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The cryptocurrency space has seen few of its major players in partnership agreements; as well as expansions, as most of which are coming from the Asian region.

Huobi, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Singapore is set to expand its operations into Canada with plans to open a new office in Toronto extending its grip within the North American Region.

Huobi made an announcement yesterday, stating that the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading has surged in the country despite harsh reception and treatment from local banks.

“Canada is emerging as a leading blockchain nation, and Toronto is set to become one of the next most active blockchain hubs across North America. Entering the Canadian market will help support Huobi to become the leader in blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation,” said Ross Zhang, general manager of Huobi Canada.

The focus of the expansion is to work with willing regulatory bodies to drive adoption of the technology by building credibility and transparency within the space. Zhang added. “Establishing Huobi’s first Canadian offices in Toronto is a continued effort to help the blockchain industry become more credible so that mass adoption can come sooner.”

Huobi is presently ranked as the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange with its daily volume of approximately $1.7 billion across 208 markets, according to data from CoinMarketCap. Huobi’s expansion should not come as a surprise to most, as the company had planned in previous months to effectively carry out its crypto-to-crypto trading services. In January, in a bid to solidify its strength and offer customers best services, it revealed in January that it will open a branch in San Francisco. Following the opening of its branch in San-Francisco, two months later it registers with the Financial crimes enforcement network (FinCEN) as a money services business (MSB).

Earlier this week, Huobi Labs — the company’s blockchain incubator — announced that it had signed a strategic partnership with Tianya Community to establish a $1 billion blockchain fund in China’s Hainan province. Huobi’s flurry of expansion plans is characteristic of the cryptocurrency exchange industry as a whole, which has raked in significant profits over the past calendar year but is also navigating challenging regulatory waters.

Binance and OKEx, the two largest cryptocurrency exchanges, have each opened an office in blockchain-friendly island nation Malta, while Coinbase is reportedly opening a Chicago office in a bid to build out its institutional trading products. Bitfinex, another major exchange, is planning to consolidate its operations in Switzerland.

Expansion has been the focus of Huobi in the first quarter of this year as earlier this week, Huobi Labs — the company’s blockchain incubator — announced that it had signed a strategic partnership with Tianya Community to establish a $1 billion blockchain fund in China’s Hainan province. Expansion drives wider reach, and wider reach increases the level and speed of adoption through awareness.

Huobi’s flurry of expansion plans is characteristic of the cryptocurrency exchange industry as a whole, which has seen profits skyrocket significantly over the past calendar year but is also sailing through challenging regulatory territories.

Expansions and partnerships like is common to cryptocurrencies giants like Binance and OKEx, the two largest cryptocurrency exchanges. They have each opened an office in blockchain-friendly island nation Malta. Binance also extending its reach to the African continent to have a solid foundation across all borders. Coinbase is reportedly opening a Chicago office in a bid to build out its institutional trading products. Bitfinex, another major exchange, is planning to consolidate its operations in Switzerland.

 

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Crypto Mulan; A Celebration of Women of Excellence in the Crypto space

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One of my favorite animation of all time is Walt Disney pictures, Mulan. Mulan is a story of bravery, selflessness and sheer intelligence. While watching the movie again after so many years, I couldn’t help but to think of how some of the women I admire most in the crypto space remind me of Mulan.

Faith Obafemi, blockchain lawyer and writer, a woman of great courage and intellect. She’s a crypto mulan. Defying the odds that has made the legal and technological space patriarchal.

Olayinka Oyediran, She is a real warrior welding her sword against cybercrime and preaching the gospel of cybersecurity.

Daisy Ozim is a crypto mulan utilising blockchain and crypto in the agricultural sector.

Telly Valerie Onu, hers is one of the loudest voices speaking up for diversity in the crypto space. She is the co-founder of Beyond Capital Markets, a financial innovation and crypto.

Sophia Ha Ho is not just a Blockchain entrepreneur, she cares deeply about gender equality and women empowerment.  

Jenifer Greyson is the CEO of Powered by Neureal and a force to reckon with in the blockchain space.

Ruth Iselema, she is a beauty in the brooding castle of the Nigerian crypto market. Despite been one of the few females in the space, she is leaving her footprints on the crypto sands of time.

Maureen L. Murat, is a lawyer and Founder/Chief Advisor at Crowdie Advisors. She is helping entrepreneurs gain access to financing via equity crowdfunding, ICOs and Token Sales. She is one person to pay attention to if you need advice on cryptocurrency tax obligations.

