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Career opportunities in Blockchain if you live in Nigeria

The world of blockchain is changing fast and growing even faster.

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As the blockchain industry grows and matures over time, the demand for human resources increases. Yet, there is a gap in the amount of qualified personnel capable of doing the job and the number of open positions. Furthermore, the industry has to compete with web development, cloud computing, and neural networks for the talents out there.

This is a strange phenomenon in the job market. If we take the other competing fields mentioned in the last paragraph, the younger, web development, is three decades old. Blockchain, on the other hand, began in 2009 and did not see development potential until the burst of ICOs in 2017 and 2018. So, the growth in the field is less than five years old, but it continues to push the job market forward and demand more and more capable hands.

Now, the crypto industry does not only include programmers, data scientists, and cryptographers. There is also a large demand for marketing specialists, social media managers, legal experts, compliance officers, etc. This is a brand new sector of the economy which needs a large pool of specialists and professionals of all backgrounds to keep growing.

READ ALSO: BTC & ETH on pace to hit transactions worth $1.3 trillion in 2020

The global nature of blockchain means that it reaches all countries in the world. Nigeria is no exception and in fact, is one of the leading countries in terms of adoption in Africa. The Blockchain Nigeria Group actively promotes the adoption of cryptocurrencies via conferences and panels. Also, they promote education in blockchain for new students and professionals looking to change careers.

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As the world’s economy is changed by the pandemic, many traditional works are disappearing. This is the moment to seriously consider training in a new field. The future may be unknown, but one certainty is that remote work will only expand. Right now, one of the most open industries to follow that model is blockchain.

To work in the crypto space it is important to know that there is a culture predominant in it. Most projects have personnel in various countries around the globe and this means remote work and dealing with different time zones. The future is not clear for such a young industry. So, there’s not a clear set of rules or a path that assures success. One day technology may be all the rage, then it becomes obsolete and people have to adapt on the fly. This means the main skill anyone has to have is the ability to learn by themselves and never get comfortable in one spot.

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The basics of blockchain

Before anything, the first thing to know is the basics. This means having a general understanding of what the data architecture of a blockchain is. The way the blocks work, what the hash is, how it works to ensure security, what is the consensus algorithm, and such topics. A deep understanding of these is not necessary unless you want to work on base protocols, but a broad general knowledge of all the parts is a fundamental requirement.

The understanding of Languages

Now I am sure that the first thing that comes to mind is computer languages, javascript, Solidity, C++, etc. This is true, but it is important to remember that blockchain is a global industry, beyond programming a facility with human languages is important. Most jobs involve working with people from different countries so English is a must since it is the most widely used language. But to be ahead of the pack a second language is important depending on where in the world you want to work. French and Spanish are important for Europe and the United States, and for Asia knowing basic Mandarin is an important skill.

Africa and Nigeria specifically come with their set of challenges. Many different countries speak a variety of languages internally due to the rich cultural background of the continent. This means that focus is important. For cross border cooperation besides English, French and Portuguese will always be relevant not only in Africa but to work with European partners.

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In the end, a blockchain project will be based out of somewhere in the physical world. This means that a person must choose where this is and try to learn the basics of the local language and culture to be able to perform at the best capacity. This is a fluid sector and knowing the basics of a foreign culture helps a lot to set a person apart. This is doubly so for those not wanting to work on the development side but in departments like marketing, content creation, and social media management.

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Now if programming is your area of choice. The main computer languages are dictated by the largest protocols out there Etehreum and Bitcoin. Of course, other protocols will use different languages. An example, Cardano bases most of its architecture in Haskell which is a functional programming language.

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The base protocol of blockchain tends to be written in C++ or java, so this is a good start. To build on top of the blockchain protocols, they have their own specific language such as Solidity for Ethereum. This may seem daunting but these languages share a lot of the basics since they are object-oriented languages. So, learning something like javascript helps to adapt to the small differences that exist protocol by protocol.

The most coveted crypto position

As expected the most coveted professionals are those able to work at the base layer of the protocol. The combination of computer science, probability, and cryptography is the golden ticket of the industry. Then, we have those developers working on Dapps and smart contract design which have a knowledge of finance. These people work in the booming DeFi space and are also benefiting from the growth.

Of course, as we stated earlier, not all jobs are in the technology wing. There is a wide demand for marketing specialists capable of direct social media campaigns and are good at community outreach. There is also a high demand for law experts capable of navigating the grey areas of the industry and compliance experts for KYC implementation.

