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NIRA unveils 2016 .ng Web Awards nominees

NIRA unveils 2016 .ng Web Awards nominees

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NIRA, managers of the country’s Internet real estate, is inviting the Internet community to choose the best as nominees for the 2016 .ng Web Awards were announced.

NIRA says .ng the Web Awards co-located with its Gala Night will recognise the excellent achievements of members, stakeholders and the general public, “who have contributed towards building a sustainable economy using technology relevant to the Domain Name System (DNS) industry.”

Revd. Sunday Folayan, President Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA)
Revd. Sunday Folayan, President Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA)

According to NIRA ”winners for each category will be determined through online voting and decisions of a Competent Award Jury selected based on their relevance and expertise.”

NIRA has invited the Internet community to vote for their preferred choice on the association website, www.nira.org.ng.”

Based on the award criteria adopted for the 2016 .ng Web Award, the company or organisation must have been registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and is doing business with a .ng domain name either at the second level or third level. The domain name must have been registered for at least six months.

According to NIRA, “for the 2016 .ng Web Awards, all qualifying websites were considered irrespective of whether they are hosted locally or not.”

The domain name managers said that winners in each category will gain access to the .ng Web Award Icon, which is available in various sizes and formats for inclusion on websites and marketing collateral.

The 2016 .ng Web Awards nominees as announced by NIRA are:

  1. Technology Company of the Year

Recognizes companies that have demonstrated excellence in innovation and a commitment to the technology community while embracing sound business fundamentals. This category is reserved for companies that have been established for more than five years.

The Nominees are:

  1. com.ng (Etisalat)
  2. com.ng (Google)
  3. com.ng (MTN)
  4. com.ng (Spectranet)
  1. Most Innovative Web Company/Organization:

This award recognizes organizations with the highest investment in their online presence that promotes innovation and marketing.

The Nominees are:

  1. ng (Slot)
  2. com.ng (Jumia)
  3. com.ng (Cheki)
  4. com.ng (Private Property)
  5. ng (Hotels.ng)
  6. ng (Gloo.ng)
  7. com.ng (OLX)


  1. Best Banking Website/Portal

This award recognises the bank websites that delivers the best user experience based on excellence in navigation, design and innovation.

The Nominees are:

  1. ng (Fidelity Bank)
  2. gov.ng (Central Bank of Nigeria)


Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor
Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor
  1. Best Educational Institution website/portal

This award recognises the tertiary institution/university with the best .edu.ng website/portal based on how current the website is, level of local content populated on the website, ease of use, relevance of the website for delivery of educational services, how dynamic the website is amongst other things.

The Nominees are:

  1. edu.ng (FUTO, Akure)
  2. edu.ng (FUTO, Owerri)
  3. edu.ng (University of Nigeria, Nsukka)
  4. edu.ng (Federal University of Technology, Minna)
  5. edu.ng (University of Lagos)
  6. edu.ng (Covenant University)
  7. edu.ng (University of Ibadan)
  8. edu.ng (Obafemi Awolowo University)
  9. edu.ng (Ahmadu Bello University)
  10. edu.ng (University of Ilorin)
  11. edu.ng (National Open University)


  1. Technology Startup Company of the year

This award is aimed at encouraging start-ups that promote the growth of local content under the .ng domain name platform. Company must not be older than four years.


The Nominees are:

  1. .ng (Jiji)
  2. .ng (The Area Show)
  3. .ng (Showroom.ng)
  4. .com.ng (Eazyhire)
  5. .ng (Jara)
  6. .ng (Lands.ng)
  7. .ng (Pass.ng)
  8. .com.ng (Tolet.com.ng)


  1. Best Hosting Company

This award aims to continuously encourage the growth of local website hosting companies in Nigeria. To qualify for this category, content must be hosted in Nigeria.


The Nominees are:

  1. ng (Upperlink Limited)
  2. com.ng (Galaxy backbone Limited)
  3. com.ng
  4. com.ng (MTN)



  1. .ng Media Award

The .ng Media Award recognizes excellence in journalism and other media-related activities. This category is open to all media houses in Nigeria: print, online and television. This award is judged based on the level of local and original content promoted by such websites.


The Nominees are:

  1. ng (National Television Authority)
  2. ng (The Guardian)
  3. ng (Leadership)
  4. ng (Dailypost)
  5. ng (The Cable)
  6. ng (Daily Times)
  7. com.ng (Nigeria Communications Week)
  8. ng (Techsmart.ng)
  9. com.ng (Daily Trust by Media Trust Limited)
  10. ng (Techpoint)
  11. ng (Tori.ng)
  12. ng (Pulse.ng)
  13. ng (Thenet.ng)


Mr Simon Kolawole, Founder/CEO of The Cable
Mr Simon Kolawole, Founder/CEO of The Cable
  1. Most Valuable Youth Organization

Youth organization that advocates for the development of the Nigerian Youth. To qualify for this category the organization must have an online presence with .ng domain name.


The Nominees are:

  1. org.ng (Jim Ovia Foundation)
  2. ng (Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative)
  3. org.ng (Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students)
  4. org.ng (National Youth Service Corps)


Jim Ovia, Chairman of Visafone Communications Limited
Jim Ovia, Founder of Jim Ovia Foundation
  1. Best State Government

This award recognizes the State Government that have invested in technology to promote local content development

The Nominees are:

  1. gov.ng (Lagos State)
  2. gov.ng (Ondo State)
  3. gov.ng (Osun State)
  4. gov.ng (Delta State)
  5. gov.ng (Rivers State)
  6. gov.ng (Imo State)
  7. gov.ng (Enugu State)
  8. gov.ng (Kano State)
  9. gov.ng (Kaduna State)
Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos. Uber has said that the Nigeria launch of its taxi booking service will help to decongest Lagos vehicular traffic
Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos.


  1. Public Sector: Star Website Award

This award recognizes the website/portal of the Government Agency that provides the best user experience.


The Nominees are:

  1. org.ng (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board)
  2. org.ng (West African Examinations Council)
  3. gov.ng (Corporate Affairs Commission)
  4. gov.ng (National Identity Management Commission)
  5. gov.ng (Federal Inland Revenue Service)
  6. gov.ng (Nigeria Immigration Service)
  7. com.ng (Galaxy Backbone)
  8. gov.ng (Nigeria Customs Service)
  9. gov.ng (Federal Road Safety Commission)
Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, the new Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, the new Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

NiRA Presidential Awards

These are special awardsto be presented by the President of NiRA. The categories are:


a)Best .ng ccTLD Registrar

This award recognizes the best Registrar at Platinum, Silver, Gold and Standard levels. This award is based on number of transactions, amount transacted and investment in the DNS industry.


  1. b) .ng most supporting Sponsor

This award category recognizes and give credence to our supporting sponsors.The award is a special award to be presented by the President of NiRA.


  1. c) NiRA Presidential Award for Youth Development

This award category recognizes and encourages the development of Youth in Nigeria. It is a NiRA Presidential award given to the Youth that have a combination of the best .ng website, best online local content and best use of ICT. This award is a special award to be presented by the President of NiRA.


  1. d) NiRA Presidential Award for Women Development

This award aims to promote the participation and advancement of women in the ICT industry in Nigeria. It will encourage and stimulate the interest of young females to engage in ICT-related studies and subsequently, careers. This award will recognize the very best female in the ICT industry, celebrating her achievements, talents and reward her professional accomplishments. The award is a special award to be presented by the President of NiRA.


  1. e) NiRA Special Recognition Award

This is a Special Recognition Award Category presented by the President of NiRA.

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