More than 8,000 .africa domains have been registered to date since the gTLD was open for public registration earlier in 2017. This includes registrations by individuals, brands and various Afrikan and global organisations.
According to ZA Central Registry (ZACR), the non-profit company tasked with administering the new .africa domain name on behalf of the continent, diverse organisations ranging from banks to media companies have registered .africa domain names.
"54 countries in Africa are now united under a single, continent-wide domain name, staying true to the Oliver Tambo and Abuja Declarations of the 1990s. These written resolutions stated that ICT will be central to Africa's future wellbeing and .africa is surely amongst the top African-led ICT initiatives of the last twenty years."
“Leading continental and international brands are snapping up .africa domain names because they recognise the importance of being associated with Africa’s bright future online. With many positive stories coming out of Africa, brands understand that .africa domain names are valuable virtual real estate,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO at ZACR.
.africa domain names are now available and anyone can register through companies listed here.
“Initiatives like .africa help harness the power of new technologies to solve old problems. .africa is unique in that it gives Africans an important sense of pride to help motivate them to achieve the very best for their continent and themselves. ZACR appeals to all Africans to take ownership of .africa, because it truly belongs to us all,” concluded Masilela.