Why Google Says ‘Dangote Is Owner Of Nigeria’

There are various allegations making the rounds on social media claiming the billionaire industrialist Aliko Dangote is the “Owner of Nigeria” as a result of the Google search algorithm’s suggestion of his Wikipedia biography whenever the question “Who is the owner of Nigeria” is typed into the search bar.

Since a while ago, it seems that Google’s search algorithm has constantly promoted content that is either false or, in the absence of a pertinent article, displays a random Wikipedia profile.

The fact that Aliko Dangote’s Wikipedia profile appeared when some Nigerian social media users searched for “The owner of Nigeria” on Thursday led to the dissemination of false information and propaganda on Twitter.

Many people posted screenshots of the Google search result on Twitter and urged other people to do the same to verify it. This resulted in numerous users completing the same search and disseminating the findings over numerous social media platforms, and as a result, numerous users began to believe that Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa, owned Nigeria, a nation with over 220 million inhabitants.

Helen Paul, a well-known comedian from Nigeria, recently wrote on her blog about how a Google search revealed that Dangote is the country’s owner.

The media personality posted an image of a Google search inquiring who owns the country on her official Instagram profile.

The comedian did not seem to be laughing as she explained her observations about ‘the owner’ of Nigeria. She wrote: “Who is the owner of Nigeria on Google? “The owner doesn’t post much on the social media. The owner is always giving us gentle smile. The owner does not drag on social media. The owner doesn’t post family & friends on social media. Oh….. What A owner.”

The assertion that Aliko Dangote is the owner of Nigeria, however, lacks any support from the law or the constitution.

When Nyscinfo searched for “Who owns Nigeria” on Google, Aliko Dangote appeared as the top result.

The same search was carried out for other nations as well, and the outcomes revealed that each millionaire was identified as the nation’s owner. Even in China, where Jack Ma was depicted as the country’s owner, this was the fact.

This false information has a plausible cause. Error in the Google algorithm is the issue.

The AI bot ChatGPT‘s ability to offer accurate and trustworthy information is one of its main advantages. In this instance, it would let you know that Aliko Dangote is not Nigeria’s owner. In contrast, the Google search algorithm may recommend a solution, even if it is founded on inaccurate or misleading data.

This is not the first time that erroneous information has been disseminated by Google’s search algorithm. Similar mistakes have been made in the past, such as the assertion that Agbani Darego was the ugliest Nigerian lady.

Because Google is merely a search engine that displays content that has previously been written online, these events happened. When it cannot locate an appropriate article for a particular query, it frequently lists random Wikipedia names.

The allegation that Aliko Dangote is the country’s owner, which is being circulated on social media, is untrue. It is vital to emphasize. A President serves as the Head of State and administration of Nigeria, a sovereign state administered by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Through a democratic process, the people choose the president. Despite being a prosperous businessman, Dangote does not control the nation.

The Google search algorithm result that suggests his Wikipedia page as “the owner of Nigeria” is false because the platform only shows you information that has been published online and presents random Wikipedia names when it can’t discover any information that is pertinent.

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