[AfrICANN-discuss] Congratulations!!

Carmelo Modu Ebuka carmelo.modu at gmail.com
Fri May 22 15:02:50 SAST 2009

yes we CAN!!!!

Congratulations Nigeria and Mauritius. As Katim, mention "a ccTLD for  
every African country"

We're still far from there in Equatorial Guinea.

Carmelo M. Modu
On May 20, 2009, at 1:34 PM, Katim S. Touray 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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