Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Board of Directors Biography


Mr. Muhammed Rudman
Muhammed Rudman is the pioneer Chief Executive Officer, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Nigeria's first and only neutral IXP. A veteran IT professional with over 18 years extensive experience in network design, implementation, optimization and operations. Before joining IXPN, Rudman had worked with several organizations in technical and managerial capacity including Galaxy IT & T Limited, where he facilitated the deployment of rural telephony project (personal handy phone system), Wireless multipoint and point-to-point for broadband access, Earth Stations for Wide Area Network (WAN) using remote VSAT sites across many Nigerian states and West Africa countries. 

He is an active member of several professional organizations within and outside the country, and has contributed immensely to the development of ICT sector in Nigeria. He currently serves on the Board of Nigerian Internet Registration Association (.ng  ccTLD custodians) as the President as well as  the Chairman, Communication and Publicity Committee.

Rudman is the Chairman of the Nigeria IPv6 Council, the Council is a chapter of the global IPv6 Forum. The Council is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of IPv6 best practices and lessons learned in Nigeria.

He has severally been engaged as a member of various strategic and policy-making committees across the country. Rudman is a member of the National Broadband Council; The Council tasked with the evaluation, review and monitoring of the National Broadband Plan.

Mr. Toba Obaniyi
Toba Obaniyi serves on the Executive Board of NiRA as the Vice President. He is the CEO of Whogohost Limited, one of the pioneer accredited NiRA registrars.

Toba graduated with honours in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2008. In 2010, he joined Whogohost as the Head of Technical Support. He was later appointed in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and has since grown the company to become one of the foremost shared hosting providers in Nigeria.

Toba completed a program with honours with Harvard Business School Online (HBX) in 2018 where he studied Business Accounting, Economics for Managers and Business Analytics.

Toba is passionate about technology and has been a mentor to a number of entrepreneurs and startups.

Mr. Biyi Oladipo
Mr. Biyi Oladipo, a member of the Executive Board of Directors at NiRA, is the Financial Secretary at NiRA. He holds a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Ibadan, Masters in Information Science from the Africa Regional Centre for Information Science and MBA from the Lagos Business School of the Pan African University. He has attended courses at the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain and is a Miller Hieman Certified Sales Professional and Certified Miller Heiman Sales Consultant. He is a Covenant University Canaanland, Ota, Economics and Management graduate student. He is also a doctoral student of the Université Gaston Berger, St. Louis, Senegal.

Biyi Oladipo is an expert with a highly successful record of delivering change and improved performance in the private sector. A Business Start-Up and Turn-Around Specialist, who understands and has demonstrated how positive leadership can impact and reposition an organization. He has led many successful organizations and has delivered superior results over the years.

He currently leads the Consulting business of Acuity Limited a firm of consultants with a focus on Business Transformation and Start-Up, as well as project Advisory Services.

Prior to Acuity, he was CEO of SIOtel Nigeria Limited a Licensed Unified Telecommunications Service Provider & a member of the Odogwu Group of Companies, where he was instrumental to the re-engineering and corporate turnaround of the organization.

He had earlier worked with series of IT companies at different levels and in various capacities, including Business Manager, Solutions Development of Resourcery Limited (foremost IT Infrastructure and Systems Integration Company in Nigeria), Head Sales, Soft Solutions Limited (Major Indigenous Software Company in Nigeria and the sole representative of Network Associates owners of MacAfee Anti-Virus Solutions and Magic HelpDesk Solution).

He was Sales Manager, Ideal Infosystems Limited, (A member of the Leventis Group, and the first Authorized Distributor of Toshiba IT Solutions and Products in Nigeria), Business Development Manager, Techno-Logic Nigeria Limited (one of the earliest Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centres in Nigeria as well as Microsoft Certified Solutions Providers), and Sales Manager, Logica Solutions Limited (A pioneer Systems Integration and Total IT Solutions Provider in Nigeria).
He sits on the board of various organizations within and outside Nigeria. He is the Chairman of a Policy Working Group of ISPAN.

