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Education, entertainment top Nigeria-Google search for 2012

Country Manager, Nigeria, Juliet EhimuahGoogle 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 has showed that in Nigeria, education top the overall trend in the country.

"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 based on searches conducted in Nigeria.

According to Google,notable on the list for overall trending Nigerian searches in 2012 are education-related terms; “JAMB”, “WAEC result 2012”  and “ASUU Strike” saying, this shows that Nigerian students are now resorting to the internet to gather crucial information about happenings in the academic space.

Also on the top overall list for trending Nigerian searches are terms Eskimi, Whitney Houston, NNPC recruitment, Boko Haram and Fuel Subsidy.

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

On the music scene and Nollywood related searches are Nigerian musician class, Davido aka “omo baba olowo” who 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.

In footaball, the love Nigerians have for top flight clubs in Europe is still as strong as ever as  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.

On the love scene sphere, 2012 was perhaps the year of discovering love in Nigeria with users asking ‘how to love’ and ‘what is love?’

 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’.
Google disclosed that the top searches connected to major incidents that occurred during year are searches for “Rashidi Yekini dead”, and “Plane Crash” connect to some of the most painful incidents in Nigeria in 2012.

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.

Google explained that 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.

“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, “said Google.