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Christmas Is For Food… And A Note on Nigeria's Google Trends.

Someone asked me what my holiday plans are. I don’t have a lot. My ideal Christmas would have a fierce harmattan, and find me curled up in an armchair with hot Bournvita and a good book. The problem with harmattan is the drying out of my hair. Yeah, I’m wearing my hair out. All the salon womenย keep inviting me to come and do “Christmas hair” but I’ve outgrown such societal pressures, thank God.

My earliest memories of Christmas are of feasts. Food, food, food. Peppery jollof rice, cold Coca Cola, peppered chicken, chin-chin, buns, cake. To honour that tradition (and my obsession with good food), this Christmas, I plan to cook. I think there’s something spiritual about cooking for the people you love. There’s a connection it forges, from your hands to their stomachs. And watching their eyes light up with appreciation, is priceless. Instead of giving out hampers, I plan to give out boxes of cookies, cakes and muffins I bake myself. Mostly I’m giving to friends of my family who have been more than just friends, who have been closer than blood kin, who have seen my family through some difficult times.

This is also an adventure for me; many of these things I will be making for the first time. I hope they turn out well ๐Ÿ™‚ So this is what I’ll be doing this Christmas.ย Read. Write. Hang out with friends. Read some more. Write. Bake. Eat. Get fat. Work out. Try to save the world. Browse the internet lazily. Speaking of which, look what I found.


ImageThat’s right. Nigeria’s Google trends. Basically it shows you what we searched for the most on the internet. I find it very fascinating. For instance, I have no idea who Higuain and Damoche are. Mandela did not appear in our top 10 searches for people. And the fact that “ASUU Strike” trended the most is telling, isn’t it? I was quite disappointed that Nigerians searched for “iPhone 5” the most, though. Really? iPhone 5? And Blackberry Z10? I quite like the fact that Nigerians had to Google “How To Kiss”. Lol. But really, why was it the most searched “how to”? What is happening, Nigerian Youth?! Haha. You can check out the full report here.

Let me know what you think in the comments’ section. And what are your plans for Christmas? ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas!

p.s. Please Introduce Yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Bake for me, bake for me!! Oh, and I want your hair. There’s no way I could wear my hair out in this weather (maybe I’m just too lazy to do the extra work).
    This Christmas, I’m home basically being a couch potato. Yaayness!
    Merry Christmas :*

  2. Lol @ how to kiss.

    I had planned a very quiet Christmas, till I got drafted by a close friend into pre-wedding plans. So I’m going to spend most of the hols tagging along on last minute arrangements. I know it’d be fun.

    All the best with your plans. I hope your cookery efforts turn out great. Hope you’ll share pictures.

    • Ah! Wedding planning should be fun, especially as you’re under no pressure. It’s not your wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, I will share pictures. I have some already of my “practice” cakes and cupcakes. In good time.

  3. I do a lot cooking during this period, then i end up feeding everyone around me, eish! the gratification i get from that is unimaginable. Do as much giving as i can afford. Have a get together with a close friend and her family. Read a good book, listen to good music and relax in my home. Compliments of the season Osemhen.

  4. @Nigeria Google trends, nice to see that how to kiss and how to blog, made it on the top ten. After learning, they can blog about it! My mum will be glad to know that how to pray and how to study made the top ten too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Merry Christmas, Osemhen.

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