Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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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.

ICANN’s 63rd Public Meeting

ICANN is holding its 63rd Public Meeting (ICANN63) at the Barcelona International Convention Centre from 20th to 25th October 2018. The meeting is hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Business, through the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, and Red.es, a public corporate entity responsible for managing the Internet Domain Name Registry for the country code “.es”, and for developing programs to stimulate the digital economy.

Speakers at the Opening Ceremony on the 22th October 2018 included the Spanish Minister of Economy and Business Nadia Calviño; Secretary of State for Digital Advancement Francisco Polo; ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby; and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby.

The meeting brought together stakeholders from all over the world. Governments, businesses, the civil society, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, technical communities, and others are active participants in the event. The sessions enable discussions and the development of policies on a broad range of Internet-related topics, particularly the Domain Name System and IP addressing, and inform the audience on latest issues of concern to stakeholders.

Among the highlights of ICANN63 was a High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM) that took place on 22th of October 2018. Ministers, representatives of governments, and delegations from around the world attended the meeting. The day-long HLGM included interactive sessions for ministers and high-level officials to discuss the Internet ecosystem and governance, ICANN‘s work, wider digital issues of global interest, and the role of governments in these areas. The Nigerian delegation was led by Barr Adebayo Shittu, Honourable Minister of Communications, supported by Dr. Isa Ali Pantami Director General/CEO NITDA, representatives from NIRA, government and the Academia

At the ccTLD news session, the presentation from the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) “Creating Domestic Visibility for the .ng Brand”, was made by Mr. Adebiyi Oladipo, a member of the NiRA Board.

Additionally, there were sessions related to the evolution of ICANN policies such as WHOIS, in the light of new data protection rules emerging from the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These sessions provide opportunities for all to learn more about the work that is being done to adapt existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to data protection laws, including a potential model to enable access to non-public user registration data for legitimate purposes.

2018 GULF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION (GITEX)

The 38th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) technology week held at the World trade Centre, Dubai from 14th October to 18th October, 2018. This was Nigeria’s sixth participation at GITEX. Nigeria’s participation at GITEX annually is aimed at promoting investments in the technology sector through the African Investment Forum and showcasing Nigerian Startups and Organizations.

NiRA was at the 2018 GITEX. It was worthy of note that the various Nigerian organizations and startups showcased/hosted their products on website and emails with their registered .ng domain names. The NiRA team was able to promote and guide participants on how to register their .ng domain names and also explained benefits of registering .ng domain names at the conference.

The Nigerian delegation to GITEX 2018 was led by Dr. Isa Ali Patami, Director General/CEO of National Information Technology development Agency (NITDA), Honorable Minister of Communications, who was represented by Mrs. Moni Udo, The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission Prof. Umar Danbatta, Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, and the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT & Cybercrime, Nigeria, Sen. Foster Ogola.

Nigeria also organized the Africa Investment Forum which held on Wednesday 17th of October 2018. The forum attracted ICT stakeholders and investors from across the world. Dr. Pantami in his opening remarks stated that Nigeria’s ICT sector was ready to take reputable space in the sector across the globe.

The Africa Investment Forum focused on technology investments and how the continent could leverage on increasing value to GDP of ICT in most developing economies. Speakers across different verticals discussed ICT diffusion across different sectors that include education, cyber security, startups, retail, energy, healthcare, and finance.

The representative of the Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organizers of GITEX Technology Week 2018, recognized and commended Nigeria and NITDA for consistently promoting ICT across the globe.

At GITEX 2018, over 400 startups representing over 30 countries participated and competed at the 2018 startup movement, amongst which were seven Nigerian startups sponsored by NITDA. Two of the Nigerian Startups, MAX.ng and Arone delivery (Life bank), emerged as part of the semifinalist start-ups.