Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR MAY 2022

REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME FOR YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS VENTURE

To get yourself or your business venture online, you would need a domain name, then you would need a website. When choosing a domain name for your website, you need to consider a few factors. First, you must think about the purpose of your website and what domain name will best reflect that. For example, if you’re starting a blog, you would prefer to use a domain name that is easy to remember and reflects the focus content of your blog. If you are starting an online store on the other hand, you would want a domain that includes your business name and/or product name or even the services that you will provide.

After choosing a domain name, you must consider the domain extensions available for use with the domain name. When it comes to the .ng domain portfolio, the most common extensions are .ng, .com.ng, .net.ng and .org.ng but there are many others available depending on the purpose of the domain. Some extensions are more popular than others, so it is important to choose one that is relevant to your website. For example, a domain name with the .mobi.ng extension would be an excellent choice for a website about mobile apps. Here are a few quick steps to help you get started:

  • Visit www.register.ng to check for availability of your chosen domain name and for access to NiRA Accredited Registrars
  • Select the Accredited Registrar of your choice and proceed to the Registrar’s platform for additional choices of hosting, security and so on, then make payment for your specific combination of products and services.

How much you will end up spending on a domain name will depend on a few factors, such as the domain extension and the Registrar that you choose. Remember that there is a wide range of options for website building, hosting and security to choose from, in addition to the domain name. Also, remember that NiRA has over 70 Accredited Registrars who provide these additional services. It is important that you compare the products and services from several Registrars before making your choice. Please note that there are exceptions for premium domain names, which require you to reach out to NiRA Accredited Registrars.

Remember that a .ng domain is the best choice for your business!!

NiRA CONGRATULATES NWEKE ON BOOK LAUNCH

A leading IT journalist, Mr. Remmy Nweke who is also a former Member of the NiRA Executive Board, recently launched his book titled “SAGACITY OF A DIGITAL REVOLUTION”. This authorship is no surprise as Mr. Nweke has been consistent with his contributions to Technological Development in Nigeria, as apparent through his media publication, IT Realms, his inputs to Nigeria’s Internet Governance Forum as well as his participation in driving Local Content in the nation’s ICT Industry among other key influences.

The book was launched during the 2022 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum Series (NDSF) on the 9th of June 2022, at the Welcome Center Hotel, Lagos. NiRA’s Web Services Administrator, Mr Olusegun Akinwunmi delivered a goodwill message to the auspicious event, as a representative of the President and Board of NiRA.

For many who are not tech savvy, understanding the goings-on in the IT space could be challenging, especially due to the constantly evolving nature of the industry. We celebrate the achievements of this outstanding journalist, as we applaud the publication of a timely publication with well-articulated ideas on the digital revolution and we hope to see more of his work in the future, contributing to the development of Nigeria’s Digital Economy.

THE 74th ICANN POLICY FORUM

In the last two years, many local, regional and global meetings moved online due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The meetings of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) were no different. The Annual General Meetings and Policy Forums have held online since the Pandemic, so the prospect of a hybrid event was a great relief to participants registered to attend the ICANN 74 Policy Forum holding at The Hague, Netherlands. According to the ICANN Board, it was a welcome chance to again meet in-person with members of the ICANN Community.

This is the 74th edition of The Policy Forum, which typically holds in June, and is dedicated to the policy development work of the Supporting Organizations & Advisory Committees (SO/ACs), as well as ICANN’s regional outreach activities.

The Policy meeting which ends on the 16th of June 2022, held at the iconic World Forum from the 13th of June 2022. It would be recalled that a former member of the NiRA Executive Board, Mr Adebiyi Oladipo, is the representative of .ng on the Council of the country code Name Supporting Organisation (ccNSO). He currently acts as Vice-Chairperson of the Council.  The .ng Registry was represented in-person by a Member of the Executive Board, Mr. Adesola Akinsanya as well as NiRA’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Eyitayo Iyortim and the Head, Corporate Services, Mrs Busayo Balogun.

ICANN is committed to ensuring an inclusive Policy Forum that provides equal opportunities for all to engage on important policy matters.

WEST AFRICA INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM 2022

The 15th West Africa Internet Governance Forum was hosted in Accra, Ghana between the 26th and 27th of May 2022, with the aim of promoting sustainable Internet Governance via robust multi-stakeholder-led action. The event was well-attended with delegates from across the region, representing Government, the Private Sector, Academia, International Policy Organisations and Civil Society. The Speakers at the event included representatives from the Legislature, Domain Name Industry, Academia, and Not-for-profits. The Chairperson, WAIGF, Mrs Mary Uduma welcomed everyone to the event, reminding all that although the COVID-19 Pandemic greatly affected development in the region and indeed the rest of the world, it also opened our minds to the endless possibilities available with Technology. The theme of this year’s forum was “Digital Sustainability: Data Innovations for Post Covid Recovery.

The Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) was represented at the Summit by the current Chairperson,  Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President NiRA, and a delegation which included the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Secretariat NiRA, Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim and the Programme Manager, Mr Oshoke Samson Igonor. The immediate past Vice-Chairperson NIGF, Ms Olatokunboh Oyeleye also attended in her capacity as Deputy Director, New Media and Information Security, Nigeria Communications Commission.

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