This is big news for Ferrum Network because we built and launched a world-class exchange and payments product on a seed budget.
But it is even bigger news for the people of West Africa who for the time first time can purchase a U.S. Dollar backed stable coin with fiat and send fiat currency peer-to-peer instantly with no third-party intermediaries. We are proud to introduce Kudi.Exchange — A Digital Currency Exchange + Peer-to-Peer Payments App with U.S. Dollar Stability.
It’s a Fiat Gateway, But Runs on the Ferrum Network
What is Kudi.Exchange? It is a fiat-to-crypto exchange + mobile payments app based in Nigeria that runs on top of our network. With Kudi, users can buy digital assets directly with fiat. It is the fastest, lowest cost and most advanced digital currency exchange in Nigeria.
Why Nigeria? Nigeria is a massive crypto market. It has the 7th highest BTC volumes in the world, 1st in Africa, highest Google searches in Africa for “bitcoin”, a population of 200 million with 50% under the age of 35, and an existing financial system that is ripe for disruption.
Competing exchanges that offer far less regularly achieve $5 million USD in monthly volumes. With such a large market with low incumbent competition, we look forward to offering this product to millions of customers.
Faster Speeds, Lower Costs
How do we achieve millisecond transactions at lower cost than our competitors? Simple — the backend of Kudi.Exchange is running on the Ferrum Network — a high-speed interoperability designed for low cost financial applications. This means users can buy/sell/send digital assets faster and for less network fees than other exchanges.
The Only Exchange In West Africa to Offer U.S. Dollar Stable Coin
What else makes Kudi.Exchange special? It is the first and only exchange in West Africa to offer a U.S. Dollar backed stable coin through our co-marketing partnership with Gemini
Like many emerging markets, the demand for U.S. Dollars in Nigeria is high, but physical dollars are difficult and costly to obtain. Now for the first time, Nigerians can access digital U.S. Dollars through an app. They can rest assured those assets are backed by a fully-regulated trust company, Gemini.
Our market tests indicate that demand for a U.S. Dollar stable coin is incredibly high, and we are proud to offer our customers easy access to this critical safe haven asset.
It’s Also An Instant Peer-to-Peer Payments App
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Kudi has nothing to do with cryptocurrencies. Remember — the market for people who deal only in fiat is far larger than those interested in digital currencies.
Therefore, Kudi also functions as a peer-to-peer mobile payments app for instant fiat money transactions. Our customers can now send Naira to each other instantly with no banking intermediaries at a fraction of the cost of a traditional bank app.
How is this possible? The Kudi.Exchange mobile wallet also doubles as a payments app. Users simply deposit their Naira into the app, enter the address of the recipient, and “send”. Customers can also send money to non-customers through their phone number or What’s App number, and the recipient will be prompted to download the app to receive the money. Since this all runs on Ferrum Network tech, the Naira is transferred in milliseconds, and it never goes through a third-party.
Normal banking apps in Nigeria can take up to 24 hours to send money, and charge fees on everything from minuscule transactions to using cellular data! With Kudi, users can now send Naira instantly peer-to-peer at a fraction of the cost. We are now talking to merchants who are interested in using this app to replace costly point-of-sale system, and who want to incorporate a fast, cheap, mobile payment solution.
More Transactions = More Burned Tokens
What does all of this mean for token holders? Well for now the exchange is running on a limited private Mainnet. But when the full Mainnet goes live in a few months, users will be spending FRM tokens for every transaction. Remember: every transaction that runs on the Ferrum Network burns FRM tokens.
With thousands of Nigerians sending Naira to each other, and buying/selling digital currencies, this will have an immediate positive impact on the Ferrum Network ecosystem.
In other words, Ferrum Network will be the first project with users, daily transactions and network utility on day 1 of main net launch.
Designed to be Replicated in other Markets
Finally, the best part is that this solution is not limited to one country. The technology is designed to replicated. We can easily import this solution to other emerging markets, and partner with existing exchanges who want to incorporate a U.S. Dollar stable coin and instant peer-to-peer fiat payments. And since it all runs on the Ferrum Network, the more we expand, the more it benefits the ecosystem.
Thank You to Everyone Involved
We want to thank TLG Ventures for being the driving force behind Kudi.Exchange. We also want to thanks all of our pilot users who are making sure the product is as great as it can be — you know who you are. Finally, we want to thank the Ferrum Network community for sticking with us since the early days. We could not have done this without you.
