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Type of site
Available in English
Owner Seun Osewa
Created by Seun Osewa
Alexa rank Increase 994 (November 2016)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Yes
Launched March 2005
Current status Online

Nairaland is an online community created by Seun Osewa in March 2005. It is targeted at Nigerians.[2]

Nairaland currently has over 1,760,000 registered accounts (March 2017),[3] and is ranked as the 7th most visited site in Nigeria (and the most visited indigenous site) according to[4][5][6] Nairaland reportedly has over 55 million Internet users, corresponding to 32.9% of the entire population. With Nairaland having a considerable but unconfirmed number of users based in diaspora, this statistic suggests that a maximum 3% of Nigerian Internet users are registered on Nairaland compared to Facebook's 11 million Nigerian users which corresponds to approximately 20% of the Internet population.[7] Nairaland, however, does have a considerable number of unregistered users, as registration is only necessary for posting.

Figures published by Nairaland in June 2013 suggest that they had 16,668,654 visits from 6,845,453 unique visitors and 60,031,356 pageviews in the 30 days of that month.[8]

2014 down period[edit]

Following a successful hacking attempt, Nairaland went offline briefly on the 22 June 2014.[9] The hackers were able to get access to the website's host server and backup, and maliciously deleted all its content. Three days later, it was back online after some data had been recovered from a remote backup.[10] However, data from 10 January 2014 through the date of the attack was lost.

Nairaland was stripped off its position as Nigeria and Africa's most visited website a ranking by Alexa. Nairaland's position was taken by e-commerce site which rose a lot of issues in February 2015.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  2. ^ "30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  3. ^ Victor, Adeyemo. "Nairaland Home Page". Nairaland. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Alexa Country Ranking for Nigeria". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alexa: Top Nigerian Websites". Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  6. ^ "CP-Africa’s interview with Seun Osewa, Founder of Nairaland | Celebrating Progress Africa". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  7. ^ CP Africa. "Over 11 million Nigerians on Facebook; becomes Facebook’s largest user base in Sub Saharan Africa". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Osewa, Seun. "How to advertise on Nairaland". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Nigerian News, Portal. "Nairaland down since Sunday, May not be Up soon". Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nairaland status monitoring". Retrieved 2014-07-03. 

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