Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka launched her own media and named it Hana Kuma, thus sparking reactions from Kenyans on Twitter (KOT).
According to reports, the tennis superstar launched the company in partnership with with four-time NBA champion LeBron James.
In a statement, Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, said the company is aimed at aimed at telling stories that cross cultural barriers.
“What excites me is being able to inspire people and tell new stories, particularly ones that I would have wanted to see when I was a kid. I always wanted to kind of see someone like me,” Osaka noted.
Naomi Osaka is launching her own media company — Hana Kuma — in partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company.
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) June 21, 2022
The company’s name has been a subject of discussion in Kenya with netizens terming it explicit.
While in Kenya the term ‘hana kuma’ can loosely be translated to a person who doesn’t have a vagina, in the Japanese dialect, the same translates to a ‘flower bear’.
Below are some reactions from Kenyans.
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. 😆
— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3) June 22, 2022
"Hana Kuma is just a media channel."
My dad: pic.twitter.com/Sco5r5Lsrc
— 🍁𝐁𝐀𝐃 𝐌𝐄𝐃𝐔𝐋𝐋𝐀🍁 (@Its_Ouma) June 22, 2022
I hope she she has no intention of opening a branch in Kenya , coz let me tell you Maina..
— Kufu Lee (@makufulih) June 21, 2022
Hana what 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4ChPd4bHtH
— 𝐉!𝐌𝐌𝐘 (@kafangi) June 21, 2022
"My name is Dick Mbûrû reporting for Hana Kuma TV, back to you Tom Barasa in Studio" pic.twitter.com/aeCtnak0KE
— Billy The GOAT (@_CrazyNairobian) June 21, 2022
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😭😂 pic.twitter.com/MoWECziq4J
— Wahito (@Wahito_1) June 21, 2022
Swahili speaking countries :
How did she urinate? pic.twitter.com/GBTPucOF9m
— chewing gum (@pariahsilva) June 21, 2022
HANA KUMA🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/QbJ7QZb5tU
— Tony de la ghetto. (@AntoineSilva3) June 21, 2022
Hana what!!??? pic.twitter.com/nytzoW3Tpy
— Queens, MSc. 🇰🇪 🌐 (@samuelkimaniki1) June 21, 2022
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