Nairaland

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Nairaland
Nairaland Logo.png
Type of site
Internet forum
Available inEnglish
Headquarters
Lagos, Nigeria
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Seun Osewa
URLnairaland.com
IPv6 supportNo
AdvertisingBanner ads
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional[notes 1]
Users2.58 million registered users (November 2020)
LaunchedMarch 8, 2005; 17 years ago (2005-03-08)
Current statusActive

Nairaland is a Nigerian English-language internet forum. Founded by Nigerian entrepreneur Seun Osewa on March 8, 2005, it is targeted primarily at Nigerian domestic residents and is the 6th most visited website in Nigeria.[1]

It currently has over 2.64 million registered users with over 6.19 million topics created to date, and it is estimated that approximately 3% of Nigerian Internet users are registered on Nairaland, compared to Facebook's 11 million Nigerian users, which corresponds to approximately 20% of the local Internet population.[2] Registration is only necessary for posting, commenting or liking posts.

Incidents[edit]

2014 4chan prank[edit]

During the Ebola virus epidemic, users from 4chan registered on Nairaland in 2014 to propagate false claims that Americans and Europeans were spreading the Ebola virus in magical rituals through worship of 4chan's "Ebola-chan" meme (an anime personification of the Ebola virus).[3]

2014 down period[edit]

On June 22, 2014, following a successful hacking attempt, Nairaland went offline briefly.[4] The hackers were able to gain access to, and wipe the contents of, the website's host server and backup. Three days later, it was back online after some data had been recovered from a remote backup. However, user posts and registration between January 10, 2014, and June 22, 2014, was lost. Users with lost accounts were required to re-register.[5]

QAnon conspiracy theory[edit]

In August 2020, The Daily Beast reported that some users on Nairaland were promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nairaland can be viewed without an account but registration is required to post, comment or like.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  2. ^ Latest Nigeria News. "Over 11 million Nigerians on Facebook; becomes Facebook's largest user base in Sub Saharan Africa". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ Dewey, Caitlin (September 22, 2014). "4Chan's latest, terrible 'prank': Convincing West Africans that Ebola doctors actually worship the disease". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Nigerian News, Portal. "Nairaland down since Sunday, May not be Up soon". Nigeriannewsportal.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Nairaland status monitoring". Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  6. ^ Jr, Philip Obaji (3 August 2020). "QAnon's New Conspiracy: Democrats Are Stealing African Children". The Daily Beast.