[Community-Discuss] A personal note

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.mu
Tue Feb 4 22:03:09 UTC 2020

Good man.

You have my undying support, Mr. Kayihura.


On 4/Feb/20 21:32, Sami Salih wrote:

> Thank you Boss for those words, I feel that it's comes from a honest

> heart, I I'm sure the community got the same feeling. Be sure all of

> us share the same story with slight difference, for me I was first

> time invited for 2009 meeting in SA, then we organized the first IG in

> Sudan, and we success to reach 30% IPv6 traffic in the REN network.

> AFRINIC means a lot for us, and to our local community, so any type of

> support you need please just let us know and we will never hide.


> once again thank you for this kind message, and wish you all the best.


> Sami Salih,

> Community Member. 


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> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

> *From:* Eddy Kayihura <eddy at afrinic.net>

> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:47:20 PM

> *To:* community-discuss at afrinic.net <community-discuss at afrinic.net>

> *Subject:* [Community-Discuss] A personal note



> Dear Colleagues, ( French version below)


> One day in April 2006, I was informed by Rwandatel CTO that I would

> attend an AFRINIC meeting in Nairobi as our company had received a

> fellowship from them. This intrigued me because I did not understand

> why our IP provider was willing to sponsor a trip for a member for no

> apparent reason.


> Not only did I not find any catch but I discovered a community that I

> had no clue existed. I heard of IPv6 for the first time and later

> registered for a course which happened at AFRINIC 9 in Balaclava,

> Mauritius. This connection together with the AfNog one helped me grow

> quickly in the networking field.


> Back home, many colleagues attended AFRINIC and AfNog events and we

> started seeing scalable network and systems managed by young Rwandans.


> 14 years later, Afrinic has evolved in many ways and is still around

> committed to its mission of supporting Internet technology usage and

> development in Africa.


> I have grown over the years to become AFRINIC’s CEO. The large number

> of support messages I have received since it happened has been very

> humbling and demonstrates the fact that AFRINIC is dear to the hearts

> of many people all over the world.


> AFRINIC has had more than its fair share of ups and downs and

> challenges over the years. However, there are inspiring stories of its

> positive contributions and impact in many countries. It continues to

> play a fundamentally important role in Internet development across

> Africa and the Indian Ocean region.


> During my few weeks in office, I have endeavored  with the team on

> analysing and identifying all key focus areas from the feedback we

> have received from our membership and community.


> The key focus areas include:


> - Restoring the accuracy of the database and enhancing membership

> experience.


> - Delivering on promises of major technical products and projects

> anticipated by our membership and community.


> - Building, developing and maintaining our community through providing

> capacity building, research and engagement opportunities.


> - Restructuring a cohesive and efficient team that will deliver on all

> the above and more.


> I would like to commend the team’s resilience and dedication over the

> years and I am a firm believer that our success will not be attainable

> without the involvement of each of us. As a member-based organisation

> and a community-driven organisation, the support of our members and

> community is also vital to our triumph as a whole.


> I will be giving a monthly update on the progress we make on the

> different areas and we welcome your suggestions, support and

> constructive feedback as we travel this journey together.


> Kind regards,


> Eddy



> *****


> Chers Collegues, (votre indulgence pour les accents et potentielles

> fautes d'ortographes est appreciee)


> Par un jour normal en 2006, le CTO de Rwandatel m'a informé que je

> participerai à une reunion d'AFRINIC à Nairobi et qu'ils prennait tout

> en charge. Je fus intrigué car ne comprenant pas pourquoi notre

> fournisseur d'adresse IP serait si genereuse.


> Je n'ai cependant trouve aucun piège. Bien plus, j'ai plutôt decouvert

> une communauté dont j'ignorai totalement l'existence. J'ai entendu

> parler de IPv6 pour la premiere fois et me suis enregistré pour un

> cours qui a eu lieu lors de AFRINIC 9 a Balaclava en ile Maurice.

> Cette connection ainsi qu'avec AfNog m'a aide a progresser rapidement

> dans le domaine de la connectivite.


> Au pays, plusieurs collegues ont participé aux réunions d'AFRINIC et

> AfNog et nous avons commencé à voir de jeunes rwandais gerant des

> reseaux et systèmes bien configuré.


> 14 annees plus tard, Afrinic a evolué de plusieurs maniere tout en

> restant fidele à sa mission de soutenir l'usage et le developpement

> des technologies de l'Internet.


> J'ai aussi progressé jusqu'à en devenir le Directeur Général. Les

> inombrables messages de soutien que j'ai recu etaient bien chaleureux

> et demontrent a quel point Afrinic est cher é plusieurs personnes au

> travers le globe.


> Afrinic a eu son lot de hauts et bas au travers des années. Cependant,

> il y a plusieurs histoires inspirantes sur sa contribution dans

> plusieurs pays. Afrinic continue a jouer un role fondamental pour le

> developpement de l'Internet sur le continent ainsi que la region de

> l'Ocean Indien.


> Pour mes premieres semaines en fonction, je me suis attelé avec

> l'equipe a analyser et identifier les points les plus saillants des

> feedbacks recu de nos membres ainsi que la communaute.


> Ces points incluent les elements suivants:


> - Restaurer l'intigrite de la base de donnees et ameliorer

> l'expenrience de nos membres;


> - Finaliser l'implementation des differents produits et projets promis

> et souhaite par nos membres ainsi que la communaute en general;


> - Developper notre communaute au travers des diverses activites de

> formation, recherches et reunions;


> - Restructurer une equipe plus efficace afin de remplir toutes les

> promesses citees ci-haut et bien plus encore.


> Je souhaite saluer la tenacite et le devouement de l'equipe Afrinic au

> travers des annees et je suis convaincu que notre succes n'est pas

> atteignable sans l'implication d'un chacun. Comme une organization

> "member-based" et orientee vers la communaute, le soutien de nos

> membres ainsi que des membres de la communaute est primordial si nous

> voulons celebrer notre aboutissement comme un block.


> Je vous donnerai une mise a jour mensuelle sur les avancements que

> nous ferons sur differents fronts et vos suggestions sont le bienvenu

> tout au long de ce voyage.


> Respectueusement votre,


> Eddy


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