Technology Times has learnt that 20 premium Nigerian Internet domain names including love.ng, water.ng, cars.ng have been sold in auctions of the online real estate.
The domain name auctions come just as NiRA continues to court its resellers to boost uptake of the nation’s unique Internet name among the Nigerian and global Internet community.
Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of NiRA says in a statement the recent auctions and allied programmes of the .ng management organisation are targeted to promote Nigeria’s online identity.
Technology Times can confirm that the 20 premium domain names include:
“The NiRA team continues to create avenues for the promotion of the .ng brand and promotion of the Nigeria online identity. These activities contribute to public campaign of the .ng brand, Nigeria online identity, entrepreneurship programmes, job and wealth creation as well as promotion of local content”, Rudman says.
The domain name auctions come just as NiRA continues to court its reseller network to boost uptake of the nation’s unique Internet name among the Nigerian and global Internet community.
The second edition of the 2019 .ng Reseller Entrepreneurship program held recently in Lagos attracted over 50 prospective resellers and representatives of three NiRA Accredited Registrars, WhogoHost Limited, Garanntor Limited and Upperlink Limited, that were on hand to facilitate, NiRA says.
According to NiRA, the Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme (REP) is aimed at developing and training entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Domain Name Industry and “provides insights into the vast opportunities that exist within the Industry.”
Mrs. Edith Udeagu, Executive Secretary of the association, in a presentation titled “How to be a .ng entrepreneur” explains that though NiRA operates the 3R (Registry/Registrar/Registrant) model, “NiRA recognises the role of Resellers in domain name business.”
The NiRA Executive Secretary says that, “the Resellers reach the remote clients and remote parts of the country where the Accredited Registrars might not have the physical presence.” Mrs. Edith Udeagu, Executive Secretary, NiRA
The NiRA Executive Secretary says that, “the Resellers reach the remote clients and remote parts of the country where the Accredited Registrars might not have the physical presence.”
She adds that there were plenty of opportunities in the reseller business and the reseller business was not capital intensive.
“All that is required were a phone with an Internet connection to commence a reseller business” Udeagu says encouraging all participants to learn as much as possible, partner and network with industry players and prepare for a better future.
Presentations were also delivered by other NiRA team members including Mrs. Kemi Adepoju (Head, Business Development), Mr. Olusegun Akinwunmi (Web Services Administrator) and Mrs. Adenike Ore (Application Support Administrator).
Mrs. Adepoju’s presentation titled “Opportunities in the .ng domain name industry”, explains that the domain name is like a digital gold rush, where the value keeps rising.
She added that Domain names can be used for websites, email addresses and forwarding to an existing site or social media business page. She outlined some opportunities that exist in the .ng domain name space which included acting as Accredited Registrars and Resellers.
Mr. Akinwunmi’s presentation titled “Introduction to Domain Name System (DNS)”, explained that the DNS is the mechanism which connects a domain name to the IP address of the server where the website is located. He added that domains go through a life cycle from when they are available to when they are deleted.
Mrs. Ore gave the presentation titled “.ng Domain Name Policies and Naming Conventions” in which she says that there are policies guiding the registration of .ng domain names, which registrants must adhere to.
She shared the domain name naming conventions highlighted the policies concerning registration of offensive names, geonames, restricted names, premium names, etc.