Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG Domain Name Report as at 28th Feb. 2018

Domain Name Industry Development - Our Joint Responsibilities

I was excited in the course of the past week, to rub minds with one of the brains behind max.ng a motorcycle hailing service in Nigeria which is positioned to be the uber on two wheels. This is coming immediately after my interaction with the promoter of the nnu.ng domain name.

I am excited that many more entrepreneurs are making the .ng the domain of choice for launching their business into the Nigerian market. At the moment, with over 100,000 active .ng domain names, this is far below our target and we can not be comfortable with this number.

NiRA has been at the forefront of the development of the Domain Name Industry in Nigeria. We have made considerable progress in growing the numbers, as is evident from  the growth figures we see.  The need for all our Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs) to have online identity using .ng country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD) for their websites, email communications and other online activities. The message is simple “.ng ccTLD your gateway to the global market”.

To the General public, registrants and all other Stakeholders, using the .ng domain name for your websites, emails and other online communications, keep helping to propagate the news about the usefulness of .ng domain names.

Let me use this medium to encourage you all to share your testimonies and experiences of using .ng Domain Name. You can always tag all our social media handles @niraworks for these testimonies and experiences.

I remain at your service.

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Take Your Offline Business Online – Why you need a Domain Name

Some few years ago, business activities such as buying and selling were mostly carried out physically. In most parts of the World, the norm was to have business centers or Office Apartments where teeming clients could always conjugate with the Business Owners. Additionally some business owners would have telephone numbers to enhance communication with their clients. This form of business has been referred to as brick-and-mortar businesses. This form of interacting was often referred to as the traditional offline business meetings.

Today, many offline businesses have been taken online because technology has given us another seamless way of transacting. With the Internet, we now have many online and partially online businesses operating along traditional offline businesses. Being visible is an essential for thriving online businesses. Most businesses aspiring to be an international brand ensure their online presence so they can have global visibility.

Taking your business online is a business decision. It all depends on what your business aims to achieve. To take your offline business, online:

  1. You require a Domain Name. Just as it is important to register the business at Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria, you also need to register your business domain name. This domain name representing your online identity, will host your custom email address, and is your business website address.

    Take for example max.ng, https://www.max.ng/. Max is on a mission to fix Africa’s notorious last-mile delivery and online-retail problems by using mobile and web platforms to connect consumers, retail businesses and independent drivers in real-time. They are eliminating all logistics and technology barriers that have historically prevented retail businesses in Africa from realizing their full potentials.

    To register a domain name, contact a NiRA Accredited Registrar. For .ng domain registration, NiRA the registry for .ng ccTLD has over 63 Accredited Registrars that can be reached via this link: http://nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars

  2. The second important thing to consider when you decide to take your business online is webhosting. This is renting a web space online to host your website, emails and your other web file. These web hosting services is being offered by web hosting service providers and most of the NiRA Accredited Registrars bundle the service with domain registrations.

 Benefits of Expanding an Offline Business Online

With your online business, there is more access to new and prospective customers. Shopping online is extremely convenient as long as you operate according to rules. Most people in the Nigeria now prefer to shop online because of the convenience associated with online shopping.

With online business, you make available the variety of your goods/produces to a wide variety of audience. This gives shoppers the opportunity to quickly peruse all products in stock.

Potential clients are well informed of the products in stock before stepping out.

Conclusion

Depending on the nature of your business, it is pertinent to keep your offline brand alive and well. If your offline business is thriving, treat your online expansion as an additional component of the business rather than a replacement.

LIST OF PREMIUM DOMAIN NAMES FOR AUCTION

S/N Domain Name   S/N Domain Name
1 review.ng    26 events.ng
2 amazi.ng   27 Fish.ng
3 awesome.ng   28 fuel.ng
4 bags.ng   29 hair.ng
5 beats.ng   30 homework.ng
6 Distribution.ng   31 hospital.ng
7 bills.ng   32 hospitals.ng
8 book.ng   33 lottery.ng
9 bus.ng   34 love.ng
10 cakes.ng   35 news.ng
11 casino.ng   36 nothi.ng 
12 cinema.ng   37 onlinecasino.ng
13 clinic.ng   38 opinion.ng
14 cloud.ng   39 poker.ng
15 cooki.ng   40 televisions.ng
16 Doctors.ng   41 travel.ng
17 electronics.ng   42 wrestli.ng
18 active.ng   43 homeimprovement.ng
19 balance.ng   44 intelligentdesign.ng
20 gladiators.ng   45 acknowledge.ng
21 burns.ng   46 addictive.ng
22 malaria.ng   47 acceleration.ng
23 opera.ng   48 boxed.ng
24 pendulum.ng   49 bumperstickers.ng
25 pole.ng   50 project.ng
         
Click here to contact an Accredited Registrar

DECLARATION ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE

The African Union Heads of State and Government met at the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28th to 29th January 2018 and developed a communique on Internet Governance and development of Africa’s Digital Economy.

Whilst acknowledging that the Internet is an essential tool and a dynamic force for economic, social and cultural development and recalling in that regard Resolution 26/13 of the Human Right Council, decisions were taken on:

  • Internet Governance principles,
  • Africa’s Participation in Internet Governance,
  • Development of Africa’s Digital Economy,
  • Management of Domain Names and
  • Global Internet Governance.

The African Union noted that less than 20% of Africans are online and that the majority of those not connected are in the rural areas and mostly women and the poor.  The African Union remain committed to facilitating a resilient, unique, universal and interoperable Internet that is accessible to all and will strive to ensure universal and affordable Internet access for all African citizens including people with specific needs.

To read more, please click:

 https://www.kictanet.or.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Declaration-on-Internet-Governance_adopted-AU-Summit-2018.pdf

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