Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.ng Awards

The .ng string is a critical National resource and Nigeria’s unique identity on the World Wide Web. NiRA, as an Industry-led stakeholder organization, is the registry for Nigerian Internet Domain Names (.ng), and maintains the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the interest of Nigerians and the global Internet community.
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and the promotion of the DNS Industry. Using the .ng Awards, NIRA celebrates the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards aim to showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all. NIRA acknowledges the great work being done out there and desire people to know, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight.
The maiden .ng Awards held in 2016 during NIRA's 10th anniversary activities.
The Awards criteria must be met by all nominees for the 2017 .ng awards. The criteria are
●    The Online presence must be outstanding
●    Company, organization or individual must have registered and is active online with .ng domain name(s).
●    The Domain name must have been registered for over 6 months.
●    The website associated with the domain name must be active on the Internet.
The nomination for the .ng Awards by the general public will commence by Tuesday, 31st January, 2017. Members of the public who wish to participate in nominating any organization or individual are to note the nomination criteria.
The Jury will review all entries/nominations for eligibility and qualification to produce the final short-list of nominees. The list of nominees will be released for general public voting via the website.
The Awards committee may reclassify or re-categorize entries and may remove entries that do not conform to the entry requirements. Entries that differ substantially from the award criteria will be disqualified without prior notice to the entrants.
Nomination closes at midnight, on Tuesday 14th February, 2017. Voting starts on Monday 20th February, 2017 and closes by midnight on Monday, 3rd April, 2017. The url for nomination is

Domain Names Registration Statistics for October, November and December 2016

There is always a lull in Domain Name Registrations and Renewals at the Registry in the last month of the year. 2016 December follows the same trend annually. Overall, registrations has maintained a steady increase, on a year on year basis. The increase in domain name registration is more noticeable when viewed across the different years. The domain names registered and renewed in December 2016 (4,381) is more than the registrations in December 2015 (2,846) and almost doubled the registration in November 2014 (2,325).


Innovators are working overtime to make our life simpler and each year brings us something new. Whether an innovative idea involves launching a new website, writing a blog, developing a web service or establishing a startup company, the domain name is a critical factor which determine the success or failure of the venture online.

The right domain name for a business or organization should reflect the brand, and will become the brand. It should be easy to remember, recognizable, intuitive, pronounceable, short, easy to type, concise, avoid trademarks conflicts etc.

Your domain name is a proud representation of you and your brand. When people think of your website, they will think of it by name. Remember, your domain name provides an opportunity to create/make that first impression about your business, and of course it affects the Search engine optimization (SEO) ranking.

We present you Ten (10) interesting and innovative domain names that have been registered on the .ng domain name platform.


The Factory is a new haven for creative minds in the garment and fashion industry. Their objective is to create an ecosystem for creative minds to strive for excellence in the garment industry.

2.       FAST.NG is a fast meta search across the web's major search engines. What makes this innovation interesting is the speed at which it brings up searched contents.

3.       BOOK.I.NG is part of the Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), which owns and operates™, a site for booking accommodations online.

4.       PASS.NG is a web, desktop and mobile-based CBT examination preparatory and testing platform, with a vision to help candidates excel in all major Nigerian Examinations and tests.

5.       TOLET.NG (also is Nigeria’s real estate and property platform whose goal is to provide users with the best property search experience.

6.       WADUP.COM.NG offers an online platform where Nigerian Entertainment lovers around the world can access, listen, stream and give their opinions on Nigerian music and Movies. Furthermore, artistes can use this platform to receive useful and direct feedback from their fans and gain insight into their fans base.

7.       WEATHER.NG provides up to date weather report of any location.

8.       WALLPAPERS.NG offers a collection of wallpaper, exotic ceiling decorations and boarders.

9.       JIJI.NG is fast-growing Nigerian free online classifieds marketing website with that provides a simple hassle-free solution to sell and buy almost anything.


10.   CONDOLENCES.NG is a memorial and condolence website.


Well, there you have it, top Ten (10) interesting domain names. So let’s keep the conversation ongoing on our social media handles and tell us some of the interesting domain names you have registered, or noticed that is .ng.

Happy New Year – 2017 is Here!

