dotAfrica flag begins journey towards Mount Kilimanjaro
A .africa roadshow is making its way across Africa to Mount Kilimanjaro to promote the use of the .africa domain name.
The .africa flag’s story began when it was officially handed over to the .africa Team in the Nelson Mandela Plenary Hall at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier in July 2017. From this venerable venue, the flag began making its way through the different regions that represent all AU member states and they included East, West, North and Southern Africa. All of this has been to launch the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) to the people and continent of Africa.
The roadshow will now make its way from South Africa to Francistown, Botswana, on 4 January 2018 before the .africa Team arrives in Zimbabwe on 5 January. From Bulawayo, the flag will travel to the Zambian town Chinhoyi before embarking to Lusaka. On 6 January, the team leaves Lusaka for Serenje, prior to visiting a series of Tanzanian towns and cities, starting with Tunduma on 8 January. Makambako, Iringa and Dodoma will all play host to the .africa team before they arrive in the Tarangire National Park around the 12th of January.
The next day, the team should be at the Marangu Base Camp, with a few contingency days to spare. After a brief rest, the .africa flag will start its epic journey up Kilimanjaro on 16 January. After climbing the mountain for about 10 days, the team should summit on 23 January, from where they will make the return journey to base camp two days later, having achieved a milestone of which the whole continent of Africa can be justly proud.
Following a successful Kilimanjaro summit, the roadshow will culminate at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia at the Heads of States Summit on 28 and 29 January 2018 where the .africa flag will be returned to its home. All of this signifies the beginning of promoting the use of the .africa domain name in pursuit of African unity, peace and prosperity.
According to Registry Africa CEO, Lucky Masilela, “The Kilimanjaro summit attempt is a fantastic example of like-minded Africans working together to achieve a common goal. Just as the eventual commercial launch of .africa was an example of Africans overcoming enormous odds in the quest to better their lives through a unique online identity, so too is this historic trek by the .africa team.”
Registry Africa is extremely grateful to the African Union Commission (AUC) for its unwavering support throughout the long journey that began as far back as the OR Tambo and Abuja Declarations where it was resolved to use Information Communication Technology to ensure the development of Africa.
“It is now time to create the next chapter in the .africa story as the general public begins contributing to Africa’s development each time they register a .africa domain name.” concluded Mr Masilela.
To follow and virtually participate in the trek to Kilimanjaro, please visit www.followtheflag.africa and use the hashtag #followtheflagafrica across all social media platforms.