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Type of site
Available inEnglish
OwnerSeun Osewa
Created bySeun Osewa
Alexa rankIncrease 1,052 (February 2019)[1]
LaunchedMarch 2005
Current statusOnline

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

Nairaland has 2,190,050 registered members and 4,775,197 topics created (as at February 22, 2019),[3] and is ranked as the 10th most visited site in Nigeria as at August 2018,(and the 4th most visited indigenous site) according to[4][5][6] 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 hasn't changed much since it was first created, 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 page views in the 30 days of that month. In January 2019, Nairaland witnessed 37,865,408 visits from 9,251,361 unique visitors, totaling into 260,881,761 page views,[8] which is nearly four times its monthly traffic five years ago.

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 unrecovered. A good number of people lost their membership and had to re-register on the forum.


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  2. ^ "30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs". SuccessValley. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  3. ^ Wale, Blaksnow. "Nairaland Home Page". Nairaland. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Alexa Country Ranking for Nigeria". Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  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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