Tuesday , May 5 2020

Food, Abba Kyari dominate Google search in Nigeria

LAGOS – Google on Monday, said the trending search term on Google Nigeria over the past 30 days had been ‘how to make bread?’, followed by ‘who is Abba Ky, Aari?’.

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google communication Officer, West Africa, in a statement, said the top 20 trending questions on Google Search Nigeria over the last 30 days were dominated by food and current affairs questions.

Kola-Ogunlade said that Nigeria like many other nations, had implemented lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that forced to stay at home, and often unable to perform their usual work, many people across the globe, including Nigerians, turned to cooking and baking as ways to pass the time.

The communication officer said it kept people fed in the absence of restaurants and other vendors.

According to him, Nigerians are also asking about information related to the lockdown and coronavirus, as well as more general current affairs topics.

‘The top ten trending questions over the past 30 days were, ‘Who is Abba Kyari, how to prepare hand sanitisers, Where is Buhari, when is school resuming in Nigeria?

“Other searches were, how to draw, Is there movement in Lagos tomorrow, When is WEAC starting, When is Ramadan 2020 starting? Is there a cure for Coronavirus and how to lose weight.

“While top ten trending food questions over the past 30 days were how to make bread, how to make pancakes with flour, how to make chinchin, how to make fish roll.’

‘Others included, how to make egg roll, how to make pizza, how to prepare vegetable soup, how to make cookies, how to make Akara, how to make Egusi soup,” he said.

According to him, search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google.

He said that Google processed more than 40 000 search queries every second which translated to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year, worldwide.

Kola-Ogunlade said that live search data was available on the Google Nigeria Trends site.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government had lockdown Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory for 30 days in the bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19).

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