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

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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”.

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.

Google Trends: Top 10 Most Searched People In Nigeria For 2018

Google top 10 most searched people in Nigeria 2018


Google has released a report containing the names of 10 most searched people in Nigeria in 2018.

According to the report which analyses top search queries across various regions and languages, Alexis Sanchez is the most searched person in Nigeria.

Closely following the Manchester United forward on the list is Arsenal’s ace striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Also notable on the list is the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Below is a full list of the 10 most searched people in Nigeria according to the Google trends for 2018.

1. Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time record goalscorer after scoring his 38th goal against Germany in the Confederations Cup. Franck Fife / AFP


2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) scores the team’s fourth goal past Everton’s English goalkeeper Jordan Pickfordduring during a football match at the Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018. Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP


3. Meghan Markle

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018 US Wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, talks with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) as she arrives to attend a service of commemoration and thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day in Westminster Abbey in London. Adrian DENNIS / AFP


4. Stan Lee

In this file photo taken on October 20, 2016 Executive Director of the film, Stan Lee poses for photographers at the world premiere of Marvel Studios ‘Doctor Strange’ in Hollywood, California. Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world’s movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old. Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early November 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, according to US entertainment outlets including The Hollywood Reporter. He had suffered a number of illnesses in recent years. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP


5. Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona’s new Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho poses for a picture in Barcelona on January 7, 2018. Josep LAGO / AFP


6. Atiku Abubakar

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7. Tosyn Bucknor

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8. Avicii

Picture taken on June 12, 2015 shows Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) performing at the Summerburst music festival at Gardet in Stockholm, Sweden. It was confirmed Avicii died on April 20, 2018 in Muscat, Oman.
Christine Olsson / TT News Agency / AFP


9. Aisha Abimbola

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


10. Sylvester Stallone

Perhaps the reason why this prolific action hero has his name on this list is because of his latest movie – Creed II.

Stallone popularly known as Rambo, played the role of Rocky Balboa in the movie.

The movie directed by Steven Capel Jnr and written by Juel Taylor and Sylvester Stallone, is one of the most anticipated movies of 2018.

The Google Trends list is a report that includes popular search queries including most searched, people, lyrics, news, songs, movies, losses, questions, sporting events and sports people.

Marvel: The Multi-Billion-Dollar Empire Stan Lee Brought To Life


In a little more than 20 years, Marvel has gone from a company that declared bankruptcy (1996) as the comic book industry waned to a global empire generating billions of dollars a year.

The following is a look at the wide-ranging activities of the group, which for decades was led by Stan Lee, who died on Monday at age 95. It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Disney, which bought it for $4 billion in 2009.


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a lucrative one: over the past decade, from “Iron Man” in 2008 through this year’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” 20 Marvel films have hit the big screen.

In total, the Marvel Studios productions have raked in a whopping $6.8 billion in North America alone, according to industry tracker Box Office Mojo.

According to AFP calculations based on figures from Box Office Mojo, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Forbes, the films have earned $17.5 billion, against $3.59 billion in production costs (excluding marketing).

Three new titles are in the works so far for 2019: “Captain Marvel,” starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, in March; the latest chapter in the “Avengers” saga in May; and “Spider-Man: Far from Home” in July.

These totals do not include other films based on Marvel heroes that were produced under licensing deals (“Spider-Man” at Sony or the “X-Men” series and “Deadpool” at 20th Century Fox).


For decades, Marvel has produced animated television series featuring its cast of characters, but changed tack in 2012 after a deal with streaming giant Netflix, shifting to live-action dramas.

“Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” have all aired on the platform.

Marvel’s current deal with Netflix reportedly stipulates that the streaming giant pays Disney $300 million a year for the right to propose exclusive TV series, as well as films.

The deal will come to an end in 2019 when Disney launches its own dedicated Marvel platform.

Another TV highlight is “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” which has aired for five seasons on broadcast network ABC and will return next year.

Video games

Marvel has produced its own licensed video games for more than 35 years but in 2017, it reached a partnership deal with Japanese game-maker Square Enix.

“Spider-Man” — a game produced by Insomniac Games in concert with Sony Entertainment (that licensing deal again) — ranks second in sales for the Sony PlayStation 4 console in 2018, according to specialized website VGChartz, with 4.6 million copies sold. The going US price is $60.

Comic books

Though they are no longer the core of Marvel’s business as they were in the early 1960s, the actual comic books remain an essential part of the group’s DNA.

