Nigeria’s Independence Day Broadcast Dominates Google Searches


Nigeria’s Independence Day broadcast and Las Vegas Shooting news dominated searches on the internet search engine, Google, during the week.

Google’s Spokesman, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

According to Kola-Ogunlade, the week’s top trending search  on Google Nigeria is dominated by the Nigeria’s Independence Day broadcast and mostly foreign news.

“On Oct. 1, Nigerians celebrated the country’s 57th independence anniversary with a broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ he said.

Kola-Ogunlade said that the Las Vegas Shooting also got people’s attention online.

“On the night of the Oct. 1, at least 59 people were shot dead and 500 injured by a shooter, who targeted concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“The man targeted those people from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.

“Security authorities are still investigating the motivation behind the shooting. Well-wishers in Nigeria visited Google to search for updates about the situation in Las Vegas,” the official said.

In the early hours of Oct. 2, popular American musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Thomas Earl Petty, was pronounced dead, Kola-Ogunlade said.

He said that Petty died at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) medical centre from a cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

The Google manager said that the Rock Star, was one of the best-selling artistes in history from the 70s with headliners such as ‘American girl’ to ‘Free Fallin’.

He said that in the world of sports, Arsenal thrilled its fans over the weekend with a 2-0 win over Brighton at the Emirates Stadium in a match which held on Sunday.

“This win takes the club up to fifth position in the ongoing Premier League.

“Arsène Wenger, the club’s manager and coach, also made history by breaking Alex Ferguson’s Premier League record of 44 clubs defeat during his reign.

“By winning Brighton on Sunday, Arsenal now holds the new record having defeated 45 clubs. Excited fans raced to Google search to get more details about the match.’’

Claudia Sassou Nguesso, the daughter of the President of the Republic of Congo was recently involved in a blackmail scandal that resulted in the release of a sex tape, which went e viral, he said.

“Claudia, who is the Communications Adviser to her father, was said to have been asked to pay the sum of 50, 000 dollars.

“When she refused, her blackmailers went ahead and released a sex tape involving her.

“Once the video went viral, concerned Africans raced to Google to read more about the scandal,” he said.

NAN reports that Google Trends launched in May, 2006 allows online readers to see popular search terms and how their demography have been over time on Google. (NAN)

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