The stories that trended on Google this week were emotional ones but Nigerians also used the avenue to quench their thirst for knowledge.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s discovery of $9.8m in a secret safe owned by a former NNPC MD was a major trending topic among Nigerians.

Also heavily searched were love poems for Valentine’s Day and news of the death of Eric Arubayi, a gospel musician.

Here are the most-searched stories of the week.


Another sad loss

Countless tributes poured in for gospel musician, Eric Arubayi, who died last weekend.

The former West African Idols star was reported to have died from side effects of expired malaria drugs which triggered liver complications.


He is survived by a wife and a son.

Andrew Yakubu’s hidden stash

EFCC discovered $9.8million in the secret safe of Andrew Yakubu, a former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

While investigations are ongoing to determine if the NNPC boss has more than one safe, a court has ordered the forfeiture of the money recovered from him.


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was a big deal for many people. Nigerians went online to search for information like Valentine gifts for him (and her), poems and love messages.

What is pangolin?

Once Google Doodle launched a game on Valentine’s Day involving a long-distance relationship between two pangolins, folks who had no idea about the animal went online to search for details.


This year, Google used its Valentine’s Day doodle spot to show support for the endangered species found in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Lagos city marathon

The long-awaited second edition of the Access Bank Lagos city marathon has come and gone, but the internet still carried its echo.

Kenyans dominated the men and women’s category. This year, 50, 000 athletes participated in the marathon, including a 7-year-old, who finished the race.


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