The Nigerian Internet space is home to a population with a vast array of interests. Sometimes, it’s fun to just sit back and observe what Nigerians are most interested in on the Internet. What better way to do this than to observe top searches by Nigerians using Google Trends.
Although it’s not a very perfect pointer, checking the top searches by Nigerians does reveal a lot about our search interests.
Without further ado, here are the top searches made by Nigerians over the last week.
The International Champions Cup (ICC)
It’s not a surprise to find ICC-related searches in the top searches by Nigerians on Google Trends. Since the FIFA World Cup ended two weeks ago, Nigerians have been eager for the regular football season to start. Of course, no big league in Europe kicks off its season until mid-August.
For the meantime though, the International Champions Cup serves as a worthy alternative. Featuring a large number of Europe’s top football clubs, the ICC games are a very important pre-season competition. And for Nigerians, following the ICC is important, not just for leisure, but for gambling.
Nigerians have a deep interest in domestic politics. A high number of searches on Google have been about Saraki and Kwankwaso.
But it’s not their biographies that interest people; Nigerians are closely following developments in the APC and these politicians provide clues on the crisis in the party.
Although he no longer as outspoken as he was when the current administration came into power, Dino Melaye is still a top search interest for Nigerians. At the start of the week, an interest in Dino Melaye rose after he accused the police of shooting at him.
The search for Dino Melaye increased once again on Thursday 26 July, following news that he had been kidnapped. Nigerians, of course, want to scoop all the gist on this matter.
The NYSC orientation camp opened once again this week for the batch B Corp members. And as a tradition, prospective Corp members must print out their call-up letters before they can proceed to camp.
Lagos nysc camp 2018 Batch B. Parade ground today. pic.twitter.com/eM05vufeVS
— Λδεsεgμη Δδεβoωαlε 👑 (@21debolee) July 25, 2018
However, as usual, most people need Google’s help to find the NYSC’s website. Owing to this, the portal was one of the top searches by Nigerians over the week.
Nigerians are a curious set of people. On Thursday, news reports shared that the world would witness the longest lunar eclipse on 27 July.
The moon will be blood red for nearly 2 hours on Friday night during the longest lunar eclipse of this century. The next one this long doesn't happen until 2123.
(Sadly, it won’t be visible in North America.) pic.twitter.com/liBUy1ueTs
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 25, 2018
Since then, Nigeria’s search interest in the topic has peaked. A lot of people just want to know what a “blood moon” is, I guess.
Osun State Primary Elections
In Osun primary, Adeleke has 1569 votes and Ogunbiyi has 1562 votes with the difference of 7. To PDP apologetics, it was keenly contested and it’s democracy. @kfayemi won election by 19000 margin they said it was rigged because it’s close.
What’s your usefulness in life???
— Agboola Babatola (@Agboola_BO) July 22, 2018
Following the conclusion of the election in Ekiti state this month, Osun state is next point of interest. Nigerians searched for the primaries held by the two leading political parties, the PDP and the APC.
Mr. Bean Dead?
At the start of the week, fake news spread about the death of popular comedian and film actor, Mr. Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean.
The viral story claimed he died in a car crash while attempting to do a stunt. The story was fake news and it only attempted to spread a computer virus. But of course, Nigerians had to be sure for themselves.
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