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2018 .ng Awards

Sunday FolayanThe 2018 edition of the .ng Awards (The third edition) comes up on Friday 6th July 2018. Over the past three years, the .ng Awards have rewarded those organisations and individuals who are promoting the .ng brand, the Nigerian Online Identity.

These entities are companies and individuals using the .ng domain names for their websites, projecting the Nigerian culture and norms, and helping to make the Internet more secure, open and accessible. 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 was done by the general public.  

The .ng Awards is generating discussions in Nigeria amongst startups, SMEs, Non-Governmental  agencies making the Internet safer, local hosting service providers, the press and the Internet users at large.

As we all look forward to the awards tomorrow, 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. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate all nominees and the eventual winners.


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Mr. Murtala Abdullahi joins NiRA Board

Mr. Murtala Abdullahi, an entrepreneur who is the Founder of Smartweb Nigeria Ltd and Eshal Concept Enterprises has been elected to the Board of NIRA.

His election is sequel to the resolution of members at the 10th NiRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the 30th of April 2018, that the vacant position on the NiRA Board should be filled by conducting an electronic General Meeting e-GM in accordance with the constitution of NIRA. 

Mr. Abdullahi’s election is the culmination of the process of Nominations and electronic voting, which took place over a period of seven weeks.

Mr. Abdullahi joins the other professionals on the Board of NIRA with a wealth of experience. He is very passionate about technology. The recognition of his unequivocal good work in technologies has won him a lot of award, including the last African Convergence Conference Award held at Sheraton Hotel,  Lagos in 2017.  Mr. Muritala’s profile is already on the NIRA website. 

We congratulate Mr. Murtala Abdullahi, and we look forward to his contributions in successfully pilot the affairs of NiRA. We equally congratulate all members of NIRA for the show of maturity in the election process, and th other contestants for putting themselves forward to serve.


The Business and Professional Women (BPW) Lekki chapter held her Annual conference on the 7th June 2018 at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos. BPW is an affiliated member of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW international) and it is one of the most influential International Networks.

NIRA with three of its accredited registrars Upperlink Limited, Whogohost Limited, Integrated Software Services Ltd (Issl) and some other companies were present at the conference. NiRA with the three NiRA accredited Registrars were at the event to exhibit and also highlight their services including registration of .ng domain names and local hosting of websites. The awareness creation, promotion of the .ng brand and registration of the .ng domain names is a continuous exercise.

The BPW conference had women from different business areas and upcoming businesses discuss on how Women can collaborate for Growth. Upcoming business entrepreneurs were encouraged to start up their businesses and overcome limitations. In general, the discussants emphasized on the need for general support, for women in business, to promote societal growth.

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?