• According to Osaka, 'Hana Kuma' means 'flower bear' in Japanese, but Kenyans have a different understanding of the two Swahili names.

• Kenyans have a different understanding of the two Swahili names.

Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka
Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka
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Kenyans on Twitter are losing their heads over the fact that the four-time Grand Slam singles champion Naomi Osaka has named her company 'Hana Kuma'.

According to Osaka, 'Hana Kuma' means 'flower bear' in Japanese, but Kenyans have a different understanding of the two Swahili names.

Here are reactions from KOT in regards to Osaka's company name.

@Real_Lisomo: I saw "Hana Kuma" trending at night and thought it's another protest by Kenyan women. Kumbe it's a company.

@JoanNicole6: Hana Kuma made me scared for a minute only to realize it's a Media Company.

@Bluebor416: Me finishing up my duty to turn to Hana Kuma channel to watch live game between Tokyo Fc vs Raosso Kumamoto

Osaka has always highlighted on topics about black lives matter and bullying.

In 2021, she started a global discussion about mental health in sports when she withdrew from the French Open, citing a need to make her own well-being a priority.

Osaka has partnered with NBA star LeBron James in the new venture.

LeBron’s 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 interview.

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.”

Hana Kuma' intends to produce: TV series, Documentaries, Animated and Branded content.

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