Nigerian millennials and fintech startups are now fast adopting cryptos, especially when Nigerian youths seek police reforms. This is because it offers them the needed security and far cheaper transaction fees against using fiat currencies.
- Recent data shows that the use of Bitcoin for peer to peer lending in Nigeria among its Millenials, and startups are on an exploding run.
- Statistics obtained from usefultulips, a BTC analytic data provider, revealed that Nigeria leads Africa’s peer to peer lending in 2020, posting weekly P2P volumes of between $7 million, followed by South Africa and Kenya posting about $2 million weekly.
Timi Ajiboye, a co-founder of Buycoins.africa, a leading crypto exchange in Nigeria, spoke via his Twitter feed about the advantage crypto has over fiat currencies like the naira, at this time when Nigerians are agitating for police reforms.
“They have the power to shut down centralized exchanges that use payment processors (who are already under fire). But they cannot shut down non-custodial wallets & P2P exchanges that don’t handle fiat. No one can. That is the power of Bitcoin.”
They have the power to shut down centralised exchanges that use payment processors (who are already under fire). But they cannot shut down non-custodial wallets & P2P exchanges that don’t handle fiat. No one can. That is the power of #Bitcoin #EndSarsNow
— Timi (@timigod) October 13, 2020
Jens Ischebeck, a renowned Fintech publisher, in a note shared with Nairametrics, gave vital insights on why Africans are fast adopting crypto, and the advantages that crypto assets bring:
“Most African citizens have started shifting their hopes to the use of crypto, to escape numerous constraints faced with the traditional money transfer services, including cost, speed, and inconveniences.”
Recall that Bundle, a social payment app for cash and cryptocurrencies, had set up three cryptocurrency wallets for fundraising aimed at supporting the victims of SARS brutality and the protesters of the EndSARS movement.
The company also made some contribution of NGN 1,000,000 (2,145 BUSD) to support the cause.
1/ The Bundle team has set up three cryptocurrency wallets to raise funds globally in support of #EndSARS protestors and victims of SARS, and we have contributed 2,145 BUSD (~NGN 1,000,000) to the fund. pic.twitter.com/oqvK5ZmF7A
— Bundle (@BundleAfrica) October 10, 2020
Adebayo Juwon, Marketing Lead, FTX Africa, in an exclusive note to Nairametrics, spoke on the advantages that cryptos offer in today’s world. He said:
“Business owners are always seeking for means to scale their businesses, getting a competitive edge over others while being profitable at the same time. Recently, many of the top companies across the globe have been working towards achieving their goals with Blockchain technology.
So, it not surprising that a significant number of young Nigerians and small business owners avoid Nigerian banks, because of their stringent capital controls on outflows, relatively high transaction costs, and inflexible exchange rate system.”
That said, it’s fair to say Nigerian millennials are fast adapting to the most disruptive financial asset in the modern era.
Polkadot fast-rising Crypto, jumps past XRP
Polkadot has comfortably surpassed XRP in terms of market value following a massive gain of 62% in barely 7 days.
There have been some big shakers in the crypto-verse amid recent sell-offs seen in the fast ever-changing financial market and Polkadot is among them.
According to figures from a leading analytics firm, Coinmarketcap, Polkadot has comfortably surpassed XRP in terms of market value following a massive gain of 62% in barely 7 days. This makes it the fourth-biggest crypto asset in the crypto market.
What you should know
- At the time of writing this report, Polkadot traded at $14.82 with a daily trading volume of $6 Billion. Polkadot is up 4.85% for the day.
- The fast-rising crypto-asset presently has a market value of around $13.3 Billion. It has a circulating supply of 900,576,862 DOT coins and the maximum supply is not available.
- In addition, XRP, conversely, has been down 10% for the week as XRP bulls had challenges taking the cross-border transfer token above $0.30. Its market cap is currently just below DOT’s at $12.7 Billion.
Polkadot’s native DOT token serves three clear purposes: providing network governance and operations, and creating parallel chains by bonding. Its founders are Dr. Gavin Wood, Peter Czaban, and Robert Habermeier
The fourth most valuable crypto asset is an open-source multichain protocol that enables the cross-chain transfer of any data or asset types, cryptocurrencies, thereby expanding blockchains interoperable with each other.
