Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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TRENDING KEYWORDS FOR DOMAIN REGISTRATIONS

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations.

The penetration and growth of technology have shown that there is a correlation between domain name registrations growth and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

With trending words/topics, the .ng ccTLD provides Registrants with ample opportunities to register domain names with the words/topics that trend. Domain names from trending words/topics are usually in high demand. These names might just present the right business opportunities. Making a judgemental call on what would catch the fancy of the market can be quite tricky, which can be used as a creative name for domains, startups and/or a brand.

As words are trending, they are being registered as domain names and they can turn out to be premium domain investments. A recent study  by Verisign in April 2019, listed  mega, blues, rehab, earth, etc as amongst trending words, available for domain registrations.

NiRA publishes monthly domain report which shows monthly increase in the number of domain registrations. And amongst these registered names, we have seen trending words/catchy phrases. At the moment, there about 140,000 domain names registered under the .ng ccTLD. The good part of this, is that there are a large number of domains available for registration; therefore  most of the trending words can still be registered.

Below are list trending keywords for April 2019 as reveal be Verisign. Registrants are encouraged to register these names in line with NiRA policies under the .ng ccTLD.

rehab

freedom

drug

repro

centers

earth

alcohol

tell

treatment

names

addiction

buyer

rated

duct

materials

mega

blues

seller

when

goods

THE NEXT CEO CONFERENCE

On the 16th of May 2019, the Continuing Professional Development Centre (CPDC) Yaba College of Technology (YCT) in partnership with Fali Concept Limited held the Next CEO Conference with the theme The Techpreneurs 2.0 at the Multipurpose Hall YCT Lagos.

The Conference kicked off at 11:00am with the welcome address by the Centre Manager of CPDC, Dr. (Mrs.) Taiwo Omomia. In her welcome address Dr. Omomia said that the conference was organized to bridge the gap between the school and workplace/entrepreneurship.

The Rector, Yaba College of Technology who was represented by the Deputy Rector Administration, Mrs. Titilayo Adetowun Ukabam gave the opening speech. During her speech, she encouraged the students to listen attentively to the conference speakers as they would glean from life lessons with potentials to assist them become successful entrepreneurs and career professionals.

There was a panel discussion with the guest speakers: Temi Igure; Regional Sales Manager, Telco Sector, Chuks Oteke; Founder of Film Anatomie, Adedipo Olagbegi; CEO, Delphi Technologies, Odionye Confidence; President, Beat Drone and TedX Speaker. They briefly shared their life stories of how they persevered to get to where they are today and encouraged the participants to chase their dreams and always collaborate to achieve better results. After the panel session, a presentation was made by Joshua Ayo Omomia a Talent Recruitment Professional and Chairperson, Millenialz Career Academy. During his presentation with  the title “Getting Your Dream Job in a Crowded Market”, he enlightened the students on the need to ensure that their Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) are tailored towards the jobs they apply for and why unnecessary information which could promote bias like Age, Sex, Religion must be avoided when developing a CV. The students were also advised to make good use of their internship in the work environment. An internship is seen as a starting point to develop the right skills and knowledge to be employable and succeed in the workplace.

Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeji, Programme Officer, NiRA Academy gave a presentation on “.ng String and the Internet opportunities for the Nigerian Youth”. Highlighting the importance of the .ng brand, he encouraged the students to purchase the .ng domain name for their businesses; stressing that the .ng domain is both affordable and excellent for young entrepreneurs and businesses. Two NIRA Accredited Registrars (Whogohost Limited and Garanntor Nigeria Limited) were present at the conference to register domains, respond to enquiries and engage with the students. NiRA souvenirs were distributed at the event.

There was a pitch session by twelve students on their business ideas. The session was very interesting as the students highlighted the benefits of their business ideas.

At the end of the conference, certificates were presented to guest speakers and NiRA as a show of appreciation for supporting the leaders of tomorrow in technology and business.

ICANN66 NextGen Application Round Extended

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) extended the application round for those interested in participating at the ICANN66 Meeting in Montréal, Canada, through the NextGen Program. The meeting will take place from 2nd to 7th November 2019. The application round was opened until 20th May 2019. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 12th July 2019.

2021 ICANN Public Meeting Locations Announced

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the locations for two of the 2021 ICANN Public Meetings.

Cancún, Mexico, will host ICANN70 from 20th to 25th March 2021. The Community Forum will be held at the Cancun International Convention Center (CICC).

The Hague, Netherlands will host ICANN71 which will take place from 14th to 17th June 2021. The Policy Forum will be held at the World Forum.

