Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, Kizz Daniel’s hit song ‘Buga’, former ambassador to Spain Bianca Ojukwu topped Google searches in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022, the media giant said on Thursday.
Google West Africa spokesman Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade said in a statement that the top three trending people in Nigeria in the first half of 2022 were Obi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bianca.
According to him, Putin grabbed the attention of Nigerians in the first six months of 2022 as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine became topical across the globe.
‘’Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of late Biafran warlord, Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu also led search interest by Nigerians when she slapped Ebelechukwu, the wife of immediate past governor of Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano.
‘’A second famous slap comes in at number five on the list of top trending people, after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars in March.
‘’AFCON 2022 topped the list of most searched moments between January and June, Senegal beat Egypt in the final match of the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) football competition to emerge winner,’’ he said.
Kola-Ogunlade said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) also captured the interest of Nigerians online.
He said that the top two of the list of notable deaths was that of singers Osinachi Nwachukwu and Chinedu Nwadike.
The song, ‘Buga’, by Kizz Daniel, featuring Tekno was the number one trending song in the period under review.
Blood Sisters, a drama series on Netflix, starring Nancy Isime and Ini Dima-Okojie topped the list of top trending movies and TV Series by Nigerians from January to June 2022.
Kola-Ogunlade added that actor Olu Jacobs, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday led the list of top trending actors in Nigeria while Raheem Sterling’s journey from Manchester City to Chelsea FC led him to be the number one trending sports personality in Nigeria.