What is 'Hana Kuma' and why are KoT losing their heads over it?
tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has announced that she is diversifying her
portfolio by launching her own media company, and Kenyans on Twitter (KoT) can’t
No! They’re not losing their heads over the fact that she is moving from the
court to Hollywood, they’re going bananas over the name she has chosen for the
company – Hana Kuma.
Kuma, according to Osaka, means “flower bear” in Japanese; and while that
sounds cute and all, it has a completely different meaning in the Swahili
language that is anything but.
four-time Grand Slam champion, who is worth an estimated $57 million (approx.
Ksh.6.7 billion), has partnered with NBA star LeBron James in the new venture.
media outlet, The SpringHill Company, which he co-owns with his longtime
business partner Maverick Carter, will act as Hana Kuma’s financing, operations and producing partner.
“I honestly can’t say if I’ll personally be in anything right
now. 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 told the New York Times in a Zoom
LeBron, on his part, said: “We don’t take for granted the
position we are in to lend a helping hand, in this case to Naomi, to help
empower her to do even more great things.”
Below are a few reactions from KoT following the news:
I’m so happy for the moves Naomi is making while she recovers from the achilles injury but the name of her new media business will get Swahili speakers choking on food or drink
Hana Kuma has a whole other spicy meaning in Swahili 😅. Jesu Cristo. Let KoT not catch this 😂 https://t.co/6fLlRPX2ya— Victoria Uwonkunda (@Msuwonkunda) June 21, 2022
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