Funke Akindele’s Pregnancy, JAMB Dominate Google Searches


Rumours of Funke Akindele’s pregnancy during a hosting gig and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) result dominated searches on the internet search engine Google this week.

Google’s spokesman Mr. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made the announcement in a statement on Friday in Lagos.

He listed the week’s top trending search terms on Google as ranging from JAMB news, Buhari Speech, Funke Akindele pregnancy and Chelsea vs Tottenham.

“Nollywood actress Akindele sparked rumours of her pregnancy last weekend during a hosting gig.

“The Jenifa’s Diary star was photographed rocking a loose denim dungarees dress and sneakers as she chatted up fans during the event in Festac Town, Lagos.

“This comes months after Funke’s husband Abdul Rasheed Bello aka JJC, debunked rumours of her being pregnant with twins.

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“Without waiting for the couple to officially announce the pregnancy, excited fans took to Google to search, download and repost pictures of the actress, with congratulatory messages,” he said.

Kola-Ogunlade said that anyone who studied in Nigeria would understand the ongoing anticipation around the JAMB results, which were recently released for 2017/2018 admissions to universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria.

The Google manager said that eagerness to know which university they were eligible to apply to got students visiting Google search for information.

He said that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari speech after his return back to the country after three months of medical leave, mandated by his doctors, in the UK got people’s attention online.

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“Citizens that missed the president’s broadcasted speech went to Google to search for the transcript,” he said.

Kola-Ogunlade said that in the world of sports, Chelsea and Tottenham meeting on August 20 in Tottenham’s first Premier League game at their temporary home, Wembley Stadium got people searching online.

“The match ended in a 2-1 win for Chelsea, which leaves both clubs at a total of 3 points each in the Premier League.

“Football fans searches Google for the latest Premier League results,” he said.

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The Google manager said that on Aug 22, the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Mr Saka Audu reported an outbreak of gastroenteritis in the state.

He said that 62-people were reported to have died from the disease, of which Kogi State had stated that they were transferring affect patients to the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja for specialist treatment.

Kola-Ogunlade said that concerned Nigerians went to Google search to find out more information about the killer disease and how to prevent it.

Google Trends launched in May, 2006, allows one to see how popular, search terms and its demography have been over time on Google.

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