Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Nii Narku Quaynor: Father of the Internet in Africa

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Nii Narku Quaynor: Father of the Internet in Africa

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Nii Narku Quaynor, Ph.D. ('father of the Internet in Africa') pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, establishing some of Africa's first Internet connections and helping set up key organizations, including the African Network Operators Group. He also was the founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African Internet numbers registry.

He graduated in engineering science from Dartmouth College, a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1972 and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1973, he studied Computer Science and earned a M.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (a public university located in Stony Brook, New York) in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the same institution in 1977. He helped establish the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, where he has taught since 1979.

He was the first African person to be elected to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and served as an at-large director of ICANN for the African region from 2000 to 2003; he was a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on ICT, chair of the Organization of African Unity Internet Task Force and President of the Internet Society of Ghana; in 2007 the Internet Society (a global cause-driven organization dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, and transparent) awarded him the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award for his pioneering work in advancing the Internet in Africa; he is a member of the Council of the University of Ghana, and he is a member of the IGF MultiStakeholder Advisory Group. …

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