Each month, a plethora of new titles are published, exploring new adventures for iconic characters or creating universes with new heroes.

Toys and other licensed products

Marvel’s heroes are featured on everything from action figures and board games to t-shirts, Halloween costumes, shoes and watches. Suitcases, backpacks and cell phone cases are also part of the empire.

Live shows

Since July 2014, Feld Entertainment has been licensed to produce “Marvel Universe Live!” — a live-action show featuring superheroes and villains played by actors, performing stunts in a scripted extravaganza.

More than 40 dates are set for the show’s 2019 tour.

Amusement parks

In May 2017, Disney opened the stomach-churning “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” ride at its campus of amusement parks in Anaheim, California.

In March 2018, Marvel announced that other dedicated theme areas would be created at Disney World in Florida, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland in the coming years.

Spider Man, Captain America Actors, Others Pay Tributes To Stan Lee

Executive Director of the film, Stan Lee poses for photographers at the world premiere of Marvel Studios ‘Doctor Strange’ in Hollywood, California. 
Frederic J. BROWN / AFP


Tributes poured in Monday for Stan Lee — the co-creator of iconic superheroes including Spider-Man, The Hulk and the X-Men — following his death at age 95.

These are some of the ways in which the Marvel Comics legend is being remembered:


“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee#Wolverine” — Hugh Jackman, actor who played Wolverine

Iron Man 

“I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan…” — Robert Downey Jr, an actor who played Iron Man

Captain America 

“There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!” — Chris Evans, the actor who played Captain America


“How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan.” — Tom Holland, the actor who played Spider-Man

The Jedi 

“His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan.” — Mark Hamill, an actor who played Luke Skywalker

Fellow cartoonist 

“Devastated by my pal Stan’s passing. He was a childhood inspiration, an instructor to me when I was just getting started and a genuinely sweet man. Will miss him terribly.” — Frank Miller, cartoonist

The Hulk 

“You let us be extra-human… superhuman even. I am deeply honoured to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.” — Mark Ruffalo, the actor who played The Hulk

 The Wasp 

“I believe with all my heart that #StanLee would want to be celebrated today. Even through your tears, let’s flood the internet with all the artwork, good, great or awful, that’s ever been created in Stan’s name.” — Evangeline Lilly, actress who played The Wasp

 Marvel Studios 

“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!” — Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios

The Academy 

“Today, we lost a real-life superhero. Stan Lee, thank you for everything.” — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


“Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own – one of the scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther. Stan Lee RIP: 1922 – 2018.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson


Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dies At 95

In this file photo taken on October 20, 2016 Executive Director of the film, Stan Lee poses for photographers at the world premiere of Marvel Studios ‘Doctor Strange’ in Hollywood, California.
Frederic J. BROWN / AFP


Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world’s movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old.

Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early Monday in Los Angeles, according to US entertainment outlets including The Hollywood Reporter. He had suffered a number of illnesses in recent years.

“My father loved all of his fans,” his daughter told Hollywood monitor TMZ. “He was the greatest, most decent man.”

The New Yorker, known for his distinctive tinted glasses and impish grin, frequently appeared at fan events where he was revered.

Lee ended up in the comics business by accident, thanks to an uncle who got him a job when he was a teenager filling artists’ inkwells and fetching coffee.

“I felt someday I’d write the ‘Great American Novel’ and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics,” he once said, explaining why he had forsaken his given name, Stanley Lieber.

Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, making millions of superhero fans dream of his fantastic universes and humans with extraordinary powers, and eventually led the Marvel empire for decades as its publisher.

From Spidey to Black Panther to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, Lee collaborated with other authors and illustrators to put his lively imagination on the page.

Iron Man, Thor and Doctor Strange would follow — and today, all three heroes have multi-film franchises that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lee has appeared in cameo roles in nearly every Marvel movie — including as a bus driver in “Avengers: Infinity War,” a film that united many of the indelible characters he brought to life.

“Awww man, heartbreaking. R.I.P. to a true pioneer and legend,” tweeted Australian filmmaker James Wan, who directed many of the “Saw” and “Insidious” movies as well as helming “Aquaman,” an upcoming superhero film based on the character by Marvel rival DC Comics.

“My youth wouldn’t have been the same without him. So grateful to have met the guy, and told him how thankful I was for his work. #stanlee”