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Lagos BlockChain Meet: Education Drives Adoption

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A Blockchain meetup was held on the 28th of April, 2018 and Munachi Ogueke, the CEO of Cryset was the convener of the event. Cryset, is a blockchain company that builds software and partners with blockchain startups looking to extend their market and product reach to Africa. Munachi was full of excitement as the event commenced. Interestingly, he gave the opening talk in the first session and he spoke about the technology and how it works; how it gives us sovereignty, power and control of our wealth, identity and gives us the ability to do whatever we want with it. 

The overall purpose of the meetup had two major agenda’s. The first was to discuss the blockchain technology and how it can be effectively used in the various sector of the economy. The second was to grow the blockchain community in Nigeria through education and awareness. This focuses on breaking the notion that people are in the space just to buy when the market is bearish and sell when the market is bullish” more or less in for the profit and not the technology itself.

The meetup which had over 60 people in attendance, was graced with the presence of blockchain experts, investors, developers, enthusiast and general observers such as Chris Ani, founder of Digital abundance, Bashir Aminu, the Founder of Ven Hub, Ogundele Mayowa, CEO Agroplexi, Kelechi Onwurah, CEO Crypstone to mention a few. 

Chris Ani, who spoke on the topic: “How can Nigeria apply the Blockchain to improve governance” extensively explained how the technology can be integrated into the various sectors of the economy. Sectors which he mentions were agriculture, where it can be used for food authenticity and verification. The process would track the farm products, thereby making it easy for consumers and the relevant authorities to track the source of its consumables.

He also spoke about the Education as the key to massive adoption and the creation of an enabling environment by the government for the technology to thrive.

 

THE PANELIST SESSION

The first panellist session focused on the integration of blockchain in the agricultural sector with the topic: Improving Africa’sAgriculture and food industry with the blockchain. The overview of the conversation spanned across a few agricultural firms that were represented and the major issue discussed was how the technology can be deployed and integrated into the sector and how farmers could benefit from its use. Ogundele Mayowa- Agroplexi, Olufemi Adeneka-Circular Feed, Oluwakorede Moshood – Comestibles, Yemi Pedro- Farmovo were amongst the panellist.

The second panellist spoke on discussed on the topic “can Blockchain Improve Africa’s financial inclusion crisis.” the panellist included Ejemai Joseph CEO of Stach, Kelechi Onwurah CEO of Crypstone, Eseoghene Mentie a representative from Uport, and Ruth Iselema CEO of Bitmama. they spoke extensively on practical approaches that can be preferred to the African financial crises. Ejemai Joseph believes that “the blockchain is more about community and innovation. people need to be well educated beyond airdrops and holding that’s why we created a platform where people can understand the blockchain technology.”

 

When asked how Uport can bring their identity feature to the layman’s understanding? Eseoghene Mentie described Uport as  “decentralized and self-sovereign built on the Ethereum blockchain. what this means is that your identity will be built on the blockchain and it will include all data about you such as your name, your financial identity, and all your transactions. this means when you lose any information of yours, it is kept safe on the blockchain”

There was also a firebrand chat on EOS Akintunde, who was grilled with various questions from the audience  on EOS software and how fast the currency is rising in the market.  YellowCard product Demo was played and some participants got some free bitcoins. Finally, blockchain lawyer faith Obafemi talked on the regulations for Nigerian Blockchain startups. She gave a legal definition on virtual currencies, spoke on legal standards, risk management standards and exchange rates.

 

Largely, the meet up was a success, brought cryptopreneurs together, and gave crypto newbies an idea of what cryptocurrency and what the blockchain technology is all about and it is a buildup of what we anticipate in the crypto space.

 

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Report: EOS Loses 400,000 EOS Due to Security Glitches

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The crypto market has been bearish for some time now and a lot of tokens have had their fair share of dips. Likewise, EOS has also experienced quite a dip. However, it may seem that EOS is not suffering losses from the bearish market alone but has also experienced significant losses due to some security glitches. These issues have led to the loss of 400,000 EOS which is about $200,000, at the time of writing.

However, a report from Peckshield revealed that EOS ecosystem has been suffering from some security glitches. There were many loopholes at the early stages of the dApp ecosystem right from its launch in June as it took awhile for the system to go live. EOS, however, made a fast growth in the blockchain market attracting billions of dollars worth of investment as well as building over 200 dApps and carrying out as much as 600 million transactions.

Despite the numbers that EOS was cashing in, it had underlying problems. For one, its security issues can be traced back as far as July when a dApp, Werewolf game fell victim to an overflow attack.  EOS also had a very large number of gaming apps launched on its platform. The platform is popularly known ‘ETHEREUM KILLER’ recorded $1 million in august ABOUT $360,00 more than the drops of Ethereum. However, more attacks s

One of the gaming dApps on  EOS, EOSBet was faced with a RAM devour problem in August. The report, however, reveals that as time goes on, more attacks are likely to occur “due to the negligence of dApp developers.” The report also reveals that most of the glitches the EOS ecosystem suffered from after November were loopholes that weren’t addressed earlier in the ecosystem.

Also, the report unveiled that while the EOS blockchain ecosystem boasts of 200 dApps and more than 500,000 users, only 180,000 are active out of 500,000 accounts. The report states that while 120,000 are group control accounts active users on the platform are less than implied as there are more than 200,000 silent accounts.

