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Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum (GMF) is the only international media conference that brings together decision-makers and influencers from the worlds of Journalism, Digital Media, Politics, Business, Civil Society and Academia. The 2018 GMF held from 11th to 13th June 2018 in Germany.

Nigeria was represented by two worthy emissaries, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director Paradigm Initiative and Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA) Jnr, Founder and a Director, on the Board of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). Mr. Sesan spoke on “Internet Freedom and Net Neutrality at Stake: How to defend Digital Rights”.

The event offered a unique interdisciplinary approach to tackling a challenge that defines our time: Global Inequalities. Inequalities are all around us -- some all-too visible, and many obscure and insidious. From institutionalized racism to income inequality, the digital divide and unequal power relations – inequality is deeply ingrained and deeply confusing. Are media up to understanding the dimensions and effects of inequality? How can technology really be a galvanizer and equalizer? What is the potential of technology to provide equal access to knowledge and power?



2018 Digital Sense Forum on IG4D, IPv6 roundtable

The Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum (NDSF) on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable held on the 6th June 2018 at Co-operative Hall Oshodi Secretariat, Oshodi LGA with the theme “Internet Governance: Sustaining Development”.

Mrs. Nkem Nweke, the Executive Director Operations DigitalSENSE Africa Media, in her Opening Remarks highlighted the aims and achievements of DigitalSENSE Africa in the past 9 years and its tenacity in its continued creation of awareness for IPv6 in Nigeria.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the Chairman of IPv6 Council Nigeria and CEO Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, commended the Management of DigitalSENSE Africa Media for the consistency in providing Internet Stakeholders in Nigeria the platform to evolve and align with the global eco-system, describing it as the “fore-bearers” of good news on Internet Governance for Development.

The President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) Mr. Destiny Amana, applauded DigitalSENSE Africa Media, for ensuring Nigerian Internet Stakeholders are readily represented and kept abreast of issues on IG4D in the country.


The event also had in attendance representatives from the Ministry of Communications, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), amongst many others.

Mr Biyi Oladipo Appointed as ICANN ccNSO Liaison to the GNSO

Mr. Adebiyi Oladipo, the Financial Secretary of NIRA has been appointed by the Country Code Name Support Organization (ccNSO) of ICANN as one of its Liaisons to the Generic Top Level Domain Name Support Organization (GNSO) of ICANN. The appointment is with effect from May 2018.

As specified in the ccNSO Guideline for Liaison and Observers, the ccNSO appointed liaison to the GNSO shall report to the ccNSO Council monthly on the activities of the respective organization. The ccNSO appointed Liaison to the GNSO shall represent ccNSO values in these efforts, shall pursue specific direction from the ccNSO Council as and when given, and shall seek ccNSO Council advice as and when needed.

Furthermore, the ccNSO Liaison to the GNSO is committed to:

  • Participate diligently and actively in the meetings and activities of the GNSO on an ongoing and long-term basis
  • Communicate and advocate the positions of the ccNSO to the GNSO;
  • Report to the ccNSO on current and upcoming activities of the GNSO that may be of relevance to the ccNSO and broader ccTLD community.
  • If feasible and considered relevant ask to the ccNSO for advance guidance, if any, on matters that are going to be discussed by the GNSO.
  • Participate in GNSO-ccNSO Council meetings agenda committee to prepare the f-2-f meetings, if any.

The ccNSO liaison to the GNSO is not a member of, or entitled to vote on the ccNSO council or the Councils of other organizations, but otherwise shall be entitled to participate in the respective Council meetings.

We congratulate Mr. Oladipo on this appointment, and wish him a productive outing.  


Benefit of Using the Nigerian Identity on the Internet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) assigns to each country and territory, a country code top level domain (ccTLDs) acronym.  For almost twenty years, ICANN has worked closely with managers of ccTLDs (the two-letter TLDs established for countries and some territories). For Nigeria the ccTLD is .ng, for Uganda the ccTLD is .ug, for Egypt the ccTLD is .eg, etc.

The benefits of using a .ng domain name for your website include:

  • This is our National Identity and Pride
  • You have direct access to the Managers of the .ng ccTLD should there be challenges with the domain name
  • Local targeting and Search Engine Optimization: This will ensure your business appears whilst in the search for your type of business in our geographical region (Nigeria)
  • Websites with domain names associated with ccTLDs give visitors confidence as they are aware that ccTLDs are highly regulated. So using a .ng domain name gives credibility to a business. International customers prefer to deal with businesses that have the ccTLD domain names.
  • Search engines like Google like ccTLDs as they rank ccTLDs high in their elements used to determine country targeting.
  • Brand Protection: Registering a domain name on the .ng ccTLD will enhance brand protection against domain squatters.
  • Better Speed: Latency is reduced for websites and blogs using .ng domain names. However this is also determined by the location of the hosting provider. For businesses in Nigeria or targeting Nigerian clients, the local hosting of .ng gives your website the advantage of better speed.
  • Preferred Domain Name: Opting for .ng provides an opportunity to register preferred domain name which may not be available on other TLDs.
  • Reduction in Capital Flight: .ng domain name is priced in naira for Nigerians. Money is saved and capital flight is reduced.
  • Job creation for Nigerians

The Internet is for everyone

The foresight that took the Internet from a Department of Defense experiment in the United States of America, to a global phenomenon that has since changed Communication, Commerce, Education, Agriculture, Health and very many other spheres of human life should be commended.

It has brought about an unprecedented development in many areas. These changes are systematic and not random. They are years of careful planning, discussions and diverse contributions from diverse quarters.

Unfortunately, there are still many people who do not have access to the Internet or who cannot afford the cost of getting on the Internet even for very many basic needs.

It is important that the “Haves” continue to advocate for the “Have Nots” because the development of the world without bothering about bringing every other person online, could threaten world peace and its general stability. The Internet has been used to bridge many gaps in communication and facilitate developments all over the world.

This is one key reason why the various stakeholders must continue to dialog on the processes and methods for making the Internet work for everyone. The Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) will again convene on the 2nd of July 2018 at Shehu Musa Yaradua Center, Central Business District Abuja, FCT, Nigeria. Make it a date to join other stakeholders on the discussions around Internet Governance. I assure you, it will be a worthwhile experience.

Just a quick reminder, the 3rd edition of the .ng Awards gala will hold on Friday 6th July 2018 in Lagos. We will be celebrating individuals and companies that are using the .ng domain names for their websites and the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards will 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.

Please make it a date.


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board