The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the registry for .ng Internet Domain Names and maintainers of the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain, has again honoured private and public institutions, as well as individuals, promoting the brand in its 2022 .ng Awards. 

Among those honoured are the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as Most Innovative Service Provider Online, Akwa Ibom State as Digital Innovation State Government and Fidelity Bank Plc as Best Banking or Insurance Website/Portal..

Others are GigaLayer Web Hosting & Domains as NG Company of the Year; Smart Web Nigeria Limited as Best Local Hosting Company. The Best Technology Hub Website/Portal goes to CoLab, while the Best AgriTech Company of the year was given to Groupfarma.

Mr Muhammed Rudman (l), NiRA’s President, and Rev. Sunday Folayan (r), the immediate past President, presenting the award for best .ng Registrar in the Platinum category to the COO, Whogohost Limited, Wunmi Onabanjo (m)

Meanwhile, Best e-Payment Website/Portal was awarded to ALAT by Wema Bank; Best Tertiary Institution website/Portal was given to Covenant University; Digital Innovation in Federal Government, Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office.

Best e-Commerce Website, Jumia Nigeria; Best Print Media Website/Portal, Guardian Nigeria; Best Primary/Secondary Website/Portal, Dr. William Kupiec Girls Academy; Best Online Media Website, BusinessDay; Startup Company of the Year, Mydot.NG Web Hosting Company; Best Electronic Media Website (Television),  Benue TV; .NG Fintech Company of the Year, ALAT by Wema Bank; Best Electronic Media Website (Radio), Planet101.1FM.

Others are Best .NG ccTLD Registrar Platinum Category, WhoGoHost Limited; Best .NG ccTLD Registrar at Gold Category, Icecool Contracts Limited; Best .NG ccTLD registrar at Silver Category, Vistacool Technologies Limited; Best .NG ccTLD Registrar at Standard Category, Mcreal Online Networks Systems Limited; Best Supporting Media Partner, RaveTv; .NG Most Supporting Sponsor, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); NiRA Special Award for Jury Members, Limited and Hostnownow Limited, respectively.

Individuals who have distinguished themselves in the.NG domain name systems were also honoured with NiRA Special Recognition awards. They include; Dr. Isaac. Adeola. Odeyemi, Dr. Chris Nwannenna, Mr. Shehu Sikiru, Reverend Sunday Folayan and Mrs. Edith Udeagu, while Mrs. Sola Akinpelu of HerVest NG received the NiRA Presidential award for Women Development.

Mr Muhammed Rudman (l), NiRA’s President and Rev. Sunday Folayan (r), the immediate past President, presenting the award for best .ng Registrar in the Gold category to the CEO of IceCool Contracts, Mr Destiny Amana (m)

Overall, The 2022 .ng Awards recognised twenty-two (22) private entities and four (4) public institutions, as well as six (6) individuals.

In his speech at the event, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of NiRA, said the Association roll out drums to celebrate the awardees for upholding the.NG brand, adding that “.ng Awards celebrate the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives.

“The awards promote Nigerian businesses, individuals, charities, and public and private sector organisations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible, and rewarding experience for all by using .ng domains for their online presence.

“From 6th March 2022 to 10th April 2022, the General Public was encouraged to nominate and vote for worthy companies who are using the .ng domain name for their businesses and have promoted the .ng brand.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all; the General Public, NiRA members, NiRA stakeholders, members of the press, NiRA Accredited Registrars, nominees, and winners for their participation throughout the awards process”, he said.


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