Coming Up Next
Since Kudi is still in the pilot, we will be sending weekly traction updates on our progress. You’ll also get updates on specific aspects of Kudi, including our user acquisition strategy, and expansion into other countries and other services (e.g. merchant point of sale).
Of course all of this is leading up to a token sale (details to be released soon) so YOU can get involved in Ferrum Network!
Tunisia’s Central Bank to Launch E-Dinar, A Digital Currency
The central bank of Tunisia has announced the development of work for the launch of a digital currency, the E-Dinar.
The Tunisia’s foray into digital currency will see the creation of a blockchain based platform and digitization of the Tunisian fiat currency, the Dinar. The virtual currency will be created and issued using a Russian developed blockchain, the Universa Blockchain.
The Universa platform will receive a percentage of all transaction carried out with the E-dinar while the Tunisia central bank will see every transaction, as well as every buyer and seller online.
The Tunisian central bank revealed that the nation will not issue additional shares to issue the electronic money rather; the E-dinar will be pegged to part of the local fiat currency. And with the launch, individuals can also switch to the E-dinar.
Based on the contract between both parties, the Russian firm who developed the blockchain platform will receive a percentage of each operation for the entire duration of the operation of the technology, and at the same time, as it develops the Universa platform, it will launch a web application and open two thousands stalls in the country where individuals can transfer their money to E-dinars.
In order to protect the financial sovereignty of the Tunisia’s nation, considering the operations of the US based swift which operates in over 200 countries and financial censored the Iranian government, financial censorship will not happen in Tunisia’s E-dinar as the developers will hand over all encryption keys to the nation’s Central Bank and they will not be able to block the platform and see transactions.
According to the head of Tunisia’s central bank, “we are for the development of financial technologies. But we do not support private money in any form, digitally or so. If they replace public money, they will destroy monetary policy and financial stability. We are against”
The system was kick-start by the Tunisian Central bank’s head Marouane El Abassi and a representative of the IMF which say both of them carrying out a symbolic transfer of one E-dinar from one account to another in a test form. In the event in the nation’s capital where the E-dinar was presented, also in attendance was other Maghreb countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania.
Universa plans to expand to other part of the world to nations such as Malaysia, Phillipines, Argentina, Brazil etc.
A Crypto Project With the intention to Eradicate Poverty Has Written An Open Letter to the EFCC, Says it’s Open for Questioning.
An ambitious Crypto project iBSmartify, through its CEO Omotade Sparks Amos Sewanu has written an open letter to the Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC informing agency of its intention to eradicate poverty in the country.
I have an intention as the CEO of iBSmartify to eradicate poverty in Nigeria in the next 6-9 month with our Nigeria to the World blockchain (iBLedger)
— InksNation (@InksNation) November 7, 2019
The letter which was posted on twitter via @inksnation handle shows the intention of the CEO to through its own blockchain platform iBLedger which it dubbed ‘Nigeria to the World blockchain’ to eradicate poverty in the country in the next six to nine months.
The CEO claims the iBLedger blockchain will compete with Facebook’s Libra, Telegram’s TON & GRAM, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger and other blockchains in the world.
According to the letter, the powerful thing about the “charitable-blockchain” is that it can through the first token iBNaira generate a minimum of $847 billion for the Nigerian Government.
It also said the iBNaira can end poverty by 6 – 9 months by paying every single citizen including children born daily a minimum of N120,000 monthly.
The reason for this he said is because disruption is coming to the world and as such, it’s better Nigeria has its own version of disruption.
The poverty eradication scheme will begin fully on the 12th of November.
He claimed he has applied to SCUML under the name iBSmartify but it’s awaiting the certificate. However, the firm appears to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the following details:
Registration Number: 2956459
Address: 23 Yetunde Abu Street
Registration date: 2019-08-15
The website appears to offer unimaginable rewards to those who come in, the type of rewards which is seen in Ponzi Schemes.
While the Anti-graft agency is yet to say anything on the open letter, the move by the firm has attracted criticism from Twitter as can be seen below.
I just visited the website now,i saw the referral bonus. Hope this is not ponzi?
— Joye Manuel (Pree) (@Heypree) November 7, 2019
— Fairly used boyfriend 💫 (@brysonadahcole) November 7, 2019
We don’t need magic, these things you just wrote are sounding very strange to many people just like me. I am just seeing figures, are they going to spring up or it is the same old crypto investment ?
