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

‘We'll Miss You Greatly’, Nigerians Pay Tributes To Ras Kimono
A file photo of reggae artist Ras Kimono during an interview

8. Mac Miller

Coroner Says Rapper Mac Miller Died Of Drug Overdose
(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

Thousands Pay Tributes To Stephen Hawking On Twitter
(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”.

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.

Ras Kimono’s Wife Dies Three Weeks After His Burial

Courtesy: Ras Kimono (Facebook)


Three weeks after burying her husband, wife of late reggae icon Ras Kimono, Efe, has died.

Efe who reportedly died in early hours of Sunday was said to have attended a family function on Saturday.

According to reports, she was okay at the function but later complained of feeling unwell.

She gave up at about 3:00 am on Sunday while being rushed to the hospital.

Before her death, she was actively involved in the burial ceremony of her husband and other activities in bidding the icon farewell.

Her death comes three months after the demise of her husband who died in June.

Majek Faskek, Sunny Nneji, Others Pay Final Tribute To Ras Kimono


Family and friends of late reggae musician, Ras Kimono, prominent figures in the entertainment industry on Wednesday gathered to pay their last respects to him at the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) house in Lagos.

It was an emotion-laden day as many gave tributes in memory of him.

Chairman of COSON, Tony Okoroji, described the reggae legend as a man who stood for peace and unity.



“There will not be another Kimono. Kimono was a great uniter, a great guy who was completely detribalized,” he said.

Similarly, veteran singer, Sunny Nneji, described him as a ‘game changer’ for reggae music.



He said, “It is difficult for me to measure but I would say he had great influence on the Nigeria reggae scene, I would say Kimono literally single-handedly changed the entire reggae sound in Nigeria.

“His music wasn’t about the sound, but the consciousness of his lyrics”.

According to Majek Fashek, another veteran in the industry, and a one-time bandmate of the late Kimono, he was a humble man who stood for love.



“He was a good man, a humble man, he was like me, he stood for one love,” the singer said.

Also, veteran broadcaster, Bisi Olatilo who was a close friend of Kimono said the loss was still unbelievable.

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He, however, said the singer lived a good life, worthy of celebration rather than mourning.

Ras Kimono died on June 10, 2018.

His remains will finally be laid to rest on Saturday at his hometown, Onicha Olona in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Ras Kimono To Be Buried After Week-Long Ceremony


Nearly two months after the death of reggae music legend, Ras Kimono, his family, friends and associates have announced plans to give him a befitting week-long funeral.

The chairman of the planning committee, Mr Theophilus Ehizibue, said this at a press briefing on Tuesday.

He also noted that the deceased would have marked 35 years on stage this year and the family has decided that there will be an annual event to celebrate him.

“Having played for 35 years on stage which co-incidentally is this year, the family and friends have decided that there will be an annual event to mark his remembrance, his personality, his kind of music and what he represents” Ehizibue said.


Reggae Star Ras Kimono Is Dead
Ras Kimono’s Legacy Will Surely Endure, Says Lai Mohammed
‘We’ll Miss You Greatly’, Nigerians Pay Tributes To Ras Kimono


Also speaking with Channels Television, a reggae music veteran, Covenant Child, explained that Ras Kimono had a huge influence on reggae music and indeed the Nigerian music industry as a whole.

He said, “He was in the middle of hip hop music and reggae dancehall music. Ras Kimono was the guy in between both generations, it is a huge monumental loss and I dare say, the death of Ras Kimono will either make or mar reggae dancehall music in Nigeria and indeed Africa”.


Covenant child


Ras Kimono broke into stardom following his debut album,’Under Pressure’ in the late ’80s.

He died in an Ikoyi hospital on June 10, after he reportedly slumped the day before.

The news of his death was greeted with numerous tributes and condolences from fans.

Key players in the music industry, including a factional Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji, among others, also lamented that his death was a “terrible loss to the music industry”.

Ras Kimono’s Legacy Will Surely Endure, Says Lai Mohammed

‘We'll Miss You Greatly’, Nigerians Pay Tributes To Ras Kimono
A file photo of reggae artist Ras Kimono during an interview


The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the legacy of the reggae star, Ras Kimono will surely endure.

