From ASUU strike to Naira Marley to Xenophobia to Big Brother Nigeria

With the year coming to an end, Google, in its annual ‘Year in Search’ publication, has revealed what Nigerians have searched for in 2019.

The data is collated by looking at Google searches on the major moments and top trends in Nigeria over a sustained period in 2019.

This year’s trending news search shows that the ASUU strike, which occurred between November 2018 and February 2019, ranked first. It overtook trending news topics like AFCON 2019, Naira Marley — a Nigerian music artiste — and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Naira Marley was the most searched person of 2019 with even the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, unable to dethrone him in an election year. His position at the top might be attributable to his alleged involvement in cyberfraud and his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). His song, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy?’, released just before he got arrested no doubt played a part in piquing people’s interest, consequently leading to more…

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