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Review of AFRINIC Bylaws

AFRINIC is the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources serving the African Internet Community. On the 28th October 2018, AFRINIC published on its website that its Governance Committee has decided to review the AFRINIC Bylaws. The current Bylaws have served AFRINIC for some time now.

The ongoing discussions on the review of the Bylaws may warrant changing even the structure of the Bylaws.

AFRINIC has now invited the community to make comments on the various sections/articles of the Bylaws before 17th November 2018. Thereafter, AFRINIC would produce a draft document based on the comments collected from the community.

The comments from the Community should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Read more: https://www.afrinic.net/en/news/2537-call-for-comments-on-afrinic-bylaws

NiRA AT ngNOG 2018

 I was privileged to present the Welcome Address at the 2018 Nigerian Network Operators’ Group (ngNOG) conference held on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at the Zone Tech Park in Lagos. ngNOG as the group is fondly called, is the foremost group of Network Engineers that came together for the purpose of developing capacity in the ICT industry in Nigeria.

 This year with the 13th edition, the group aimed at helping the country in its continuous quest/effort to increase broadband penetration, capacity building activity of ICT personnel and other stakeholders in Nigerian Educational Institutions.

At the Conference, I recalled how the ngNOG started in Nigeria in 2006. It was a child of necessity, born out of observing that the majority of participants at the AFNOG in South Africa in the year 2000 were Nigerians. At the conference, we went down memory lane, highlighting how the domestication of ngNOG has saved resources for Nigeria and Nigerians (huge amount of foreign reserves for flight and hotel fees and man hours lost during flight times). Hosting ngNOG in Nigeria, providing quality education to Nigerians in different locations in Nigeria has also contributed to growing the hospitality business in Nigeria. 

I made it known to the participants that, while Nigeria is trying to adopt Technology as the main driver of the Economy, the World has gone beyond the stage of adoption. Developed countries have adopted Technology in driving the Economy of Government Activities. Internet of things is already being adopted by individuals to drive their home activities whilst in the office.

Google has also gone beyond the Global Positioning System (GPS) to Visual Positioning System (VPS), the new visual system in Google Maps. The VPS uses your phone's camera and Google's extensive back-end data to analyze your surroundings to identify where you are with greater accuracy.

And of course, as the number one advocate for the .ng country code Top Level Domain, I highlighted the benefits associated with registering the .ng domains and promoting the Nigerian online identity. We are working towards the full adoption of .ng domain names for Nigerian websites. There is the urgent need for Nigerians to fully adopt the local content policy for the greater benefit of the Nigerian ICT ecosystem and economy. We need to globally promote our local content.

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President

 

 

Medallion Communication Bags Merit Award in Canada

On the 20th October 2018, at the Royalton Center in Toronto in Canada, Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television honoured Engr. Ikechukwu NNamani, the Treasurer NiRA Executive Board of Directors and the CEO of Medallion Communications with an “Enterprise Award” for his contributions to humanity in the area of ICT, Telecommunications and Engineering profession. The Canadian Excellence Award was an icing to the several awards won by Engr Ike Nnamani at the Nigerian Tech Innovation and Telecoms Award.

Engr Nnamani was honoured based on his promotion of global connectivity and local content development. During the citation, his achievements include his work in designing an Umbilical Retract Mechanism for the US Navy Ballistic Missile Sub-Division and his groundbreaking works for Boeing Aerospace in Crew Station Designs under the Joint Strive Force Project.

GoDo Hub launches in Lagos, to help Start-ups develop

On the 1st of October 2018, GoDO.ng was unveiled to the public at Ikeja, Lagos State by Mr. John Obaro, Chairman of SystemSpecs - Owners of Remita. This hub was launched to foster deeper cross-border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support.

Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr “CFA”, founder and Executive Director of Godo, stated that their desire at the hub, is for numerous life-transforming business dreams would be actualised to meet the yearnings of all. Within the next three months, the hub is expected to announce its incubation programme.

At a recent unveiling ceremony in Lagos which had notable entrepreneurs and start-up founders in attendance, the hub officially commenced operations to its target audience of small businesses with big ideas, drawn by the objective of helping them thrive and contribute significantly to national and global GDP, while also empowering them with adequate access to economic opportunities and meaningful social connections, in a workspace that encourages fast-growing like-minded companies to collaborate, share and learn from business experts.

“We conceptualised and developed GoDo to serve as a platform to engage start-ups to contribute more to economic growth and development, and to assist investors interested in sourcing ideas from innovative startup founders,” says Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, founder and Executive Director of GoDo. “As the name implies, we desire that at this hub, numerous life-transforming business dreams would be actualised to meet the yearnings of people in Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large.”

“In the next three months, the hub would announce its incubation programme. This is because, for us as a social enterprise with a mission to continually fuel, support and grow a start-up community, we would constantly introduce programme that would help aspiring entrepreneurs to start and scale and thereby create the jobs of the future.”

Also speaking on the goal of GoDo to advance entrepreneurship in Nigeria, a close associate of the brand, Adeoye Abodunrin, commended the team for such an initiative and invited well-meaning sponsors to assist startups with three to six months co-workspace support. This, he noted, would further help to broaden the prospects for incubation for more businesses.

Commenting at the event, former president of the Institute of Software Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) and Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Software Solutions SRL, Chris Uwaje implored young people to identify the different critical domains and develop software to tackle issues around them. He added that there was the need for critical policies to upscale the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

The vision of GoDo is to establish a digital innovation ecosystem, where collaboration is the enabler of ground-breaking digital and technological advancement while tapping into local talent, support entities and international partnerships

2018 NiRA BLOGGERS’ SUMMIT

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) organized a successful Bloggers summit, which is the first of its kind. It was well attended by bloggers (professionals and rookies), media professionals, NiRA Accredited Registrars and many other stakeholders. The summit held on Thursday October 18, 2016 at NiRA Office Complex, Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos.

In his opening address Revd. Sunday Folayan, the President of NiRA, said that the 2018 NiRA Bloggers summit was organized to promote responsible blogging, stimulate the industry by developing and publishing relevant content, create opportunities/jobs and command respect from the larger society. He hoped that the summit would lead to increased networking, increase in the uptake of .ng, reduction in fake news and last but not the least trust in the .ng brand.

The summit included educational sessions, influencer interactions, sessions on monetizing blogs, working with brands as a senior influencer and discussions on other topical issues such as legal impact of online payment, blogging about the society and individuals, etc.

One of the speakers at the event, Mr. James Nwabueze who is the Business Development Executive for TFhost.ng, a leading Nigeria website hosting company in Abuja gave a case on why Nigerians should use .ng domains and host locally. He further stated that Nigerians who buy foreign domains or host abroad are involved in capital flight.

Other notable speakers at the summit included Bayo Olupohunda, the editor-in-chief of the online news site, NAIJ, who spoke on “Powerful Content Creation”, Mr. Okemini Otum, Founder of Rabbington Media, who spoke on “The Business of Blogging”, Mr. Ben Bassey, the Senior Editor, Operations at Pulse Nigeria who spoke on social media marketing and Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Presenter at Channels Television who spoke on “Starting a blog”.

If you are  blogger, you can join the Telegram group with the link https://t.me/joinchat/GbShzlfcc5Od_gMZ4tIsvg for further discussions and knowledge sharing with other bloggers.