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Nii Narku Quaynor, the “Father of the Internet in Africa”

The Ghanaian teacher created, in 1994, the first ISP in Ghana and West Africa. The first African elected to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), he was the director / Africa from 2000 to 2003.

Since 2007, he has been president of Ghana Dot Com, a company that in 2016 reported producing the first virtual currency (bitcoin) in Africa. President of ISOC Ghana, Dr. Quanyor is also the founder of AfriNIC, the IP address registry in Africa. Born in Accra in 1949, he holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1977) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Before returning to Ghana in 1993, he worked in the USA from 1977 to 1992 for Digital Equipment Corporation.


He founded the IT department of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana in 1979, where he teaches. He is a member of different boards and working groups in Ghana and abroad. He has taught at the International Center for Theoretical Physics of several countries including Sri Lanka, Mexico, China and Colombia. In 2007, he received the prestigious “Jonathan Postel Service Award” from the Internet Society for his pioneering work in Internet expansion in Africa

Patrick Ndungidi


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