Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Friday, 5th July, 2019 was an eventful day for the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and its stakeholders as it hosted the 2019 .ng Awards at Nelo’s Place Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

The 2019 .ng Awards, the fourth edition, showcased Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations that help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all. The awards were open to any organization or individual using the .ng domain name, with credible online activities.

The event was graced with the presence of the DG NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami represented by Dr Collins Agu, the EVC/CEO NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta represented by Dr Chidi Diugwu, the Acting Registrar CAC, Lady Azinge represented by Mrs. Promise, the Acting Registrar APCON, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha as well as attendees from a cross-section of the industry, media and the society at large. NiRA Board of Trustees and Executive Directors were all in attendance, ably led by the NiRA BOT Chairman, Deacon, Chima Onyekwere. The President of NiRA, Mr. Muhammed Rudman as the Chief Host at the occasion received the august visitors.

For the record, there were a total of 87 shortlisted nominees for the 13 different award categories that received the 44,717 different votes from the 18,247 voters. For the Presidential awards, there were 12 recipients for the different award categories.

Winners of the .ng Awards included, Tfhost, Afe Babalola University, the Guardian, Daily times and many others. The highlight of the Presidential Award was the presentation of the NiRA Special Recognition Award to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for his invaluable contributions to the growth in the ICT Industry and in particular, for the promotion of the .ng brand through NITDA’s "” campaigns to government at all levels. The full list of winners and recipients of the .ng Awards is available at

 Brief of the .ng Awards

The .ng Awards was launched in 2016 as part of the activities to mark the 10th Anniversary of NiRA. It was established to recognize and honor the contributions by individuals and organizations to the growth in the uptake of .ng domain names in Nigeria and the increased awareness about the .ng brand. The Awards also serve to acknowledge those who are exploring various opportunities in the DNS Industry in Nigeria.  Till date NiRA has hosted the following .ng Awards:

  • The 2016 .ng Awards, held on Saturday, 2nd April, 2016 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria;
  • The 2017 .ng Awards, held on Friday, 21st April, 2017 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria;
  • The 2018 .ng Awards, held on Friday, 6th July, 2018 at the Celebration Gardens and Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria;
  • And finally, the 2019 .ng Awards held on Friday, 5th July, 2019 at Nelo’s Place Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

We appreciate the active participation of everyone in the NiRA story and congratulate the winners of the 2019 .ng Awards


On Wednesday, 31st July 2019, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association through its Special Purpose Vehicle, NIRA Academy, organized its 1st Web Hosting Conference in Nigeria at Nelo’s Place, 2 Yomi Oshikoya Drive, Off Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.

The conference brought together Web hosting companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Data Centers, NiRA Accredited Registrars, Web developers, Programmers, Network Administrators, IT Entrepreneurs and Academics from the IT community to discuss Web hosting in Nigeria, educate stakeholders about how to run a successful Web hosting business and promote the adoption of local hosting in Nigeria. There was also a session on the technicalities of Webhost management.

In his welcome address, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the President of NiRA said that Nigeria has the population to grow any business of her choice and Nigerians need to focus and plan on how to develop the country’s ICT infrastructure and harness this asset so as to unlock the potential of our huge population. He further stated that local hosting is critical for any country that wants to develop its Internet infrastructure and empower its citizens as well as ensure the sovereignty of national data. He informed the Conference that Nigerian government’s realization of the need for cloud localization brought about the National Cloud Computing Policy by NITDA, which was aimed at promoting the migration of national data to local cloud with a goal of achieving 30% migration by the end of 2024. A few years ago, the Federal Government of Nigeria also setup Galaxy Backbone PLC, a company empowered to provide Internet and Hosting Services for government ministries, departments and agencies. Mr. Rudman encouraged local hosting for Nigerian businesses as a step in the right direction towards improving Nigeria’s economy. He emphasized the need to invest locally, with business plans which should be strategically focused towards developing our country, Nigeria.

Other notable speakers at the conference included David Balogun, the Chief Operating Officer of Garanntor Limited who spoke on “Becoming an Entrepreneur in the Web Hosting Business”, Mr. Oluwarotimi Onifade, Web Advisor Supervisor, Trefoil Networks Limited who spoke on “Domain and Reseller Hosting Services” and Mr. Jude Chukwuebuka Ogbonna Server Admin, SmartWeb Nigeria Limited who spoke on “Web Host Management”.

