A Year in Nigerian Search: Google’s Trending Searches of 2018

Osun elections, Alexis Sanchez, Black Panther searches top the 2018 trending list


  • What people, places, and things were trending around the globe this year?

  • What was the top trending news moment of the last 12 months?

  • Which new music and movies trended to the top and grabbed people’s attention?


Today, Google announced the results of its 2018 Year in Search, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.


This year’s most searched news event was the Osun elections, which gripped national attention in September due to alleged incidents of voter intimidation and interference. Manchester United footballer Alexis Sanchez was both the most searched person and the most searched sports person of 2018. Black Panther took number one in the trending movies list while Fever by Wizkid was the top trending song.


Top trending news searches

  1. Osun elections

  2. Ekiti elections

  3. PDP Presidential Primaries

  4. ASUU Strike

  5. NLC Strike/Minimum Wage

  6. Offa Robbery

  7. Kaduna Crisis

  8. Lagos APC primaries

  9. Royal Wedding

  10. Atiku Running Mate


Top Trending People

  1. Alexis Sanchez

  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  3. Meghan Markle

  4. Stan Lee

  5. Philippe Coutinho

  6. Atiku Abubakar

  7. Tosyn Bucknor

  8. Avicii

  9. Aisha Abimbola

  10. Sylvester Stallone


Top Trending Questions

  1. How to check Jamb result

  2. How to write a Business Plan

  3. Who is leading in Osun Election

  4. How to check BVN

  5. Who is Prince Harry?

  6. Who is the richest musician in Nigeria?

  7. How to write a CV

  8. How to dance Shaku Shaku

  9. Who is Atiku’s running mate?

  10. Who is the president of Croatia?


Top Trending Songs

  1. Fever – Wizkid

  2. Assurance – Davido

  3. Science Student – Olamide

  4. Motigbana – Olamide

  5. Nwa Baby – Davido

  6. One Ticket – Kiss Daniel ft Davido

  7. Gbona – Burna Boy

  8. Manya – Wizkid

  9. Soco – Wizkid

  10. Fia – Davido


Top Trending Movies

  1. Black Panther

  2. Avengers Infinity War

  3. Acrimony

  4. Venom

  5. Deadpool 2

  6. King of Boys

  7. Wedding Party 2

  8. Rampage


Top Trending Sports People

  1. Alexis Sanchez

  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  3. Philippe Coutinho

  4. Emmanuel Eboue

  5. Fred

  6. Anthony Joashua

  7. Jorginho

  8. Unai Emery

  9. Willian

  10. Didier Drogba


To see more information about Google’s Year in Search across the globe and to watch our annual video, visit YouTube.

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