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A Message From The President

      February  5, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 48
NiRA Inaugurates BoT of the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation 

On Wednesday 28th January 2015, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) inaugurated the Board of Trustees for the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation at the NIRA Office Complex, 8, Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri Suru-Lere, Lagos state, Nigeria. The late Ndukwe Kalu was the pioneer NiRA President, who passed on in active service in September 2009. At the time of his burial, NiRA had promised the family that the name of the pioneer President, Ndukwe Kalu, would be immortalized. This promise was finally fulfilled by inaugurating the Ndukwe-Kalu Foundation on Wednesday, the 28th of January 2015.
The aims of the Foundation are:
  • To promote knowledge in ICT among the citizenry, especially the youths
  • To encourage the proper use of the Internet,
  • To discourage the negative trend of cyber-crime and related vices
The inauguration of the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation had in attendance NiRA Board of Trustees (BoT), NiRA Executive Board of Directors (EBOD), members of the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation Board of Trustees (BoT), as well as DR. (Mrs.) Nnenna Ndukwe-Kalu the wife of the Late Ndukwe Kalu, amongst others.

The Chairman, NiRA BOT, Mr. Chima Onyekwere, and many others present made notable comments about the late Ndukwe Kalu; his passion for work and the Internet world. In summery it was agreed that he contributed immensely to laying the foundation for NiRA and the eventual growth of the Association.

After the inauguration of the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation, the NiRA BOT met. This meeting presented an opportunity for me, to officially report to our elders the progress made thus far by NiRA, its ongoing activities, as well as our plans for 2015 and years ahead. I thank our BOT members for their steadfastness and resilient support to chart the way forward for NIRA. 

Our elders seized the opportunity to pray for the growth of NiRA and its progress. We do thank our Board of Trustees for their dedication and support.

We wish to remind our esteemed Registrars of the forthcoming ICANN52 Public Meeting, scheduled for 8th to 12th February 2015, in Singapore. We hope to see you there. For those who might not be physically present, there are facilities for online participation. Please visit

Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma

News!  News!!  News!!!
The Africa DNS Business Exchange and Mentorship Programme by ICANN

ICANN had announced the launch of the Africa  DNS Business Exchange Programme, which was implemented in collaboration with AFRINIC, their long standing partner.  The Programme aims to build capacity for registrars and registries in Africa. A few years ago, the need for capacity building was singled out as key to building the DNS industry on the continent, right from the inception of the African Strategy.
On the 12th January 2015, a team of six candidates were selected for the first phase of the programme, a 2-weeks internship program in Singapore hosted by IPMirror (Singapore). These included 2 registrars, Michael Musya  AFRIREGISTER (Burundi) and Oluniyi D. Ajao WEB4AFRICA (Nigeria).
Over a period of  10 days, the two interns spent 6 days with IP MIRROR, one day at Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC) and 3 days at ICANN's Office in Singapore. The remaining four Interns from African registrars, namely Kheweul.Com, Genious Communication, Diamatrix  and Ghana dot COM, delayed due to logistical processes, will also proceed to Afilias Global Registry Services (AFILIAS) and AFNIC (The French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" (the French Network Information Centre)) soon. The interns will use this opportunity to interact with their hosts while learning and exchanging information on various DNS business aspects ranging from:
  • Business models
  • Technical Requirements
  • DNS business Best Practice
This story is the last in the series of best stories from some 300 Level students of both Mathematics and Computer Science and IT Programmes on academic visit from Federal University, Dutsin-ma Katsina State to Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN). The visit was part of their compulsory academic programme called “Lab Field work for Mathematical Sciences/Computers I”, to blend their theoretical knowledge with what is obtainable in the industry/field. The write-up below is from BADAMASI ABDULLATEEF.
 “NiRA acronym for Nigeria Internet Registration Association is an organization that manages the database of the .ng ccTLD domain names; While IXPN is Internet eXchange Point Of Nigeria, an organization that interconnects local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to achieve easier accessibility. 

2015 NIRA Membership Dues
Per the NiRA membership criteria. Link Here
As a member, your financial obligations to the Association is due by 1st January of every financial year. Members are encouraged to pay their dues, including all previous outstanding membership dues. Remember only financial members are eligible to vote or be voted for, or nominate, and be nominated, by the provisions of the NIRA Constitution.Individual membership due is N5,000.00 per annum whilst corporate membership fees is N10,000.00. Prompt payment would be appreciated to enable the update the membership records before the AGM, planned for April 2015.
Bank details and other details can be obtained from
Individual Membership: N5,000
Corporate Membership: N10,000.
Kindly, make payments directly to either our Zenith Bank Plc account or Access Bank Plc  .
The account details are as follows:
Bank Name: Zenith Bank PLC
Account Name: Nigeria Internet Registration Association
Account number: 1012560346
Branch: Electronic Market Branch Onitsha
Bank Name: Access Bank Plc
Account Name: Nigeria Internet Registration Association
Account Number: 0018264418
Branch: Matori Lagos Branch
Domain Names Report from 1st to 31st January, 2015
For the month of January 2015, 1,542 (One Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Two) domain names were registered, 1,070 domain names were renewed and 41 domain names were transferred.  When compared to January 2014 (1,425 registered, 811 renewed and 49 transferred), there was a slight increase in domain name activities in January 2015. With more appreciation of the Nigerian Identity on the Internet, as the year progresses, more activities will be noted within the domain name industry. 


ICANN 52 | Singapore Meeting
8 – 12 February 2015
Raffles City Convention Centre

Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2015

24th May to 5th June 2015 - Tunisia

WSIS Forum 2015
25-29 May 2015, ​Geneva, Switzerland
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