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Omobola Johnson: Web Foundation Appoints Nigerian Technocrat As A Board Member

3 years after being appointed the honorary chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), Dr. Omobola Olubusola Johnson is set to test new waters as she would be stepping down to assume her new role on the Board of Directors of the global body, World Wide Web Foundation, by the end of October 2018.

Formerly the Minister of Communications Technology under the immediate past administration, Dr. Johnson, was appointed as the second-ever honorary chair of A4AI on September 1, 2015, and has since proven vital in the decision making of the body as well as “led high-level advocacy efforts to drive down the cost of the internet”.

Also, in her time, the organization’s membership, as well as its international profile has grown and the Alliance has achieved important policy victories, including the adoption of the ‘1 for 2’ affordable-internet target by Nigeria, Ghana, ECOWAS and the UN Broadband Commission.

Speaking on her time as Honorary Chairperson of A4AI, Dr. Johnson said:

It has been a pleasure to work with A4AI since its inception and I am proud of what it has accomplished in its first five years. I look forward to continuing to advocate for its mission on the board of the Web Foundation.

Prior to her ministerial appointment, Omobola had also worked with Accenture since 1985 when it was Andersen Consulting, before being appointed as the pioneer head of the country’s Ministry of Communication Technology.

Until the end of October, Dr. Johnson would continue to serve as Honorary Chair of the A4AI board after which she would assist in the process to select a new Chair that would be announced later this year as well as take up her new role on the Web Foundation board.

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