Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, has said that Google trend showed that Nigeria’s Independence celebrated on Oct. 1 dominated the search engine. Kola-Ogunlade said in Lagos on Thursday, that from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, Nigeria’s national history, Kim Kardashian’s personal experience and the power in availability of information dominated timelines, blogs and news sites.
According to him, the search by people revealed that the social media played a role in making history available for those who searched for historic events online or exposed bad experiences. He said that people sought some important history many may not know or remember about Nigeria’s independence. “Such history has to do with who designed the Nigerian Flag, when, where and how.
“Twenty three-year-old Taiwo Akinkunmi designed the flag exactly a year before Nigeria’s independence in October 1959.
“He was a student at Norwood Technical College in London, who responded to a newspaper advertisement about a competition to design the Nigerian Flag. “Now a retired civil servant with an ailing condition, Akinkunmi only remembers the admiration and support he received, with everybody calling him “Mr Flag man’’, Kola-Ogunlade said.
Kola-Ogunlade said that the death of the 93-year-old Shimon Peres, a three-time Israeli Prime Minister, a former soldier and freedom fighter also got attention online. He added that present at his funeral at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem were about 80 world leaders and dignitaries, including the United States President, Barack Obama and Palestine President, Mahmoud Abbas.
He added that, however, just as the build up to the Edo elections saw a mega buildup of online traffic, so also had the aftermath. Kola-Ogunlade said that different parties and different stakeholders reacted to the outcome declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to him, it is no longer news that APC won the recent governorship election in Edo State, with Godwin Obaseki defeating Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“Reactions have come in form of protests, refusal to sign result sheets, down to outright calls for cancellation of the elections. “There is no smoke without fire they say, but is there knowledge from experience,’’.
Kola-Ogunlade said that there had been chitchat trending on the possibility of appointing Mr Emmanuel Diala as Head, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), amidst past allegations of indictment in a N150 million fraud and alleged contract expiration. He said that the fraud in question took place in defunct Nigeria Airways between 1996 and 1997.
According to him, the recent allegations suggest Diala also played a part in the ongoing crisis between the management of AIB and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers. Kola-Ogunlade said that what was considered demure in Hollywood, hugs and cuddles in a viral music video, was considered immoral and a violation of codes and ethics in Kannywood.
He noted too the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria’s (MOPPA) stand for expelling Rahama Sadau from the Hausa indigenous film industry popularly known as Kannywood. “MOPPA is a coalition of associations that sets rules and regulation governing movie production, actors and actresses in Northern Nigeria. “Rahama has reacted; accepting full responsibility, while apologising to those offended and appreciating those who have offered her support.
“ClassiQ, the music star in whose video she appeared has also expressed shock and unhappiness at the turnout of events,’’ Kola-Ogunlade said. Google Trends launched in May 2006 allows one to see how popular, search terms and its demography have been over time on Google.