However some researchers such as Guo Yonggang believe the attacks may be from external forces not related to the blockchain itself, he suggests cyberattack groups. However, the report noted that “The better way is for developers to build their own early warning platform. The benefit is that it can be implemented. Monitoring, as soon as the alarm sounds, immediately turn the game off.”



 

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Jumia Partners with Blockchain Based Company to Provide Better Service

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The face of e-commerce in Africa is about to experience a dramatic change. All thanks to a collaboration between Japan-based blockchain telecoms platform provider, Telcoin and top online e-commerce marketplace, Jumia. The partnership was born out of a need to increase the quantity and quality of goods and services purchased on Jumia’s platform. The e-commerce company with a presence in over 15 African countries is seeking to tap into the blockchain technology to deliver efficient services to customers.

The duo will be kick-starting with a  partnership that will commence in Nigeria. The West African country seems to be a hub for e-commerce and the partnership will help Jumia add value to its cross-border transactions. Ms Lee-Ann Cassie, the Head of Africa for Telcoin explained that the firm would be working to increase the sales traffic and transactions from Nigerians in the Diaspora as well as increasing and adding value to e-commerce transactions within the country.

Telcoin is focused on creating a mobile cryptocurrency solution that would connect with global mobile networks and enable the ease of converting cash on mobile money, prepaid credit, and post-paid billing platforms. Telcoin aims to utilise existing mobile network providers, to give people access to needed financial services that include e-commerce, online remittances and payments.

The Chief Executive Officer for Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah explained the partnership saying: “We’re excited, to say the least, about our partnership with Telcoin, because we believe this will have a huge impact on our commitment to improving the lives of Africans through the internet, helping them to save time and money. She also explained that the firm aims to provide services to Nigerians in the Diaspora who want to convert their digital currency to shopping vouchers on their platform.  She added, “We rely on and trust Telcoin to facilitate the currency conversion since digital currency is, in the interim, not a payment method on Jumia.”

 

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India Has the Highest Number of Blockchain Developers Second to the USA

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India is carving a name for itself in the blockchain space, and this time, the Asian country is producing manpower. A market analysis has revealed that India has the highest number of blockchain developers in the world coming second place to the United States, beating Canada, the UK, and France. The analysis was carried out by Dappros a UK-based blockchain consultancy firm. The results revealed that there’s an estimation of a total of 12,509 developers in India who work with Ethereum (2,381), Solidity (1,432), Blockchain (19,627) and Hyperledger (1,579).

Although, the total estimated number of developers conflicted with the figures when separated into individual disciplines. The firm claimed that there is a difficulty in the analysis pegging an accurate number due to the fact that the data was collated from “open sources such as Linkedin”. While it is a great deal that India is moving up in the rank, Dappros still feels that there is a “need” for more blockchain developers. The firm explained in an accompanying article that there is an overall skilled labor deficit within the industry.

However, there is still a high demand for blockchain skills. Upwork, a freelance employment website in its third quarterly index of the 20 hottest job skills revealed that job postings for workers with blockchain skills have grown this year. Earlier on, the website revealed that the demand for blockchain technologists came in second place behind those with skills in robotics. On the other hand, Bitcoin cryptocurrency developers came in third place for freelance skills in Upwork’s previous quarterly report, however, it has dropped out of the top 20 job skills list.

Blockchain developers in high-tech regions such as Silicon Valley earn as much as $163,000; in New York City, they can earn as much as $150,000. The demand for blockchain developers is still concentrated in high-tech regions.

 

 

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Nigeria’s Presidential Aspiriant Eyes blockchain Technology Ahead of 2019 Elections

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Nigeria is yet to have policies governing the blockchain technology. Although law makers met early in the year to contemplate on the blockchain, policies are yet to be made. However, the Presidential Candidate Of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar unveiled his campaign policy document on Sunday. He revealed his Plans to create policies that would embrace the Blockchain and cryptocurrency if he is elected President in 2019.

Atiku’scampaign policy document tagged ‘Get Nigeria Working Again’ was released by his Presidential Campaign Organization. Atiku, who is a former Vice President of Nigeria identifies the need for the creation of  “a Comprehensive Policy On Blockchain Technology And Cryptocurrencies.” Although Nigeria is one of the top users of cryptocurrencies in Africa, with the west African country ranking 7th out of 178 countries likely to adopt Bitcoin by the Bitcoin Market Potential Index (BMPI) by the London School of Economics. However, it’s lawmakers are yet to decide what to do with the technology.

2019 presidential aspirant, Atiku reveals through his policy document that he aims to bring more to the economy through the blockchain. He revealed that to build the economy, he would build a  knowledge-based economy powered By ICT. He stated, “My mission is to ensure that Nigeria’s economy is responsive to
the challenges of the 21st century
knowledge economy by keeping with
the amazingly dynamic technological pace.” He believes that if ICT literacy is encouraged from Early school programmes up to adult education, Nigerian youths can awaken their entrepreneurial spirit.

Cryptoprenuers in Nigeria are constantly frustrated by the lack of regulatory frameworks. Also the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its stringent policy has lead to cryptoprenuers seeking a more favourable frameworks. Despite the warnings of the CBN about investing in cryptocurrency in March, Nigerians are still investing in digital currencies. Atiku’s policy document reveals that there are plans to integrate the blockchain technology to the Nigerian economy. Hopefully, more Nigerian and African politicians will begin to make plans towards a blockchain oriented future.

 

 

 

 

 

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