 Mr. Ikechukwu Nnamani

Treasurer, Executive Board of Directors, NiRA
Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited, a company that strives and carved out a niche in the Nigerian telecom industry as an authority in interconnect exchange clearinghouse services.

Eugen OhuDr. Eugene Ohu

Dr. Eugene Ohu, a business man and an academic is a full-time faculty at the Lagos Business School where he teaches MBA and executive programs.  He has a PhD in Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy.  His thesis (summa cum laude) was a study on the interplay of organizational culture and communication.  He also has a bachelor of Pharmacy (University of Benin, Nigeria), and a postgraduate diploma in Education (University of Calabar, Nigeria). 

Eugene (a self-taught software developer) has been an avid advocate and user of the .ng domain right from when it was managed by the American Mr. Randy Bush, and played key roles in finally berthing the domain on Nigerian soil.

He is a pioneer member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).  Working alongside the first president late Engr. Kalu Ndukwe, he was a member of the technical committee that set up the first infrastructure for the local hosting of the .ng domain.  He was part of the decision and implementation making process for the choice of software as well as hardware implementation at the first data centre.  He was also a member of the NiRA Auction Committee.  His company Netorb Media Limited became one of the pioneer accredited registrars of the .ng domain name has had uninterrupted service to date.

Dr. Ohu is very active in the Nigerian technology scene.  In 2006, he set up Netorb Media Limited as a new-media and communications company.  On that platform he initiated several technology business ideas to take advantage of the rapid growth of the Internet in Nigeria, to aid interpersonal and corporate communication. Communication needs of specific clients soon revealed opportunities that were spun off into independent businesses, such as a subsidiary powering millions of SMS messages across the globe, and another providing static and dynamic Domain Name services.

As an academic his research interests converge on Digital Consumer Behavior (also known as Digital Psychology), a field that combines theories of digital marketing, behavioural economics and psychology to create communication that persuade and compel the unconscious mind to action. He likes to study individual and interpersonal behaviours across cultural dimensions, and how this knowledge can improve programmed or organized communication. One consequence of these curiosities is an understanding of how to optimize and do better targeting of advertising and marketing in cyberspace.  In this ambit he consults for digital marketing firms and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies.

His teaching areas at the business school include: Digital Marketing, Creating Business Value with Big Data and Analytics, Digital Talent Management, Human Behaviour in Organisations, Team Dynamics, Leadership. Others are Marketing,  Management Communication, Media Relations, Corporate Communication and Strategic Customer Relationship Management. He also teaches Cultural Intelligence and Personal Effectiveness.

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Nkem NwekeMrs. Nkem Nweke

Nkem Anthonia Nweke (Mrs.) is presently the Executive Director, Operations at DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) Media Limited, publishers of the international multiple award-winning ITRealms Online, NaijaAgroNet and DigitalSENSE Business News. 

Mrs. Nweke is the primary contact for DigitalSENSE Africa, which is a certified At-Large Structure (ALS) at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) where she leads her team in the organization and hosting of the Nigeria DigitalSENSE Africa Forum on Internet Governance for Development (NDSF-IG4D) since 2009 and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable since 2011. 

Her daily responsibility includes overseeing editorial and general content production in line with management direction, especially on the online daily productions. A professional Journalist cum new media perception management, Nkem holds a National Diploma and Bachelor of Art in Journalism. She worked briefly with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) before moving into private practice in 2005. An alumna of Diplo Foundation on Capacity Building on Internet Governance, and a regular participant at Internet Cooperation for Assign Names and Numbers (ICANN) public meetings, Nkem is a member of the Local Multistakeholder Advisory Group (LMAG) of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) and presently the chairperson, Awba–Ofemili Development Union (ADU) Women Wing, Lagos State branch. 

President, Lagos branch, Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) St. Paul Awba-Ofemili and former Deputy Co-odinator Justice Development and Peace Centre (JDPC), Nkem is a member of the Outreach & Engagement Subcommittee of the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) at ICANN and a strong member of the African Regional At-Large Organisation (AFRALO) and was until 2016, a member, Publicity & Communications Committee, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA). 

