.ng OUR UNIQUE NIGERIAN IDENTITY
By Joshua James, a Student of Department of Mathematical Science & IT, B.Sc Computer Science & IT
Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State, Nigeria
Considering the growth of the Internet in Nigeria and the world in general, many organizations desire to develop their online presence. Therefore, they create and implement websites in pursuit of this. In a recent trip to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the need for corporate organizations to implement and incorporate the use of the dot NG as part of their domain name was highlighted. In my little research for this article I found out that even Chinese whose names end with .ng are coming to NiRA for a .Ng domain name.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. Domain name can also be thought of as a location where certain information or activities can be found. In general, a domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, a server computer hosting a website, or the website itself or any other service communicated via the Internet.
Domain names are organized in subordinate levels (sub domains) of the DNS root domain, which is nameless. The first-level set of domain names are the top-level domains (TLDs), including the generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), such as the prominent domains .com, .info, .net, .edu, and .org, and the country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) of which our .ng falls into.
The .ng ccTLD
ng is the acronym assigned to Nigeria by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). As such we can say that .ng is the Flag of Nigeria & its unique identity on the cyberspace. Furthermore, the birth of NiRA by NITDA has helped to put the Nigerian “FLAG” on the Internet. Every true Nigerian business in the Government sector or in private sector is expected to switch their domain names to the .ng and fly the flag of Nigeria in cyberspace.
The benefits are many and include:
- Security: increases the confidence of people doing business with you as a Nigerian organization.
- Reduction of capital flight.
- Opportunity to brand online your products, services, brand, etc
- Revenue generation.
- Promoting local content and creating employment opportunities for entrepreneurs.
- Gives room for simplicity: Allows you to maintain a short and easy way to remember domain names.
- Higher Ranking on Search Engines i.e. Google.com.ng
- Develop Nigeria's ICT infrastructure.
In a nutshell, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has renewed its bid to ensure more Nigerians and organizations register and host their online presence on the .ng domain platform, which is our unique identity in the cyberspace. Are you proud of being called a Nigerian? Increase our global presence in the cyberspace by using the .ng domain name. Let us enforce the “get your .ng domain name” campaign so as to advertise our uniqueness.