We present you with a round-up of news and developments from Africa in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry during the months of January and February 2020.
Binance Nigeria Launched its Campus Ambassadorial Program
“The Binance Campus Ambassador (Nigeria) is the liaison between their campus community and Binance. They work closely with Binance and come up with interesting and resourceful engagements within their campuses as well as spread the word about Binance ecosystem and the freedom of money.”
Click here to sign up for the Binance Nigeria Campus Ambassador Program
SEC Nigeria officially Inaugurated the Fintech roadmap report submitted by Fintech Association of Nigeria for implementation
According to the roadmap here the guidelines to be implemented for Cryptocurrencies, Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) and ICOS:
- SEC classifies crypto-currencies as Commodities and Securities.
- SEC will be regulating Virtual Financial Assets Exchanges and develop a framework for it.
- Equity-based crowdfunding would be regulated by the SEC (ICO, STO or IPOs).
- SEC will issue guidelines and standards for White Papers and ICOs.
- Develop appropriate licensing regimes for new entrants into the crowdfunding ecosystem by SEC.
- Develop a detailed framework for VFA based economy.
- Provide Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) Procedures.
Nigeria Based Micro Lending Platform Aella Credit Secures $10 million in Funding
Aella Credit, a Nigerian fintech startup raises $10 million debt financing round, from HQ Financial Group (HQF), a Singapore-based private company focused in new material science, semiconductor and blockchain financial investments.
Financial inclusion in West Africa gets a boost with new $10m raise by Aella fintech https://t.co/qfXcVESgfr
— Aella (@AellaApp) February 10, 2020
CryptoTVPlus partners with Kubitx Cryptocurrency Exchange
Leading African based crypto-focused media organization, CryptoTVPlus, has partnered with Blockchain solution company, KuBitX, the creator of the KuBitX Cryptocurrency exchange to spread education and awareness of cryptocurrency using local languages in Nigeria.
Seychelles-based MERJ Exchange Wins ‘The Leading Exchange’ Award at the 2020 Security Tokens Realized Global Awards
Last week we were crowned winner of the “Leading Exchange” category at the @STRealised Global Awards 2020. We popped in today in London to collect our trophy! 😁😃😃#strglobalawards2020 #blockchain #tokens #digitalsecurities #Exchange thanks to @JulietMedia https://t.co/K92niwGxEm pic.twitter.com/H2JIXKaSkF
— MERJ EXCHANGE (@merjexchange) February 12, 2020
National Bank of Egypt Joins RippleNet Network Utilizing Blockchain Service in Remittance Service
The new agreement between the National Bank of Egypt and Ripple will enable the bank create new channels for inward remittances. It will also open up access to new markets, extending its remittance services in the Gulf region.
Currently, Egypt is the largest country in remittances recipient in Africa at $26.4 billion. It’s the fifth largest worldwide as of 2019, after India, China, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Blockstale Launches Nigeria first Bitcoin ATM Machine in Ajah, Lagos.
Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) Closes a $22 million Sugar Deal Utilizing Blockchain Smart Contract Technology.
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African Development Bank Releases Report on Top Technologies with Blockchain Included
The latest February 2020 report by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) which assesses the business case for #4IR adoption is out and lists 6 key technologies expected to disrupt Africa. Blockchain is among them.
According to the report, here are the top six technologies by capital investment so far expected to drive big business opportunities on the continent in order of importance:
- Internet of Things (IoT) – $110.8M
- Big Data – $9.5M
- Additive Manufacturing – $47M
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) – $17.5M
- Drones – $7.9M
- Blockchain – $14.9M
According to the report, the blockchain space has seen $14.9 million capital investment on the continent with a 16% market growth potential by 2025.
The African Development Bank’s #4IR report focused on 5 African countries – #Cameroon, #Morocco, #Nigeria, #SouthAfrica and #Uganda – which represent the different combination of strengths and weaknesses that African countries possess. #4IRDays #4IRAfricahttps://t.co/y8OgnHQMYC pic.twitter.com/dIyPragdgM
— African Development Bank Group (@AfDB_Group) February 19, 2020
Bitfxt Technology Secures $15M Series A Funding from Payitup Clearinghouse Ltd (UK)
As one of Africa’s fast raising Blockchain Technology Company based out of Lagos, Nigeria, we have recently secured $15M in funding from a UK syndicate of Hedge Funds and UK company, Payitup Clearinghouse Ltd (UK). Furthermore, Bitfxt has also concluded an Agreement with the syndicate to extend a $125M Revolving Margin Facility for all its traders to leverage their position for a higher gain.
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Dash Donates 1000 Copies of ‘Digital is the Cash’ Book to CryptoTVPlus Campus BCAT
Dash, the top digital currency for payments and local adoption through Dash Nigeria, today announced the launch of a ‘Digital Cash Awareness Drive’ inclusive of distributing over 10,000 copies of ‘Digital is the Cash’ book across Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon & Haiti in English and French languages.
1,000 copies will be donated to the Campus BCAT, a project of CryptoTVplus, to be distributed across 30 university libraries, BCAT clubs, & tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Nathaniel Luz, Lead of Dash Nigeria, says this is in a bid to promote the knowledge and understanding of Digital Cash, in the barest non-technical terms possible to the mass of people. He said this is the third phase of the campaign with the previous two (2) producing Digital Cash academy in text and Pidgin English videos.
First Kudi Expands Operations to Ghana
— First Kudi (@firstkudiapp) February 25, 2020
The months of January and February in the year 2020 witnessed a whole lot of impressive developments in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry in Africa. If there are news we left out in this publication please you can reach out to us on Telegram, Twitter or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org