“Buying Local”can be seen from economic and patriotic perspective,when individuals and organisations buy indigenous products, there is tendency for that product to develop to an international brand. In line with this thinking, the Nigeria internet Registration Association ( NiRA) has for the third time awarded and recognised those that have associated their brand with ” .ng” domain name at the 2018 .ng Awards held at the Celebration gardens International Hall, Ikeja GRA,Lagos.
In his opening remarks, Sunday Folayan, the NIRA President said that ” NIRA is using this award to recognise, appreciate and demonstrate that it values the company that uses “.ng” web address and also we are impressed that they have made the domain an international brand”.
“The .ng is recognised as a yearly event which sought to promote the excellence and achievement of stakeholders, members and users of .ng to promote their businesses. This they have shown by consumption of local content worldwide which has multiplier effect to the economy “, he added.
“Our gathering here is to promote and project the .ng brand across the globe” , he reiterated.
Nomination for the prestigious award was based on various criteria such as , all qualifying domain names must have been registered for 6 months and active for them qualifications of the awards.
The second is the presidential award which is at the prerogative of the NIRA president to award the organization. These awards are meant for those that are adding value to their various communities and NIRA.
Various organizations were nominated ranging from the hosting companies like SmartWeb Nigeria , Galaxy Backbone limited ,Garanntor hosting and others, in this category Galaxy Backbone clinched the .ng company of the year.
MyPadi, a startup company less that five years won the most innovative service provider online. In contention of the award was Novatia Translation NG, Spectranet, FINT etc.
Guardian Newspapers limited and Cool FM are the media houses that won various categories of awards ranging from Best Online Media Website and Best Electronic Media Website while Borno State went home with the Digital Innovation In Government Award.
In attendance where stakeholders from public and private sectors, Such as Ike Nnamani , Medallion Communication, Tunde Coker , Rack Centre, Government representatives all over the country. Chinedu the ace comedian was apt in his act as the Master of Ceremony!
NIRA, in line with meeting the demands of Nigerians have unveiled the “.i.ng” domain names. This is an addition to the “.ng” domain name. The new zone “.i.ng” is designed to serve the specific trade of individuals, corporates or interest group and also enhancing the brand name. All domain names registered under this new zone is as secured as the “.ng” domain names.
ANTHONY EMEKA NWOSU