One of the key challenges is the language barrier. In Africa there are three major languages spoken, or used in professional environments: French, English, some Portuguese. And trying to bring the community from all those different language backgrounds to focus on a project like AFRINIC was hard.
Nominated for effort and contribution to several initiatives that brought and drew the Internet in West Africa in the 90s, and also for leading and nurturing the consensus approach that has helped create AFRINIC, the Internet number registry in Africa in 2004, I have witnessed over those twenty-five years how technology can change and improve people’s lives on a daily basis.
My hope is that the Internet continues to develop based on its underlying culture, which is an open technology that is accessible to everyone.