My friends know that I cannot walk into a bookshop and still retain the same blood pressure, energy or heart rate as I had before I walked in. Books excite me in an interesting way. I do not even have to read them – just the prospect of thousands of words fellowshipping together on processed wood gets me pumped. In fact, I also love empty notebooks – just give me the processed wood and I’ll be fine. You can propose marriage to me with only a carton of hardcover artsy-looking empty notebooks and I would be speechless at your thoughtfulness. *looks in the mirror and sighs at self-deprecation*
However, books are only but one of the things that excite me. Another thing that excites me is ‘owning domain names’. I have a superpower for having the brightest ideas and giving them badass names – I MEAN, you’re currently on HTML and we’re not talking programming language here! *kisses self in the mirror*.
Anyway, because I’m an ideas junkie in the 21st century, the first thing that comes to mind when I have a bright idea is not to write it down like a strategic thinker. No. I, instead, convince myself that this is THE idea – THE ONE- and then proceed to secure the domain name for my soon-to-be giant tech company. (As an aside, I feel like adding a bit of unbalance in the world right now so here we go: |giant| |DWARF| – this is so disturbing haha).
As you can tell, I’m currently having a bit of ADHD so please bear with me. What I have, however, tried to convey in the last three paragraphs is that owning domain names, like seeing books, excites me a lot. Got it? Good.
Now, in the next couple of paragraphs, I’ll try to explain why I believe the Nigerian Internet Registration Association does not rate my excitement and how I am convinced that this somewhat infringes on the human rights of, we the people.
Now, NiRA (which is a beautiful name, by the way), is the neutral self-regulatory body which administers Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (the code popularly referred to as .ng)
A domain name is pretty much the name of your website + a TLD (top level domain). So for instance, ‘adeboro.com’ is a domain name. Same as
Now, our dear NiRA determines the price for registering a domain using the .ng TLD and for some reason, NiRA has chosen that it’s a big price to pay.
Imagine I had an idea to build an online Forum for Parents who are tired of saying the same things over and again to their child(ren). The parents on my Online Forum would simply write open letters to their Children addressing them in public and begging members of the Nigerian online community to bear them witnesses before man and God that they did their best.
Super amazing idea, right?
Now, I really want my Forum to be popular in Nigeria so I decide that I’ll use the .ng TLD because I know that search priority would be given to me. I go online to register my domain name and here’s my invoice:
I might have exaggerated in the beginning when I said that NiRA’s pricing of domain names (which I’ll maintain is RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE) is somewhat an infringement of human right. I say I might have exaggerated because I know that no one is forced to use the .ng TLD or punished for not using same. Therefore, if you cannot afford to register a .NG domain, you may go ahead and choose from a bunch of other options. Or so it seems.
It is, however, my belief and in fact, my understanding that all Internet Policies should be formulated in such a way as to drive and encourage the inclusion and participation of the average man. And whilst I know that affordability is relative, N9,500 seems a lot like a gatekeeping mechanism to me. Whether or not NiRA is purposely discouraging the use of our country code TLD, is a question I cannot answer. But what I can say is that its Pricing Policy is more
This is even worse when you think about the fact that restricting the options of people in the use of internet features, options or
I mean, I know I sound like I’m over-reaching but I’m not. I actually believe this. Infringement and restrictions on human rights do not only manifest in violent actions or reactions but also in quiet, indirect, innocent, passive,
Once again, I am aware that affordability is relative. But look, we live in a country where up to 80% of us live on less than $2 per day.
Think about it.
I’d like to know what your thoughts are on this matter. And I’d appreciate it if you share with others! Thank you. 🙂