The 2018 NiRA .ng Awards was held at Celebration Gardens International, GRA, Ikeja, on Friday, July 6, 2018, with many organisations having the Nigerian identity, the .ng, as their domain mame on the world wide web, carting away the various Awards at the event.
Bigcode.com.ng bagged the .ng Company Of The Year Award, for demonstrating excellence in business innovation, online user experience and commitment to the Nigerian Internet community, while embracing sound business practices. The Award has received by the Chief Executive Hustler at Bigcode, Pascal Okeke, with Onyinyechi Nmecha, CEO of Extraclass.ng, assisting him on stage. The company is based in Anambra State.
The President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NiRA, Revd. Sunday Folayan, stated earlier, in his Presidential speech, that the .ng Awards, is now recognised as a yearly event. “The .ng Award, is now recognised, as a yearly event, which serves to promote and commend the excellent achievements of NiRA members, stakeholders and the general public, who tirelessly contribute towards building sustainable economy, using technology”, he explained. He also observed that, it was to also, uplift the image of the Nigerian Identity – .ng, locally and internationally, by stimulating the development and consumption of local content on the world wide web.
The Awards were given in two sets. One set was for organisations or establishments that have an active .ng domain name, either, at the first, second, third or fourth level, while the other sets of Award, were the Presidential Awards, given at the discretion of the President of NiRA.
Other Awardees in the first set, aside from Bigcode, include novatiatranslation.com.ng, for the Most Innovative Service Provider Online Award, fidelitybank.ng, for The Best Banking Or Insurance Website Portal Award, uniuyo.edu.ng, for the Best Tertiary Institution Website Award, agropark.ng, for Startup Company Of The Year Award, tfhost.ng, for Best Local Hosting Company Award, guardian.ng, for Best Print Media Website Award, coolfm.ng, for Best Electronic Media Website Award (Television and Radio), pulse.ng, for Best Online Media Website Award, mwt.bo.gov.ng (Ministry of Works & Transport, Borno State), for Digital Innovation In State Government Award and galaxybackbone.com.ng, for Digital Innovation In Federal Government Award.
Many organisations, also received the Presidential Awards for various reasons advanced by the President of NiRA, Revd. Sunday Folayan.