Kenyans go crazy over Naomi Osaka’s company name

Naomi Osaka and LeBron James are partnering in a media company called Hana Kuma which means ‘Flower Bear.’ But the name is trending on Kenyan twitter because in Kiswahili, it translates to a female without private parts.

In a press release, Osaka said,

“There has been an explosion of creators of colour finally being equipped with resources and a huge platform.”

“In the streaming age, content has a more global perspective. You can see this in the popularity of television from Asia, Europe, and Latin America that the unique can also be universal.”

“My story is a testament to that as well. I’m so excited for what we are building at Hana Kuma. We will bring stories to life with this goal in mind: to make unique perspectives feel universal and inspire people along the way.”

Kenyans as is their norm reacted to the ‘interesting company name. Some of those comments are below;

Wahito: My heart goes out to all Kenyan youths who will have the task of convincing their parents “hana Kuma” is also a brand name for a media company

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

Bad Medulala: “Hana Kuma is just a media channel.”

Marcus: Me trying to explain Hana Kuma is a media company to my female besties

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

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

Evans Koech: “My name is Tom Bayeye reporting for Hana Kuma TV, based in KaKUMA, near TiMBOROa. Back to you Dick Koinange in Studio”

Tony de la ghetto: me getting ready to clean HANA KUMA TV offices.

Father of Tkla: 4m Kenyans are having a hard time explaining to their Japanese friends, including Naomi Osaka that Hana Kuma in Swahili language, cannot be a company here.

Heinsenberg: Is it coincidence that One Naomi Osaka who Hails from Kumamoto in Japan opens Hana kuma Media house. Bad people like myself will apply to Hana Kuma and Ask”Do you have any Opening “

Wanaume defender: Me looking at Naomi Osaka launching Hana Kuma media company in Kenya. It might be just on time for the bottoms up game.

Darius: Kenyans let’s go easy on Naomi Osaka. Tough times ahead when mentioning that media company, ‘Hana Kuma’, in front of our elders. It won’t sound right to them

‘I would rather lose, I don’t cheat!’ Serena Williams screams after game penalty in US Open

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Naomi Osaka stormed to a sensational, turbulent US Open final win on Saturday night when she beat Serena Williams after the 36-year-old American totally lost her head in a dramatic championship match.

The trouble started when her coach was called for giving hand signals illegally in the first set, and then spiralled when she slammed her racket into the ground when broken back for 3-2 in the second, after which she was given a point penalty.

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She repeatedly insulted the umpire, calling him a liar and a thief and demanding an apology. He duly docked her a game after the third code violation, leaving her at 3-5, from which she could not recover.

It detracted from a magnificent performance from the American-raised Japanese player, and made for an embarrassing trophy handover, at which Williams was described as a ‘role model’. Not in this particular case she wasn’t.

Ramos, a highly experienced official, had little alternative, given the abuse that was being thrown his way from Williams, who also angrily pointed her finger at him.

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‘I don’t cheat, I would rather lose,’ she had initially said, constantly demanding an apology and also remonstrating that she had a daughter as if that was relevant. The thief accusations started coming at 2-3 down in the second as she started riding the violation escalator in earnest.

Boos rang out around the stadium – most seemingly in sympathy with her – as she brought gender into the argument, now remonstrating with tournament Referee Brian Earley, who she summoned to the court.

‘You’ll never sit on a court with me as long as you live!’ was another threat to the umpire, who was only following long-established procedures.

Williams had herself broken for 3-1 in the second, firing herself up after Ramos spotted gesticulations from Patrick Mouratoglou.

He later embarrassed himself by blaming the umpire for wanting to get too involved, while his player embarked on a rant about sexism in her post-match press conference, despite admitting Ramos has been a ‘great umpire’ in her previous matches.