At just 9, Elvis Muchiri from Kenya is a tech genius teaching computer hacks on TikTok

Mildred Europa Taylor June 14, 2023
Photo: People of Color In Tech

Almost every day, there are tons of viral videos and social media posts featuring children who are not just showing the world how cute they are but their incredible talents. Elvis Muchiri from Kenya is one of them. The 9-year-old, popularly referred to as Evolve with Elvis, has become well-known on TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter for teaching computer shortcuts, according to People of Color in Tech.

The Kenyan tech genius teaches his followers how to use keyboard shortcuts, highlighting that keys such as Ctrl + T can be used to open a new tab in an Internet browser, and Ctrl + B makes font bold, and so on.

Muchiri, who teaches with his younger sister Megan, began posting on TikTok in March and now has over 125,000 followers and more than 1.7 million likes. On YouTube, the young boy has more than 8,000 subscribers. Social media users say they have learned a lot from the Kenyan boy.

“I AM ACTUALLY LEARNING A LOT from a kenyan 8 year old named Elvis who teaches keyboard shortcuts on tiktok with his sister megan,” one Twitter user wrote.

“The next Elon Musk from Kenya. Soon enough he’ll be teaching programming and coding and Im here for it. My niece needs to be on this side,” one TikTok user wrote.

Muchiri was using Windows 2007 to give his shortcut tips but he has now upgraded his machine and setup thanks to a donation of $600, People of Color in Tech reported. The young talent’s dad Francis Muchiri has also set up a fundraising page M-Changa Africa to cater to a 3-year program of establishing a technology institution in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and supporting local schools and youth centers while promoting innovation, the outlet said.

“Evolve with Elvis is currently teaching us keyboard shortcuts only but with your support we can raise the bar to higher heights,” a statement from the fundraising page reads. “We therefore feel the need to extend the same knowledge and more to the remotest parts of our Country Kenya and eventually the rest of Africa.

There were 17.86 million internet users in Kenya in January 2023, figures show. Kenya’s internet penetration rate stood at 32.7 percent of the total population at the start of 2023. Last year, the Kenyan government announced the addition of coding as a subject into its primary and secondary school curricula. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: June 14, 2023


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