06:16 - Source: CNN
Meet Africa's 'Father of the Internet'

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Ghanaian professor Nii Quaynor is an African internet pioneer

He was recently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame

He says more African businesses must develop and host content

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CNN —  

If you’re reading this somewhere in Africa, then perhaps you should thank Nii Quaynor.

The Ghanaian professor is known as “Africa’s father of the internet,” a web pioneer who helped establish some of the continent’s first online connections.

For some 20 years now, soft-spoken Quaynor has been at the forefront of web development across Africa. He is the first African to be elected to the board of ICANN, the internet corporation for assigned names and numbers. He’s also played an important part in launching the African Network Operators Group and AfriNIC, the African internet numbers registry.

As a result, Quaynor was recently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, lauded as an instrumental figure “in the early design and development of the internet.” He is today chairman of Ghana’s information technology agency and a professor at the country’s Cape Coast University.

CNN’s African Voices spoke to Quaynor about the role of the internet in Africa’s development and his dreams for the continent’s digital future. An edited version of the interview follows.

CNN: How did you get the title of father of the internet in Africa?