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How To Buy Cryptocurrency In Nigeria

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How to buy cryptocurrencies in Nigeria

The increasing popularity of Bitcoin in Nigeria doesn’t seem surprising at all considering the state of her economy and its currency. Nigeria is well known as one of the countries with a high volume of cryptocurrency trading.

The massive rise in peer-to-peer Bitcoin payments in Nigeria as at 2017  is proof that there are a ton of merchants accepting the digital currency in the country. The low transaction fees associated with the cryptocurrency had encouraged more than 100,000 merchants in Nigeria to accept Bitcoin payments before the end of 2017.

Cryptocurrencies are digital assets with characteristics like;

  • Decentralization: The decentralized control of each cryptocurrency works through distributed ledger technology. That is the point of control is not centered on an individual.
  • Fast & Effective: Transaction made with cryptocurrency takes a few seconds or minutes maximum. Though the transaction speed varies among the cryptocurrencies unlike the traditional way of transferring money which may take days.
  • Peer-to-peer: cryptocurrencies are easy to transfer from one individual to another in any part of the world.
  • Low fee: millions of dollars can be sent to any part of the world at a very cheap fee and without restrictions.

With the above features that cryptocurrency has, it is not so surprising how it has gotten an increasing interest from lots of people around the world. Having this mind, the next question is how do I purchase cryptocurrency? Below are some of the things you need to acquire your cryptocurrency.

Initial Funds or Capital

Although cryptocurrency can be gotten for almost free from Airdrop which requires having to do some simple task then you get rewarded with some coins or token. But in the case you are buying cryptocurrency, you will need to buy or exchange your fiat for cryptocurrency of your choice. And the good thing is you don’t really need a huge sum of cash to start, you can buy as little as $1

Digital Wallet

You need to have a wallet in order to store or keep your cryptocurrencies, this wallet comes with send, receive and back up options.

To receive cryptocurrencies, for instance, Myetherwallet, you will need to provide the sender your wallet address which in this case acts as your bank account number almost like the traditional way of receiving money, just that the wallet address is quite different from the account number as it comprises of lower and upper case letters and numbers.

There is a backup option in your wallet, it is advisable to back up your wallet’s private and public keys in a secure offline location, could be written down or saved on a flash drive to be kept safely not to get into wrong hands because the lost of which could result in losing one’s cryptocurrencies stored on the wallet. So be sure to secure your wallet.

Exchanges

An exchange is a digital marketplace or an online platform where traders can buy and sell Bitcoins using different fiat currencies or Altcoins without necessarily having to meet. There are quite a number of exchanges available in Nigeria where you can purchase your cryptocurrencies if you are looking to invest.

Exchanges you can buy your cryptocurrency from.

Luno is one of the most convenient bitcoin exchange to buy and sell bitcoin instantly in Nigeria. It was formerly known as Bitx but rebranded to Luno in 2017, with the Launch of their mobile app and instant deposit. Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, Ethereum can be bought with the debit/credit card on Luno. It also provides its users with services such as; Provision of Bitcoin wallet, instant buy and sells of Bitcoin and Bitcoin trading.

Satowallet is a leading multi-asset Blockchain app. It controls bitcoin, Ethereum, Tron, Ripple, and over 60 other crypto assets. An all-in-one app to trade, store, invest, stake and secure your Blockchain assets.

Remitano is another bitcoin exchange in Nigeria that has gain Popularity in 2017. They are very much like localBitcoins. However, in Nigeria, it is cheaper to buy bitcoin on Remitano.

Local Bitcoins is also a bitcoin exchange in Nigeria. LocalBitcoins is available across countries of the world. Just like Remitano, they connect buyers and sellers of bitcoins using the escrow system. Although LocalBitcoin is reputable, you have to learn to Trade safely on Local Bitcoins.

Other exchanges based outside Nigeria where you can easily sign up include: Binance, KuBitX, Huobi Exchange, PesaMill etc.

