|Making a Case for the .ng Brand as Local Content
Sometimes last month, a young man wanted to set up a website to handle Students Admission Tests. He chose the name edusat. Unfortunately, edusat.com was already registered and put up for sale. What was the Cost? A mere $5,000.00 (Five Thousand US Dollars) was the offer for would-be buyers. For our young innovator, this was a No No.
I engaged via Social media and offered the alternative - edusat.ng. The website is now up and running, using the .ng domain string that I offered as an alternative. Of course, the .com domain name is still on offer for sale. Another successful story of a young Nigerian, who is providing content that is suitable for the local market. You can visit the website (www.edusat.ng) to appreciate what he has done with the domain name.
It is our joy to enlighten, educate, promote and offer the .ng string to those who need the right domain for their Internet Presence. The .ng brand projects our identity, culture, industries, heritage and businesses. Imagine the impact we can make, when our artists, footballers, important personalities and worthy .ng ambassadors, etc. proudly fly the .ng brand. Definitely, the world would listen.
REQUIREMENTS FOR WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
There are four (4) basic requirements in creating a website and getting it online, namely a Domain Name, Web Host Server Space, the website design and your website content. It is very important a business owner/ website owner considers the essence of his/her business and the website before embarking on the business. The essence of being online is to draw the required attention to your business/brand and grow the business. You can reach millions of customers from the comfort of your home when you have a thriving online business.
The first step is choosing and registering a domain name, a unique name which would have relevance to the type of business. A domain name is akin to your street address; it is your unique identity on the global space, the Internet. Visit NiRA website www.nira.org.ng
for the list of NiRA Accredited Registrars https://www.nira.org.ng/ng-registrars
that provide the platform for domain name registration.
The website domain name is the driving force of the website and there are considerations required to propel the success of the business. The name must be sufficiently attractive and relevant to the business for potential customers to visit the website. The name must be sufficiently simple, concise, short, and memorable. The domain name extension should have high search engine relevancy.
Our colleagues at the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) put in so much that one can only do the minimum to support their efforts. Looking back, it has been a long walk.
A fellow engineer activist, also retired, just reminded me, in a response post today, of those early days of mid-nineties when the dot-ng ccTLD was a knotty issue. It was a time that “Something Bush” (I've forgotten his name now) was Nigeria's Point of Contact/ Host signatory at ICANN.
The post: "Titi, you, it was who told us in NSE Council why you insisted that COREN, NSE & ACEN must register the .ng domain and we all bought your argument and indeed that institution (COREN) and Associations (NSE and ACEN) became among the firsts if not the firsts to register as such in Nigeria to the best of my knowledge".
Yes, he is right. But please add NCC to the list. I am talking only of INSTITUTIONS, please. The rest is history.
NITDA issues guidance on combating Cyber Security threats
On the 29th
of January 2018, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), private sector and the public to be vigilant and proactive ahead of possible cyber-attacks in 2018. In the statement issued by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the cyber-attacks would be targeted at the banking, health, power systems and critical national infrastructures. The full report can be obtained on NITDA’s website, https://nitda.gov.ng/2018/01/29/nitda-issues-guidance-on-combating-cyber-security-threats/
The Agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT), in conjunction with other industry stakeholders were reported to have intercepted some signals of potential cyber-attacks.
Nomination Committee (NomCom) AfriNIC call for volunteers
The AFRINIC Board is required to appoint a Nomination Committee (NomCom) every year, in terms of article 9 of the Bylaws <https://afrinic.net/en/about/bylaws/2001-afrinic-bylaws-2016?start=8
The call had been placed for interested applicants, who are interested in serving on the 2018 NomCom, to send their expression of interest, including a short biography, by email to legal (at) afrinic dot net by Friday 3 February 2018 at 20:00 UTC.
NomCom members do not receive any remuneration.
According to Section 9 of the AFRINIC by-laws, a Nominations Committee (NomCom) appointed by the Board must work to ensure that appropriate candidates are nominated to contest for open seats and that all elections are successfully conducted according to current procedures.
The AFRINIC Bylaws say that NomCom must have four members, appointed by the Board. The Board’s practice is to appoint the four members as follows;
- One member selected from within the AFRINIC Board;
- Three members selected by the AFRINIC Board from the community.
The election of AFRINIC Board of Directors would hold in May 2018 at the AGMM. Two Board seats are up for election, to serve three-year terms from 2018 to 2021
In terms of section 9.1 of the Bylaws:
AfriNic Fellowship Open
The AFRINIC Fellowship program seeks to create a chain of AFRINIC ambassadors in AFRINIC's service region.
The fellowship is reserved for individuals representing small organisations, universities, and media who are actively involved in Internet operations and development or ICT policies in their countries. The call for fellowship ends by 18th
The fellow is expected to positively and actively contribute to IP address management awareness in the AFRINIC service region.
To qualify for the fellowship, you:
.NG Domain Name Report as at 1st February 2018
The year 2018 has started on a good footing. A total of 6,396 .ng domain names were registered in January 2018 as against 5,764 domain names registered in January 2017 and 5,487 registered in December 2017. This goes to show that Nigerians continue to embrace the .ng brand. It also showcases the efforts of the NiRA Accredited Registrars in growing the .ng brand.
Below is the domain registration details at a glance.