Google Trends: Top Ten Deaths Nigerians Looked-Up The Most In 2018

The year 2018 has been a very busy one, with so many noteworthy events leaving upon our minds strong memories.

It is the year that precedes what seems now the most anticipated election in Nigerian history, as well as the year in which the world witnessed a World Cup where the underdogs changed the narratives.

From herdsmen attacks and insurgency down to hurricanes and wildfires; and from beautiful music and astonishing movies to starling harsh realities of drought, hunger, and pestilence, we can say for certain that 2018 has been a year of pain and pleasure.

As with many other years, 2018 saw of us lose some dear ones, even as the world lost icons to the cold grips of death.

Some of those lost died in what we might term the ripe age, while others died in their prime.

However, regardless of the ages, at which they died, one thing rings true, and that is the impact they made while they were alive and the vacancy their deaths avail.

Google Trends on Wednesday released a list of deaths and losses most looked-up on the world’s biggest search engine.

The list which shows the popularity of queries made by region and languages revealed that in Nigeria, the most searched death was that of Stan Lee.

The American comic book writer, editor, and publisher died at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2018.

Lee is said to have died of a cardiac arrest “with respiratory failure and congestive heart failure as underlying causes”.

He had earlier in the year revealed to the public that he had been battling pneumonia.

In February, he was rushed to the hospital for worsening conditions at around the same time he went public with the announcement of his ailment.

Trailing Stan Lee on the Google Trends list for top deaths looked-up in Nigeria this year, was that of the dearly beloved Tosyn Bucknor who died from complications with regards to her age-long battle with sickle cell.

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Below is the full list of the most looked-up deaths in Nigeria, 2018.

1. Stan Lee

2. Tosyn Bucknor

3. Avicii

4. Aisha Abimbola

The Nigerian movie industry was thrown into mourning earlier in 2018, following the death of the actress, Abimbola Aisha, popularly known as Omoge Campus.

 

5. Billy Graham

U.S. Evangelist, Billy Graham, Dies At 99
FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2005, Evangelist Billy Graham delivers his message at the Billy Graham Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in Flushing Meadows, New York. Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

6. Aretha Franklin

Singer Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall on March 21, 2008, in New York City. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images/AFP

7. Ras Kimono

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A file photo of reggae artist Ras Kimono during an interview

8. Mac Miller

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 6, 2012 (L-R) Rapper Mac Miller and actor Tyler Posey arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

9. Stephen Hawking

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 8, 2015, British scientist Stephen Hawking arrives for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. Justin TALLIS / AFP

10. Kofi Annan

In this file photo taken on June 22, 2012, Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, listens to the media questions during a press conference at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the age of 80, triggering a flood of tributes from around the world for the “diplomatic rock star”.
SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

While Avicii placed third in the google trends list for Nigeria, the deceased Swedish musician’s name is the most looked up in the same category on the global stage.

The DJ, remixer and record producer is said to have died on 20 April 2018 near Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28. No cause of death was immediately given.

Next to Avicii on the global list is Mac Miller, the American rapper, singer, and record producer who died from drug overdose in his Studio City home on September 7, 2018. He is followed closely by Stan Lee.

Others in the category include Anthony Bourdain, XXXTentacion, Stephen Hawking, Kate Spade, Aretha Franklin, Sridevi, and Burt Reynolds.

Beyond popularity and fame, perhaps, this google list tends to affirm how much these ones who died mean to the world, hence, this is published in a bid to ensure that their memories live on forever.

Billy Graham Laid To Rest At North Carolina Home

In this file photo taken on June 24, 2005 Evangelist Billy Graham delivers his message at the Billy Graham Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in Flushing Meadows, New York. 
Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

 

The late Reverend Billy Graham, spearhead of an evangelical Christian movement that touched millions worldwide and who provided spiritual counsel to several US presidents, returned for good to his North Carolina home Friday.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attended the 90-minute funeral along with some 2,000 mourners who gathered to say goodbye to the man who became known as “America’s pastor.”

The ceremony took place at the Billy Graham Library on the family’s property in Charlotte, under a broad white tent that harkens back to the “canvas cathedral” in 1949 that helped propel Graham to prominence.

“My father’s greatest longing has been granted. He’s in the presence of God,” said son Franklin Graham, one of several relatives to speak.

Trump, who attended with First Lady Melania Trump, did not address the gathering, but he sang along to hymns including “To God Be The Glory.”

He was the only one of six living presidents to attend the ceremony, although all of them issued statements honouring the late reverend.

As the funeral began, Graham’s casket — a simple but elegant plywood pine coffin crafted by inmates at a Louisiana prison — was carried by pallbearers through the library’s cross-shaped glass entryway and out to the tent, which was buffeted by strong winds.

