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ICANN61 Kicks Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

The ICANN61 Community Forum is ongoing in San Juan, Puerto Rico with about 2,000 participants from 150 countries taking part in over 300 sessions. The Public Meeting will end on the 15th March 2018.

ICANN meetings are an important part of how the Internet global community interacts, give diverse group of stakeholders a chance to meet face-to-face and develop policy and advice in a more personal, collaborative environment. They're also a great opportunity to learn about the wider community and see what fellow stakeholders are working hard on.

Hosting ICANN61 in Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria is a testament to the commitment to the development of the Internet community.

ICANN 61 meeting has proven to be another week of intense discussion, important work, and productive sessions.

NIRA is represent at ICANN61, following up with global trends in the Domain Name industry and contributing in the ongoing discussions.



On the 9th of March 2018, National Information Technology Development Agency launched its “Startup Friday” programme at Emerald Event Center Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The “Startup Friday” is a smart gathering for ICT Entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, find support and bridge the seed funding gap in Nigeria. StartUp Friday is aimed at identifying exceptional young brilliant and talented Nigerians with ICT solutions for the Agency to support, promote and better their products & services

This 9th edition tagged “StartupFriday Uyo”, provided an avenue for NITDA through its Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami to further reiterate the Agency’s effort in ensuring proper development and regulation of Information Technology for Sustainable National Development in Nigeria. The DG further disclosed the Agency’s plan to establish Digital Job Centre in Akwa Ibom State. He said the project was part of the FG’s measures to create jobs for Nigeria teeming youths.

At the event, 10 Startups were accorded the opportunity of pitching their solutions to the audience and Budgetier emerged the best. The top three startups received the seed funds to support the continuation and success of the projects. It is worthy of note that the startup that emerged the best had a .ng domain name (












On Thursday 7th March 2018, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu inaugurated the new governing Board of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.

NITDA's new Governing Board is charged with the responsibility of formulating policies for the management of NITDA.

The seven-man governing board is led by Prof Adeolu Akande as Chairman and the others members are Honorable Kazeem Salako, Dr Lawal Bello Moriki, Hajia Binta Mohammed, Mr. Uche Onwude, Rt. Hon Abdullai Bello and Sen J.J. Akpanunudoedehe. The newly inaugurated board members have various levels of experiences from both the private and public sector.


Graphics is an important part of web design. It is important you know and understand the graphic software you want to use for your website. This is because 99% of websites today have images, photo galleries etc. A web designer who has little or no knowledge of graphics and how to embed them in designs would end up having a stale and boring website.

There is a number of graphic software available for use like CorelDraw, Paint, Photoshop, Illustrator etc. but our focus would be on CorelDraw and Photoshop. People often think that Photoshop and CorelDraw are the same thing or perform the same functions. We would highlight some differences between Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw.

Needless to state that, the developers of the two solutions belong to different organisations. Adobe Photoshop was developed and is published by Adobe Systems while CorelDraw was developed and is published by Corel Corporation.

Adobe Photoshop is a raster image editor. Raster image/graphics are often called bitmap images because they are made up of millions of tiny squares called pixels. It is an array of pixels of various colors which together form an image. When you zoom on a raster image, you are able to see the square outline of each pixel.

On the other hand, CorelDraw is a vector image editor. Vector images comprises of paths or lines that are either straight or curved. A vector image will always appear smooth no matter how large you make it or how close you zoom in. This means that an image would maintain its quality no matter how much you increase or reduce its size.

CorelDraw graphics are best to represent more structured images like line art graphics, with flat, uniform colors whilst Adobe Photoshop graphics are best used for non-line art images; specifically digitized photographs, scanned artwork or detailed graphics.

The file size for a CorelDraw image is smaller than Photoshop version.

While Adobe Photoshop and CorelDraw are not similar, an Adobe version for CorelDraw which is a vector image editor is known as the Adobe Illustrator while the CorelDraw version of Photoshop which is a raster image editor is known as the Corel Photo-Paint.

The expected outcome of your graphic editor should determine which product to use for your website design.  The decision on which product to use is a business decision based on the results or image you wish to project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

NiRA Annual General Meeting - 2018

Activities have kicked off, in preparation for the Annual General Assembly of our dear organization - NIRA. It will afford us the opportunity to give account of our stewardship, interact at close proximity with members and discuss issues concerning NiRA. Statutorily, the AGM must hold on or before the end of the fourth month of every year. This year, it will hold on the 27th April 2018.

Later in the evening of the same day, I will have the privilege of hosting members, stakeholders and members of the public at its 3rd .ng Awards night. The .ng Awards celebrates the achievements and innovations on the Internet as it relates to the .ng brand.

The .ng awards showcases Nigerian businesses, the private and public sectors at all levels, and individuals who have contributed to promoting and projecting Nigerian local content on the Internet.   The general public does the nominations of qualified organisations and in the selection of the winners in each category by voting for the nominees of their choice.

NIRA does not charge for the award, neither is any fee attached to any aspect of the nominations and selections. Winners of the .ng Awards in previous years have voluntarily promoted the .ng brand, and we are appreciative of the mention of NIRA and the .ng brand in their campaigns.

Please visit the NIRA website daily to monitor the updates as times goes on, especially on the details of how to participate in the .ng Awards.

At NiRA, we believe in the power of the Internet and are determined that the .ng domain name is used to positively impact on the lives of Internet users. Come join us and be part of the great crusade to project Nigeria in the cyberspace.


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board