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NIRA       LICF    

A Message From The President

April 27, 2017                       Volume 5 No. 106

NiRA 2017 Annual General Meeting, 2017 .ng Awards

NIRA successfully staged the second edition of the .ng awards on the 21st April 2017 at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki Lagos. Let me thank all nominees in the various categories, putting up a good show, Now is the time to plan for next year.

I also congratulate all our winners in the various categories of  the 2017 .ng Awards. The winners list is on the NIRA Website here. Thank you to everyone who worked to make the event a success.  Please join us to make next year, even more remarkable. The journey starts now.



Online Branding Strategies That Work for Small Businesses
  1. Social media marketing
Social media is the best thing that could ever have happened to small business branding online. Both big and small companies create pages on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Minimal costs are associated with this. What these companies are doing is social media marketing. Profiles for businesses can be created in the appropriate social networking sites, after which, the owners start connecting with both established and potential customers. The key to success in social media marketing is participation. You need to be in there, and participate on a regular basis.
  1. Search engine marketing
Search engines are the biggest tools online, that can be used for business branding purposes. The great thing about search engines is that they drive highly targeted customers. Therefore, focus majority of your traffic-building strategies on driving search engine traffic.  This is referred to as organic traffic.
  1. Blogging
Do not underestimate the power of blogging as a small business branding method. Search engines love blogs because of their ever current content. Blog for your business to achieve desired success.
  1. Pay per click advertising
Invest in marketing in order to build a brand online. Invest in a pay per click system, where you pay for every lead sent to your blog/website. Start with Google – set a budget and bid, select keywords and write a quick ad. Now you’ll be there when some “Googles it!

Friday 21st April, 2017 was a big day for the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and its stakeholders. At the 2017 .ng Awards night, big time winners were announced for the different categories. The .ng Awards ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
For the records, there were a total of 130 nominees for the 20 different award categories that received the 33,232 different votes from the 16,075 voters. For the Presidential awards, there were 11 recipients for the 5 different award categories. It was a fun evening for all, from the Xplicit dancers from Ibadan to the Nigerian Police Band based in Lagos who thrilled with music to Hilarious Chinedu (formerly Skool Boy), the comedian. The audience, gorgeously kitted, thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
The .ng Awards celebrate the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards promote Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all.
We appreciate the active participation of everyone in the NiRA story and congratulate the winners of the 2017 .ng Awards
For full list of winners of the .ng awards 2017, please visit List of Winners

Stakeholder Consultation Portal for Establishment of an Internet Industry Code of Practice
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) issued invitations to all affected and interested parties as well as the General Public to its Stakeholder Consultation on the establishment of an Internet Industry Code of Practice.

As part of its Internet Governance functions, the Nigerian Communications Commission seeks input from stakeholders in the development of a code of practice in support of net neutrality and an open Internet. The Commission favours a multi-stakeholder model of engagement in the process of policy development for Internet Governance.
NCC has indicated that the objectives of the Internet Industry Code of Practice seek to:
  • Protect the rights and interests of Internet Service Providers and consumers;
  • Provide jointly agreed and effective solutions to the issues of discriminatory traffic management practices;
  • Ensure adequate safeguards are put in place by service providers against abuses such as unsolicited messages;
  • Outline the obligations of Service Providers in relation to offensive and potentially harmful content for minors and vulnerable audiences;
  • Promote the safe, secure and responsible use of Internet Services with due regard to provisions in existing legal instruments;
  • Establish best practices for Internet Governance in Nigeria, in line with emerging issues and global trends;
  • Provide transparent rules for the assessment and classification of Internet content;
  • Increase stakeholder satisfaction through improved consumer experience online;
  • Improve competition by addressing issues of traffic management;
  • Improve operational efficiency.
Candidates for NextGen@ICANN59

ICANN has announced that 15 individuals from various African universities have been selected to attend the ICANN59 Policy Forum. The Forum would hold from 26th to 29th June 2017 at Johannesburg, South Africa. In their various universities, these students are studying a wide range of topics, including policy, computer science, technology, law and communications. Five additional selectees who attended a previous ICANN meeting as NextGenners will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.
Individuals were assessed by an independent selection committee. The successful candidates were selected based on their current studies and demonstration of interest in the work happening in the Internet ecosystem. The ongoing work in the Internet ecosystem refers to global policy and Internet governance.

Date: 28th of April, 2017
Venue: NiRA Office Complex, 8, Funsho Williams Avenue,
Iponri Surulere, Lagos

Internet Freedom Forum
Date:  25th to 27th April 2017
Venue: Lagos

Africa Internet Summit 2017
Date: 21st May to 2nd June 2017
Nairobi, Kenya

Date: 26th to 29th June 2017
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Maude Street, Sandown, 2196
Johannesburg, South Africa

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