Graham, who preached in person to more than 200 million people in 85 countries over a decades-long career, and millions more through the power of television, died last week at age 99, leaving a Christian evangelist movement without its best-known champion of modern times.

Graham was bestowed the rare tribute of laying in honour for two days this week in the US Capitol’s Rotunda, where Trump praised him as “an ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God’s grace.”

Members of the public view Graham’s casket as he lies in honour in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.  CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

The onetime backwoods minister was to be buried at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) at the foot of a cross-shaped brick walkway in the library’s prayer garden, next to his late wife Ruth, who died in 2007.

More than 100 international dignitaries paid tribute to Graham in Charlotte, including Billy Kim, a Korean pastor and friend who served as Graham’s translator in South Korea.

Kim said he offered thanks on behalf of Christians worldwide. “Thank you for bringing your salvation message to our part of the world,” Kim said.

Message ‘from heaven’

Graham, with his energetic — some would say aggressive — speaking style, made a robust impact in Asia, and particularly in South Korea, where he held his largest ever “crusade.”

Some 1.1 million people attended the event’s final service, in Seoul in 1973, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

But he also made inroads in places like Germany, preaching to tens of thousands in Berlin in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War.

Graham offered spiritual guidance and friendship to 13 presidents, several of whom prayed with the minister at the White House.

His daughter Anne Graham Lotz said her father’s death would be as significant as his decades of ministry.

“I believe this is a shot across the bow from heaven,” she said of Graham’s passing.

“And I believe God is saying, ‘Wake up church. Wake up world. Wake up Anne. Jesus is coming.'”

AFP

Washington Pauses To Honor Billy Graham In Rare Capitol Tribute

 

Members of the public view Christian evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham’s casket as he lies in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. 
CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

President Donald Trump, lawmakers and everyday Americans paid their respects Wednesday to the late Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who was bestowed the rare national tribute of lying in honor in the US Capitol.

The one-time backwoods minister, who rose to become a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Christian faithful via their television sets, died last week at age 99.

The bulk of official Washington — including Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, half a dozen cabinet members and many of the 535 lawmakers in Congress — were in attendance, alongside Graham’s relatives.

Mourners filed quietly into the ornate Rotunda under the Capitol’s massive dome, as a military honor guard carried Graham’s casket from a hearse up the steps for the somber ceremony.

After Trump and his wife Melania presented a wreath, the president walked up to the coffin, placed his hand on its wooden surface, and tapped it a few times.

Graham, sometimes referred to as “America’s pastor,” was the world’s foremost Christian evangelist, who earned fame and a massive following by spreading a message of spiritual redemption at tent and stadium revival meetings, in a career that spanned decades.

The casket of Rev. Billy Graham is carried into the rotunda of the US Capitol where he will lie in honor in Washington, DC, on February 28, 2018. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP

 

Trump offered a simple but poignant title for the reverend: “an ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God’s grace.”

Graham had a spiritual awakening at age 15 in 1934.

“That choice didn’t just change Billy’s life,” Trump said during the ceremony.

“It changed our lives. It changed our country, and it changed, in fact, the entire world.”

Trump and Pence plan to attend Graham’s funeral on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Despite humble beginnings, Graham became a plainspoken preacher of essential truths, whose message resonated far and wide, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

“Billy Graham lifted up our nation,” the Republican senator said. “A grateful nation pays respects.”

Graham will lie in honor for two days in the Rotunda.  (File photo taken on June 24, 2005) Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

‘Big fan’

The event brought official Washington to a standstill — a break from overheated national debates about gun laws following a deadly school shooting, and as Trump’s administration is roiled by fresh controversy after his son-in-law Jared Kushner lost his top security clearance.

After the official ceremony, the first of what is projected to be thousands of everyday citizens began filing past the coffin to pay tribute and sign a condolence book.

Graham will lie in honor for two days in the Rotunda.

It is an imposing environment. Statues of nine presidents and Martin Luther King stand guard, and a sweeping fresco, “The Apotheosis of Washington,” covers the Rotunda’s ceiling, 180 feet (55 meters) above Graham’s casket.

The term “lie in state” is reserved for US presidents. The last to do so was Gerald Ford in 2007.

Graham is only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor in the Capitol. The most recent non-politician was civil rights champion Rosa Parks in 2005.

The Southern Baptist preacher was close to the family of former president George W. Bush, who once said that a private meeting with Graham in 1985 helped him quit drinking.

Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on Monday visited the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte to pay their respects. Former president Bill Clinton did so on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Trump recalled how Graham addressed an audience of 100,000 at Yankee Stadium in 1957 — at the time, it was the largest single evangelistic gathering in US history.

