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Google’s Trending Nigerian Searches of 2022

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Google has released the results of its ‘2022 Year In Search’, revealing the most searched terms, people, actors, musicians, topics, questions and more that captured the interest of Nigerians the most throughout this year.

Google’s ‘Year in Search’ is an annual analysis that reveals the top trending lists and also spotlights what the world searches to see, learn and do. In Nigeria, the result for this years’ Year in Search shows a heightened interest in politics, entertainment, sports, lifestyle and notable personalities.

The 2022 ‘Year in Search’ lists provide a snapshot into what piqued Nigerians’ curiosity in a year that saw major sporting events, high profile deaths, and in the run up to Nigeria’s election in February 2023.

The Africa Cup of Nations, referred to as AFCON, and  Casemiro,Brazilian football player, topped the categories of top trending searches and top athletes and sports people respectively. Nigeria was eliminated from the 2022 AFCON competition by Tunisia in a 1 – 0 defeat as Senegal went on to beat Egypt to win their first Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this year. The strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, that lingered for eight months got the Union in second place in the top trending searches by Nigerians in the period under review.

Oxlade, Nigerian singer and songwriter,  topped both categories of top trending people and top trending musicians searched by Nigerians this year. Asake, an Afrobeat singer signed to YBNL Nation came up in second place in the top trending musicians list. Anikulapo, a Nigerian epic fantasy film starring Kunle Remi and produced by Kunle Afolayan topped the category of trending movies and series.

Questions like, ‘Who is Peter Obi’s running mate?’, ‘Who is the APC Presidential candidate?’, ‘Who is Atiku’s running mate?’, ‘Who is leading in the Osun State election?’, ‘Who isTinubu’s running mate?’ and ‘Who is Peter Obi?’, reveal the increased interest of Nigerians for politics and the elections happening next year.

Entertainment related search terms like ‘Finesse lyrics’, ‘Buga’, the song by Kizz Daniel featuring Tekno and ‘Will Smith’ all topped their categories revealing Nigerians’ interest for lyrics, songs and celebrity personalities.

And in a year with a number of high profile deaths, the death of Queen Elizabeth was the most searched loss, followed by gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu, who died in April and actress Ada Ameh who died in August.

Other top searched  questions like, ‘How to link NIN?’, ‘How to buy shares?’, ‘How to register for PVC online?’, ‘What is Lupus?’ and “What is NATO?’ showed how Nigerians made use of Search to find out more about their interests in 2022.

Here are some of the trending searches in 2022:

Top 10 trending searches

  1. AFCON
  2. ASUU
  3. iPhone 14
  4. Oxlade
  5. NATO
  6. Buga
  7. Peter Obi
  8. Ukraine
  9. World Cup
  10. Asake


Top 10 trending musicians

  1. Oxlade
  2. Asake
  3. Black Sherif
  4. Portable
  5. Lil Tjay
  6. Ruger
  7. Kwaku the traveller
  8. Buju
  9. Angelique Kidjo
  10. DJ YK


Top 10 trending actors

  1. Will Smith
  2. Johnny Depp
  3. Yul Edochie
  4. Osita Iheme
  5. Judy Austin
  6. Olu Jacobs
  7. Peggy Ovire
  8. Amber Heard
  9. Nkechi Blessing
  10. Thuso Mbedu


Top 10 trending loss

  1. Queen Elizabeth
  2. Osinachi Nwachukwu
  3. Ada Ameh
  4. Rico Swavey
  5. Takeoff
  6. Chinedu Nwadike
  7. Dablixx Osha
  8. Dejo Tunfulu
  9. Ifeanyi Adeleke
  10. Alaafin of Oyo – Oba Lamidi



Top 10 trending recipes

  1. Fried rice recipe
  2. Afang Soup recipe
  3. Jollof rice recipe
  4. Banana bread recipe
  5. Parfait recipe
  6. Sex on the beach recipe
  7. French toast recipe
  8. Ogbono soup recipe
  9. Chin chin recipe
  10. Lasagna recipe


Top 10 trending movies/ series

  1. Anikulapo
  2. Blood sisters
  3. House of the dragon
  4. Thor love and thunder
  5. The woman king
  6. Selina tested
  7. Tinder Swindler
  8. Black Panther
  9. Eternals
  10. All of us are dead


Top 10 trending songs

  1. Buga – Kizz Daniel ft Tekno
  2. Overdose – Mavins, Crayon,

Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx and Boy Spyce

  1. Machala – Carter Efe ft Berri Tiga
  2. Calm Down – Rema
  3. Rush – Ayra Starr
  4. Terminator – Asake
  5. Girlfriend – Ruger
  6. Finesse – Pheelz ft BNXN
  7. How are you my friend –

Johnny Drille

  1. Cough – Kizz Daniel


Top 10 trending “Who is” general

  1. Who is Peter Obi’s running mate?
  2. Who is Queen Elizabeth?
  3. Who is the Greek God of war?
  4. Who is the APC Presidential


  1. Who is Atiku’s running mate?
  2. Who is Princess Diana?
  3. Who is leading in the Osun

State election?

  1. Who is Tinubu’s running mate?
  2. Who is Peter Obi?
  3. Who is Rico Swavey?


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