He expressed shock and sadness at the passing of the globally-acclaimed reggae star, saying his contribution to that genre of music can never be forgotten.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Minister extended his condolences to the family, friends, and fans of the late artiste, and indeed to the entire Nigerian music industry, for losing a foremost proponent of reggae, a prominent campaigner for a better life for the people and a patriot.

He said Kimono will be remembered for his contribution to the elevation of reggae, his love of the masses, his life of discipline and his service to humanity.

”Kimono helped to blaze the trail for the phenomenal growth of the Nigerian music industry, and he was a worthy mentor to the younger generation of Nigerian musicians” Mohammed said.

He prayed that God will grant his family the strength to bear their loss and grant repose to the soul of the departed.

‘We’ll Miss You Greatly’, Nigerians Pay Tributes To Ras Kimono

‘We'll Miss You Greatly’, Nigerians Pay Tributes To Ras Kimono
A file photo of reggae artist Ras Kimono during an interview


The death of legendary reggae music icon Ras Kimono has been greeted by numerous tributes and condolences from his fans.

Nigerians took to Twitter on Sunday to mourn the Ras Kimono who died on Sunday in a hospital in Lagos.

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Key players in the music industry, including a factional Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji, have also sympathised with the family of the deceased.

Ras Kimono got broke through into stardom following after his debut album ‘Under Pressure’ in the late ‘80s.

He won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards and Fame Music Awards among others.

Condolence messages and tributes have continued to pour in for the late reggae artiste.

Reggae Star Ras Kimono Is Dead

A file photo of reggae artist Ras Kimono during an interview


Popular reggae artiste, Ras Kimono, is dead.

A close family source confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone interview on Sunday.

The source revealed that the reggae musician was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi after he slumped on Saturday.

READ ALSO‘We’ll Miss You Greatly’, Nigerians Pay Tributes To Ras Kimono

He added that Ras Kimono later died in the hospital on Sunday.

Also confirming the death, a factional Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji told Channels Television that he had visited the legendary reggae musician in the hospital.

Okoroji, who said he shook hands with Ras Kimono, lamented, “This is a terrible loss to the music industry”.

“COSON deeply regrets to announce the passing on of a frontline member of our board – great African and great musician, the reggae toaster, the great Ras Kimono Onwubuya,” he added in a text.

Similarly, President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Mr Pretty Okafor, said he was shocked when he received the news that the reggae artiste had died.

Ras Kimono rose to stardom after the release of his debut album ‘Under Pressure’ in the late ‘80s.

His style of music was significantly influenced by the hardship he experienced in his early life.

The late reggae music icon won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards and Fame Music Awards among others.

EN Exclusive: Majek Fashek And 2Baba Team Up For New Collabo

Majek FashekMusic icon, Majek Fashek, is working hard at his resurgence in the Nigerian music industry, with various live performances and now new music projects, one of which is the collaboration with ‘African Queen’ crooner, 2Baba.

At different occasions, both atistes have expressed their special admiration for each other and have drreamt of working together.

Tu Baba had told Channels TV Entertainment about how he had been a fan of the raggae legend and had looked forward to remaking one of his hits.

Majek Fashek also told us, “For me to gain the confidence of young musicians like Davido, Tu Baba, Wizkid, Terry G, Olamide and Don Jazzy, I have to prove my sound first, then I can work with them later on.”

Finally, the two legends of two different generations hooked up to cook their first joint together and Channels TV got an exclusive access to the studio session with Majek Fashek and Tu Baba.

Majek, popularly known as the Rainmaker is also the producer of the new collaboration, a role he has not taken since producing for the Mandators and Ras Kimono. He says he is creating a new vibe.

Tu Baba did not hide his excitement at seeing his dream come true.

The song is titled Holy Spirit. Enjoy our this entertaining session.

Ras Kimono is back with ‘Veteran’

Foremost reggae artist Ras Kimono has released a new single and video, years after taking a leave off the the music scene.

The reggae legend has been in the industry since the 90’s.

Ras Kimono is back with a new single and video titled “Veteran” ahead of an highly anticipated album from the dread-locked man.

See Veteran’s video below.

The video is directed by Righteous Man.