These women and others making an impact in the blockchain space are crypto Mulans. They are my crypto Heroines!!!

 

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Inconclusive Election in Nigeria, What can the Blockchain do?

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As Nigeria draws closer to its 2019 presidential elections, there’s one question on everyone lips, will the election be free and fair? Like most countries in Africa Nigeria still leans on a paper centred method of conducting elections. While other parts of the world had moved on to electronic voting, Nigeria leans on manual and paper voting. It is no wonder that the governorship election of Osun state, a South Western state in Nigeria was declared inconclusive. However, can the trust of the people and hope of a free and fair election be won through a blockchain based election?

Blockchain should be considered in the Nigerian electoral situation to achieve real-time results and enhance the integrity of voting. The blockchain technology is a distributed ledger and stakeholders can verify results in real time. Also, since the blockchain is immutable tampering with results will be near impossible. The transparent and traceable nature of the blockchain can allow results to be tracked down to the very voter. Voters could thumbprint on an electronic device and have the votes automatically displayed as a number.

However, despite how great the idea of a blockchain election in Nigeria sounds numerous factors acts as a constraint.  First, the issue of electricity if an electrical device were to be used. Secondly, technology is neither good nor evil only people can exhibit these traits. How will the blockchain then be able to stop electoral violence? In the case of Osun state elections the Independent Nigerian Electoral Commision (INEC) Returning Officer (RO) for the election Prof. Joseph Fuwape declared the election inconclusive. This was as a result of Ademola Adeleke the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate polled a 353 vote lead getting 254,698 lead against  Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 254,345. However, the results were declared inconclusive due to disruptions, malfunction of Electronic Card Readers and over-voting).

However the question we really need to ask is how well suited is a blockchain based voting for the electoral condition of Nigeria?

 

 

 

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Criminals Beware as Man Tracks Criminals Using Blockchain

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Blockchain technology has proven without reasonable doubts that its usage exceeds cryptocurrency. Ben Strickland, an Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) investigator who uses OSINT techniques to track crypto transactions linked to terrorist organisations proves this to be true. Earlier in June, Strickland published a Medium post titled “Tracing a Jihadist cell, kidnappers and a scammer using the blockchain — an open source investigation.”  Strickland had utilised open-source data techniques to draw a connection between the jihadists and other online organised crimes.

While criminals might feel that they can now have a field day with cryptocurrencies and blockchain, Strickland proves that their activities can be checked. Strickland explained that during his search, he found out a crypto address used by some jihadists to solicit for funds from social media. The address was also linked to a South African kidnaper. Strickland explained that open source can refer to any data on social media, YouTube, blockchain data and the likes. These open source data can be used to track criminal activities.

The OSINT investigator explained that the motive for going into criminal investigation using blockchain was the increase in crypto crime. He added, “It is important to realize that this is what the power of the blockchain is supposed to be. As much as it is a free market, unregulated and decentralised, the power of the blockchain should be that someone like me, from the comfort of my home on my laptop, with no formal training, can identify any wrongdoing on the blockchain.”

Strickland also explained that his method makes it easy to trace fraudulent activities on the blockchain. He had earlier reported a dark web page called Sadaqcoins created as a crowdfunding platform for the purchase of weapons and funding of the jihadist militia. He also was able to discover many online scam activities. One, in particular, was found out by his Facebook post and pictures where he claimed ‘how I can make you the next bitcoin millionaire.’

 

 

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“Could This Be Nigeria’s Last Chance? The Blockchain and Nigeria”

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Nigeria has experienced her fair share of revolution at different stages of political and economic metamorphosis with the majority of her revolution being political and few economical. But successful countries in the world do not owe their success to stable political system only, but thriving and prosperous economies that allow for innovation, competition, and “early adoption of technologies” able to grant them a competitive edge and a bullish advantage on the world economy chart. The latter in particular has been the strategy that has turned third world nations to nations with enviable prosperous economies. When a topic of this nature is being discussed, a striking example that readily comes to mind is the DUBAI Revolution. The famed Arabian Desert turned number one tourist and popular innovation centre in the world achieved its present enviable status as a result of a foresighted government, which knew “the future would not be as patient with us as today is.”

Dubai’s foresightedness has given much room for technological advancements on all levels especially in the case of the Blockchain Technology, which undoubtedly is the “future of Man and his environment”. Consequently, Dubai is well placed to be one of the leading economies of the next age Indeed owing to the boundless possibilities of the nascent Blockchain Technology, Dubai may appropriately be dubbed the most efficient and organised political and economic system in the world. Dubai is one of the few countries to recognise the power and possibilities of the Blockchain and how it can be the one-fit-all solution to common social, health, economic, and political, challenges in the world. In response, she has setup an active engagement with the virgin Blockchain Technology at all levels of its national existence, with the goal of running over 90% of all it’s national activities on the Blockchain by year 2020 which would allow for an efficient and reliable economic and political system.
Applause, to the liberal, foresighted government of Dubai.

