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Meet Chooya, the Aba-based Startup that is redefining the African local market experience.

This article on how Chooya,, the Aba-based startup is redefining the African local market experience was written by Mr. Igwe Uguru, the Chief Executive Officer/Founder Chooya. It gladdens our hearts on how the average Nigerian wants to change the face of Nigeria, by contributing to the growth of the digital economy and wellbeing of Nigerians. By using the .ng domain name for his website (, he is promoting the Nigerian online experience for Nigerians. Even the name ‘chooya’ is an Ibo word for ‘Find it’. He is also promoting use of the indigenous language as well as our local products.


The development and transformation of Nigeria is highly dependent on empowering Entrepreneurs, especially with the vast growth of the Internet, where more people have access to the Internet and the markets are moving online, people who want to make a purchase do not necessarily have to go to physical stores.

 The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has over the years encouraged Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to use .ng domain names. This platform is providing people and businesses with the most convenient way to access local markets through the internet. Enterprises, local farmers, local sellers who sell across physical markets are moving their business online and are having access to a larger market from their mobile phones. This is the journey of Mr Amaechi as he launched his business online.

Mr Amaechi is a major dealer of over 100 varieties of fresh vegetables used for salad. He has been in this business since 1994 (27 years ago) at the popular salad Market in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. For the very first time since 1994, he moved his business online through his pre-launched Chooya Fresh Online Store at and he is making sales. Chooya is the Aba-based startup that is redefining the African local market experience.

Mr Amaechi through his online store wants to give households and businesses in Aba the power to access the popular salad market online at their convenience with the .ng domain.

.ng domain name platform exists to drive the growth of the Nigerian economy by helping the small and medium businesses with the best platform to trade with people from anywhere and anytime in order to grow their businesses.                                               


Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was with the Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Wednesday 14th April 2021. The objective of the visit is to identify areas of collaboration between the two organisations, especially towards mitigating Abuse of  the .ng domains. CERRT.NG is the trusted arm of NITDA providing networking, collaboration and sharing platform to ensure a safe cyberspace. The CERRT.NG provides security alerts with the latest Information Security Threats and advisories. To read more of the activities of CERRT.NG, please click on the link NITDA | CERRT



On Thursday, 25th March 2021, the Nigerian Telecommunications and ICT industry under the auspices of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) held a virtual structured engagement with stakeholders on the New National Broadband plan 2020-2025.

Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani, the current President of ATCON and Treasurer on the NiRA Executive Board of Directors, in his keynote stated that it had become imperative for the private sector players to support all the government’s effort. The ATCON President expressed that the high-power virtual event was put together to have a conversation around the New National Broadband plan 2020-2025 with a view to ascertaining the status of the implementation.

Engr. Nnamani said the event would help the industry identify the bottlenecks that might exist, to the successful implementation of the New National Broadband plan and proffer lasting solutions to issues that are likely to constitute an obstacle to the eventual realization of the 70% Broadband penetration target.

Recall the announcement made last year and attributed to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami that Nigeria's broadband plan penetration had increased by 10% over the previous year, from 33.3% to 43.3%. He said with the positive development, the Government was hopeful that 2021 broadband penetration would surpass that of 2020.

Engr Nnamani commended the Minister’s efforts towards resolving key challenges facing the industry and advocating for the speedy implementation of the national broadband plan. He added that the fruits of his effort can be seen in terms of broadband penetration and various policies that have been initiated, ratified, and issued to further encourage the growth of the industry.

The virtual engagement was well attended by the stakeholders in the industry. Distinguished among the stakeholders were the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta, Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mr. Kashifu Inuwa and Director-General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).

Speakers at the event included Chief Executive Officers of other companies; Mr Muhammed Rudman (IXPN),  Mr Tunde Coker (Rack Center),  Mrs Funke Opeke (MainOne), Abimbola Alale (NIGCOMSAT), Muhammed Bello Abubakar (Galaxy Backbone), Mr Henry Isghohi-Okojie (Broadbase Communications), Ren Zhengfei (Huawei), Mr Wole Abu (Liquid Telecoms), Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi (VDT Communications), and Segun Ogunsanya (Airtel Networks).

At the end of the event, the ATCON President, Engr. Nnamani thanked the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the sponsors for endorsing the National Broadband event.



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