On Friday the 6th of July 2018, at the Celebrations Gardens International Hall, 2BB Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja Lagos, Bigcode Nigeria Limited, a Technology startup Company in Awka Anambra State bagged the prestigious 2018 Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) .ng Company of the Year Award.
Bigcode is a full service Technology company based in Awka Anambra State HQ. providing digital services and support to Startups, Individuals, Corporate Organisations and government. Established in 2010, Bigcode has steadily been growing and earning the trust of hundreds of businesses by providing them with enterprise-grade software solutions, Graphics and Business Branding Services, Business-Technology Consultancy, Websites and Mobile Solutions as well as turning their ideas into reality with the help of our highly qualified developers.
The CEO of Bigcode Nigeria Limited who also doubles as the Convener of StartupAnambra pointed out that aside the fact that this is the first time such award is coming to South-East/Anambra, He is dedicating the awards back to the Entire Ndi Anambra, SouthEast and as well to all whose major activities is the cyberspace. He therefore urge Developers and innovative solution creators to embrace the .ng domain names so as to further promote the Naija Brand.
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) in 2016 commenced .ng awards as part of the commemorative activities marking its 10th anniversary.
In 2018, the award has garnered much acceptance and credibility as stakeholders in the Nigerian domain name system industry look forward to the yearly event.
The President of NiRA, Rev’ Sunday Folayan, said the award was established to recognise and honour the various contributions of those creating awareness of the .ng brand and to acknowledge those who are exploring and exploiting various opportunities in the DNS industry for a better Nigeria.
The .ng Awards, Rev’ Folayan said, is now recognized 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 a sustainable economy using technology and at the same time uplifting the image of the Nigerian identity- .ng locally and internationally by stimulating the development and consumption of local content on the World Wide Web.
About The Award:
The .ng Awards celebrate the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards aim to showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all. At the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), we believe in the power of the Internet and are determined that the .ng domain name space, has a positive impact on the lives of Internet users. We acknowledge the great work being done out there and desire the populace to know about it, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight.
The Award Categories:
- .ng Company of the Year
This award is presented to the company, organization that has demonstrated excellence in business innovation, online user experience and commitment to the Nigeria Internet community while embracing sound business practices. Winner: Bigcode Nigeria Limited – www.bigcode.com.ng
- Most Innovative Service Provider Online
This award is presented to the organization that promotes innovative service delivery on the internet. Winner: Novatia Translations NG – www.novatiatranslation.com.ng
- Best Banking or Insurance Website/Portal
This award is presented to the bank or insurance company website or portal that delivers the best user experience. Winner: Fidelity Bank plc – www.fidelitybank.ng
- Best E-payment Website/Portal
This award is presented to the E-payment company with the best website or portal that delivers the best user experience. Winner: Wema Bank-www.alat.ng
- Best Tertiary Institution website/portal
This award is presented to the Tertiary Institution/University with the best .edu.ng website/portal; based on how current the website is, the level of local content on the website, ease of use, relevance of the website for delivery of educational services and how dynamic the website is. Winner: University of Uyo-www.uniuyo.edu.ng
- Startup Company of the year
This award is presented to the startup company (companies less than 5 years) that uses the internet creatively & innovatively to scale up their business and achieve business competitiveness. Winner: Agro-Park Development Company Limited – www.agropark.ng
- Best Local Hosting Company
This award aims to continuously encourage the growth of local website hosting companies, in Nigeria. This award is presented to the best local hosting company in Nigeria. Winner: Trefoil Network Limited-www.tfhost.ng
- Best State Government in Digital innovation
This award recognizes the State Government that has invested in Technology to promote innovation and local content development. Winner: Borno State,Ministry of Works and Transport – www.mwt.bo.gov.ng
- Best Federal Government Agency/Parastatal/MDAs in Digital innovation
This award is presented to the best website/portal of the Federal Government Agency/Parastatal/MDAs that provides the best user experience. Winner: Galaxy Backbone Ltd – www.galaxybackbone.com.ng
- .ng Company of the Year
Other Awards Categories: (THE .NG MEDIA AWARD )
The .ng media Award recognizes excellence in journalism and other media-related activities; based on the level of local and original content promoted. This award category consist of four award groups.
- Best Print Media Website Winner: Guardian Newspapers Limited – www.guardian.ng
- Best Online Media Website Winner: Pulse Nigeria-www.pulse.ng
- Best Electronic Media Website (Television/Radio) Winner: Cool FM-www.coolfm.ng
“When we conceived the .ng Awards, it was purely to recognise and celebrate excellence and it will remain so. NiRA does not attach any monetary value to the awards. Since the inception of the .ng Awards, no sponsorship or donations is required to participate. The nomination and voting is at the description of the General Public”, he said.
The NiRA President also congratulated the heroes of the .ng existence, the various nominees who proudly projected their businesses using the .ng brand in the course of the year. “Your Zeal and patriotism is one of the motivating factors for us in NiRA, making us push the bar higher every year”, he reiterated.
The award ceremony attracted dignitaries from different part of the country.