In 2019, 42% of Nigeria’s 200+ million people used the internet. Currently, Nigeria has more than 100 million internet users. More and more Nigerians are beginning to surf the web as internet penetration gets deeper. Do you want to know the top 10 most visited websites in Nigeria? I’m sure you do, that’s why you’re reading this. Check them out below:
Google is the most visited website in Nigeria and also the most visited in the world. As you should know already, Google is a search engine. Google helps you browse. I’m sure you use Google no less than 10 times in a day. Without Google, you’ll find it difficult to navigate websites to get information you need. Google is not the only search engine out there but it’s more or less enjoying a monopoly. No other search engine comes close. The other Google services like Gmail, Maps, etc makes the platform all the more popular.
The second most visited website in Nigeria is Bet9ja. I really don’t have to explain what this website is all about. Walk down streets in your area and you’ll find a couple of Bet9ja shops here and there. Bet9ja is the most popular betting platform in Nigeria. Betting is often criticized as being a societal menace. However, in a country like Nigeria where poverty strives, it’s one of the opportunities for people to make money. Nigerians are also heavy football lovers. Hence, it’s not surprising that Bet9ja is number 2.
YouTube is one of Google’s platforms. However, the platform was already very popular in Nigeria before the Google acquisition. If you ask an average Nigerian internet user where you can watch videos online, their answer will be YouTube. Nigerians use YouTube daily. Music stars, comedians, movie makers, vloggers, businesses, news stations, etc all post videos on YouTube. You’ll even find a couple of movies on YouTube. YouTube is free which is why the platform is widely used. It’s not only popular in Nigeria but it’s so globally.
Facebook is the most used social media platform in Nigeria. This is in no way surprising. Almost every Nigerian who has even used social media has a Facebook account. It’s like the 101 of using social media. Facebook’s unique features make it a favorite for Nigerians. You can add and accept friends, post texts, videos, images, and stories to name a few. Facebook allows users to interact with posts of others by commenting and reacting. The reason why Facebook is so popular is because it’s a fairly easy to use social media platform. Even Gen X Nigerians can use Facebook.
Yahoo is a similar platform to Google. However, it’s more popular for its mail system – The Yahoo Mail than its search engine. Before Google became very popular and Gmail took over, Yahoo mail was the most used email platform in Nigeria. Today, most Yahoo mail users in Nigeria are corporate users – companies and businesses. Apparently, @yahoo.com appears more formal and work-friendly than @gmail.com. Google forces everyone using Android to have a Gmail so Gmail accounts are mainly personal accounts. Another reason why Yahoo mail is popular is the news. Yahoo delivers some of the best news updates.
If you’re a Nairalander, hail yourself. The platform is the 6th most visited website in Nigeria. Nairaland is the number one online forum in Nigeria. You create an account and you can post threads and interact with threads. It’s a site created and owned by a Nigerian – the popular Segun. Nairaland has grown beyond the borders of Nigeria. You’ll find users from other countries on Nairaland. Nairaland is about the best way to follow up on all the happenings in Nigeria. You’ll never miss anything from the homepage and you can always join the discussion.
Jumia is an online shopping platform. If you’ve ever bought something online in Nigeria, there’s a high chance that you bought from Jumia. Even if you didn’t order, you must have used the platform to check for price or availability of one or two products. Jumia remains undefeated when it comes to online commerce in Nigeria. No other online shopping platform comes close. Their services are great which is why Nigerians use them. Also, they always have the latest stuff.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. You can find information on almost every renowned place, person, event, or happening on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a most visited site because it’s favored by Google. You’ll agree that the site is always among the top results on any search keyword which it has content for. Wikipedia pages for prominent persons, events, etc are handled by professionals. Hence, you can trust the information on Wikipedia to an extent.
9. Legit NG
Legit NG is a Nigeria news website, formerly known as Naij.com. The website has been around for years and is unchallenged as the number 1 online platform for Nigerian news. Legit reports the most on politics which is an industry that Nigerians love to get updated in. Another advantage of Legit NG is that the website provides content in native languages like Hausa. Also, their content is featured on most web browsers like Opera Mini and Chrome.
10. Punch NG
At number 10, we have another Nigerian news website. The Punch Newspapers is more or less the number 1 newspaper in Nigeria and they own the website. Instead of buying hard copy newspapers, you can simply visit the Punch NG website and read up all the latest and trending headlines. Punch NG is featured on several browsers just like Legit which is another reason why it attracts a high number of visitors.
According to Alexa.com, the above are the top 10 most visited websites in Nigeria.