Despite Its High Price, Nigeria Recorded An Increased Active Domains On .NG

It is not alien to us that the domain on .NG
has been somewhat neglected by the
Nigerian populace. Only few website and blog
owners tend to use this domain name for
their blog or website as the case may be.

This might not be the faults of these
Nigerians but might be as a result of the
activities of others which are selling this
domain at very high prices. This would surely
hinder the number or population of people
who would even be interested, in the first
place in registering a domain with .NG.

NiRa, which is the registry for .ng Internet
Domain Names, has been condemned by a
lot of Nigerians for selling .ng domains at
one of the most expensive rates of any
domain in the world. The cheapest a .ng
domain sells for by companies listed on the
NIRA website is N13,500/year: Yes, you
surely heard right.
I might not know why, but it all seems that In
Nigeria, we all have the habit of extorting
ourselves to a very high extent. I’d love to
stop my criticism at this point till I know the
reason for the high price and confirm if it is a
justifiable one.

NiRA reported that the active domains in the
country in 2016 reached 76,907 doubling the
33,752 recorded in 2015 and 31,542
recorded in 2014.

According to the President of NiRA, Rev.
Sunday Afolayan:
There is always a lull in Domain Name
Registrations and Renewals at the Registry in
the last month of the year.
“The increase in domain name registration is
more noticeable when viewed across the
different years. The domain names
registered and renewed in December 2016 is
more than the registrations in December
2015 and almost doubled the registration in
November 2014.

NiRA hopes to acquire and create more
awareness for the .com and .ng domains by
exploiting Internationalized domain names
(IDNs) in the three main Nigerian languages
(Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba); Introduction of
Domain Name System (DNS) in the Nigerian
educational curriculum; Appointment of .ng
ambassadors from the Business and Art
world amongst others.

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