In 2015, Nkem founded the Domain Name System (DNS) Women Nigeria to encourage adaptation, and usage of Nigeria country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name, .NG, among Nigerians and particularly girls and women as well as the youth. 

cfaMr. Chukwuemeka AgbataJnr.
CFA is a renowned and multi-award winning tech media personality, visible in the print, broadcast and new media.

He co-produces and presents Tech Trends, a weekly Tech show on Channels Television, as well as Tech on Wheels, a nationally syndicated radio show airing across multiple States in Nigeria. 

CFA also doubles as a Sunday Punch Columnist, where he writes the ICT Clinic column, and the Founder of, a technology blog designed to transform Africa through tech education and advocacy. He is recognised as a vibrant stakeholder and respected influencer in the ICT industry reaching out to millions of people through multiple platforms, coupled with his strong membership of several local and international organizations. He organises the monthly CFA’s Startups Hangout, designed to help startups learn and grow from the experiences of successful entrepreneurs.  

CFA is a Member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the body responsible for managing the .NG, Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain, (ccTLD). 
Mr. MUrtala M. Abdullahi
Murtala Abdullahi is an entrepreneur, the founder of Smart Web Nigeria Ltd and Eshal Concept Enterprises. He is presently serving as the CEO, Server Administrator and Domain Registration Supervisor at Smart Web Nigeria Ltd where he has been involved in developing and managing of enterprise software solutions for varying degree of clients.
He is very passionate about technology and commands a lot of practical technical skills, ranging from Linux System Administration, DNS & IP engineering etcetera.
He studied Diploma in Computer Science at University of Jos and Bsc Computer Science at National Open University of Nigeria and obtained Professional Certification in Linux Administration and DNS from Koenig Solution Indian.
Murtala Abdullahi is an entrepreneur and a social innovator whose eminence support through Smart Web Nigeria Ltd has grounded a lot of tech industries and startups across Nigeria and yielded them growth and sustainability. The recognition of his unequivocal good work in technologies has won him a lot of award, including the biggest last African Convergence Conference Award held in Sheraton Lagos 2017.

MR. Adesola Akinsanya
Adesola Akinsanya a member of the Executive Board of Directors at NiRA. Executive Director, Technical and Support Services with Upperlink Limited where he heads the Engineering & Technical Support Department. He also doubles as the head of Upperlink’s Domain Registrar Service.

He brings to bear several years of professional expertise, competence and experience in the Information Technology industry with a focus on cloud services. He was part of the team which aided the accreditation of Upperlink Limited as the first Nigerian company to be accredited as Global Registrar by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2014 and has led the Domain team till date. He was also a member of the evaluation team which appraised the Company on Level 3 for CMMI Assessment. 

He has taken courses on Domain Registry and Advanced Domain Registry Operation. attended several conferences including ICANN and AFRINIC within and outside Africa. He has been involved and participated in panel discussions organized by ICANN Africa, African Union and AFTLD both as a panelist and moderator in several fora such as the Africa Domain Name System Forum, Multistakeholder Internet Governance in Africa thereby contributing to the development and adoption of African CCTLDs.

Adesola Akinsanya had his first degree in Engineering and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Computer Science from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the University of Lagos respectively. He is a Chartered member of Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) and a member of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).

 MR. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts

Lawrence Olawale-Roberts is the Managing Director & CEO of MicroBoss a premier Mid-sized technology consulting firm, aiming at becoming one of the largest and leading technology services company globally, with its headquarters in Abuja.

Lawrence trained as an Electrical Electronics Engineer and has had the rare privilege of working with Government in the public sector as a Special Assistant to a Federal Commissioner in a Commission under the Presidency for close to 5years, boasting of over 18 years of progressive, broad management experience in the Non-Governmental, Public and Private sectors.

Within the global Internet Governance space, Lawrence is an ICANN Fellow and the first Nigerian to become a member of ICANN’s Nominating Committee, a team that recruits half of the ICANN Board asides other leadership roles. He has been a member of different working groups and committees that help shape the global Internet’s policy development process. Bearing his vast experience in Business and management, he selflessly represents a voice for all Businesses of African descent at global IG forums.

An African with a lifelong interest and involvement with the Internet, he is a recipient of various awards.