“And I remember that, because my father said to me, ‘Come on, son… let’s go see Billy Graham at Yankee Stadium,'” Trump said, noting that his father was “a big fan” of the reverend.

For some lawmakers in attendance, Graham served as a model of an oft-forgotten character in power-hungry Washington: humility.

“His life memorializes this idea of a humble walk, and I think that’s something that all participants in the political process could learn from these days, given the way other approaches have been maybe in vogue of late,” congressman Mark Sanford told AFP.

For Sanford, whose affair with an Argentine woman while he was governor of South Carolina made national headlines in 2009 but who nonetheless managed to win a seat in Congress, Graham’s message was about the power of redemption.

“I’ve been the beneficiary of second chances,” Sanford said. “So in that regard, this idea of redemption and second chance is a pretty big deal.”

AFP

United States Presidents Lead Tributes To ‘America’s Pastor’ Billy Graham

(FILE PHOTO) The late American Pastor, Billy Graham

 

 

United States Presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump led the chorus of tributes Wednesday to the influential evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen American leaders who has died at age 99. 

“The GREAT Billy Graham is dead,” Trump tweeted. “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”

Trump ordered American flags to be flow at half-staff at the White House and other US public buildings and facilities on the day of Graham’s interment.

Tall and handsome, Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge tent meetings and rallies found audiences on radio and television.

“Billy Graham was America’s pastor,” said former president George H. W. Bush.f

“His faith in Christ and his totally honest evangelical spirit inspired people across the country and around the world. I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths, because he was such a good man.”

“I was privileged to have him as a personal friend,” Bush added. “He was a mentor to several of my children, including the former president of the United States. We will miss our good friend forever.”

The Southern Baptist preacher was close to the Bush family, and former president George W. Bush once said that a private meeting with Graham in 1985 helped him quit drinking.

While he preached to a long line of US presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, according to his biographers Graham found only Carter to match him in dedication to his faith.

In a tribute, the former Democratic president spoke of Graham’s “enormous influence on my own spiritual life.”

“Tirelessly spreading a message of fellowship and hope, he shaped the spiritual lives of tens of millions of people worldwide,” Carter said.

“Broad-minded, forgiving, and humble in his treatment of others, he exemplified the life of Jesus Christ by constantly reaching out for opportunities to serve.”

“I was pleased to count Reverend Graham among my advisers and friends,” Carter said.

Obama said on Twitter that Graham was “a humble servant who prayed for so many — and who, with wisdom and grace, gave hope and guidance to generations of Americans.”

Bill Clinton, the former Arkansas governor who became president in 1993, said “I will never forget the first time I saw him, 60 years ago in Little Rock, during the school integration struggle. He filled a football stadium with a fully integrated audience, reminding them that we all come before God as equals, both in our imperfection and our absolute claim to amazing grace.”

“Later as governor, in the White House, and afterward, I saw him live that faith fully in the constant kindness, encouragement, and counsel he extended to Hillary and me,” Clinton said.

Graham was recently portrayed as a spiritual adviser to the young Queen Elizabeth II in the recent Netflix television series “The Crown.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, said Graham”stood as an exemplar to generation upon generation of modern Christians.”

“When it comes to a living and lasting influence upon the worldwide church he can have few equals: for he introduced person after person to Jesus Christ.

“There are countless numbers who began their journey of faith because of Dr Graham,” Welby said. “The debt owed by the global church to him is immeasurable and inexpressible.”

AFP

Billy Graham: Preacher To Millions, Adviser To Presidents

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 07, 2004 The Rev. Billy F. Graham speaks to the crowd on a rainy night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Larry W. Smith / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 99.

The one-time backwoods minister who eventually became the world’s foremost Christian evangelist, spread a message of spiritual redemption at tent and stadium revival meetings, in a career that spanned decades.

“Billy Graham is the closest thing to a national pope that we shall ever see,” journalist Garry Wills once wrote in The Washington Post.

The Southern Baptist preacher was close to the family of President George W. Bush, who once said that a private meeting with Graham in 1985 helped him quit drinking.

More recently his role as a sometime spiritual adviser to the young Queen Elizabeth II as she confronted the burdens of rule was featured in the Netflix mini-series “The Crown.”

Graham was a pioneer of “televangelism” to convert souls to Christianity as television got off the ground in the 1950s.

Born on November 7, 1918, he was raised as one of four children on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Graham had a spiritual awakening in 1934 that changed the course of his life. He subsequently attended the Florida Bible Institute, now Trinity College of Florida, and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1939.

In 1950, he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota and launched a weekly “Hour of Decision” radio program.

– Adviser to US presidents –

His ministry led him to preach the gospel around the country — and the world.