Acceptability

As of 2017, Over 100,000 Nigerian merchants are accepting Bitcoin Payments. Some of the key merchants accepting Bitcoin in Nigeria are highlighted below:

Gsm2me

Gsm2me, owned by Fecund Systems Limited that’s registered in Nigeria, is a site from where customers can buy mobile airtime, messaging packs, and bulk messaging packs. The site supports over 550 networks spread across 135 countries. The company’s website clearly states that it accepts Bitcoin as a method of payment, apart from other currencies.

Minku

Minku is an online boutique and Accessories Company that sells its products across 16 countries globally also accepts Bitcoin. The company’s founder attributes the ease of doing business that Bitcoin brings as the reason why she accepts the digital currency, pointing out Bitcoin’s quick transaction ability, low fees, and international acceptability as its advantages.

Shopnow

Shopnow is an e-commerce platform in Nigeria based on the model of Overstock. Founder Emmanuel Olorunisola was inspired by Overstock’s model when he purchased a watch on the American internet retailer’s platform using Bitcoin. However, high shipping fees led him to create a Nigeria-specific solution where customers can purchase items using Bitcoin without having to pay additional charges involved while bringing goods from outside the country.

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President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro Calls on Public to its Newly Opened Petro Supported Casino

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The President of Venezuela has announced the opening of crypto supported casino in the country. This announcement was made on the 17th of January, 2020.

According to the President, the Ávila National Park’s Hotel Humboldt will soon be home to an international casino which will make use of the Petro (PTR) – the country’s cryptocurrency.

Nicolas Maduro went further saying, the proceeds from the casino activities will fund the country’s public health and education sectors. 

Betting has been halted in the country for several years prior to the administration of the current President Nicolas Maduro. Prior to this administration, betting places were ordered closed down because of being dens of drugs and other criminal activities. 

Giving details on the operation of the Casino, President Maduro said he has authorized legal bets with petros. According to him, the Hotel Humboldt will have an international casino and everyone will be able to place bets using the petro.

He went further explains, “You can come to bet. There will be offers, special prices. You buy your petro tokens, you can buy them if you bring yuan, if you bring yen, dollars, euros or any other cryptocurrencies … buy your petros and make your licit bets allowed by the state as contemplated by national laws.”

Owing to various sanctions hitting the oil filled country, the current President, Nicolas Maduro created the petro cryptocurrency to evade these sanctions and better position the economy of the state. 

The announcement of President Maduro to open the casino evidently is an attempt to provide more use cases for the petro to improve acceptability amongst the populace and global community. 

This move by the President will most likely fuel the emergence of new casinos across the country since it has been almost a decade casino activities were halted in the embattled state. 

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Binance to Support IOTX MainNet Token Swap

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The IOTX mainnet token swap to be supported by leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance. The crypto ecosystem giant made this known via its blog.

Withdrawals will be suspended from the 15th of January, 2020 by 0:00 AM (UTC) pending till the token swap is completed.

IoTeX describes itself as an open source platform, building the Internet of Trusted Things, where all physical and virtual ‘things’ — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can exchange information and value at global scale. It was founded in 2017.

Binance also revealed it will handle all technical requirements involved in the swap process for all users holding the IOTX token in their Binance accounts.

Whenever even after the mainnet migration a user sends ERC-20 IOTX tokens to Binance, Binance guarantees the tokens will be converted to the mainnet IOTX and the user will not be able to withdraw the ERC-20 IOTX Tokens after the swap.

We will make a separate announcement after the mainnet swap is complete to notify users when withdrawals for IOTX (native coin) will open, Binance concluded.

In November 2019, IOTX revealed via a blog post the roadmap it intended to follow in ultimately bringing staking/voting using the IOTX token to its mainnet.

In the post, it gave a summary of schedule for staking/voting using the IOTX token.

Iotex

Mainnet Alpha (Apr 2019 – Oct 2019): staking on Ethereum using IOTX-E (ERC20) only

Mainnet Beta (Nov 2019 – Q1/Q2 2020): staking on both Ethereum and IoTeX using IOTX-E (ERC20) and IOTX (Native), respectively

Mainnet GA (Q1/Q1 2020 and on): staking on IoTeX using IOTX (Native) only. Note: all existing votes/tokens on Ethereum will be automatically converted to IoTeX

IoTex also stated that exchanges with IOTX-E currently listed will at their own different time perform official token swaps to IOTX (native) currency throughout Q4 2019 & Q1 2020.

