OmiseGO, an ethereum token that energizes smart contract platforms and trades under a sticker known as OMG, surged after popular American based cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, revealed that it would list the token on its exchange.
OmiseGO, which is not even in the top 30 most valuable cryptos in the world, has gained over 150% since April 1, according to data obtained from Coinmarketcap.
It was trading at $0.5 on April 1st and is presently trading at %1.26, with a market capitalization of about $276 million.
What you need to know: OMG coin was designed as a white-label eWallet. It was designed on the Ethereum blockchain by a Thailand based financial services company called Omise. Its full name is OmiseGo.
OmiseGo helps in easing the transfer of coins from one blockchain to another without using a crypto exchange.
Meanwhile, the broader bitcoin market is closely watching for Bitcoin to break the $10,000 price level, after Bitcoin went through a supply squeeze a few weeks ago. Yet, Bitcoin’s price has remained around the $9200+ mark in recent days.
However, Teju Adeyinka a product manager at Nigeria’s fast-growing crypto exchange, Buycoins, explained to Nairametrics why cryptos such as Bitcoin would continue to be a leading force in future. She said:
“Bitcoin is the next important thing because it ushers in a new level of financial inclusion for everyone. It is a financial system that is truly democratized and in the interest of the people. It enables people to have total control over their money and decide what it does or where it goes.
“It also opens up borderless trading and enables people who have been previously shut out economically to partake in financial opportunities beyond their geographical boundaries.
“For instance, with our new product, Sendcash, people are able to easily receive payments to Nigeria from anywhere in the world.”
Meet Theta Fuel, the cryptocurrency that catches world’s attention
TFUEL/USD was trading about $0.0026 on May 20th. Just 5 days later, it blew the chart by gaining a whopping 630% to about $0.019
The surge of Theta Fuel (TFUEL), which is used to power little transactions and operations on its own type of blockchain designed for sharing video bandwidth, has taken the crypto world by storm.
According to the data obtained from Coinmarketcap, TFUEL was trading at about $0.0026 on May 20th. Just 5 days later, it blew the chart by gaining a whopping 630% at a peak $0.019 before it fell to $0.016229 at about 11 am Nigerian local time on Tuesday.
TFUEL is presently the 83rd most valuable cryptocurrency in the world with a market capitalization of about $66.4 million.
What is Theta Fuel? It is a cryptocurrency with its own type of blockchain. It can also be described as the operational token of the Theta protocol. Individuals use Theta Fuel to complete transactions like interacting with or deploying smart contracts.
How to buy Theta Fuel? Theta fuel can be bought indirectly on most cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance and Coinbase. You will need to already possess an Ethereum or Bitcoin (BTC) to trade with.
The Theta blockchain project recently explained the completion of the Theta Mainnet 2.0 platform upgrade, saying that the network had improved massively. Theta’s statement read:
“Community-run Guardian Nodes will now take a direct role in block production, finalizing blocks at regular 100 block intervals, and making up the second layer of defence after the Validator Nodes that produce each block.
“With Guardian Nodes joining the network and staking, no single group or entity will control the majority of THETA staked, marking a significant milestone toward Theta’s decentralization.”
Meanwhile, America’s elite bank Goldman Sachs has indicated its interest in cryptocurrencies. On May 27th, it will be talking about Bitcoin to clients, teaching them all they need to know about the cryptocurrency.
Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Goldman Sachs’ head of Investment Strategy Group and chief investment officer for Wealth Management, will be the host; she is in charge of overseeing the bank’s asset allocation, overall strategic and tactical investment strategy.
— Mike Dudas (@mdudas) May 22, 2020
Did Satoshi Nakamoto cause the panic sell-off in Bitcoin market
Bitcoin plunged to as low as $8,750 and other digital coins recorded similar falls, with most major digital coins losing between 5% and 10%
Bitcoin plunged to as low as $8,750 on Monday morning, according to data obtained from coinmarketcap, before it rebounds to around $8,826, by 8.30am, Nigerian local time.
Bitcoin and other digital coins recorded similar falls, with most major digital coins losing between 5% and 10%, and losing more than $10 billion from the total cryptocurrencies market value.
The specific cause for this sell-off was not clear, although the cryptocurrency market appeared to be affected by old bitcoin tokens worth about $500,000 moving for the first time in years.
What you need to know about Satoshi Nakamoto: Bitcoin was created in 2008 by an unidentified individual or group using the name Satoshi Nakamoto, in 2009. The source code was released as open-source code. The coins are designed as a reward for a process known as mining.
(READ MORE: Why Nigerians’ are attracted to bitcoin)
“While it is unclear if it was [bitcoin’s mysterious creator] Satoshi Nakamoto, it is likely to be a very early-stage adopter of the crypto-asset, and the timing of the rumors themselves appear to be the source of yesterday’s flash crash,” eToro market analyst, Adam Vettese wrote in a note to investors.
Also bitcoin’s price pattern showed a mixed picture with one widely-respected cryptocurrency analyst, Quantum Economics’ founder Mati Greenspan, warning that the bitcoin price could plunge a lot further.
“We’re now sitting at the top of a long-standing wide range, the bottom of which could easily be $6,000 or even $4,000 per bitcoin,” Greenspan wrote in a note, adding that he thought there was “a fair chance” of the market turning around and “blasting through $10,000” per bitcoin.
Nigerians’ love for cryptocurrencies on the rise, as it offers cheaper ways to transfer funds
Nigerians do have a high passion for digital currencies and are among the greatest users of cryptocurrencies in the world.
In 2019 Google Trends, Lagos, Nigeria was the number one city based on online search volumes for Bitcoin worldwide. While recently, in May 2020, Arcade Research ranked Nigeria fifth globally with its 11% of connected Nigerians owning or using cryptocurrencies.
In addition, data obtained from Coinmarketcap recently revealed the largest cryptocurrency users around the world, with Nigeria surging by 46% among its youth users. As a country, it gains stood Nigeria Up 211%.
These trends have shown that Nigerians do have a high passion for digital currencies and are among the greatest users of cryptocurrencies in the world. This is based on a major fact that Nigerians are using cryptos to avoid expensive and heavily bureaucratic money transfer systems currently available. Many Nigerians rely on remittances for their daily activities and any way of making the process effective cheaper would be of great benefit to them, this is where Bitcoin comes in
What you need to know: Cryptocurrency is basically, a digital currency based on an innovative technology called the blockchain. Its users range from small businesses to process payments, financial tech-based startups, and retail consumers that use it to send money across the border and as an investment asset.
Consequently, Asia’s arguably most popular cryptocurrency exchange listed Nigeria’s Naira to be first African currency supported on its Binance P2P platform, The Binance CEO said:
“We no longer need to bank the unbanked. We can empower them with cryptocurrency financial services directly. Nigeria is a vibrant innovation hub with a great passion for cryptocurrencies. We strive to provide the easiest cryptocurrency access and best trading service for the African community, and P2P trading is a more flexible approach, giving users the freedom to choose their payment methods and counterparty in a trade.”
However Nigeria’s central bank issued a statement about three years ago banning the use of bitcoin for transaction purposes, this statement was sent to all banks in Nigeria warning them against facilitating the trading of cryptocurrencies but that seems not to pause Nigerians growing love for cryptocurrencies.