Over the course of his career, he was consulted by presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. For a time he was Richard Nixon’s chaplain and golf partner. President George H.W. Bush invited him to pray at the White House in 1991 for guidance through the first long day of the Gulf War.

But of all the US leaders — almost all of whom have claimed to be practicing Christians — Graham found only Jimmy Carter to match him in dedication to his faith.

“Carter alone among the presidents … taught the Bible throughout his life, wrote books of religious meditations, and needed no help with Scripture or its challenges,” wrote authors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy in a Graham biography, “The Preacher and the Presidents” published in August 2007.

Graham also has been credited with helping hasten the end of segregation in his native south by refusing to preach to segregated audiences after 1953.

Graham and his wife Ruth Bell Graham — the daughter of a missionary surgeon who grew up in China — had five children.

These include Anne Graham Lotz, a Christian author and speaker, and two sons, who like their famous father became ministers.

One son, William Franklin Graham III is now the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

His wife Ruth, although married for nearly 64 years to the world’s most famous Baptist preacher, remained a lifelong Presbyterian. She died in June 2007 at the age of 87.

Seen as a comforting presence during times of crisis, Graham led a national prayer service for the September 11, 2001, attacks. He also presided at graveside services for president Lyndon Johnson in 1973 and spoke at Nixon’s funeral in 1994.

His participation in a record number of presidential inaugurations underscored his legendary political connections. He was the author of 31 books, most of which have been translated into several languages.

His most recent include “The Heaven Answer Book” (2012) and “Nearing Home” (2011).

– “I belong to Christ” –

While he never snagged the top spot, Graham was on Gallup’s list of most admired men more than any other — 55 times since 1955, the polling institute said in December 2011.

Among his many honours, he was presented with an honorary knighthood in 2001 and received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996.

“My greatest comfort comes from knowing that I belong to Christ and that no matter what happens, he will never leave me or forsake me. He will be with me as long as I’m on this Earth, and someday I will go to be with him in heaven forever. I look forward to that day,” he once told the Minneapolis Tribune.

Graham had his detractors: noted Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr challenged his preaching as far too simple and not reflecting the complexity of human existence.

And one-time associate Charles Templeton, a former evangelist turned atheist, wrote: “I disagree with him profoundly on his view of Christianity and think that much of what he says in the pulpit is puerile nonsense.”

But he added: “There is no feigning in him: he believes what he believes with an invincible innocence. He is the only mass evangelist I would trust.”

No other religious figure in America has had Graham’s impact. Through a newspaper column, he answered thousands of questions about spirituality.

Unlike other high-profile evangelists, Graham managed to escape sex and money scandals by keeping a meticulous watch over his staff and finances.

“My greatest fear is that I’ll do something that will bring disrepute on the Gospel of Christ before I go,” Graham said in a 1991 interview.

He suffered from a host of ailments late in life, including Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer. In 1995, weakened by illness and old age, he turned over operation of his ministry to his eldest son.

AFP

Legendary Evangelist, Billy Graham, Dies At 99

U.S. Evangelist, Billy Graham, Dies At 99
FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2005, Evangelist Billy Graham delivers his message at the Billy Graham Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in Flushing Meadows, New York. Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

 

American evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen US presidents, died Wednesday at age 99, his foundation said.

Tall and handsome, Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge tent meetings and rallies found audiences on radio and television.

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He preached to a long line of US presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, and he was portrayed as a spiritual adviser to the young Queen Elizabeth II in the recent Netflix television series “The Crown.”

“Evangelist Billy Graham died today at 7:46 am ET at age 99,” the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said on its website.

The Southern Baptist preacher was close to the family of President George W. Bush, who once said that a private meeting with Graham in 1985 helped him quit drinking.

More recently his role as a sometime spiritual adviser to the young Queen Elizabeth II as she confronted the burdens of rule was featured in the Netflix mini-series “The Crown.”

Graham was a pioneer of “televangelism” to convert souls to Christianity as television got off the ground in the 1950s.

Born on November 7, 1918, he was raised as one of four children on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Graham had a spiritual awakening in 1934 that changed the course of his life. He subsequently attended the Florida Bible Institute, now Trinity College of Florida, and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1939.

In 1950, he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota and launched a weekly “Hour of Decision” radio program.

Graham and his wife Ruth Bell Graham — the daughter of a missionary surgeon who grew up in China — had five children.

These include Anne Graham Lotz, a Christian author and speaker, and two sons, who like their famous father became ministers.

One son, William Franklin Graham III is now the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

His wife Ruth, although married for nearly 64 years to the world’s most famous Baptist preacher, remained a lifelong Presbyterian. She died in June 2007 at the age of 87.