Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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ICANN opened the Fellowship program application round for individuals interested in attending ICANN61. The Public Meeting takes place from 10th to 15th March 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The deadline to apply is 15th September 2017. Successful candidates will be announced on 1st of December 2017 on

The program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multi-stakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet Governance entities within the Internet ecosystem.

Click here for more information.



Email Marketing


 Email marketing according to Wikipedia is the direct sending of a commercial message, typically to a group of people, using email. It could be said that every email sent to a potential or current customer could be considered email marketing. It usually involves using email to send ads, business requests, or solicit sales or donations and is meant to build loyalty, trust, or brand awareness.

Email marketing can also be regarded as the use of Email for marketing. It is a form of direct marketing strategy whereby a marketer or advertiser communicates information to current or potential customers.

Email marketing is one of the easiest ways to grow business online and keep in touch with valuable client(s).

A challenging aspect, of email marketing is growing quality mailing list. There are two basic characteristics of a mailing list: size and quality.

A valuable asset an internet marketer can have is a large email list of responsive subscribers. If you’re running a site that’s generating traffic you may want to shy away from banner ads and instead build a super-valuable asset: a list. There is the need to harvest their email addresses and organize the list and ensure it’s easy for subscribers to opt-out.

To build an email list of responsive subscribers who open your emails, click on the links, and trust your recommendations, it is advisable to create value, incentives or freebies. This can be very easy if you own a blog but if you don’t, you can also generate your list by organizing free events, conducting surveys on related fields whereby you can get people emails voluntarily.


The coalition of Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) stakeholders’ forum held on Tuesday, 8th August 2017, at the Federal Institute of Individual Research Oshodi (FIIRO).

The meeting organized by the Nigeria Association of Small Medium Enterprises (NASME) gathered members of the coalition committee including, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, etc., to discuss the Voluntary Assets and Income Scheme (VAIDS), the revised National Tax Policy and the overall progress of the Tax Advocacy.

The President/Chairman of the council of the Nigeria Association of Small Medium Enterprises (NASME), Sir (Prince) ‘Degun Agboade in his welcome address thanked the development partner Enhancing Nigeria Advocacy for Better Business Environment (ENABLE2) and members of the coalition team for their support. Members were encouraged to take advantage of the tax penalty waivers offered to NASME members and recommended that SMEs in Nigeria should ensure that they are tax compliant.

The first Tax Thursday campaign commenced on the 6th of July 2017 to educate and enlighten the general populace on their tax responsibilities.

The Acting President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osibanjo declared every Thursday as National Tax Day for the next one year, during the voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). This day is set aside for creating awareness on the obligations of tax payments by Nigerians.

More information about the Revised National Tax policy can be accessed via:

More information about the Executive Order on Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) can be accessed via:




Preparations for AFRINIC -27

 In the preceding edition of our e-Newsletter, there were references to NiRA’s preparative activities as the local host for AFRINIC -27. From the concept note released for AFRINIC-27, AFRINIC is “Taking the African Internet to the Next Level through Policy, Collaboration and Education”.  The location for this great event is Lagos State, Nigeria. The website for AFRINIC -27 is up and running,  Please register to attend. There are still some details to be placed on the website but these would be made available as the plans are finalized by AFRINIC with NiRA.

Lagos will host hundreds of key players in the African and global Internet industry sector at the 27th public policy meeting of AFRINIC. The event dubbed AFRINIC 27 will be a platform for technocrats and businesses to discuss policies, trends, resources and challenges in growing the Internet for sustainable development in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region. The press release was circulated on the 10th of August, 2017 by AFRINIC. 

AFRINIC events are held annually, consisting of keynote speeches, policy discussions, seminars, workshops, tutorials and other forums for sharing ICT knowledge within the African region. The 2016 edition held in Mauritius was attended by over 250 delegates from 48 countries around the world.

Registration for the 2017 edition is ongoing through the meeting website

Be part of this event and partner with AFRINIC. There are several ways to be part of the event, either as a sponsor, as a speaker at the technical sessions or any of the panel sessions, as lecturer during the technical tutorials or an attendee. The call for presentations was made by AFRINIC.

The AFRINIC -27 programme committee seeks speakers from all regions to deliver presentations during the plenaries on internet related topics. To be a speaker at the event, please click on

 There are sponsorship opportunities. Be part of the event.

Working together, AFRINIC-27 shall be a success!


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF)

The 9th West Africa Forum on Internet Governance (WAIGF) which held from the 27th to 28th,  July 2017 at the Golden Tulip Le Diplomate in Cotonou, Benin Republic, the theme was  “Digital Security for Socio – Economic Development and Peace”. The WAIGF aims to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process. Nigeria was represented the Convener of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), who is also the immediate past President of NiRA, Mrs. Mary Uduma as well as the President of NIRA, Revd Sunday Folayan.


Earlier, at the 2017 NIGF which held on 13th July 2017 in Kaduna State, the state government acknowledged the importance of Internet Governance as a veritable tool for economic development, Security and Sustainability.  According to the Convener, Mrs. Mary Uduma, “the NIGF is aimed at providing a sustainable National Forum and structure that engages industry, government, lawmaker, the academia, civil society and all Stakeholders in a strategic national debate on internet governance.


Discussions on Internet Governance are always on the hot burner at gatherings that focus on the growth and development of the Internet. There are various viewpoints on the application of shared principles, decision making procedures, norms and rules. But all agree that key decisions must be taken in the interest of all. 


The is no longer just a "communication tool". As the issues associated with it are numerous, the governance of the Internet is now seen as a broader concept that includes issues bordering on political, technical and security. The African continent has become sensitized on the need to participant and engage in international negotiations on Internet Governance, in order to contribute its quota to the development of the African continent, and has engaged actively since the WSIS process. Africa continues to participate in the multi-stakeholder initiatives.


Next on the radar is the 12th Internet Governance Forum, scheduled for 18th to 21st December 2017 at Geneva, Switzerland with the theme “Shape Your Digital Future”.  There would be discussions on “Empowering Global Cooperation on CyberSecurity for Sustainable Development & Peace”, “Gender Inclusion and the Future of the Internet”, etc. It promises to be another enriching experience on how the Internet affects our lifes, best practices and experiences.