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A Message From The President

        June  11, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 57

A busy month of Internet Governance!


AFRINIC, the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources serving the African region and the Indian Oceans, held its 22nd Members Meeting and its 2014 Annual General Members' Meeting (AGMM), as part of the 3rd Africa Internet Submit 2015 (AIS) from 24th May to 5th June 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. The theme of the AIS 2015 was “Beyond Connection: Internetworking for African Development”. There were plenary sessions which brought stakeholder groups in the African ICT community together for public discussions, presentations and panel sessions. It was a very rewarding period for AFRINIC as key Internet related development issues faced by Africa were discussed. There was a presentation on the IANA Oversight Transition by our Immediate Past President, Mrs. Mary Uduma. We must note that the plans for the transition of the remaining U.S. oversight of key domain name system functions to the global multi-stakeholder community – ICANN as well as the plans to enhance ICANN’s accountability would be in the forefront and center at ICANN53 meeting at Buenos Aires, Argentina this month.

During the AGMM, the two vacant board members seats were filled with the election of Mr. Abibu Rashid Ntahigiye representing East Africa and Lucky Masilela representing South Africa, who would serve for a term of three years. Two other directors, whose terms would end by 30th June 2015, stepped down and were replaced. Yours truly Chaired the AGMM, apart from other meetings of the Board of Directors.

In the coming week, I will be leading the Board of Directors of NIRA to Abuja, to make the Annual Statutory Presentation of our activities to NITDA, in fulfillment of the requirements in the MOU between NITDA and NIRA. I will also attend the West African Internet Governance Forum, that will hold between Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June 2015, there in Abuja. I hope to round the Month of Internet Governance off, with the ICANN meeting, holding in Beunos-Aires, Argentina between 21st and 25th June 2015.

Back home at NIRA, we have continued in our efforts of populating the .ng registry. It is heartwarming to witness in this era, a Nigerian company,, spearheading Africa’s e-commerce revolution. has built its hotel network to cover 7,000+ hotels in 21 regions across Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country. Knowing that e-commerce business in Africa cannot be replicated from Western models, the company built its blueprints from scratch. It is good to appreciate and praise those who invest in technology, propelling our country’s digital economy. is another of Nigeria’s most exciting Internet start-ups. Using a 2nd level .ng domain name will create greater visibility to their business. We acknowledge his support in the growth of the .ng ccTLD.

As I end this message, join me to welcome to NIRA, Mrs. Kemi Adepoju, who has resumed as the Head Business Development. We expect to derive more benefit from her wealth of experience as we serve the delicious NIRA to Corporate Nigeria.

Without you our stakeholders, our efforts are in vain. Thank you for your continued contributions to the .ng project.


Your President,

Sunday Folayan

News!  News!!  News!!!
Africa Domain Name System Forum

The Africa Domain name system, an annual open event for stakeholders in the Domain Name Industry in Africa, will hold at Sarova Pan Afric Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 6th to 8th July 2015. The Forum enables Registries, Registrars and other stakeholder in Africa to share experiences, interact and learn from each other about the domain name system.
The meeting seeks to foster cross border collaboration between Registries, Registrars and Registrants with the objectives, to inspire and encourage local stakeholders (government, registrars, registries, and registrants in the domain name industry to interact at local and International level as well as equipping African Registries and Registrars with the requisite domain name industry business strategies.
To register for the Africa Domain Name System Forum, click on the following link Register

Organizers include AFTLD, Internet Society, ICANN, Communications Authority of Kenya. 
Domain Name Report – January to May 2015

We witnessed a slight increase in the domain name registration in May 2015 compared to the registration in April 2015, with reduction in the renewal and transfer of .ng domain names for the same period. Adding the number of domain name registrations (1,511) and domain name renewals (1,237) in May 2015, we have a total of 2748 domain names for the month. As usual the highest level of renewals of domain names was at the third level. It is worthy to note that from January to May 2015, we have 14,034 domain names, inclusive of new registrations and renewals at both second and third levels.

NiRA Resource Centre Attractions

The Training Hall, Conference Room and Cafeteria at NiRA, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos, are available for hire to NiRA Stakeholders and members for corporate events in the Domain Name System Industry, training, board meetings, business breakfast, business luncheon and related business fora in the Domain Name Business.
The Training Hall has the capacity to seat 100 people and the promo rental fee is N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Only) from 8am to 5pm.
The Conference Room can accommodate 30 people and the promo rental fee is N30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand Naira Only) from 8am to 5pm.
The Cafeteria is available only to those hosting approved functions.
The promo which started from 1st May 2015 would last until 31st October 2015.
Terms and Conditions apply. For more details, please call +234(0) 700 CALL-NIRA and +234(0)8172004272. Email: and


1.West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF 2015)

The 7th Edition of the West Africa Face to Face regional Internet Governance Forum
Date: 18th and 19th of June, 2015
Venue: NICON LUXURY, Hotel, Abuja.Nigeria
Theme: "Internet: A freedom for All"

2. ICANN 53
21st to 25th June 2015

3. Africa Domain Name System Forum

Date: Jul 06 - Jul 08, 2015
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
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