Google said Nigerians searched mostly on the true status of President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, Mother’s Day celebrations and Bob Marley remembrance from May 11 to May 18.
Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that the week under review had searches ranging from the health status on Buhari, Eugene Anenih’s wife and son’s deaths, Bob Marley’s day of remembrance.
He said that others such as Chelsea FC, Mother’s Day celebrations and Runtown’s new hit song also trended on Google Nigeria search.
Kola-Ogunlade said that the Nigerian government, however, issued an official statement on the president’s health status, saying that any news of his demise was only rumour.
The Google Manager said that during the week, it was reported that Eugene Anenih, the Chief Executive Officer of Nova Finance and Securities Ltd. was dead.
Eugene Anenih, the son of former Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees Chairman, Anthony Anenih, died of a heart attack on Sunday, May 7.
He said that people searched Google using the following search terms: ‘eugene anenih wife’, ‘eugene anenih nigerian’, ‘eugene anenih dead’, ‘esosa anenih’, ‘tony anenih’, and ‘yomi anenih’.
According to him, May 11 is globally recognised as Bob Marley Day, a day which is observed by playing the songs of the reggae maestro and showcasing the Rastafarian culture.
“This year’s Bob Marley Day was unique because it marked exactly 36 years since Marley died at the age of 36 in Miami, Florida on May 11, 1981, due to cancer.
“That means that Thursday, May 11, 2017, is the ”equilibrium day” of Bob Marley’s life circle, something that will only happen once.
“Bob Marley was born on Feb. 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker.
“Google Search terms used by Nigerian fans included: ‘bob marley’, ‘bob marley songs’, ‘bob marley day’ and ‘lucky dube’,” he said.
Kola-Ogunlade said that Chelsea won Premier League title, with departing Captain John Terry leading his Chelsea side to a rip-roaring 4-3 victory over Watford on Monday, May 15.
He said Terry scored the first goal on an evening of celebration and fireworks at Stamford Bridge.
According to him, Sports lovers searched Google using the terms: ‘chelsea vs watford’, ‘chelsea vs watford highlights’ and ‘chelsea vs watford youtube’.
He added that a mum who treated herself to a Triple Dip Lotto ticket for Mother’s Day won 1 million dollars.
Kola-Ogunlade said that the Hamilton winner, who wanted to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket from Countdown Te Rapa last week, while she was doing her regular grocery shopping.
She was quoted saying: “I normally buy a Power Dip, but with the Mother’s Day promotion on I decided that I will treat myself to a Triple Dip – you just never know”.
The Google manager said that people searched for: ‘mother’s day celebrations’ and ‘happy mother’s day’.
He said that stars celebrated Mother’s Day on social media, as Pink, DJ Khaled, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Kim Kardashian and many more on Sunday, May 14, pay tribute to their cherished moms.
According to him, Runtown is back with his first 2017 Single, ‘For Life’.
“After dropping one of the biggest songs of 2016, ”Mad Over You”, fans have been eagerly waiting for Runtown’s next offering.
“Would it live up to the greatness of “Mad Over You”?
“Runtown released a new single over the weekend called, ”For Life”, and it was produced by KrizBeatz (producer of Pana by Tekno) and sounds pretty much like it could have been sung by either Tekno or Mr Eazi.
“Fans searched for: ‘runtown for life mp3’, ‘runtown for life mp3 download’, ‘for life by runtown’, ‘download for life by runtown’ and ‘runtown for life video’,” he said.
Google Trends was launched in May, 2006 to show how popular some searches are and their demography has been overtime on Google.