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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nigerians in diaspora back Digital Sense ‘09

Nigerian Information Technology (IT) professionals in diaspora have given their support to the Nigeria Digital Sense forum, which holds in Lagos in a fortnight by applauding the event with theme; Internet Governance; Creating opportunities for all Nigerians.
Those who expressed support for the Nigeria Digital Sense forum, at the weekend, included a former Chief Executive officer of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Dr. Ola Ogunfemi and Mrs. Utchay Okoli, from United States (US) and United Kingdom (US) respectively.

According to him, the forum is commendable and deserves every support from Nigerians including those in diaspora and that is why he has elected to make the event from the United States where he is resident.

And for Mrs. Okoli a postgraduate of one of the UK leading universities, said that Nigeria, especially the Internet community needs a vision driven engagement like the one DSA has come up with.

She applauded DSA for coming up with this initiative, stressing that it would definitely spur Nigeria further in scheme of Internet engagements.

In her reaction to the news, the Executive Director, Digital Sense Africa (DSA), the organizers of the event, Mrs. Nkemdilim Umah-Nweke said that the Nigeria Digital Sense forum was born out of the desire to create more awareness on values embedded on the Internet and how growing Nigerians Internet public could attest to its goodness.

DSA, she said, is elated with the support given so far by members of Nigerian IT professionals in diaspora and promised that her organization would continue to do Nigeria proud in their own little ways.

She, further said, the era of worrying too much over the few bad elements in the society who try to create bad impression of Nigeria and Nigerians, insisting that by tapping on the positive opportunities on the internet, Nigerians could counter such bad images.

This, she noted, could only be possible when the large number of people know how and where to go so as to make their Internet access worth paying for, especially at this period of global economic meltdown.

She expressed optimism on the great opportunities that Nigeria Digital Sense forum would offer participants and enjoined Nigerians to troop to the Golden Gate venue of the event on Thursday, November 5, especially when the entry is free as in ‘FREE’.

Also she recollected that the Executive chairman of the pioneer Internet Service Provider in the country, Linkserve Limited, Chief Chima Onyekwere, would preside at the Nigeria Digital Sense forum in Lagos.

She emphasized on the fact that there is need for Nigeria’s influence to be felt at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), scheduled to hold in Egypt, later next month.

In addition, she said Onyekwere’s choice and acceptance to preside at the Nigeria Digital Sense forum would further reconfirm his position as chieftain of the Nigerian Internet community.

Earlier, Digital Sense Africa, she pointed had received endorsement from the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Internet eXchange Point Nigeria (IXPN), the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) to name a few.

Digital Sense Africa is an initiative of Remnek Kommunications Ventures, a Lagos-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-driven analytical entity.

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