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.
The 2022 .ng Awards, the fifth in the series, was held in Lagos recently with twenty-two (22) private entities and four (4) public institutions, as well as six (6) individuals recognized.
The winners of the 2022 .ng Awards in the various categories are as follows:
.NG Company of the Year, GigaLayer Web Hosting & Domains
Best Local Hosting Company, Smart Web Nigeria Limited
Most Innovative Service Provider Online, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
Best Technology Hub Website/Portal, CoLab
Best Banking or Insurance Website/Portal, Fidelity Bank Plc
Best AgriTech Company of the year, Groupfarma
Best e-Payment Website/Portal, ALAT by Wema Bank
Digital Innovation State Government, Akwa Ibom State
Best Tertiary Institution Website/Portal, 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
Other winners include
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, Webguru.ng Limited and Hostnownow Limited, respectively.
Individuals who have distinguished themselves in the .NG domain name system 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.
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.
Featured Image: Mr. Muhammed Rudman (l), NiRA’s President, presenting the President’s Special recognition award to Mr Sikiru Shehu (r), a former member of the Executive Board.