Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NiRA at Nigeria Computer Society (NCS)

The 2018 National Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society held from the 17th   to the 19th of July 2018 at The International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. The Theme for this year’s event is  
Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The conference addressed the practical realities and needs, best practices, emerging issues, innovation, stakeholder roles and future sustainability. The NCS realizes that Digital inclusion is particularly important as the urgent need to diversify the economy away from dependence on oil and improve economic performance becomes more important.

As usual, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was at 2018 NCS conference with three of its Accredited Registrars (Garanntor Hosting Limited, Upperlink Limited and Integrated Software Services Limited (ISSL) to educate and enlighten on the need to embrace and sustain out online identity and growth of local content.

Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Executive Governor of Oyo State,  during his visit to NiRA Stand at the NCS Conference.


NiRA successfully held the third edition of the Annual .ng recognition and Awards ceremony on Friday, 6th July 2018 at the Celebration Garden and Event Centre, 28B Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja. Lagos.

The .ng Awards seeks to promote and commend the excellent achievements of  NiRA members, Stakeholders and the General Public, who tirelessly contribute towards building a Sustainable Economy using Technology, uplift the image of .ng locally and internationally and stimulating the development and consumption of local content on the Internet space.

In his Presidential speech, Rev’d Sunday Folayan, NiRA President, noted that NiRA does not attach monetary value to the awards. Since the inception of the .ng awards, no sponsorship or donations is required to participate in the .ng Award; Nominations and voting is at the discretion of the General Public.

He appreciated the nominees who have proudly projected their businesses using the .ng brand.

At the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), we believe in the power of the internet and are determined that the .ng domain name space, has a positive impact on the lives of internet users. We acknowledge the great work being done out there and desire the populace to know about it, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight.

Dignitaries at the event include Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the VP of NiRA and CEO of Internet, Hon. Adamu Alhaji Lawan, Commissioner for Works and Transport, Borno State,  Mr. Tunde Coker, the Chief Executive Officer, Rack Centre,  and other notable leaders of Associations and Organizations within the Nigerian ICT ecosystem.

The winners of the 2018 .ng awards in the various categories can be viewed from the link below.


A business email indicates that your business is established and registered with the relevant authorities. The organisational brand name can be your personal name or your business name. Depending on what whatever you choose as your brand name, you can always register a domain name to promote the brand on the internet. The branded email address does self-marketing for your business.

The level of internet penetration and online presence today has made it more important to have a branded email address for your business and brand. In this edition of the Tech Speak of the NiRA enewsletter, we share few reasons why you should use a custom email domain name for your brand communication.

There is a professional outlook to your business when you use a branded custom email address. It gives your business a boost. Being professional might indicate you are doing a legitimate and good job. Being professional indicates you are committed to the business and not in a flash pan business, putting in a great effort to ensure your clients get the best service from your brand/business. To be considered as a serious brand, have a quality business website and ensure you use a branded email address to communicate with your clients.

When you use a business brand email address, your clients and potential clients are reassured of the origin/source of the email they have received. They know the email should not be a spam. They are more relaxed to open and read the email.  Having a website and a custom email address sets you apart and lets potential clients know you’re trustworthy. If your email address in no way resembles your business name, people will have a hard time connecting the two. Your recipients are more likely to regard you as a stranger and ignore your email if they don’t know how they can associate the unfamiliar email address with the business they have a relationship with.

Remember your brand is your identity. With your branded email address, your website name is associated with it and it serves as an added bonus when someone receives your email. It is possible that your email address generates interest to induce the person to want to know more about your business.

Your branded email address from the domain name of your website can influence the future growth of your business. The name will portray a consistency for the future outlook. For example, you register the domain name Your email addresses can grow with your legacy. It can become a family heirloom

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A custom email address for your organization and brand starts with registering a domain name that is associated with your brand name.

Decide and register your domain name. Select a NiRA Accredited Registrar for your domain name business via the link  Then Develop your website. Create your custom business email system.  

Remember that a custom email address opens channels of trust and communication. A custom email address portrays your business as a professional and successful business. With custom email address, you can create as many email addresses as possible. Since you are the owner of the email system, when someone leaves the organization, email sent to that email address can be channeled to another staff and it is easy to close and open email addresses. You are in absolute control of your custom email addresses.

2018 NIRA Awards, Thank you all

The 2018 edition of the .ng Awards that held on Friday 6th July 2018 has come and gone and it is my duty to thank everyone that contributed to the success of the Awards.

The night, which is the third edition of the .ng Awards was a blast, enjoyed by all. The ladies and gentlemen who graced the occasion were smartly adorned. It was a night filled with excitement and fun.

We are grateful to God and to everyone that contributed to the success of the night, especially those who actively participated by nominating their brand of choice, and subsequently voting to ensure they won.

With each passing year since the .ng Awards came to be, (apart from the positive statistics) it is clear that the acceptability and penetration of .ng is growing across the country. This year, there were award winners from the Eastern and Northern parts of the country, which shows the active participation of all geographical zones, and proves that beyond Lagos, there are endless possibilities in this connected world of ours.

We have a task, and it is to continue to project the image of the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) brand and the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry through laudable ideas and innovations.

Thank you all, for making this year’s edition of the Awards a success and we look forward to the future and your continued participation.


2018 Media College

I specially invite members of the Press to “The 2018 Media College workshop”, scheduled to hold on Friday, 20th July, 2018 at NiRA Office Complex.

This workshop aims to further enlighten the Press Corps on the various activities and opportunities in the DNS Industry. It is part of NiRA’s effort in creating the groundswell that will educate the general public and ultimately accelerate the development of the DNS Industry.

If you are actively involved in ICT reporting or Technology generally, make out the time to be at the college and get equipped. Please reserve a space by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It is free.


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NIRA at the 2018 NIGF

The 2018 Edition of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) held on the 2nd and 3rd July 2018 at Shehu Musa Yaradua Center, Central Business District Abuja, with the theme Internet: An enabler for good Governance’’.

The Youth Forum, with the theme “Internet for Opportunities, Value Creation and Empowerment” held on the 2nd of July 2018 at Shehu Musa Yarádua Centre, Central Business District, Abuja.

At the Youth event was well attended, many questions were asked about the .ng brand and the activities of the NIRA Academy and satisfactory answers were given.

The main event of the 2018 NIGF held on the 3rd of July 2018. The NIRA President set the tone with a presentation on the Impact of Internet Governance process in Nigeria in the last six years. The Special Keynote Address on “Enabling Open Data Policy for Good Governance”, was delivered by Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adedayo Shittu Hon. Minister of Communications. The distinguished paper presentation on “Internet as an enabler of Accountability and Transparency” was given by Dr. (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili - Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI).


Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Staff and three Accredited Registrars were at the Forum to create awareness of the .ng brand and offer domain management services to interested participants at the event.