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I am reading Ginger's "actions call" for MAG self/nominations.  And it is so spirited that I have decided to write down my "thoughts" here as a blog.  Will be my third blog of the day.. Looks like I'm in a bloggy mood.. if ever such a word exists.

In reading the scoring, I see that I actually have a "BIG FAT" chance.  Here is the way I see it:

1. I will get a 10% for being in Côte d'Ivoire, a country that has yet to be on the MAG

2. I will get another 10% for being from a developing country

3. And another 10% for not being male.

If I add that I have been active in my national IGICI and the West Afric IGF - WAIGF and also the AfIGF that is taking shape.. I sure will get some extra points.

Then I will add a 10 year history in WSIS and its related activities, and a formal training in International relations and linguistic diversity etc

So I think I will be around something like 70 or 80%

The question, therefore, that warrants this blog is "so why are you not nominating yourself or seeking someone to do so?  Even despite the fact that you have received solicitations asking you to do so?"

To be or not be.

Here is my shot: Thanks, but NO, thanks.  I will pass on this one.  Why?  Well for at least 5 reasons:

1. I am busy. I wish I could get 30 hours a day, but no, I dont have it. I am doing this blog at about 100 minutes to midnight! I would love to spare myself the MAG work.

2. I have downgraded ALL unpaid trips to anywhere outside of Africa. I cannot spend 3 days running visa, spend at least 200$ in the case of a Schengen one, and not get paid for that. Especially now that the ECOWAS passport is 32 pages instead of 48.

3. Anybody knows where a Nigerian living in Côte d'Ivoire will get a visa for Azerbaijan?  I may probably need to do a trip to one other African country first.. Okay, enough with the visa thing..You only get a visa problem when THE FUNDING problem itself has been resolved.  And the song  around "civil society participation", "gender balance" and "participation from developing countries" is beginning to tire my Spirit.

4. I want to invest locally and if possible invest in action. I am a development-oriented African. Though words are of the legal profession and the whole of the "activism" thing is great.. but you know what?  Over the years I have grown wider but also wiser.  I want action, change, things done. At this age and weight.. I have a leaning for "less talk, more action"

5. I have 512 KBPS on wifi at home here.  Add to that, that little tiny thing that if groomed well will come in handy for folks like me.. Remote Participation. I'd rather be reclining on my couch in my sitting room with this netbook of mine, eating my own kitchen food, enjoying the  warm and airy Abidjan weather while connected remotely than to be trudging in any Geneva cold paying 15$ for a ugly sandwiches!

MAG: To be or not to be?

Aint no question for me.. I will PASS!  Maybe some time later, if/when things change.

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Comment by Arsene Tungali on May 2, 2013 at 1:21pm

Interesting thoughts Nna! I do agree with u and hope to see your actions reach the whole africa:)

Comment by Magaly on April 9, 2012 at 4:02am


Comment by Magaly on April 9, 2012 at 4:02am

Hi Nnenna! Like Ginger and DióliaI appreciate your post, which I just found today!!! Oh! One of the reasons do not be too active here is because there is lot of things happen in many different fronts and no time enough to cover that specially when we have also work to get bills payed and, on the other hand, our family requiring attention. But yes I full agree with you about "more action" what in some cases means to go to Geneva and have face-to-face conversations with gov representatives... It is always a challenge! The wealth in this case is the fact that we aren't alone, so we have to buld strong ties, bridges, betwen local and global to face this challenge, I think.

Comment by Diólia (Di) Graziano on February 26, 2012 at 9:34pm

Nnenna I truly appreciate your writing style, and of course, your ideas, I also agree with them. Conrgatulations. Peace, Diólia - Brazil. (Hi Ginger, Hi everybody! All the best in 2012!)

Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on February 17, 2012 at 4:18pm

Hi Nnenna and everyone, I really appreciate Nnenna's post, which elucidates many of the aspects of IG that we confront in one form or another in our daily work. In spite of all of this, Nnenna has amazing energy, and we feel the results of her work the world over. I am sorry we will not have Nnenna on the MAG, but I certainly understand. Let's keep working towards change. Those of us who are not on the MAG have many opportunities for input through email and other forms of e-participation. We must also support our MAG members, and let them know our positions, and help them to represent us in the best possible way. The MAG members do the front work, they are our 'face', but we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to be as involved as we can be to support our MAG members and the IGF process. Thanks to everyone who engages in this process, in your hidden or visible work. You can start by making sure you vote for your choices for Diplo community endorsement next week. Cheers--we need every one of you/us! Ginger



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