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A Year in Nigerian Search: Google’s Top Searches of 2012


A Year in Nigerian Search: Google’s Top Searches of 2012

Google has announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2012 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on this year’s major events and hottest trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.

Notable on the list for overall trending Nigerian searches in 2012 are education-related terms; “JAMB”, “WAEC result 2012”  and “ASUU Strike” – This shows that Nigerian students are now resorting to the internet to gather crucial information about happenings in the academic space. Also coming tops in the overall list for trending Nigerian searches are terms Eskimi, Whitney Houston, NNPC recruitment, Boko Haram and Fuel Subsidy.

Beloved songstress and world famous diva, Whitney Houston (who passed away in February this year) takes the number one spot on the the list of overall trending people in Nigeria, followed closely by Super Eagles and Chelsea new signing, Victor Moses and Brazilian soccer star; Ronaldinho.

Perhaps more interesting for Nigerians are the music and Nollywood related searches. In the top trending Nigerian musician class, Davido aka “omo baba olowo” took the top spot as Nigeria’s fastest trending musician, closely followed by WizKid, MI, Dbanj, Psquare and Timaya. In the top Nollywood trending searches category, Mercy Johnson, who was the most trending Nollywood personality in 2011, maintained the position in 2012. She was closely followed by Ini Edo, Tonto Dike, Funke Akindele, and Genevieve.

If you were wondering if football still occupies a place in the hearts of Nigeria, well..yes it does. The love Nigerians have for top flight clubs in Europe is still as strong as ever. Champions league champions Chelsea FC is the 2012 are most trending football club in Nigeria, with Arsenal, Barcelona and Real madrid in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively. The top Manchester rivals Manchester United and Manchester City both came 6th and 9th position respectively.

2012 was perhaps the year of discovering love in Nigeria with users asking ‘how to love’ and ‘what is love?’  Here’s hoping that this is reflected across the country in 2013. At the same time, unexpected hobbies seem to be making a comeback, with ‘how to rap’, ‘how to dress’ and ‘how to crochet’ also making it into the top ten ‘how to’s’.

This list wouldn’t be complete without listing some of the top searches connected to major incidents that occurred during year. Searches for “Rashidi Yekini dead”, and “Place Crash” connect to some of the most painful incidents in Nigeria in 2012.

Last but not least, in terms of tech trends, the blackberry porsche captured Nigeria’s imagination, coming in 29th overall, and grabbing first place on the top gadgets list.

In addition to showcasing what people were curious about in Nigeria, Google Zeitgeist tools also offer insight into which topics captured the world’s attention in 2012. Top search terms from over fifty countries appear on our Google Zeitgeist webpage, – from most-searched travel destinations in Brazil, trending Australian celebrities and most-searched Egyptian Olympians, to top tech gadgets in Japan and everything in between.

To see more information about Google Zeitgeist across the globe, use interactive data visualizations and to watch our annual video, visit

What is Google’s Year-End Zeitgeist?
“Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times.” At the end of each year, Google celebrates this spirit by revisiting the year’s top searches around the world. From most-searched travel destinations in Brazil, to trending Australian celebrities, to most-searched Egyptian Olympians, to top tech gadgets in Japan, and everything in between, these lists give us insight into the curiosities that captured the world’s attention in 2012.  This year, we’re launching the 12th annual Google Year-End Zeitgeist on Our site showcases over 800 top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more. It’s global, spanning over 50 countries. You can check out global search trends, compare terms using interactive data visualizations, and watch the annual Zeitgeist video.


Nigeria Overall Trending Searches

  1. JAMB
  2. Mozat
  3. Boko Haram
  4. ASUU Strike
  5. Google News
  6. Eskimi
  7. Whitney Houston
  8. Vanguard News
  9. NNPC Recruitment
  10. Aminiya
    Nigeria Overall Trending: PEOPLE

  1. Whitney houston
  2. Victor Moses
  3. Ronaldinho
  4. Van Persie
  5. Nuri Sahin
  6. Usain bolt
  7. Hulk
  8. Davido
  9. Eden Hazard
  10. Rashidi Yekini
Nigeria Overall Trending: FOOTBALL CLUBS

  1. Chelsea
  2. Arsenal
  3. Barcelona
  4. Real Madrid
  5. Liverpool
  6. Manchester United
  7. Reading
  8. AC Milan
  9. Manchester City
  10. Everton
Nigeria Overall Trending: NIGERIAN MUSICIANS

  1. Davido
  2. Wizkid
  3. MI
  4. Dbanj
  5. Psquare
  6. Timaya
  7. Ice Prince
  8. Tiwa Savage
  9. Tuface
  10. Flavour
Nigeria Overall Trending: TOP NOLLYWOOD CELEBS

  1. Mercy Johnson
  2. Ini Edo
  3. Tonto Dike
  4. Funke Akindele
  5. Genevieve
  6. Jim Iyke
  7. Chika Ike
  8. Van Vicker
  9. Rita Dominic
  10. Stephanie Okereke
 Nigeria Overall Trending: HOW TO…

  1. how to love
  2. how to romance
  3. how to rap
  4. how to toast
  5. how to crochet
  6. how to dress
  7. how to Massage
  8. how to blog
  9. how to freestyle
  10. how to concentrate
Nigeria Overall Trending: WHAT IS…? – TECHNOLOGY

  1. what is love
  2. what is computer
  3. what is Biology
  4. what is Government
  5. what is Economics
  6. what is Education
  7. what is Communication
  8. what is Chemistry
  9. what is Money
  10. waht is Science
  Nigeria Most Searched PHONE

  1. Blackberry Porsche

Nigeria Most searched: INTERNATIONAL SPORT

  1. London Olympics

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Asuquo Eton founded, now one of the most visited TV, music, tech and features website, in 2011. He is also a social media analyst, media and entertainment consultant.

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