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Top 20 Local Websites in Nigeria in 2020
With the number of local sites in Nigeria increasing daily, only a few have strong dominance and command huge following among the Nigerian people.
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Obi Gospel
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Founder of IABC Africa
2nd May, 2020
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The number of websites in the world is on the rise daily with tens of millions of websites seeking to grab a fair share of the global internet traffic and engagements. 

A local website is one which fulfills either of the following: It is owned by a citizen of the country; found within the boundaries of the country; operates/registered under the law of the country; or has its parent company's major activities resident in the country when compared to other countries. Websites with significant visits but which do not fulfill any of the criteria above were not classified as local websites in this article, e.g google.com.ng was not classified as a local website even though it has the '.ng' domain suffix. 

In April 2020, IABC Africa took a list of most visited local websites in Nigeria using Alexa’s Traffic Ranks.

Here is the list of top 20 most-visited local websites in Nigeria in April 2020.

  1. Bet9ja.com

Bet9ja.com is the third most-visited website in Nigeria after Google.com and Youtube.com, and the first most visited local site in Nigeria, according to Alexa – a global internet traffic ranking firm.  Ranked number 202 in global internet traffic and engagement in late April 2020, Bet9ja.com has about 19,447 total sites linking to it.  Its global internet traffic ranking, however, dropped by forty-two points between March 10 to April 22 (from #160 to #202) following the closure of major sporting events across Europe and Africa due to novel coronavirus pandemic. Bet9ja.com is the only Nigerian website in the top 500 most visited websites globally as of April 2020.

Operating as a registered trading name of KC Gaming Networks Limited, Bet9ja is one of Africa’s leading gaming sites with huge dominance on the internet.  It was co-founded by Ayo Ojuroye and Kunle Soname who are its CEO and chairman respectively.
KC Gaming Networks Limited holds the Lagos State Lotteries Board license, the Sportsbook, and Gaming license issued by the State of Osun, and holds licenses to operate in all States where sports betting is permitted in Nigeria.

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  1. Nairaland.com

Nairaland is the online community created by Seun Osewa in March 2005. It currently has over 2.4million registered users with over 5.5million topics created to date.

Ranked number 790 in global internet traffic and engagement in late April 2020, Nairaland.com is the sixth most visited website in Nigeria after Facebook.com and Yahoo.com which are following Bet9ja.com consecutively, according to Alexa.com. It is the second most visited local website in Nigeria, only next to bet9ja.com, as of April 2020.  Nairaland.com has about 3,492 total sites linking to it.

In March 2020, Nairaland witnessed 35,228,755 visits from 6,728,187 unique visitors, totaling into 214,926,597 page views in 31 days.

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  1. Punchng.com

Arguably the most widely read newspaper in Nigeria, the Punch Online (the online issue of Punch Newspapers) is also the third most visited local website in Nigeria. Punchng.com is ranked number 999 in global internet traffic and engagement in late April 2020 and also the seventh most visited website in Nigeria after Nairaland.com, according to alexa.com. Punch Online has about 7,705  total sites linking to it.

Registered on August 8, 1970, under the Companies Act of 1968 to engage in the business of publishing newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals of public interest, PUNCH (Nigeria) Limited has four main product titles - The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, and PUNCH Online.

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