The country’s and continent’s IT community has been in a period of mourning following the death of Eng Martin Obuya, recognised both locally and regionally as an internet champion. Eng Obuya, the president of the Internet Society Kenya – ISOC Kenya – Chapter passed away in the early hours of Saturday December 23, 2017.
“Eng. Martin was not only a great colleague to work with but also a remarkable leader full of positive attitude. Through his dedication to a free and open Internet, he has been quite instrumental in helping put the Internet Society Kenya Chapter back on the map and shaping the Internet development in Kenya and Africa. His passion and commitment in community development and the use of the Internet to improve people’s lives will remain an inspiration for his chapter’s colleagues and the next generation,” noted ISOC Kenya in its condolence message.
(TOP: The late Eng Martin Obuya, the ISOC Kenya chair and projects director at DEMO Africa. Photo: YouTube).
Apart from ISOC Kenya and promotion of free internet, Eng Obuya was also a known champion of ICT entrepreneurship and dedicated a good amount of his time promoting “Tech Hubs” around Africa and mentoring newcomers and young innovators in the field of Technology. Among the initiatives he was involved include DEMO Africa where he was the Projects Director (where he played a key role in the annual technology startups launch event) as well as the ICT Authority’s annual Connected East Africa event. He also served as an advisor for French Tech Hub, EuroAfrica ICT, TechSoup Global and BusinessCom Networks.
“On behalf of the Internet Society Africa Regional Bureau and the whole of the Internet Society staff, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Eng. Martin’s family, friends, colleagues and the Kenya Chapter. We will truly miss him but his contributions will remain and he will never be forgotten,” added ISOC Kenya in its message.
From late 2014 till the time of his demise, Eng Obuya was the founder and chairman of LiJoMe Group Inc.