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Type of site
Available inEnglish
OwnerSeun Osewa
Created bySeun Osewa
Alexa rankIncrease 788 (May 2020)[1]
LaunchedMarch 2005
Current statusOnline

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


Nairaland is ranked as the Top 1 most visited site in Nigeria as of August 2019 (and the 4th most visited indigenous site) according to[3][4][5] 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.[6] Registration is only necessary for posting.

2014 down period[edit]

Following a successful hacking attempt, Nairaland went offline briefly on the 22 June 2014.[7] 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.[8] However, data from 10 January 2014 through the date of the attack was unrecovered. A good number of people lost their membership and had to re-register on the forum.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  2. ^ "30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  3. ^ "Alexa Country Ranking for Nigeria". Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Alexa: Top Nigerian Websites". Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  5. ^ "CP-Africa's interview with Seun Osewa, Founder of Nairaland | Celebrating Progress Africa". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  6. ^ CP Africa. "Over 11 million Nigerians on Facebook; becomes Facebook's largest user base in Sub Saharan Africa". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  7. ^ Nigerian News, Portal. "Nairaland down since Sunday, May not be Up soon". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Nairaland status monitoring". Retrieved 2014-07-03.