Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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AFRINIC 27 MEETING

Board of Trustees BioData

 
 

Deacon Chima Onyekwere, OON

Deacon Chima Apugo Onyekwere is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NiRA. He obtained his GCE A level at the Federal Government College Kano in 1979, and a B.SC in Geology from the University of Ife in 1985. He went to Lagos and Harvard Business Schools for a Chief Executive Programme Diploma and the Owner/President Programme Diploma Certificate respectively. He founded Linkserve, Nigeria’s first Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Mr. Chima Onyekwere is a recipient of several awards including the “Internet Pathfinder Award” of Nigeria’s ISP, ATCON’s “National Telecom Merit Award, IT and Telecoms “ICT Personality of the Year Award”, and the prestigious National honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

Mr. Chima Onyekwere is also the current Chairman, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) Board of Directors.


Mrs. Ibukun Odusote
Mrs. Ibukun Odusote is the Secretary to the Board of Trustees of NiRA and a pioneer member of the Board of Trustees.

 She is a civil servant in IT and administration. She was the first administrative contact person for the .ng top level Nigerian domain name. She has served as the Permanent Secretary for the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and for the Political Affairs Department in the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government

She holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science/Economics from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife. She has a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Lagos. She works with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Political Affairs Office).

She is a fellow, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Member, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, Member, Internet Society, Member, IFIP WG9.4 on Social implications of IT to development in developing countries, Member, Nigerian Institute of Management and President, Digital Peers International.


 

 Dr. Chris Nwannenna

Dr. Chris Nwannenna is member of the Board of Trustees of NiRA. He was the past president of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). He is the Chief Executive Officer of Condata System Limited and was a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt.

Dr. Chris obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, M.Sc. from University of Leeds , UK and Ph.D from The University of Sheffield, UK.


Dr. Isaac Adeola Odeyemi
Dr. Isaac Adeola Odeyemi is a member of the Board of Trustees of NiRA and the pioneer Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr Isaac Adeola Odeyemi is the first Nigerian scientist to obtain a Ph.D in Computer Science from Manchester University, England by 1971.

He is a fellow of Nigeria Computer Society and a member of Computer Professional Council of Nigeria (CPN). He was also a former Provost, College of Fellows of the Nigerian Computer Society.

He pioneered the teaching of Computer Science at Obafemi Awolowo University in 1971 and was a senior lecturer and Director of Computer Studies. He retired from the university in 1980, and thereafter established Debis Computers in Ikeja, Lagos.


 

 Mr. Olaleye Alao

Mr. Olaleye Alao is a member of the Board of Trustees of NiRA. He is the Managing Director of Nigeria Online Limited.

He is the Treasurer of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), the Secretary General of Universal Peace Foundation (UPF)-Nigeria, Managing Director Nigeria Online Limited and the President, Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Nigeria.


 

 

Barrister Emmanuel Edet 
Barrister Emmanuel Edet is a member of the Board of Trustees of NiRA. He is the representative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on the Board. He works with NITDA as a Legal Adviser.


 

Yunusa Zakari Ya’u

Mr. Yunusa Zakari Ya,u is a Member of the Board of Trustees of NiRA. He is the Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) – CITAD.

 

 


Mr. Shina Badaru
Mr. Shina Badaru is the member of the Board of Trustees of NiRA. He is the founder/group CEO of Technology Times Media Group. He graduated from the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos in 1993.

He has earned many awards and recognitions, including the first Nigerian recipient of the SAP African Technology Reporting Award in 2001 and First Prize Winner of UN African Media Awards on Local ICT Content. He is the President of the Joint Action Committee on IT Awareness and Development, (JACITAD), the umbrella body of ICT Journalism in Nigeria and a member of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He graduated from Nigeria's prestigious journalism school, the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos in 1993 and started his journalism career in THISDAY Newspapers in 1996. He was the pioneer IT Reporter, pioneer IT Editor and pioneer Electronic News Editor for THISDAY.

Mr. Shina Badaru has since written on technology issues for various print and online media organisations including National Interest, Computer Network News in Africa (CNNiA), PC World West Africa, BusinessDAY, Daily Independent, Balancing Act News Update, The Sun, Nigeria Monthly, among others.

Mr Shina Badaru has presented an article "What Do The Top 100 Most Visited Websites by Nigerians Tell Us?" to reflect on the critical mass of Nigerian users that have continued to migrate to various Internet sites offering free web-based email services, social networking sites and a host of other Nigerian and foreign brands competing for maximum exposure and visibility to the Nigerian audience.


Prof (Mrs.) Adenike Osofisan

Director of the University of Ibadan School of Business,
B.Sc.(Computer Science/Economics), M.Sc. (Information & Computer Science),
Ph.D (Computer Science), MBA (Accounts & Finance), FNCS, FNIM

Adenike Oyinlola Osofisan (Mrs.) holds an M.Sc in Information and Computer Science from the Georgi Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and a PhD in Computer Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as the first woman in Nigeria to have a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science. She also has an MBA (Finance and Accounts) of the University of Ibadan in 1993. She graduated with nine distinctions as the MBA award winner for her set. Prof (Mrs.) Osofisan is a professor at the department of Computer science, University of Ibadan which she currently heads. She was the President and Chairman of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (2005-2009) as the first woman to head the Council. Professor (Mrs.) Osofisan has been a research fellow in the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (IITAP) Iowa State University Ames; Swinburae University of Technology, Melbourine, Australia; and Loria laboratory France, among others. She is a Fellow of Nigeria Institute of Management, the Nigeria Computer Society and also a Life member of the Nigeria Economic Society. In addition, she is a member of the Association of computing machinery in America and member of Computer society, IEEE. She is a Fellow of many professional associations and member board of Trustees of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association and board member Computerize Nigeria Project, she is involved in many developmental initiatives from the United Nations. Professor (Mrs.) Osofisan has won numerous honours and awards for distinguishing herself in various endeavours.

She is married to Professor Femi Osofisan, a prominent professor of theatre and literature and they are blessed with four children.