Thursday, April 05, 2007


Some friends I met in Bagamoyo, Tanzania when I was there recently as part of a Task Force that is looking at ways to get the 3 East African countries - Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya's Internet Exchange Points connected.

What a day that will be for the land of Zinj!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

ICT Hall of Fame! What a surprise it was for me to learn that I had been nominated, shortlisted and eventually chosen as Kenya's first inductee into the ICT Hall of Fame Proffessional Category.

This took place on the 9th of February 2007 at one of Kenya's biggest ICT events - a gala dinner hosted by the Ministry of Information & Communication in conjunction with events organisers.

http://www.ictvillage.com/_Fame_BrianLongwe.asp

Well, what can I say? I'm just extremely humbled that I would be granted this accolade. It is now incumbent upon me to set out the right example, serve as a suitable role model and also encourage and inspire the younger generation.

I think for me the most amazing thing is how difficult my road to this point has been. When I finished high school my parents couldn't afford to send me to college or university and because of constantly being out of class due to delays in school fee payments, my grades were not good enough to gain admission to a public university. After high school I made one simple choice, since I didn't have very much on my side in terms of financial and circumstancial support, I would have to work, train myself in whatever discipline and be extra committed to developing myself as a person into someone worthwhile. I must say now that I thank God, my family and everyone along this difficult road who has given me a chance or opportunity to learn and grow.
World Bank approves US$ 164.5 Million for Connectivity in Kenya, Burundi and Madagascar

I'm very happy to see the level of international interest and allocation of funds towards communications infrastructure and ICTs in general in the land of Zinj. This is just one more milestone.

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World Bank Approves US$164.5 Million for Connectivity to Make Kenya, Burundi and Madagascar More Competitive Up to 25 countries in East and Southern Africa could benefit from the broader US$424 million Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP)
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2007 ¡ยช The World Bank Board of Directors
approved on March 29, an International Development Association (IDA) financing package of US$164.5 million for Kenya, Burundi and Madagascar as the first tranche of the US$424 million Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP) for high-speed connectivity in East and Southern Africa.
Exactly one year since my last post! What a coincidence. This morning I just thought, why not put some of the thoughts I'm pushing to my favorite mailing lists into a blog.... then I remembered that I had set up, on a whim, with Blogger. Glad to see the account still active.

My last post was when my office got robbed. Well, we've come full circle - now the company has grown steadily and I'm getting ready for a financing round that will see the business move to the next level. It was tough but we managed to recover from the robbery - resupplied and retooled, but as they say "when the going gets tough, the tough get going". So I guess that maybe we are tough ;-)