’ name isn’t a coincidence. She is making the most out KOT and is paying off. Marketing strategy 101. Work smart.”

Real Lisomo: “I saw “Hana Kuma” trending at night and thought it’s another protest by Kenyan women. So it’s a company?”

Momanyi Elijah: “Hana Kuma is treading simply not because it’s a new media house by Osaka but probably its meaning in sheng in my country. Confused generation.”

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