The rumoured death of ex- Vice President Alex Ekwueme and Jumia Black Friday dominated searches on the internet search engine, Google, this week.
Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, made this known on Friday in Lagos.
According to Kola-Ogunlade, this week’s top trending search terms on Google Nigeria are dominated by shopping, entertainment and some bad news from U.S.
He said “rumour about Alex Ekwueme’s death made people to search for information on the wellbeing of the former vice president.
“The rumour sparked when it was reported that Ekwueme collapsed and was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery, Enugu State.
“The death rumour had, however, been debunked.”
The Google manager said Jumia, an e-commerce platform in Nigeria, had announced its biggest sales event of the year tagged “Jumia Black Friday 2017.”
He added that this year’s event would run from Nov. 31 to Dec. 13 and would offer amazing deals and discounts of up to 80 per cent off items.
Kola-Ogunlade said excited shoppers raced to Google Search to read more about offers at the upcoming Jumia Black Friday.
He said that on the international scene, the Texas Church shooting got people’s attention online.
He noted that “sadly, one of the trending searches this week included the mass shooting in the U.S.
Kola-Ogunlade said that an American hip hop recording artist, Robert Rihmeek Williams popularly known as Meek Mill had been told by U.S.. judge that he was likely to spend two years in prison for violating his probation.
“The rapper was previously sentenced over charges of drug and gun possession from when he was a teenager. The sentence drew outrage from celebrities who said the prison term was harsh.
“Fans of the rapper turned to Google to find out more about Meek’s situation, making him a top trending search,” he said.
Google Trends launched in May 2006 allows one to see how popular search terms and its demography have been over time on Google.