In the past week, the trending topics Nigerians paid keen attention to were about politics, a tennis star’s pregnancy and deaths.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), was arrested in October 2015 and slammed with charges of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society.
Kanu, alongside other pro-Biafrans, had demanded the independence of territories that constituted the Biafran Republic.
After spending close to two years in detention, Binta Nyako, chief justice of the Abuja high court, granted him a conditional release, which his parents rejected, saying that their son must be released unconditionally.
The issue generated immense interest among Nigerians who searched for information, using terms like ‘is nnamdi kanu freed’, ‘has nnamdi kanu been released’, ‘nnamdi kanu bail’, and ‘nnamdi kanu bail conditions’.
Emmanuel Macron may be France’s next president
Emmanuel Macron, 39-year-old French presidential candidate whose marriage to his high school French teacher is making headlines, could emerge the next president of France.
Nigerians who wanted to understand what was going on in France searched for phrases like ’emmanuel macron wife’, ’emmanuel macron profile’, ’emmanuel macron biography’ and ‘who is emmanuel macron’.
Isiaka Adeleke dies of heart attack
Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, two-time Nigerian senator, passed away on Saturday night.
The deceased, who is Davido’s uncle, died after suffering a heart attack.
His death dominated news headlines and this piqued the interest of Nigerians.
Most searched for ‘isiaka adeleke burial’, ‘isiaka adeleke dead’, ‘isiaka adeleke son’ and ‘isiaka adeleke is dead’.
Nollywood veteran, Olumide Bakare, kicks the bucket
Veteran Nollywood actor Olumide Bakare who had been sick for sometime, died last weekend.
Bakare passed on at the age of 65 due to a respiratory disorder.
Google search queries included ‘olumide bakare dead’, ‘olumide bakare is dead’, ‘olumide bakare actor’, ‘who is olumide bakare’ and ‘olumide bakare age’.
7 years after his death, what happens to Dagrin’s car
On Saturday, April 22, many Nigerians commemorated the seventh anniversary of the death of hip-hop superstar, Dagrin.
Oladapo Olaitan Olanipekun a.k.a Dagrin, who died in a car accident, legitimised indigenous rap music in the Nigeria entertainment industry.
An online news medium published an article suggesting that the Nissan Maxima which the star died in should be mummified in one of the local museums in homage to the superstar’s life and death.
Nigerians looking to celebrate the star searched Google for ‘dagrin pictures’, ‘dagrin death’, ‘dagrin house’ and ‘dagrin kondo’.
Former footballer Ugo Ehiogu dies
44-year-old former England and Aston Villa defender, Ugo Ehiogu, died following a cardiac arrest.
Ehiogu was an English professional footballer who played as a centre back from 1989 to 2009. He was the coach of the Spur’s U-23 team until his death.
Terms searched on Google included ‘ugo ehiogu parents’, ‘ugo ehiogu wife’, ‘ugo ehiogu nigeria’, ‘ugo ehiogu death’ and ‘ugo ehiogu wiki’.
Serena Williams’ pregnancy, a hot talking point
While many people were celebrating her pregnancy, some were worried that she may never return to tennis.
Rumors of her retirement surfaced following the pregnancy announcement, with many speculating the end of her sports career.
It, however, seems Serena is not ready to throw in the towel after writing a sweet note to her unborn child.
“My dearest baby, you gave me the strength I didn’t know I had,” she wrote in part.
Search terms for information about the tennis star included ‘serena williams pregnancy’, ‘serena williams retirement’, and ‘serena williams engagement’.
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