[Community-Discuss] NomCom Chairs Private Message

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Sun Mar 15 12:50:44 UTC 2020

Quite frankly without the alleged communication and evidence - I consider this entire thread spurious and a waste of time - and it should probably head straight to dev/null where I will now place it - especially considering it’s source - Hi Benjamin.


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From: Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at hotmail.com>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 10:48:18 PM
To: Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at gmail.com>
Cc: community-discuss at afrinic.net <community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] NomCom Chairs Private Message

Hi Sunday,

Actually, Badru did see something wrong in the action posed by the NomCom chair ... Badru mentioned an oversight

My 1st mail on this issue clearly raised few questions which only the author of the action can respond to. I did not share the solicitation mail as the derived questions and comments seem enough to explain its content and the recriminations. The intent is not to make a tremendous issue ... but seek commitment of NomCom to remain neutral, fair and transparent.

As you want the evidences, I would expect the NomCom chair to play full transparency and share the message and respond to the questions to clear the air.

The incident might be closed thereafter

Hope this helps


From: Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:00 PM
To: Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at hotmail.com>
Cc: Badru Ntege <badru.ntege at nftconsult.com>; community-discuss at afrinic.net <community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] NomCom Chairs Private Message

Hi Marcus,

I agree with Badru. I was not sure your Email was inviting any comment or response from the NOMCOM Chair, as the said solicitation email was not shared. In my little corner, I was remembering that the Southern Africa and Western Africa regions cannot contest in the current Board Elections. This is certainly the reason why NOMCOM is made of people from Southern Africa and Western Africa, who cannot run for Board positions.

Of course, I understand the Independent Board seats are not filled via any regional affiliation, but if you want to push some issue of conflict of interests, you may send the evidences to the Board and I expect working with the Governance Committee, they can take a good look at it to ensure fairness, openness and transparency.

Pushing it further here, will only ginger some mob action, which is not in the overall interest of the organization.

Just my personal thoughts.

Have a nice day.


On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 2:22 PM Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at hotmail.com<mailto:madomey at hotmail.com>> wrote:
Dear Badru,

I have your email and thank you. BUT this constant attempts to undermine serious issues, by not giving them the required attention, is not helpful and not healthy.

How do you propose healing wounds without admission of wrongdoing?

How can we build trust when senior people like the current NomCom behave like that?

When people are turning things personal, country and local community based, instead of thinking regional as per Afrinic mandate.
It has been almost 3 days that the questions were asked and the NomCom chair did not even bother addressing the concerns raised.

How would people trust the NomCom and the upcoming elections?

From: Badru Ntege <badru.ntege at nftconsult.com<mailto:badru.ntege at nftconsult.com>>
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:31:54 AM
To: Marcus K. G. Adomey <madomey at hotmail.com<mailto:madomey at hotmail.com>>; community-discuss at afrinic.net<mailto:community-discuss at afrinic.net> <community-discuss at afrinic.net<mailto:community-discuss at afrinic.net>>
Subject: RE: NomCom Chairs Private Message

We should take this as an oversight. And NomCom Chair will take note.

Its time for us all to find that space that builds trust through the community.

Lets heal the wounds through our actions and words.

Have a wonderful day all.



From: Marcus K. G. Adomey [madomey at hotmail.com<mailto:madomey at hotmail.com>]
Sent: 09 March 2020 18:50
To: community-discuss at afrinic.net<mailto:community-discuss at afrinic.net>
Subject: [Community-Discuss] NomCom Chairs Private Message

Dear Community,

Our goodwill advocates have sighted an email message from the recently appointed and current NomCom chair to his favorite private mailing list in South Africa soliciting applications from the country in question.

As a community, we have a few questions to ensure fairness in terms of recruitment of people based on merit and most importantly diversity.

1. Would the NomCom please share announcements equally well across other African countries to the same extent as the NomCom chair is doing for specifically South Africa?

2. Is this a personal act or was this done in his capacity as the NomCom chair where utmost objective neutrality is expected.

3. The said message asks for more South African representation even though it indicates SA already has a seat.

Does this show some level of bias from the chairman of NomCom.

4. The said email indicates that the best way to influence the organization (meaning AfriNIC) is by getting involved and appeals for people on the said list to do so.

This shows intent of bias focused on a specific country with aim of control while development is totally forgotten.


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