— Ogbeni Lammie (@mr_lammiee) November 7, 2019
The firm replied those requesting for White Paper on the same thread
Read and ask your questions we are not releasing whitepaper we are rendering our iBLedger Services as a Private Permissioned Blockchain so please read this. Its mainly all we would be putting out there and those written on the website. https://t.co/atenvlr1fT
— InksNation (@InksNation) November 7, 2019
The 12th of November is just six days away and as the CEO said, it is open to questioning.
Ethereum to be Marketed and Promoted by a DAO – Marketing DAO
Second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Ethereum will now be marketed like other blockchains in the industry.
The marketing of Ethereum will not be done by individuals rather a decentralized autonomous organisation – the Ethereum Marketing DAO.
Born in September, 2019 and launched one months later, the DAO is made up of like-minded individuals knowledgeable in marketing, communication, brand experts etc and they include ConsenSys advisor, Amanda Cassatt, Former ETH Foundation Advisor William Mougayar, etc
The Marketing DAO according to a medium post released by the organization was conceived to ensure the strengths, value propositions, and vision of Ethereum are well communicated and understood, despite its complexity.
As Ethereum is in an enviable position, it gets attacked by detractors, those spreading misinformation, it lacks an organized entity to respond to these misinformation thus a unified marketing organization is needed.
According to the Marketing DAO, Ethereum growth has been accomplished without a concerted effort to market the network by the Ethereum Foundation and now, it has grown to the point where there is a need to formalize and professionalize a set of marketing and communications activities to benefit its long-term position.
The best way to help advance and promote Ethereum was in the Ethereum way – through a DAO and in order to properly support the network and stakeholders, there is a need for a coordinated mechanism to empower funding and decision making in an efficient, fair and representative manner, Marketing DAO said.
The Marketing DAO said it will fork the Molock DAO as the DAO baseline and it will be used for implementation of its marketing activities.
Work has been ongoing for the past month through regular online and in-person meetings and planning sessions to lay the foundational elements for the DAO.
Its initial project including developing strong Ethereum positioning, getting to know its audience and establishing a strong ground presence.
Those currently working on the DAO include ConsenSys advisor and former CMO Amanda Cassatt, former Ethereum Foundation advisor and blockchain author William Mougayar, Darren Mills, MetaCartel DAO’s Alexandre Masmejean, EtherWorld Founder and Ethereum Cat Herder Pooja Ranjan, former Reuters Americas General Manager Saul Hudson, former ShapeShift CMO and current director at Wachsman Emily Coleman, Brendan Forster, Dave Craige, Ven Gist, James Ross Treacher, Manuel Gonzalez Alzuru, and Kris Jones — among over 50 others.
As at decentralized organization, Ethereum Marketing DAO calls on anyone to be a part of it either as a Funder, a Member and/a supporter.
Over $3bn Worth of Stellar Lumen Burnt, To End it’s Giveaway Program
Stellar has burnt 55 billions lumen from the total supply thus reducing the number of lumens in existence to 50 billions and giving an over 20% gains.
The burn were in two parts according to a statement published by Stellar. The first burn was from the Stellar Development Foundation SDF operating fund which previously held 17 billion Lumens. 5 billions lumen has been burned thus reducing the total SDF operating funds to 12 billions.
The remaining 50 billion lumen was burnt from the 68 billion lumen set aside for giveaway programs administered by the Stellar Development Foundation.
According to Stellar, it has decided to reduce the lumen allocations and to rededicate what remains to what it thinks Stellar needs most.
The reduction Stellar said, isn’t in any way a retreat from its mission, instead it’s an acknowledgement that (Stellar) owes to the ecosystem, the network and to itself, to be as efficient as possible in doing its job.
The burn linens was sent to the following Stellar Account.
Stellar also announced it will be terminating it’s World Giveaway Programs both for individuals airdrops and for the Stellar Partner Giveaway Programs – a program which it said was created at the beginning of the Stellar network inception.
Stellar said its very excited about renewed focus on the SDF and the transparency it will bring.
The 12 billion lumen remaining from the SDF Fund will targeted to an aggressive program of direct development and advocacy for Stellar. This will be escrowed and 3 billion XLM will be unlocked yearly for the next four years.
The purpose of the Stellar Development Foundation’s purpose is to make Stellar global payments standard and every dollar and lumen we have is dedicated to that end and we believe the number of Lumen we hold now aligns better with our mission. The SDF will nor burn any additional lumens, Stellar said.
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