The Internet of Trust Things platforms also stated that the final cutoff to swap IOTX-E to Native IOTX will be announced in Q1 2020.

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CEO of MTN Group Speaks Out on MTNCOIN, Calls it Fake.

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The CEO of MTN Group, Rob Shuter has spoken out on the document circulating the internet showing the Telecom giant, MTN Group to launch a utility token – MTNCOIN.

The CEO calls the document and unsolicited proposal and the Telecom firm will not consider it.

The document which was dated 29th of October, 2019 and titled “MTN COIN – Building Africa’s Universal Financial Services & Rewards Ecosystem” proposes a crypto token that will be used as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial.

In a statement published by MTN Group, it said it wishes to distance itself from the document as well as the services and offerings mentioned in the document as they are not provided by the firm.

According to the statement, MTN said the document was an unsolicited proposal submitted by an entity called Eureka Africa and it wasn’t adopted.

However, the Telecom giant affirmed its continual engagement and collaboration with various vendors, and if necessary it said, use official MTN channels to communicate such partnerships.

The document proposes the launch of a Stellar blockchain based cryptocurrency, MTNCOIN that will serve as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial users cases for all parties.

According to the document, It also intends solidifying and expanding MTN’s position as Africa’s leading communication services provider by staying at the forefront of digital transformation; capitalize on the Global Financial Technology revolution and lead the disruption of the traditional financial and insurance sector in the continent to protect current and create new revenue streams.

The Telecom giant has requested publishers to refrain from sharing the document or its contents on any public platforms.

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Telecom firm, MTN Could launch a token MTNCOIN on the Stellar Blockchain to become Universal Digital Settlement Currency

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A document showing Telecommunication firm MTN is set to launch a token –MTNCOIN on the Stellar Blockchain has been making waves on the internet since it was released.

The document which was dated October 29th 2019 and titled “MTN COIN – Building Africa’s Universal Financial Services & Rewards Ecosystem” posits that the African Financial sector is ripe for disruption.

It measured the financial flow of money through Mobile Money and Remittance. MTN through the plans to lead the disruption of Africa’s financial services industry to redefine financial inclusion.

This it intends to achieve by launching MTNCOIN as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial users cases for all parties. It also intends solidifying and expanding MTN’s position as Africa’s leading communication services provider by staying at the forefront of digital transformation.

It also wants to capitalize on the Global Financial Technology revolution and lead the disruption of the traditional financial and insurance sector in the continent to protect current and create new revenue streams.

MTN will to create a pan-african open platform and ecosystem and set the standards for trusted, direct, low-cost and instant financial transactions, bringing together various players in the financial industry such as banks, insurances, Fintechs, Retailers and major technology providers to drive interoperability and convergence.

The digital currency, MTNCOIN according to the document will be created and issued on the Stellar Blockchain Network.

It will serve as universal exchange currency, highly scalable, secure bridging currency across the African continent supported by the established MTN treasury functions.

It will serve data and airtime redemption assurance which according to the document will reduce counterpart risk as token holders.

The token will be a utility token controlled by MTN and it shall feature fast, no-cost remittance, automatic loyalty program benefits with ecommerce embedded shopping advantages.

The document compares MTNCOIN in superiority to other forms of payment such as MTN Money and M-Pesa. The coin will have a digital wallet, allow P2p transfer, cross border payments, bank integration, adoption by third party apps etc. MTNCOIN based on the document stands out from both MTN Money and M-Pesa.

The choice of choosing Stellar according to the document which compared it to the Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum Blockchain networks, was that Stellar is a platform that connects banks, payments systems and people, it allows fast, cross-border transactions between any pair of currencies. It is much cheaper and faster than bitcoin because of its unique consensus protocol etc.

CryptoTVPlus through one of its representative has reached out to MTN Nigeria for comment on the document as at press time but haven’t given response. Updates will be published as it comes.

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