Earlier this year, ICANN had announced that Seattle, Washington, U.S., will serve as the location for ICANN72, which will be held from 23th to 28th October 2021 at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle.

 

NiRA journeys ON!

The last two weeks have been quite eventful for NiRA. Internally, we have had new members of the Board commencing the onboarding process while settling into the other activities. We are keen on ensuring a stronger NiRA, with enhanced corporate governance structure.  These can only happen working together in unity.  Two years is a short time span but long enough for a committed board to attain good results, so we are in a hurry to bring new Board members up to speed by providing available information so that all can effectively contribute to the growth of NiRA. 

It is rewarding to see NiRA engage across the ecosystem in different ways. NiRA was at the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum ICT (NCCF-ICT) Forum; the sectoral working group set up by Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). As a member of this platform for information sharing and collaboration in the oil and gas industry, considering its keenness to promote local content, ensure Nigerian companies have the opportunity to bid for, and execute contracts in the oil and gas industry, NiRA is appropriately poised to participate significantly in the ICT Industry, catalysing the nation’s economic growth. In order to effectively understand and operate in this terrain, a retreat is being planned to prepare the NCCF-ICT group.

To effectively prepare the youth for the workforce, NiRA was represented at the TechPro Summit, convened by the Innovation Centre of the Yaba College of Technology. The event annually gathers students from higher institutions to discover and uncover skillful benefits in the application of technology to different professions. As usual, this year’s event was well attended, with the students eager to prepare for the next level and become entrepreneurs. NiRA with some of her Accredited Registrars were on ground to enlighten the students on how to become domain resellers, have their businesses online and host websites locally.

As a major contribution to the growth of Internet Governance in Nigeria, NiRA is supporting ISOC Nigeria in hosting the first Nigeria School on Internet Governance. The school is meant to groom Nigerians that will take up key positions and influence the global Internet ecosystem. The event will hold in Lagos from 8th to 10th July 2019.

NiRA is poised to strengthen her place in the African and Nigeria ICT community as we engage with all stakeholders.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NIRA Executive Board

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE .GOV.NG & .MIL.NG SENSITIZATION

The .gov.ng and .mil.ng sensitization forum held on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja. The forum was convened by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, delivered the welcome address while the Introductory Remarks as well as the Workshop Overview was delivered by Mr Muhammed Rudman, President NiRA. The NiRA secretariat was also represented by members of the management team.

Mrs. Busayo Balogun, Head, Corporate Services, NiRA, delivered the highlights of the reviewed .gov.ng and .mil.ng policy which she stated were a collaboration of inputs received from the stakeholders at a meeting held at the NiRA office complex in May 2018. Some of the issues she highlighted that were extensively deliberated upon along with their corresponding provisions in the reviewed policy include:

  • Cost/Pricing of .gov.ng domains
  • Technical Contacts/Migration Process for MDAs
  • Update on the Geoname policy
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) and their importance in MDA agreements with service providers
  • The inactivity of domains owned by MDAs
  • Automation of the Domain Registration & Management Process
  • .gov.ng Dispute Resolution Process
  • Hosting of Government Websites
  • .mil.ng Domains

Participants at the event asked many questions which contributed to the active discussions anchored by the Executive Secretary NiRA, Mrs Edith Udeagu. The NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman and Immediate Past President , Reverend Sunday Folayan were available to address the concerns of the audience. The event was adjudged a success by all and sundry.

The .gov.ng and .mil.ng sensitization forum held on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja. The forum was convened by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, delivered the welcome address while the Introductory Remarks as well as the Workshop Overview was delivered by Mr Muhammed Rudman, President NiRA. The NiRA secretariat was also represented by members of the management team.

Mrs. Busayo Balogun, Head, Corporate Services, NiRA, delivered the highlights of the reviewed .gov.ng and .mil.ng policy which she stated were a collaboration of inputs received from the stakeholders at a meeting held at the NiRA office complex in May 2018. Some of the issues she highlighted that were extensively deliberated upon along with their corresponding provisions in the reviewed policy include:

  • Cost/Pricing of .gov.ng domains
  • Technical Contacts/Migration Process for MDAs
  • Update on the Geoname policy
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) and their importance in MDA agreements with service providers
  • The inactivity of domains owned by MDAs
  • Automation of the Domain Registration & Management Process
  • .gov.ng Dispute Resolution Process
  • Hosting of Government Websites
  • .mil.ng Domains

Participants at the event asked many questions which contributed to the active discussions anchored by the Executive Secretary NiRA, Mrs Edith Udeagu. The NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman and Immediate Past President , Reverend Sunday Folayan were available to address the concerns of the audience. The event was adjudged a success by all and sundry.

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