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A Message From The President

March 29, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 130
Domain Names will drive Nigeria’s e-commerce boom

By the time you read this newsletter, we would have concluded the first public auction of premium domain names. Five domain names: bills.ng,  bus.ng,  news.ng,  travel.ng and events.ng were offered via auction to prequalified bidders, who bidded in a week-long process, over Twitter. The reserve price of each domain was fixed by NIRA at N100,000.00.  I am excited that the process went smoothly and generated the much needed awareness. Offers will be made to the winners, in accordance with the bidding guideline. You can review the bids using the twitter hashtag #NIRAAUCTION1. We will announce the auction of more names soon.
 
The bids made for these domain names, shows the premium that registrants now place on the .ng names, and the potentials for other names yet to be auctioned.

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TECH SPEAK

THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE YOUTHS
Social media can be defined as the facilities and tools that reduce the world to a global village; websites and applications that enables users to create, share contents and participate in social networking. The social media platform provides opportunities for users to create online communities to share ideas, information, personal messages, etc. Some of the social media applications include Facebook, Instagram, You-tube, My Space, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, etc.
 
Youths are predominantly the users of the Internet for social interaction. These are the people who cannot imagine life without the Internet, the group seeking for ways to connect virtually to everyone in the world. With over half of the Nigerian population under 30 years of age, they are the ones more frequent on the Internet. We must harness the creativeness of the youth for the economic growth of Nigeria. Bearing in mind that the internet opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities to the youths, the consequences of ignorantly using social media by the youths should not be overlooked.

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NEWS

WHOGOHOST Limited Team visits NiRA
The management of WHOGOHOST Limited, led by the CEO, Mr. Toba Obaniyi, paid a courtesy visit to NiRA Thursday 23rd March 2018. Also on the delegation was Mr. Spencer Candland, The VP Technical Operations at WhoGoHost Limited. Mr. Candland who was formerly with BlueHost as the VP of Technical Infrastructure Board joined WhoGoHost in August 2017. This is the first visit of Mr. Candland to Nigeria since joining the WHOGOHOST team.

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NiRA Academy's Free Website Design Workshop using WordPress

On Thursday, 22nd of March 2018, NIRA through its Special Purpose Vehicle, the NIRA Academy, organised a one-day free training on Website Design Using WordPress at NIRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos. The Website Design Workshop was designed to provide basic knowledge and skills required to design a Website with WordPress or start a career in web design.
 
Revd. Sunday Folayan, the President of NIRA welcomed the participants and advised them to utilise the opportunity given to them, to learn.

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ICANN63 Fellowship Application Round Now Open
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) launched the application round for individuals interested in participating in the ICANN63 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program. The meeting will take place from 20th to 26th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The deadline to apply is 27 April 2018. Successful candidates will be announced on 27 July 2018 on the ICANN website, https://www. icann.org.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme
Time: 9.00am
Date: Friday 13th April 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex,
8 Funsho Williams Avenue,
Iponri, Surulere, Lagos


2018 Annual General Meeting
Time: 11:00am
Date: 27th April 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex,
8 Funsho Williams Avenue,
Iponri, Surulere, Lagos


Date: 27th April 2018
Venue: Ikeja, Lagos


AFNOG WORKSHOP
Date: 29th April to 4th May 2018
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
 

Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2018
Date: 29th April to 11th May 2018
Venue: Dakar, Senegal


Date: 25th to 28th June 2018
Venue: Panama City

6th Africa DNS Forum

Date: 3rd to 5th July 2018
Venue: Cotonou, Benin
 
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