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The Sixth Africa DNS Forum

The sixth Africa DNS Forum will take place 3rd to 5th July 2018 at Cotonou, Benin under the theme “Building a Sustainable Domain Name Industry in Africa”. The Forum is co-organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), and AfRegistrar. It will be hosted by the Regulatory Authority of Communications Electronics in Benin (ARCEP). This year's forum follows on the success of the preceding forums, held in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015), Marrakech, Morocco (2016), and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2017).

Over the past six years, the Africa DNS Forum has become an important annual event, bringing together regional players and world experts in the DNS field to share experiences, best practices, and provide updates on developments in the domain industry. This year's three-day event builds on the takeaways from the previous event, and addresses key issues that directly concern the regional industry. Among this year's topics are data protection and privacy, registry and registrar platform development, Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance initiatives in Africa, and investment opportunities in the Africa DNS industry.

During the 6th Africa DNS, on the 6 July 2018, the African Internet community will celebrate 20 years of Internet Governance in Africa. Representatives of ICANN leadership as well as the Internet pioneers of Africa will come together for the celebrations in Benin, twenty years after the first African Internet Governance Forum was held in Benin in 1998. The anniversary will be marked by a day-long event themed “An Efficient Governance of Internet in the Service of Africa Development.” Representatives of ICANN, Internet Society (ISOC), local governmental authorities, United Nations Development Programme, Internet pioneers of Africa, and more will be partaking in the event. For more information on the event, visit

For registration and more information on the Africa DNS Forum, visit


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