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#KenyaVsSouthAfrica: Kenyans and South Africans Face Off in Twitter War

Can South Africans beat Kenyans on Twitter in their own game?

Two heavyweights in the world of African Twitter are squaring off tonight. The ensuing Twitter war between Kenyans and South Africans comes just a few days after KOT waged a battle with Ghanaians online.


It’s not the first time the hashtag #KenyaVsSouthAfrica has been used. But it seems to be the most prolific.

“Our own Lupita Nyongo won an Oscar award while their oscar killed his girlfriend,” wrote one Twitter user. “It's 2016 and South Africa hasn't gotten a name yet. It's like Kenya calling itself East Africa,” said another KOT.

It makes sense that the Olympics would feature prominently in tonight’s Twitter war. After all, Kenya and South Africa are Africa’s two most winnengest teams at the Rio Games. “South Africans spend a lifetime mining gold only for Kenyans to get them at the Olympics in 2 hrs,” bragged one Kenyan sports fan.

Still, there are some who are opting not to participate. “Our national anthem goes ‘Nkosi sikelela iAfrica-God bless Africa’ as SA'n we look out for Africans not Twar them! No to #KenyaVsSouthAfrica” pleaded Twitter user @zwangatjie.

She may have a point. While some of the jabs are harmless, others are downright horrifying. You can check for yourself here and have a look at some of the less offensive #KenyaVsSouthAfrica tweets below:

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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