By Chiazo Ogbolu
Lagos – Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Anglophone West Africa, has said that the 2017 YouTube Rewind was viewed by 95 per cent of the internet population.
Kola-Ogunlade in a statement in Lagos on Saturday, added that one can navigate YouTube in a total of 76 different languages, covering 95 per cent of the Internet population.
He said that the top trending videos for 2017 were based on views, shares, comments, likes and more.
According to him, the lists reflect the amazing variety of content that YouTube audiences love, watch and listen to, day-in and day-out.
“YouTube today released its annual Rewind lists, showcasing the moments that captured the attention of Nigerians and YouTube users around the globe this year.
“The top 10 videos, excluding those from major music labels most viewed by Nigerians this year include comedy skits by Mark Angel, coming in the 3rd and 8th positions.
“The political concerns with the return of President Buhari from his medical trip to the United Kingdom and the Biafra protests coming in at the 2nd and 4th positions, respectively.
“For the music videos most watched in Nigeria, it shows how Nigerians have embraced indigenous music but not without a few foreign favorites.
“Songs like Davido’s ‘If’ and ‘Fall’ and DJ Khaled’s ‘Wild Thoughts’ with Rihanna and ‘I’m the One’ took top spot. Nigerian favorites ‘Come closer’ by Wiz Kid featuring Drake, ‘Wo’ by Olamide, ‘Nobody Ugly’ by P-Square all made the list.
“Globally, the most watched video with 181,958,411 views was Thai love song ‘As Long As We Will Become The Dust’ by Oyster Masked.
“The melody and beautiful meaning of the song makes it one of the performances that captured the world’s attention in 2017,’’ he said.
Kola-Ogunlade said that in the category of the most watched music video globally, Nigerians joined the rest of the world in their love for Latino music as ‘Despacito’.
He added that the music was by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee topped the category, followed by Ed Sheeran who dominated both the music and non music video category.
The Google manager listed the YouTube Rewind 2017 Channel for top 10 trending videos, Nigeria as Dear and Dumb, Emmanuella Vs Akin And Pawpaw – (Nigerian Nollywood Movies 2017).
Others as, Welcome Back President Buhari: See how the President Landed after Medical Trip in UK, Maths Teacher: (Mark Angel Comedy) (Episode 118), Biafra: Kanu I Want Binta To See This.
NAIJ.com visits: Evans the kidnapper’s house, how should he be punished?, Channels Television: Boko Haram Special Documentary, Wo-Olamide: Ikorodu Street Kids Dance (dream catchers dance) and others.
He said that for top trending music videos, Nigeria are: David: If [Official Video], Olamide-Wo!! [Official Video], Davido- Fall, P-Square- Nobody Ugly [Official Video], Wiskid- Come Closer ft. Drake.
Others are; Tekno – Yawa [Official Video], Flavour – Most High (feat. Semah G. Weifur) [Official Video], DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, DJ Khaled- I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video].
For top 10 trending videos in global are: As Long As We Will Become The Dust- Oyster Masked | THE MASK SINGER, ED SHEERAN- Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography, Ping Pong Trick Shot 3 – Dude Perfect and others.
For top 10 trending music videos global are: Luis Consider – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee, Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video], J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video), Maluma- Felices los 4 (Official Video) and others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that YouTube was launched in May 2005, and it is the world’s most popular online video community allowing billions of people to discover, watch and share videos.
YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.
2017 YouTube Rewind: Viewed by 95 Per Cent Internet Population
By Chiazo Ogbolu