While this is a counter-narrative in Nigeria’s case, it behoves members of the Blockchain community in Nigeria, to begin a major campaign on the adoption and use of the Blockchain Technology among other sister disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Internet of things by the government of Nigeria at all levels of its national and foreign existence and operation, if I may say, this is the true change we need.
This was my submission among others on behalf of Cheetah Africa at the launch of the Block Show Africa.
It was great sharing insights under a learning atmosphere with major Stakeholders in the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency space, such as (#ChimezieChuta, #NathanielLuz #senatorIhenyen, #CrytpoTv+, #Tega Abukure, #Kurefundsconsult, #Ademolaadeyoju) at the private launch of the Block Show Africa, an initiative by Crypto Tv+.

As the discourse went on, positions were maintained and ideas were shared among the participants and represented organisations in the space. At the end, we came to the general conclusion that the Blockchain Technology is Nigeria’s opportunity to leverage its available potentials in becoming a “First world nation” in the coming years.
The power and possibilities of the Blockchain Technology, is capable of rescuing Nigeria from majority, if not all, of its teeming challenges at all levels, the technology can especially aid things in health, agriculture, civil sector, the public service, national treasury, voting, policing and crime, etc.
For example, by legalizing and adopting the Blockchain Technology through:

1. the power of tokenization, Nigeria can raise enough funds for giant economic and social projects among its citizenry which would reduce our level of reliance on loan seeking from countries like China.
2. through the power of smart contracts: a perfect, and efficient governmental operation can be installed at all levels of public and civil service, which completely solves the age-long problem of corruption we have been embattled with as a nation. This would also solve completely the issue of Tax Evasion.
3. through the power of decentralization: inefficient, and bureaucratic practices leading to red tape can be completely gotten rid off.
4. through the power of the ledger system: issues of identification, and criminal activities can be easily resolved than any other existing technology.
5. through the power of cryptography: issues related to data protection in the governments can be far more resolved at very low cost; better than NCC identification system or even the national identification system.
6. through the power of open source: (kudos to what companies like BudgIT is doing in ensuring transparency in government practices but with Blockchain) government spending and budgetary allocations can be easily monitored and confirmed by anybody anywhere in the world through the open source system of the Blockchain Technology leading to greater Transparency and Trust in government practices in Nigeria.

7. through the power of decentralized applications: Elections can be conducted in a free and fair manner, Information can be made more accessible to the public, and in fact the need for public or civil servants would be greatly reduced leading to greater efficiency.

By adopting the use of the Blockchain, Nigeria would be placing herself on a pedestal of political efficiency and economic advantage, the legalization of the use of Cryptocurrency most especially, can lead to quantum foreign direct investment in the county (FDI).

The Blockchain is capable of effecting a disruptive revolution in Nigeria completely; from the political sector to the economic sector and other levels of national engagement and operation and probably lead us to a utopian state. But this is only possible when all Public and Private Stakeholders at the helm of the country’s affairs begin to take a proactive and positive approach towards its adoption and legalizing Blockchain’s accompanying products, most popular of all, the Cryptocurrency. Hence if the “Blessings of the Blockchain Technology” must be consummated for our economic prosperity, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) , Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), would have to be reoriented on the use of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is not a scam has it has been dubbed by many, it’s a technology redefining how we own and transact value, especially money. A corollary of this assertion is that with its unadulterated application, it can be used to track and handle financial and economic crimes efficiently. There would be no need for investigation. The open-source Blockchain network automatically alerts all of every Kobo allocated and spent. That is what we need as a nation, a transparent government by the power of the Blockchain. While the popular negative perception that holds sway among the government and masses about Cryptocurrency is untrue, the Blockchain Community in Nigeria is teaming up to redefine this false perception through education, regulation, and advocacy.
This is the objective of the Block Show Africa and the proposed Blockchain Association of Nigeria.
The government and its agencies needs to partner with the organised community of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency users in Nigeria to adopt this Future technology aka web 3.0 in causing a positive disruptive revolution in Nigeria.

Toast to the Block Show Africa, Toast to Cheetah Africa, Toast to the great future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in Nigeria, Toast to a Prosperous Nigeria.

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