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Average salaries

As the industry keeps expanding, salaries are getting higher compared to other tech sectors. A study conducted by U.Today has done an analysis of the sector in US dollars. Some of the results are: Asia has an average salary of $87,000, the European continent is $73,000, the United States is at $136,000, and remote jobs price at $124,000. Other regions with smaller blockchain sectors such as LATAM and Africa tend to be below the Asia average.

The average salary varies widely from project to project. Established companies like IBM tend to pay higher and with more benefits, while start-ups are on the low end generally.

Top positions

The jobs that are at the top of the list are no surprise. They are on the technical development side. These tend to be very demanding positions and are generally for people with long experience in the tech industry and software development.

1) Blockchain developer – Generally speaking, this is for computer science graduates. These developers are involved in the high-end part of the spectrum directly modifying and interacting with the base protocol, consensus algorithm, and cryptography.  These developers make an average of $180,000 annually.

The second group is the Dapp and other application developers. They don’t modify the core functions of the blockchain but build on top writing smart contracts and connecting them to a user-friendly front end. These ones average about $170,000/year.

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For a guide on how to begin developing blockchain, check out this article on blockchain development (Dapps).

2) Data scientist – Their responsibilities are focused on analyzing the data of usage and other types of statistical analysis of market behaviors. Their average salary is $170,000 per annum.

3) Marketing manager All the tech in the world is useless without people to promote them. These professionals manage marketing campaigns and social network engagement. Their average salary is at an impressive $175,000 annually.

In order to break into the world of Blockchain being certified is important. Check out this article to get a complete overview of online resources for Blockchain certification. That is key in the industry since having some proof of knowledge learned is always a plus.

Once you have gotten a certification the most useful sites for job searches in Nigeria are:

Recruit.net

This is a general job board. By using the search function with the keyword ‘Blockchain’, it is easy to find many open positions in the blockchain sector.

Indeed.com

This is also a top resource for Nigeria based jobs.

Remitano

This is one of the leading peer-to-peer crypto exchanges in the world and they are always on the lookout for more talents and skills. Check out their current openings on their career page.

There are many blockchain job opportunities scattered around the entire globe. The sites in question are global in reach, so a lot of remote positions can be found in them.

READ ALSO: Andela to expand presence to all African countries

The world of blockchain is changing fast and growing even faster. This is attracting people from all over the world to work in it. The values of decentralization and openness mean that this is a unique industry open to teams working remotely and accepting those from various backgrounds.

One thing is certain, there are opportunities out there for those who want to switch careers!

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO completes purchase of Nutricima’s dairy business, positions its business in Nigeria for growth

Nutricima’s dairy business will be integrated into FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC.

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO has completed the purchase of Nutricima’s dairy business in Nigeria. In March FrieslandCampina and PZ Cussons signed an agreement regarding the acquisition. Nutricima’s dairy business will be integrated into FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC.

Nutricima Limited (the “Company”) was founded in Nigeria in 2005 and has earned itself consumer awareness within the dairy industry since then. FrieslandCampina WAMCO has acquired the Company’s production facility in Ikorodu, Lagos State and the brands Olympic, Coast and Nunu, a range of powdered, evaporated and ready to drink milk products. These brands have a good presence across the Nigerian dairy market.

This acquisition underlines FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s continued commitment to contribute to the development of the Nigerian dairy sector. The acquisition satisfies the need for additional production capacity for FrieslandCampina WAMCO to meet the growing demand for locally produced evaporated and powdered milk by Nigerian consumers.

According to Roel van Neerbos, President of FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy, “FrieslandCampina WAMCO has been a key player in Nigeria since 1954. With this acquisition, we demonstrate our strong commitment to Nigeria and its dairy market.”

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Ben Langat, Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria said “It is our mission to bring affordable and attainable quality dairy products to all Nigerians and meet the growing demand. That’s why we are pleased with this acquisition.”

Over the last few years, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has invested significantly in capital expenditure, including a new warehouse and a world-class Learning Academy to build capabilities across functions and to drive talent development. Recently, the company commissioned a state of the art plant for local production of Peak Yoghurt, which is directly linked to its highly successful dairy development programme; a major investment that has been at the center of Nigeria’s backward integration in local milk sourcing over the last decade with over 9000 local farmers spread across 5 States in Nigeria.

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO will continue to expand its portfolio, particularly through low unit price packs and by strengthening its distribution reach in the market.

