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Techloy's last edition of The Draft for the year 2022 puts a spotlight on the top trending topics on Google search this year. While taking a look at the top searches, I was reminded of some of the events and situations that happened over the last 12 months.

This year, we witnessed notable events around the world that we can't easily forget on a whim. While some of them were depressing, shocking, and disturbing, others were exciting, thrilling, and delightful.

Here are 22 of the most notable events that happened across the world in 2022, involving politics, economy, sports, and technology.

  • The 10-month-long Russian invasion of Ukraine has left at least 42,000 people dead, at least 54,000 people injured, at least 15,000 missing, at least 14 million displaced, and approximately $350 billion in property damage, according to a Reuters tally; with the World Bank predicting that the Ukrainian economy will contract by 45% in 2022 and the Russian economy by 11.2% due to the war;
  • World No. 1 tennis champion Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia over his COVID-19 vaccination status;
  • The Sri Lankan people protested against its government for mismanaging the economy, which led to a subsequent economic crisis involving severe inflation, daily blackouts, and a shortage of fuel, domestic gas, and other essential goods.
  • The ongoing China-US political distrust and tensions;
  • Pakistan floods caused by the heavy monsoon rains which killed over 1,500 and affected over 33 million, resulting in a damage of $15.2 billion in economic losses;
  • The assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe;
  • Major global inflationary pressures and weakening national currencies;
  • A monkeypox outbreak with the first monkeypox virus case reported in London;
  • Spanish football club Real Madrid beat English football club Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League final for the 14th time, a record.
  • The curious case of FTX and the crypto crash;
  • A dual mass shooting and bomb attack in a Church in Owo, South West, Nigeria which killed at least 50 people;
  • The massive tech layoffs have seen more than 130.000 people in the tech industry have been fired from their job this year alone.
  • The death of Britain's longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II;
  • The Iran protests and civil unrest against the government of Iran in connection with the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody;
  • Over 150 people were killed and another 197 injured in a crowd crush during Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea;
  • The nomination of Rishi Sunak as Britain's first Prime Minister of colour;
  • Nigerian track and field athlete Tobi Amusan set a new world record in 100m hurdles;
  • Elon Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter.
  • The world's population reached 8 billion;
  • The first world cup in an Arab nation;
  • Lionel Messi's first-ever World Cup trophy; and
  • The passing of the 'King of Football', Pelรฉ.

Which of these events captured your interest the most? And what did people search for the most on Google in Nigeria and the rest of the world? Techloy's Data Journalist, Emmanuel covered all the details you need to know and curated the other important technology stories in this week(end)'s edition of The Draft.

Thank you for subscribing to and reading in 2022 and we look forward to a better year ahead.

See you in 2023! ๐Ÿฅณ

- Loy

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