I was at the meeting yesterday's meeting but had to leave quite early
because I was not feeling very well. Sorry I missed the part you are
reffering to because I wanted to bring that issue up myself
I don't think some body tried fooling me. I was not alone when the message
of "the meeting" was discussed. There were other africans. About four
other francophonies confirmed the decision and expressed their sentiments.
These people might have been fooling us as you suggeted. I was very happy
when I saw even more francophonies than anglophonies at the meeting. A very
good PR work I suppose. But whatever the case, this is what we want. You
did not deny what happened at Geneva in 1998 though. Maybe you were not
All that I was saying is that we should get together and work for mother
africa. The next generation will not forgive us if we fail. Africa will
>From: Pierre OUEDRAOGO <[log in to unmask]>
>To: Edward Addo-Dankwa <[log in to unmask]>
>CC: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
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>Subject: Re: AN S. O. S. CRY (ISOC-AFRICA CHAPTER)
>Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 19:36:17 +0200
><English version, apologize again for the pooor quality of the
>I guess you attended the african chapter meeting yesterday at the
>Convention center of San José, and that you know now that somebody tried
>to fool you with false informations about the francophone meeeting. But
>maybe, you wasn't there? When Pierre Dandjinou mentionned your message
>who vehiculate false informations about the francophone meeting, we
>hoped that you would catch the opportunity to apologize.
>For all people who weren't at the San José meeting, please note that:
>- the francophone meeeting was at the Fairmont Hotel, and not the Hilton
>- people attending to that meeting have been called to come to the
>african chapter meeting by an annoucement made by Zakaria who is member
>of the BoT of Afrinic
>- no decision have been taken at that informal meeting whose aim were to
>provide info on IT initiatives of the francophone agency (training,
>internet access points for youth ie PAJE). please take a look at:
>We should be aware of people propagating false informations. I hope next
>time you will take time to check your information source before
>propagating such news.
>I trust you have been fooled, so take it easy!
>Edward Addo-Dankwa a écrit:
> > Hi Africans,
> > There has been several attempts and discussions about uniting Africa.
> > Politicians all over africa have failed woefully in their efforts at
> > unity. I have been having a secret vision that IT is going to achieve
> > Contributions from all, on various Africa issues give me hope that this
> > be achieved. Current discussions on Afrinic have generally been frank
> > quite interesting.
> > I am now begining to have serious doubts about the success of African
> > Some POLITICS is now creeping into our system and if we are not
> > it will destroy us.
> > We are PROFESSIONALS, not POLOTICIANS when it comes to IT. This
> > - Anglophone divide is going to kill us if we are not careful.
> > Over a month ago, there was a posting from Tarek Kamel that Africans at
> > INET'99 would meet on Thursday, 24th June to discuss Internet in Africa
> > (AFRINIC), etc. - A very good idea towards the formation ISOC Africa.
> > Yesterday, Wednessday 23rd June, French speaking Africans were call to a
> > meeting at the Hilton Hotel, and I felt sorry when I heard some of the
> > decisions taken at there. In short, they agreed that they are not
> > for this all-important meeting.
> > Reason:
> > They are claiming that at the Developing Countries Symposium held on the
> > Monday, Dr. Quaynor, in responds to Dr. Wawa Ngege's contribution that
> > should have been silmauteneaous translation of the proceedings into the
> > major langauges (French and Spanish), said that CANNOT be. Well I think
> > those of you who were at the meeting will agree that he did not say
> > think Dr. Quaynor will have to explain again what he said in answer to
> > contribution.
> > My concern is that if even he did say that, do we sacrifice our chance
> > uniting because maybe some few among us do not like Nii Quaynor ??
> > I am very worried because this same problem came up in INET'98 at Geneva
> > last year, where a few Fancophones created so much confusion in our
> > to form the ISOC Africa. I believe these same people are behind this
> > I think honourable people in Africa like Dr. Wawa Ngege, who is both
> > Anglophone and Francophone, Tarek Kamel, ISOC Board of Trustee member,
> > all Africans should bring their weights and influences to bear and help
> > solve this problem ones and for all. Let's bear in mind that France
> > support Francophone countries for ever. A time will definately come
> > they will pull out.
> > Africans, we need each other , whether Francophone or Anglophone.
> > I wish to appeal to our Francophone brothers who have decided not to
> > this meeting today, to change their minds and come help in shaping
> > and IT in Africa. We need it.
> > Regards
> > Edward
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