A new year comes with lots of hopes, aspirations, goals and target setting by all. It might be about new businesses, or expansion plans, propelling everyone to eagerly commence the activities for the year and tap into all the opportunities the New Year always brings.

There are many technology predictions (locally and globally) for 2017, with the prediction on the growth in domain name registrations very prominent. 

In 2016, we positioned NiRA to be a significant part of the industrial and economic growth of Nigeria in subsequent years. NIRA was very prominent in the Nigerian Technological space and we intend to continue on this path this year, so we can remain relevant not only as far as the Technology Industry is concerned, but also in the larger Socio-economic space.

In 2016, you will have noticed the .ng adverts and promotions on BRT buses, TVs, Newspapers, social media and other online platforms. One is pleased that Business owners now proudly flaunt their .ng domain names as part of their advert campaigns. It is a movement, and it is gaining momentum.  .ng is the future for the taking, and the future is here.

This year, some of the activities outlined to take the growth in .ng domain registration to another level are:

     Exploiting Internationalized domain names (IDNs) in the three main Nigerian languages (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba).

     Introduction of Domain Name System (DNS)  in the Nigerian educational curriculum

     Appointment of .ng ambassadors from the Business and Art world

     .ng Roadshows to all geopolitical zones of Nigeria

     Collaboration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Chamber of Commerce, Trademark Registry, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC),  etc.

We will act speedily on the above and many other things.

As we hope for the best of 2017, let’s not forget to count our blessings and appreciate everyone that has contributed to the progress of yester years. On behalf of the Executive Board of Directors and Staff of NIRA, I will like to thank all our stakeholders, Members, Registrars, Registrants, Gentlemen of the Press and all well-wishers for your wonderful support in 2016, It made our work easier!

We see a very bright 2017. We hope to accomplish our goals and aspirations for the year. We shall put in our best in all our endeavours. We count on the support of everyone.


Your President,

Rev’d Sunday Folayan


Wednesday 14th Dec. 2016 was a day well spent, sharing some ideas with Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on ways to move Information Technology forward in Nigeria.

I led the Executive Board of Directors of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) to brief him on our activities, and the various strides within the ambit of the Memorandum of Understanding that exists between NITDA and NIRA for the management of the .ng National Resource.

Happy with what NIRA has done so far, he was desirous of further collaboration and we immediately picked two low-hanging fruits, arising from the NIRA presentation, which necessitated further meetings and meetings with his staff to drill down and bolt those issues.

There is no doubt that NIRA is one of the few successful and functional Public-Private Partnerships in Nigeria today. I cannot thank enough, members of the Board of Trustees, Members of the Board of Directors , the hard working Staff and all stakeholders in NIRA for giving life to our collective dreams. I learnt more than two things in the course of the visit, and these will guide me moving forward, as the Chief Steward in NIRA.

 Our advocacy for local hosting in Nigeria has been on for some years now. Local hosting needs Local Contents to be effective. Events and workshops have been organized to make Nigerians conscious of the need to host locally in Nigeria. This means hosting servers, websites and other forms of electronic contents.

NiRA continues to partner with with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) through its Office of National Content (ONC), Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN),  the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and several other organizations to host events via the Local Internet Content Forum (LICF). This is apart from the ongoing campaign of SWITCHTO for Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

When fully adopted, the domino effect of local hosting by most people would be:

  • Job opportunities
  • Reduction of capital flight
  • Data security
  • Faster access

We have organized meetings with several interested groups on ways of creating the enabling environment for local hosting in Nigeria. With a good percentage of government establishments having domains, It is very obvious the Nigerian Government is keen on local hosting of its contents.    we are canvassing on these establishments hosting their contents locally. We are passionate about this. We have issued a clarion call to all and sundry to commence local hosting of Nigeria Contents. We have the contents, from Nollywood, culture, tourism, etc. The Nigerian market is eager for local hosting.

The call for local content hosting is a collective responsibility, as the registry, a registrar, a registrant, an Internet Service Provider, a developer, a blogger etc. Let us all in our own little ways support this advocacy. 

I call on all of us, to be advocates for hosting our contents locally, this would help our dear Nation out of the present economic recession. It is a task to be done!

Merry Christmas and Happy, Prosperous New Year in Advance!


Your President,

Rev’d Sunday Folayan