Google announce top Nigerian searches for 2017

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The results for Google’s 2017 Year in Search has just been released, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.

This year’s trending searches show growing interest in local celebrities and events, with seven of the top 10 trending search terms being local, in contrast to fewer than half last year. Nigerians are also increasingly using search to find local businesses – the ‘near me’ search list shows what types of businesses Nigerians look for in their neighborhoods and highlights the importance of these (often small) businesses being online and findable.

This information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google this year. Google processes more than 40,000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

The most searched person on Google’s year-end list is Moji Olaiya, who died two months after giving birth. Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a notorious kidnapper better known as Evans, Adesua Etomi, and Banky Wellington are also on the list.

This year’s top “What is…” queries included President Buhari’s state of health, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and results of the West African Examinations Council, what a female Hyena is called, what Monkeypox is and Bitcoin.

This year’s most searched events and stories of interest by Nigerians include symptoms of Monkeypox, political news in other African countries, the iPhone 8 release and celebrity weddings.

Most searched people

  1. Moji Olaiya
  2. Evans the kidnapper
  3. Adesua Etomi
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Mr. Eazi
  6. Efe
  7. Jide Tinubu
  8. Olumide Bakare
  9. Dammy Krane
  10. Eric Arubayi

Most searched stories and events

  1. ASUU Strike
  2. Moji Olaiya dead
  3. Monkeypox outbreak
  4. IPhone 8 / IPhone X Launch
  5. New president in Gambia
  6. Adesua and Banky Wedding
  7. Anambra Elections
  8. Mayweather vs Mcgregor fight
  9. Zimbabwe Coup
  10. Catalonia Referendum

Most asked questions: Ok Google? Who…How…What…

  1. Is Buhari dead?
  2. How to check JAMB results
  3. How to check WAEC results
  4. What is a female Hyena called?
  5. What is Monkeypox?
  6. What is bitcoin?
  7. What is MMM?
  8. Who is Bobrisky?
  9. How to check BVN
  10. Where is Nnamdi Kanu now?

Most searched-for songs

  1. Olamide – Wo
  2. Davido – Fia
  3. Davido- Fall
  4. Patapaa Ft. Ras Cann – One Corner
  5. Davido – If
  6. Runtown – Mad over you
  7. Kiss Daniel – Yeba
  8. Tekno – Go
  9. Mayorkun – Mama
  10. Tekno Ft. Wizkid – Mama

Most searched for movies/TV series

  1. Fast and Furious 8
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Game of Thrones season 7
  4. Big Brother Naija 2017
  5. Justice League
  6. Thor Ragnarok
  7. Jenifa’s Diary Season 7
  8. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
  9. The Wedding Party
  10. Better call Saul

Most searched sports people

  1. Philippe Coutinho
  2. Romelu Lukaku
  3. Tiémoué Bakayoko
  4. Anthony Joshua
  5. Ousmane Dembele
  6. Floyd Mayweather
  7. Nemanja Matic
  8. Cheick Ismaël Tiote
  9. Ivan Perisic
  10. Kylian Sanmi Mbappe

Most searched ‘near me’ queries 

  1. Restaurants near me
  2. Nail Salon near me
  3. Clubs near me
  4. Food near me
  5. Movies near me
  6. Jobs near me

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