The dreaded Ebola disease which is currently confronting the world and has resulted in the death of over 7,000 people mostly in West Africa has emerged as the highest trending search term in Nigeria, according to Google’s 2014 Year-In-Search report released recently.
The Google’s 14th annual Year-In-Search is a look at 2014 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major events and hottest trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.
Coming next to Ebola in the top trending search list is the 2014 Fifa World Cup which is followed by the seven-month long strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP). Other terms on the list are the renowned preacher, Myles Munro; Kefee, the late singer; iphone 6; World Cup fixtures, Rariya,WAEC result 2014 and the former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), late Dora Akunyili.
The report reflected on the people, places, moments and topics that sent Nigerians searching for answers during the course of the year, such as the “Bring back our Girls”, in the wake of the kidnap of the 276 female students in the town of Chibok,which became a top search query globally, and in Nigeria, the question “what is mutiny” triggered by the announcement of the sentencing of the 12 Nigerian soldiers in September.
Other Nigeria-specific lists include Top 10 most searched cars, Top 10 most searched Mobile Gadgets and Phones, most searched Clothing Brands, most searched Cars, most searched Recipes and most searched “Who is…” and “What is…” questions.
The Year-In-Search uses data from multiple sources while filtering out spam and repeat queries, to build more than 1,000 fascinating top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more.