The Polkadot protocol connects private and public chains, oracles future technologies and permission-less networks, allowing such independent networks to share information and transactions through the Polkadot relay chain.
Investor moves $1 billion for $7 fee on Ethereum Blockchain
Synthetix traded at $15.75 with a daily trading volume of $314.3 million, and is up 8.90% for the day.
A large entity paid a transaction fee of $7.5 fee to just move $1 billion worth of SNX assets on the Ethereum network at a time the utility crypto, Ether itself traded around $1,200.
According to data retrieved from Etherscan data, money was transferred from a contract called “Synthetix: Reward Escrow” to an Ethereum wallet that contains the $1 billion in SNX tokens and appears to be a second version of the Synthetix Rewards escrow contract.
At press time, Synthetix traded at $15.75 with a daily trading volume of $314.3 million. Synthetix is up 8.90% for the day.
It is presently the 23rd most valuable crypto by market value worth about $1.8 billion. It has a circulating supply of 114,841,533 SNX coins and a max. supply of 212,424,133 SNX coins.
What you should know: Synthetix is a type of Crypto liquidity protocol asset on the Ethereum network that facilitates the issuance and trading of synthetic assets.
- Each synthetic asset (or Synth) is an ERC20 token that tracks the price of an external asset; for example, each dollar token tracks the price of the US dollar (and unlike the other synthetic assets, is fixed at 1).
- A wide variety of Synths exists within Synthetix, including commodities, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, and inverse indexes.
- In principle, the system can support any asset with a clear price and provide on-chain exposure to an unlimited range of real-world assets. The protocol will enable a variety of trading features including binary options, futures, and more.
UBS warns Bitcoins could disappear like Myspace
UBS suggests that a rival cryptocurrency backed by powerful Western Governments could eclipse Bitcoin
Analysts at Swiss firm UBS are warning investors that popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoins could lose their allure just like Myspace and Netscape did earlier on in the social media and browser revolutions respectively.
According to Bloomberg, the firm issued this warning to its investors citing regulatory actions or if a better-designed version is launched to rival the existing ones.
“There is little in our view to stop a cryptocurrency’s price from going to zero when a better-designed version is launched or if regulatory changes stifle sentiment…..Netscape and Myspace are examples of network applications that enjoyed widespread popularity but eventually disappeared,” UBS strategist.
What this means: UBS suggests that a rival cryptocurrency backed by powerful Western Governments could eclipse Bitcoin when launched as it will attract more credibility and transaction value. Bitcoin is currently not owned by any government.
What the US Fed is saying
Bitcoins, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency with a 66.5% market share saw its price rise above $40,000 during the week before falling 8.9% to close just above $37,000. Cryptocurrencies are very volatile assets and is viewed somewhat negatively by most regulators.
Recently, the US Fed Chair, Jerome Powell, recently spoke on why the U.S central bank had no reason to rush into central bank digital currencies. According to him;
Since we are the world’s reserve currency, we actually think we need to get this right, and we don’t feel an urge or need to be first,” he said. “We effectively already have a first-mover advantage, because we’re the reserve currency.”
Powell also revealed that stablecoins were of high-level priority.
“We’ve been very focused… on potential regulatory answers for global stablecoins, in particular,” said Powell in response to a question about CBDCs, or central bank digital currencies.
“So that’s been a high-level focus, and that will continue to be a high-level focus because they could become systemically important overnight and we don’t begin to have, you know, our arms around the potential risks and how to manage those risks, and the public will expect we do and has every right to expect that… It’s a very high priority.”
According to a report by Google, Nigeria has the highest interest in Bitcoin globally. The report claims Nigeria emerged the first amongst other countries around the world in Bitcoin searches on Google. Delta State has the highest level of Bitcoin interests on a state level in Nigeria, followed by Ebonyi, Ekiti, Anambra, and Osun.
Surprisingly Nigeria’s business capital, Lagos misses out of the top 5 as regards Bitcoin level of interest in Google.