Summary of ngNOG 10, University of Nigeria, 02nd-09th November 2015
ngNOG 2015 workshop, the 10th anniversary in the annual series of the Nigerian Network
Operators’ Group (ngNOG) Workshops and Meetings, were successfully held at the University of
Nigeria (UNN, Nsukka) from 02-09 November, 2015.
Fifteen Institutions and Organizations participated in the five parallel tracks of the 2015 ngNOG
workshop in Nsukka. The workshop was declared open by Vice Chancellor Prof Benjamin
Benjamin Ozumba who was represented by the University DVC. The Vice Chancellor and his
lovely wife were however present at the celebratory dinner to express their support and
congratulate the ngNOG community as it concluded the 10th successful workshop.
As always, participants got hands-on training and solved relevant practical problems in their
tracks, in addition to discussing topics of interest at the general evening discussions. Topics
included SSL/TLS certification, Data Security, Self-development, and career progression in ICT.
The ngNOG meeting was a success with presentations from supporting organizations like
Bandwidth Consortium, MEEDS Networks, Google and Main One. Participants, instructors
, and the University Library received copies of books donated by ngNOG’s indefatigable partner
After a week of technical events, participants were treated with a stress relief sight-seeing visit
to the Ogba Ihuezi Ogbunofia Ndiuno Cave and waterfall. Earlier in the day, instructors defeated
participants in a keenly contested football match. Pictures from the event can be viewed here
The first domesticated (AfNOG-fashioned) country NOG in Africa, ngNOG has successfully
trained at a subsidized cost, over 800 Network Engineers and librarians from eighty-eight (88)
Higher Education Institutions and organizations across Nigeria.
Starting with a pre-NOG workshop in Ibadan; several locations in Nigeria have since played
host to the annual workshops and meetings: from the Hill city of Jos to Canaanland, from
Opobo kingdom to Ogba Ihuezi Ogbunofia Ndiuno Cave & waterfall, from the ancient Benin City
to Ile-Ife, from Mainland Hotel to Hotel 17, from the city of Kanawa to Ilorin Hospitality, the
community keeps growing.
Through the years, as is the case with all human endeavors, the ngNOG workshop & meetings
have had their moments of success, failure, celebration, disappointments, and reflections. A
meeting point and source of inspiration to so many, a strong human network continues to grow
out of our face-to-face meetings and online community interaction.
While increasing interest in ICT-related policies that affect people, the event has also grown
a community of experts with diverse ICT skill sets. After ten years, the ngNOG among others
aims towards strengthening collaboration with stakeholders, introducing industry certification,
and holding additional workshops to further reduce travel distance for participants.
This journey would never have been possible without the contributions of the Grantors
Sponsors, Individuals, Government organizations, Higher Education Institutions, Private
organizations, Instructors, Participants, Organizers, and Host Institutions who have through the
years supported this event either financially, with words of advice, ideas and or with a positive
critique. Some had supplied the ngNOG event with equipment, books, T-shirts, pens, venue,
others by Instructing, organizing, or as participants.
For this and to you all, we say a big Thank you and look forward to seeing you in the Federal
Capital Territory for the next edition in October 2016.