Having fulfilled all requirements including requisite shareholders and regulatory approvals, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has commenced operations at the newly acquired plant.

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Introducing FLAWP NIGHTS – The uncut stories of failures

FLAWP NIGHTS parades professionals sharing stories of the many failures they have encountered in the course of building their business.

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Devland, a Product Management company will be starting an online series called FLAWP NIGHTS.

The word FLAWP is a combination of the words flop + flaw.  It speaks of failures encountered in business based on wrong assumptions, epic mistakes in execution capable of crippling business ideas.

FLAWP NIGHTS comes with a unique approach towards failure. A perspective hinged on hope, people united, dispelling the myths around failure by sharing uncut, never been told stories of their ‘flawps’.

“Failure should not be an anchor that drags you to the ground, but rather, a spring board that propels you into success”.

FLAWP NIGHTS parades an impressive list of top Industry Professionals sharing un-cut stories around the many failures they have encountered in the course of building and running their business.

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FLAWP NIGHTS boasts of an impressive list of professionals sharing their stories for the month of October, 2020 which include:

1. Obinna Ekezie – Founder, Wakanow.com
2. Michael Idah – Partner, Capstone Venture Partners
3. Ogbo Awoke Ogbo – CEO Transformation Hacks

The first session of FLAWP NIGHTS will air on Thursday, 1st of October 2020 at 8:00PM WAT on Facebook, Youtube & a select number of people will be able to contribute to the live sessions on Zoom.

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FLAWP NIGHTS will have established professionals across Africa sharing their stories of failure as a way to change the narrative around failure, igniting a change that will ripple across the entire continent.

Register to get an invite that will grant you access to contribute during the live session via the registration link https://devland.com.ng/flawps/

Follow Devland Solutions on Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn @devlandng for updates.

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Remitano launches Mission, a new online job market for crypto lovers

Remitano introduces Missions, a simple, short-term task platform that anyone can do and get paid for.

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Remitano, global P2P crypto exchange, has just launched a new online job market – Mission, the platform’s latest element in its push to realize its full potential and open a new window of employment opportunities to crypto users.

Missions are simple, short-term tasks that anyone can do and get paid for. For example, “Share a Remitano post on Facebook.” The new online job market will provide a range of ‘easy and quick apply’ jobs (mission) for crypto lovers wishing to have additional earnings. This way, applicants can skate through the application process and land jobs fast.

As of the August 2020 announcement, Remitano already released a set of guidelines for users looking to take advantage of the offerings. The guide includes:

  • Highlights of the missions
  • Steps to apply
  • Application requirements

Complete a Mission and Get Instant Crypto

While the internet has become the most vital channel for personal recruiting, and people consider different aspects of a job to be fulfilling, some common elements include work-life balance, growth, and a strong work community. Remitano’s newest mission is geared towards promoting similar values and keeping like–minds meaningfully engaged with the crypto community.

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Furthermore, Remitano is thrilled to collaborate with greenhorns interested in building along with it. Hence, if you’re new to cryptocurrency trading and wish to maximize your earnings or want a legitimate way to get instant crypto without purchasing it, you can create a free Remitano account, and join the mission for the next job on hand.

Why You Might Want to Join Remitano’s Mission

  • A side job: If you’re looking to expand your income or even monetize your free time, missions are ready for the taking. You will be poised to earn extra cash by helping to present Remitano’s ideas across the internet.
  • More remote flexibility: with more people working from home, having a practical and comfortable working space is more important than ever. Remitano encourages this by providing digitized work environments for its employees’ remote adaptability.
  • Unlimited geography: missions are for everyone, no matter where they are. Job seekers can access available online jobs from anywhere and apply for roles they fit into.
  • Streamlined application: applicants only need to prep and submit requisites and certificates, allowing you to walkover face-to-face interviews
  • Instant credit of cryptocurrency: once a mission is completed, successful candidates will receive instant crypto remuneration to their Remitano wallets.

About Remitano

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Remitano is a product of Babylons Solutions Limited based in Seychelles. As a fast-moving marketplace, Remitano’s purpose is to offer a robust, quality trading experience to all users. With necessary safety standards in place, buyers and sellers can come together, store, trade, and retrieve assets, thus minimizing challenges common to crypto exchanges.

Launched in 2014, Remitano is a global cryptocurrency exchange serving international markets, such as Malaysia, China, Nigeria, Vietnam, Australia, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

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