Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

This past month has been very busy at NiRA. From the just concluded Auction of some premium domain names to the preparations for the 2019 Bloggers Summit. The NiRA team continues to create avenues for the promotion of the .ng brand and promotion of the Nigeria online identity. These activities contribute to public campaign of the .ng brand, Nigeria online identity, entrepreneurship programmes, job and wealth creation as well as promotion of local content.

It is always interesting when one hears that NiRA is not doing enough to bring the .ng brand to the front burner. We will continue to carry on with activities that will create and promote the needed awareness and synergy in the industry.

We will continue to play our part in ensuring that our online presence is secure and reliable. We hope that, as key stakeholders in the Internet Industry, all will partner with NiRA in many different ways and increase NiRA’s footprint for the good of Nigeria.


NiRA management team with the District Governor and other officials of Rotary Club Lagos.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT OCTOBER 2019

2019 NiRA BLOGGERS SUMMIT

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is scheduled to host the 2nd edition of the NiRA Bloggers Summit tagged “Maximizing Technology to Build Profitable Blogging Businesses” on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at Royal Damgrete Hotel, 13-16 Factory Road, GRA, Umuahia, Abia State.

The Bloggers Summit, launched in October 2018, was conceived as a vehicle to increase the avenue for networking amongst bloggers, create an environment to promote responsible blogging, particularly in this era of fake news and hate speech, as well as foster the development of responsible reportage using new media.
The 2019 Bloggers Summit is a one-day conference which aims to attract bloggers, journalists, media entrepreneurs, and stakeholders within the blogging community to learn, network, and cultivate their presence in the online community. The objectives of the summit are to:

  • encourage stellar online behavior within the internet and blogging community;
  • stimulate the industry by ensuring that Bloggers develop and publish content relevant to the society and around burning issues such as Internet Governance;
  • encourage responsible journalism through blogging
  • create job opportunities for Nigerians

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is pleased to invite all bloggers, aspiring bloggers, journalists, content developers, media entrepreneurs, and stakeholders within the internet community to join her at the 2019 NiRA Bloggers Summit.

AFRINIC APPOINTS A NEW CEO

The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) has appointed Mr. Eddy Mabano Kayihura as the next CEO after a rigorous recruitment process. Mr. Kayihura joined AFRINIC on 04 November 2019. Mr. Kayihura, 43, brings on board a wealth of experience acquired over a period of more than 20 years as a chief executive officer, chief information technology officer (CIO), a network engineer, software developer among other positions in the IT and Telecommunications industry. Before his appointment as AFRINIC’s CEO, Mr. Kayihura had worked as a telecommunications, financial technology (fin-tech), and IT infrastructure Consultant in Rwanda.

Mr. Kayihura holds an MBA International Business from Oklahoma Christian University, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the National University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, and numerous other professional qualifications. Mr. Kayihura joins AFRINIC at a time when the organistion is beefing up its operational capacity and his experience and expertise will drive the necessary changes, as well as ensure the organisation continues to be a major catalyst for both Internet development and use in Africa.

ICANN68 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION ROUND NOW OPEN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on 15th November 2019 opened the Fellowship Program application round for ICANN68. This round is open only to those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship because ICANN68 is a Policy Forum. The meeting will be held from 22nd to 25th June 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The deadline to apply is 15th December 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 24th February 2020 via https://icann.org/.

The ICANN Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by fostering opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

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