The conference ended with a closing remark by Mrs. Edith Udeagu, Executive Secretary of NiRA. She expressed appreciation to the sponsors, facilitators and participants for making the conference a huge success. Mr. Sikiru Shehu, the Dean of NiRA Academy, Mr. Toba Obaniyi, the Vice President of NiRA and the NiRA President gave appreciation awards and certificates to all the sponsors of the conference.


One of the first decisions which need to be taken when building and developing a website is Web hosting. While price is usually a major factor, choosing a hosting package based solely on the lowest cost can be a mistake sometimes. It is important to choose a reliable hosting provider who offers the needed features and services. Additionally, security and customer service should play a primary role in choosing a website hosting company. If your business primarily targets customers in a particular geographic region, purchasing hosting in that region may also provide search engine visibility benefits.

Before we discuss the benefits of Local Web hosting, lets first understand what exactly web hosting is.

Web hosting is a necessity for any website — it is the physical location of your website on the Internet, an online storage center that houses the information, images, video, and other content that comprises your website. Web hosting service providers maintain the server where the data associated with your website resides, and also manage the technology that helps your website connect to the Internet.

Website hosting is typically measured in the amount of disk space you're allotted on the server and the amount of data transfer or "bandwidth" you need for accessing the server. For example, if you have many customer interaction at your website, such as files to download, you will access the server frequently and you'll need more Web hosting transfer space than someone who simply puts readable text on their website. The more "items" or "content" you have on your site (i.e., photos, maps, PDF files, etc.), the more disk space you'll need for website hosting.

There can be no doubt that you can find lots of great web hosting providers out there today. But before you do a search for the biggest foreign hosting company, try looking local first because of the awesome advantages your business website gets from using a local hosting company. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should look local for your web hosting:

  • Faster Loading Times for Local Visitors: Your website speed is seriously important. And since the distance your website data needs to travel from its server has an impact on speed, the closer your customers are to that server, the better.
  • Better Customer Service: With a local company, all you need to do is pick up the phone to talk to a real person with practical answers to your questions.
  • Better Security: If your website is vulnerable, so is your business. Hence if your web hosting company is local, it helps you to establish a more significant business relationship with them and keep your data secure.
  • Better Search Result Rankings: When you have a local business, if you host your site in your area, it could significantly boost your ranking on various search engines.
  • Local is Simply Better: If you're a local business, you know the value of supporting the economy of your community. Because when everyone shops locally, everyone benefits.

Contact any of NiRA’s Accredited Registrars to find out more about local hosting and registering a .ng domain name.



As the 2019 .ng awards approaches, there is enthusiasm to know the eventual winners of the various awards. It is important to remember that the .ng awards recognize organizations that successfully conduct their businesses using the .ng domain names; the Nigerian Online Identity.

The nominees for the awards are companies and individuals using the .ng domain names, projecting the Nigerian culture and norms, and helping to make the Internet more accessible and secure. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is rewarding these entities for their various achievements. Nominations and voting for the eventual winners in the various categories were done by the general public, ratified by a Jury and overseen by NiRA’s external auditors.  As we all look forward to the awards on 5th July, 2019, let me again re-assure all stakeholders that these awards are based purely on merit and the sheer hard-work of the nominees and eventual winners. I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all the nominees and the eventual winners of this notable award.

NiRA was ably represented at both the recently concluded Africa Internet Summit in Uganda and the more recent ICANN 65 Conference in Morocco. Members of Staff of the Secretariat attended and actively participated at the AIS Summit and the AfTLD Conference. Exposure to best practices and participation at such events ensure continuous improvement of services rendered by the NiRA Secretariat.  At the ICANN conference, the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Edith Udeagu made a presentation on “Legal Considerations: Domain Name Auction using the Twitter Platform”, which was well received and served to further cement NiRA’s position as a ccTLD to be reckoned with. Some of NiRA’s Executive Board Members and the NiRA Chief Operating Officer were also in attendance at the conference.

NiRA will, next week, in partnership with other stakeholders, host the first Nigeria School on Internet Governance as well as the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum. Both events will hold in Lagos, Nigeria from 8th to 11th July, 2019 and have attracted many key players in Internet Governance.

NiRA continues to strive hard to promote and increase the adoption of the .ng brand, our Nigerian Online Identity.


Muhammed Rudman

President, NIRA Executive Board