At a defining moment in history, these words invoked the audacity of hope and inspired millions to vote for the change they wished to see – my ambitions are a tad loftier.

If Barack Obama was the inspiration, OWASP is the aspiration. So I too would like to invoke the foresight of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu, the pan-Africanism of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Jomo Kenyatta, Samora Machel, Tom Mboya, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Haile Selassie, Ahmed Sékou Touré, the call to self betterment of Steve Biko and Patrice Lumumba, the collective wisdom of the Elders, the guidance of Kukhu, the ideals of harambee and ujamaa, the vision of luminaries such as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sultana and call on like minded individuals from Cape Town to Cairo, from Kismayu to Gorée and, beyond to join us (81 and counting) in reshaping the information security landscape of the African continent to allow her people to maximise the enormous opportunity that the arrival of broadband affords.

Yes we can! Yes we MUST!