[AfrICANN-discuss] Congratulations!!

Brian Munyao Longwe blongwe at gmail.com
Wed May 20 14:58:58 SAST 2009

Hi Katim,

New executives are for AFTLD - not AfriNIC :-) the new AfriNIC Board members
will be announced at the end of this week after tomorrows elections.


On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 3:34 PM, Katim S. Touray <kaamt at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> Jambo!  It has been a long time I last posted on this list, but I've been
> following the discussion as much as I can.  First off, let me take this
> opportunity to congratulate the new Executive of AfriNIC (Vika and Co.), and
> wish them all the very best during their tenure of office.  It also goes
> withouth saying that they would need the support of all of us to succeed,
> and I hope we all bear this in mind moving forward.  Vika's team is a
> dynamic one, and I'm sure they'll deliver.
> I'd also like to congratulate Mauritius and Nigeria on their success in
> getting the redelegation of their ccTLDs.  Coming as they do shortly after
> the ATU-organized and ICANNN-sponsored forum on ccTLDs in Mauritius, this is
> really great news.  Not only does this build confidence, it also proves that
> we can, despite the odds, achieve a lot once we agree to work together.  I
> hope the rest of us get inspired by this, and implore both Mauritius and
> Nigeria to share their experiences and lessons learned with other
> countries.  To paraphrase Nkrumah, the reledelegation of the .mu and .ng
> ccTLDs is meaningless unless it is link to the redelegation of all African
> ccTLDs.  Remember the grand theme of the ATU forum:  a ccTLD for every
> African country.
> Finally, I'd like to encourage all and sundry again to take an active part
> in ICANN's organs and activities.  Anne-Rachel has been posting a lot of
> information about ICANN, especially solicitations of comments and feedback
> on various documents and issues.  Your input into these discussions is
> invaluable.  For example, the draft FY2010 Operating Plan and Budget (
> http://www.icann.org/en/financials/proposed-opplan-budget-v1-fy10-17may09-en.pdf)
> has been posted for comments, and as you can imagine, feedback received is
> going to determine the allocation of resources on such expenses as
> fellowship programs to sponsor people like us attend ICANN meetings.  Ditto
> for discussions on the upcoming introduction of internationalized domain
> names (IDNs), and new gTLDs.  Finally, you can make valuable contributions
> via the various supporting organizations and committees that make up ICANN.
> That's about it for now.  Again, congratulations to every one, and keep up
> the great job!
> Katim
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Dr Yassin Mshana <ymshana2003 at gmail.com>
> *To:* africann at afrinic.net; cangaye at nitda.gov.ng
> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 20, 2009 12:05:20 PM
> *Subject:* [AfrICANN-discuss] Re: Nigeria Attains Full Control of .ng
> ccTLD
> Dear Professor,
> I am very pleased to see that the effort made to have the management of .ng
> has reached this important stage.
> Congratulations to you and the .ng management and its communities.
> Well done and God Bless
> Dr Y Mshana
> (ex-ccNSO Council Africa)
>  2009/5/19 Anne-Rachel Inné <annerachel at gmail.com>
>> http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=143666
>> Nigeria Attains Full Control of .ng ccTLD By Efem Nkanga, 05.18.2009
>> The Nigerian Internet community has effected the  redelegation of the .ng
>> ccTLD and attained  full local management of the domain.  The President,
>> Internet Registration Association of Nigeria , Engr Ndukwe Kalu, disclosed
>> this in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday.
>> Ndukwe stated that Nigeria had for long sought for full control which if
>> finally attained at ‘’exactly 4pm GMT May 13, 2009, when  Verisign made the
>> ICANN approved root server changes to the .ng ccTLD, a few hours later
>> ICANN/IANA effected the board approved redelegation of the Nigerian ccTLD on
>> the IANA website’’ He reiterated that ‘’This effectively brings to an end
>> the long drawn desire and expectation of the Nigerian Internet community to
>> effect redelegation of the .ng ccTLD and full local management’’.
>> Ndukwe went down memory lane and disclosed that the .ng ccTLD journey
>> started in 1995 with the first delegation to one of   Mrs Ibukun Odusote as
>> the then admin contact. He added that by 2004 with the intervention of the
>> former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo the Nigerian Internet
>> community represented by the G22 reached a consensus on a not for profit all
>> inclusive body to manage the .ng ccTLD. With the formation and final
>> election of the NIRA executive board in May 2007 the stage was then set for
>> conclusion of the redelegation process and fully localize the management of
>> the ng cc TLD
>> He added that the attempt to obtain full control met with a lot of
>> challenges because as a totally new entity the executive had to concentrate
>> on putting in place the required structure and infrastructure that would
>> sustain the .ng ccTLD. He added that the efforts has however paid off
>> because the .ng ccTLD would now be offering its domains in the ccTLD with
>> the most robust technical infrastructure in Africa . The .ng ccTLD according
>> to him is the only ccTLD with multiple anycast name servers offering local
>> resolutions of .ng domain in over 40 cities in five continents with a 100%
>> uptime guarantee. He reiterated that apart from that Nigeria is the second
>> country in Africa to have a fully automated registry with full EPP access
>> making it of global standard that allow registrars from all over the world
>> to interact with it.  Now with the Nigerian registry anyone can register a
>> .ng in seconds and be sure that the name would always be available and
>> visitors to the websites would get translations of the domain names in over
>> 40 local cities making for better web experience.
>> Ndukwe added that this was a defining moment  for  the Nigerian Internet
>> community and Nigerians.  He added that the redelgation makes NIRA the
>> sponsoring organization and manager of the .nccTLD bringing  the .ng as
>> desired to the greater participation of all stakeholders both government and
>> private sector. He stressed that it has also accorded the former head of
>> NITDA the late Prof Ajayi a new peace as one of his key desires comes to
>> pass and his name is rested from the IANA website. According to him, with
>> the change NIRA has deemphasized personalization of the domain managers but
>> rather has used roles with the admin contact as the role of NIRA President.
>>  He also emphasized that the issue NIRA has to grapple with now is that of
>> the full population of the .ng ccTLD, a task which he described as very
>> daunting because of the primary reason that all of the African ccTLDs put
>> together cannot make the ccTLD Top 25. He stated that for an Information Age
>> where the main asset is knowledge, a firm presence in cyberspace cannot be
>> overemphasized. According to him NIRA is set to tackle this challenge by
>> massively pursuing the  population of the .ng ccTLD. It would start this
>> quest by coming out with key projects to achieve this. The vision of NIRA is
>> domiciled in making   Nigeria to make the ccTLD top 20 by year 2011. He
>> emphasised that this vision is not just for the sake of making the top 20
>> but to positively impact the Nigerian economy because with the development
>> of the Nigerian cyberspace countless opportunities would be born for both
>> the state and citizens.
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