[LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute Announces New Affiliate in East Africa

Scott Lamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Wed May 11 11:02:44 EDT 2011

LPI Announces New Affiliate in East Africa

(Sacramento, CA, USA: May 11, 2011) The Linux Professional Institute 
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization 
(http://www.lpi.org), announced a new affiliate in Africa: LPI-East 
Africa. LPI-East Africa will promote LPI programs and certifications in 
the nations of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and 
South Sudan.

"In 2010, the percentage growth of LPI exams was significant in Africa. 
This increase in testing demonstrates the active and progressive 
adoption of Linux and Open Source technologies on the continent. The 
emergence of LPI-East Africa is a further indication of this trend and 
we welcome this new affiliate into our network of global partners 
promoting Linux and Open Source professionalism," said Jim Lacey, 
president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

LPI-East Africa will be managed by Evans Ikua, a long time advocate of 
Linux and Open Source solutions in Kenya and other nations throughout 
East Africa. Mr. Ikua is also the FOSS Certification Manager for 
ict at innovation--a joint project of FOSSFA - The Free Software and Open 
Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA: http://www.fossfa.net/) and the 
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

Mr. Ikua was the founding chairman of the Linux Professional Association 
of Kenya and provides Linux and Open Source web solutions and training 
programs through his consulting company, LANet Consulting.

"The formation of Linux Professional Institute-East Africa marks a major 
milestone in the development of the Open Source community in East 
Africa. As a Master Affiliate for LPI in this region, we are now 
positioned strategically to offer better leadership on all Open Source 
matters. We are now entering into an exciting new realm where we will 
not only have the capacity to promote the use of Open Source, but we 
will also have the backing of a globally respected brand. This truly 
goes to confirm that LPI is a community driven professional body," said 
Evans Ikua, executive director, LPI-East Africa.

Inquiries on LPI-East Africa activities and programs may be directed to: 
operations at east-africa.lpi.org

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT 
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government 
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is 
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is 
distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing 
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 290,000 exams and 95,000 
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry 
leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong 
professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established 
as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the 
Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to 
demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards 
for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI 
advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, 
sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. 
LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, 
Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP 
and IDG.

Media Contacts:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

Evans Ikua
Executive Director
LPI-East Africa
operations at east-africa.lpi.org
Cell: +254-722-955831

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