Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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It is important to note that the domain transfer is predominantly between the losing (current) registrar and the gaining registrar.

As a domain name registrant, it is one of your rights to transfer your domain name to another registrar or registrant, and to have access to the necessary information from your current registrar regarding the process for making such a transfer should you wish to do so.

To protect against unauthorized transfers, you must be the registrant on record or the administrative contact for the domain name in order to initiate the transfer process. Always be sure to keep your contact information for the domain name up to date on the NiRA WHOIS platform (


How to transfer a domain as a registrant to another registrant?

To transfer your domain name to another registrant (for example when your company changes ownership, including ownership of the domain name, etc), after sorting out the legal formalities for the transfer, you need to initiate a change of registrant details by contacting your current registrar. Once your registrar receives the confirmation from you, they will process the transfer and notify you and the new registrant once the transfer is completed.

If I registered a domain name through one registrar, am I allowed to change to another registrar?

Yes, you can change the registrar for your domain. See Clause 3 below for more information on how to Transfer Your Domain Name to another NiRA Accredited Registrar.

How do I transfer my domain name to a new registrar?

If you wish to move your domain name from one NiRA-accredited registrar to another, you may initiate the transfer process by contacting the registrar to which you wish to transfer the name.

Note that there are certain situations that can prevent a .ng domain name from being transferred from one NiRA Accredited Registrar to another, such as if the domain name has expired. The domain name has to be renewed first with the existing registrar before it can be transferred.

The gaining registrar is asking for a code. Where do I get this? / I don't know what you mean by authorization/transfer code and I can't find it. How do I get this code?

An Auth-Code (also called an Authorization Code, or transfer code) is a code created via the current registrar platform to help identify the domain name holder and prevent unauthorized transfers. An Auth-Code is required for a domain holder to transfer a domain name from one NiRA Accredited Registrar to another.

Your current NiRA Accredited Registrar may allow you, via an online interface tool, to generate and manage your own AuthInfo code. If not, you will need to contact your NiRA Accredited Registrar directly to obtain it.

Why is my registrar refusing to transfer my domain name?

Your registrar may deny a transfer request in the following limited circumstances:

  • The domain name has expired and must be renewed before the transfer
  • There are outstanding financial commitments to be settled with the current registrar
  • Evidence of fraud
  • Reasonable dispute over the identity of the person authorizing the transfer
  • Express written objection from the domain name holder
  • Domain name is in "Lock" status (Registrars must provide a readily accessible and reasonable means for name holders to remove the lock status. Contact your registrar for assistance.)

Your registrar is required to specify a reason when denying your transfer request. Contact the current registrar for information on the denial.

Call for presenters: pre-ICANN70 ccTLD News Sessions

The ccNSO Meetings Programme Working Group (MPC) announced that it will organise another set of Virtual country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) News Sessions, scheduled to hold in March 2021. The MPC seeks presentation proposals from the ccTLD community.

ccTLDs with best practice, project solution or case study are encouraged to share their experiences with their colleagues from across the world. Representatives across the ccTLDs invited to their presentation proposals for the Virtual ccTLD News Sessions to Ms. Joke Braeken on or before 10th February 2021. The presentations should cover for instance recent developments, ccTLD activities and ccTLD management related topics, both from an operational, marketing or legal point of view.


There will be 2 options to participate at the Virtual pre-ICANN70 ccTLD News Sessions:

  • Virtual ccTLD News Session #1 | Tuesday, 9 March 2021 (19 UTC)
  • Virtual ccTLD News Session #2 | Thursday, 11 March 2021 (11 UTC)




The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a US-based technology event, which is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is the most influential tech event in the world – the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators.  The CES holds in January every year in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, featuring the best technology brands. The sharpest innovators are usually in attendance. This was the first-ever, all digital CES. It is usually a face-to-face event, with people also networking. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 CES edition was a virtual experience. The 2021 CES held from 11th to 14th January 2021. According to the CES organisers, the CES 2021 digital venue would still be available to registered participants till 15th February 2021 to engage with exhibitors, replay programming on demand and connect with fellow CES participants.

Nigeria participated at the CES for the first time, this year, with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) sponsoring five Startups at the event. The sponsored startups, Vinsighte, VNTS, Traceroot, LexChain, and Powerstove, showcased to the world the achievements in the technology sector from Nigeria and wooed potential investors to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to the country.

The different startups are targeted towards providing various solutions. LexChain – Using Blockchain, provide Government, Businesses and Individuals the ability to verify and securely exchange digital assets. Powerstove Energy is one of the fastest growing off-grid clean energy companies in West Africa. Traceroot is a facial Recognition Solution that helps law enforcement accurately Identify criminal suspects. Vinsighte is a digital health startup which makes use of Artificial Intelligence and assistive technology to prevent visual impairment and aid the visually impaired to live more comfortable lives. VNTS has designed a patented all-in-one device for Home/SME LTE Broadband deployment and easy networking.

The Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, featured live on Business – a Deutsche Welle's TV Programme, when he spoke about the participation of the five Startups from Nigeria at the 2021 CES and the participation of other startups at other events. He mentioned that Nigeria had showcased innovation and groundbreaking initiatives at different fora around the world.

With the involvement of NITDA promoting these startups, the startups are so encouraged to use .ng domain names for their own line presence. To read more of the activities of VINSIGHTE, visit, PowerStove, visit



The Founder Institute (FI) states that through a 14-week long program, it takes employees and potential founders and turns them into successful entrepreneurs. The founders benefit from the experiences of Chief Executive Officers, who have successfully built their own business and undergo company-building works whilst sharing their best practices with their peers.

The Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, with a mission aimed at empowering communities of talented and motivated people to build technology businesses that positively impact the world, no matter their location, background, race, age, or sexual orientation.

The FI currently operates across 200+ cities and six continents, with 4,500+ graduates who are building some of the world’s fastest-growing startups.

In November 2019, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, was appointed as the Africa Regional Director of the Founder Institute. Chukwuemeka was formerly the Lead director of Founder Institute Lagos, where he led a team that graduated 44 portfolio companies across various industry verticals. In three cohorts, Founder Institute Lagos now has 64 companies in its portfolio.

Africa is a hub of potential, and, expectedly, Founder Institute has fast expanded into Africa. As the Regional Director for Africa, Chukwuemeka is passionate about replicating the success recorded in Lagos across the African continent. Since his appointment in Nov. 2019, he has supported the launch of over a dozen chapters across Africa.

Chukwuemeka is also focused on solving some of the most critical problems faced by startups within the ecosystem - Funding. Recently, he joined forces with Geoffrey Weli-Wosu, and Gbemi Akande to launch Pacer Ventures for founders to secure potential investments in their seed or pre-seed round of funding. Consequently placing Founder Institute as a strategic partner of Pacer Ventures for African early-stage start-ups.

As part of his goal to support the African startups, all startups that graduate from the Founder Institute in Africa will be reviewed by Pacer Ventures. Through this, Chuwuemeka will continue to leverage his work in the Founder Institute to identify and recommend winning teams with scalable solutions that meet market needs. 

Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA), co-founder states that “Africa faces many challenges, but within every challenge lies opportunity and young people are leveraging technology to solve these problems across the Continent. It is our duty to inspire and fund the entrepreneurs who are building valuable solutions to our most pressing problems. Africa is the future, and investors are now becoming aware of this.”

In 2016, during the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), at the .ng Wealth Creation and Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), CFA was conferred with the  .ng Ambassador title and also received the NiRA Presidential Award for Youth Development. He had been using multiple media platforms to promote the Youth and the .ng brand. CFA became a member of the NiRA Executive Board of Directors in April 2017.



The year 2021 is just around the corner. We need to prepare for the year 2021 and years ahead. We had prepared and planned extensively for the year 2020. Oh, we had big plans. What does the year 2021 and years ahead have in store for us? For the majority of the world, the year 2020 started with a lot of funfairs, hopes, promises, aspirations and goals. In the year 2020, the world started to experience a global pandemic, popularly known as COVID-19. The pandemic has gone down in global history as an unprecedented global health challenge that shook the entire globe. The pandemic has affected every facet of life negatively, many people have lost their source of livelihood, businesses have closed down and many have lost their lives in the midst of this pandemic.

The covid-19 pandemic was proving to be a setback for the human race, with every effort put in place to limit this kind of huge loss to human life and time in future. People adjusted to not gathering in large numbers. Work, businesses, education, health care, etc moved online. People learnt how to work from home or remotely. People who could afford the devices, internet connection, etc, including students sharpened their IT skills to function online. Businesses were promoted majorly online. Online meetings, seminars and conferences became the norm in the year 2020. The world is now taking solace in the hope that vaccines for this deadly virus would be available for all by the first quarter of the year 2021.

We give thanks to Almighty God for life and for all the health workers around the world, who have been in the front line to save lives. We pray for the souls of those who had passed on due. We pray for the comfort of those who have lost family members due to covid-19.

With the challenges of COVID-19, we have witnessed the importance of businesses being online. Most activities such as shopping, meetings, conventions, retreats, training, etc, occurred online and still continue online. Technology came to the aid of all during the days of lockdown when people movement and physical contact were restricted across the globe.

It goes to say that, if you are in a business and have not fully embraced technology to set-up your business online presence, you need to change your strategy. Please contact a NiRA Accredited Registrar to facilitate your online business (get a .ng domain name, maybe design your website and definitely host your website locally).

It gladdens our hearts that Nigeria has witnessed an increase in the .ng domain name registrations this year with many Nigerian businesses moving online and seeing how the general public is embracing the use of .ng domains more for their websites.  We are aware that the .ng domain name gives you the opportunity to choose a domain name that suits your business and get your business online today. Go to to register your domain name.

We wish all a happy, fulfilling and prosperous 2021.

We do advise that people adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol as outlined on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( It is important for the well-being of all. We must all keep safe as we look forward to greater opportunities in the year 2021.


Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA