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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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Market Retraces its Steps after Opening the Week with Green across the Market.

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The first day of the week just three days ago opened the week to a wide spread gains across the cryptocurrency market with Tron reporting the highest gains of over 9%. Today opens with significant losses that have wiped out the gains made in opening day of the week. Bitcoin is currently trading at a loss of 11.01% as at press time standing at $11,503. Total market capitalization sits at a $313 billion. Opening day of the week, it was at $327 billion

The second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization Ethereum is trading at $271 which is over $30 lower than its week opening price. It is currently reporting 11.94% loss. XRP of Ripple is trading at a negative of 15.79% as Litecoin is also a little below standing at loss of 14.59%. The price of XRP stands at $0.33 while Litecoin is just over $100.

Tron which recorded the highest gains in the opening day of the week is reporting an astonishing 16.56% loss with Bitcoin SV, the embattled Bitcoin fork showing 18.56% in red. Top loser on today is EOS which is trading at $4.66 with a market capitilization of $3.9 billion but suffering a loss of 20.13%. Bitcoin cash is at 18.48% red trading at $339.29.

Tether the stablecoin positioned at number 8 by marketcap is stable at $1 but reports a 0.06% red which should be normal as it is of course a stable coin.

The industry continues at grow and thrive with the reported achievements of Blockstack to conduct a SEC compliant token sales, the market normally responds favorably to such news. While its is normal for the market to step back a bit after an upward surge, could this be the result of the 7300s BTC dumped on Binance?

We can only look at the charts and open our ears to hear positive news. And by the way, Bitcoin has increased in dominance to 65.4% as against its week opening dominance of 62.1%.

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Bitfinex’s LEO Smart Contract Unusual Code: An Intentional Move to Defraud?

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A software “Bug” was discovered recently in the Bitfinex Smart Contract for its LEO token. The bug grants any holder of the LEO token unusual levels of administrative privilegdes. Such priviledges are entirely unusual, though errors in smart contracts has been seen before, this is the first time these types of concerns has been raised concerning smart contracts codes.

Softwares are always with bugs. No matter how much care is put into writing the codes and rechecking, codes are written by humans who unintentionally make mistake. Mistakes which could cause untold damages financially and in other areas of life. In financial applications or softwares, one tiny vulnerability could allow bad actors to take undue advantages of systems and do what they are good for. Damage.

The Bitfinex ERC-20 smart contract code contains permission to enable owners of the Token to mint unlimited new tokens, they also have to ability to delete tokens of other people both in their personal wallets irrespective of the type of wallet. LEO owners are empowered via the vulnerability in the Bitfinex smart contract code to delete anyone’s coins both in centralized and decentralized exchanges.

Bitfinex, one of the world top cryptocurrency exchange was in the news some months ago and for a long time now owing to its shady behaviours as an exchange and also by its relationship to the stable coin Tether (USDT). Owing to financial challenges it was having since its funds were frozen, the embattled cryptocurrency exchange decided to host an Initial Exchange Offering were it aimed at raising xx billion dollars. A move which saw some reactions, however, the exchange later announced it has raised sufficient funds via other means and thus there will be no public sales of the LEO tokens.

In a tweet by the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether Paolo Ardoino, which was a reply to the call out made on the Bitfinex exchange, it appears this “bug” wasn’t in fact one rather it was coded into the contract with Paolo saying “For security and future reasons we left the ability to upgrade the Token Contract. That’s really a key feature for a contract that might live lot of years. Minting more tokens would not just make sense for Finex…like shooting our foot.”

In reaction to this, some twitter users were expressing their opinion on the issue.

https://twitter.com/will_harborne/status/1146507539170897920

 

With its reputation in times past, the Bitfinex exchange has a whole lot to contend with at this time however, this revelation presents an important reminder to everyone in cryptospace to not just Trust but Verify.

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Tron (TRX) Accepted by Travala.com To Be Used for Booking in Over 500,000 Hotels

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Tron (TRX) is the 10th cryptocurrency to be adopted by hotel booking platform, Travala. Before now, Travala had been accepting coins like; Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, XRP, Nanos, BNB, AVA, DGB, Doge, EOS, TUSD, XLM. It also accepts PayPal, VISA and Mastercard. As travel platform, Travala aims at merging decentralised technologies and tokenized incentive structures to make booking easy for travelers.

Travala.com, a reputable blockchain travel platform, dedicated to revitalizing the yet to come travel industry. Established in the year 2017, it now  boasts of 567,928 properties in 210 countries across the globe, with over 82,000 destination coverage. 

Travala.com as of yesterday declared that its clients can now make payments with Tron (TRX) token in over 550,000 hotels across the world with an added discount of 15% for every transaction performed with the token.

According to Travala.com their customers are to use TRX to book 550,000+ hotels worldwide with an average saving of 15% on http://Travala.com and the customers can get further savings up to 10% off the already amazing prices with our SMART program.

While the other coins listed above like Bitcoin, BNB, Nano, etc have been enjoying this privilege for some time now, it is coming new for Tron, and this can be taken as an added advantage for the cryptocurrency. Unlike every other blockchain technology, every moment of Tron (TRX) is filled with exciting news. The quality and potential of any cryptographic project in the space is determined by the adoptions and partnerships it gets.

As a means to echoing the success of Tron, Misha Lederman, a well-known member of the Tronix team, had once related that Tron has produced more blocks than Ethereum. According to Lederman, “Tron has produced 8.3 million blocks since its independence in June 2018 and Ethereum, on the other hand, despite its longevity, has only produced 7.5 million blocks since July 2015.”

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IOST Records  More Transactions than Ethereum One Month After Mainnet Launch

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IOST is an application-friendly next generation public blockchain network which is reported to be the first platform to launch an application-ready mainnet which features multiple live DApps (Decentralized Applications). IOST project’s software modules, as claimed by the management team, have been implemented using blockchain technology and they provide “secure and reliable data” as they “prevent tampering by third parties.” and thus, the IOST platform having been built on public blockchain infrastructure, allows “decentralized application developers overcome some of the most challenging problems with mass adoption.”

IOST is one of the most scalable blockchain networks. Although, its design principles are similar to some of the other leading dApp creation platforms, it has its own consensus protocol, known as “proof-of-believability.” Notably, the programming languages and development environments supported by the various dApp deployment platforms are a lot different from each other such as Ethereum, Tron, EOS, NEO etc. as each use different consensus algorithms such as proof-of-work (PoW), proof-of-stake (PoS), delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS), and delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (dBFT).

According to a news outlet, On April 6th, 2019,”the IOST network reportedly processed more transactions than Ethereum ( ETH ). Noting that Ethereum is the world’s largest blockchain-based platform for deploying decentralized applications (dApps), however, “IOST was able to register 580,231 transactions on its network while Ethereum only managed to log 558,272 transactions on the same day (April 6th).”

As contained in IOST’s press release, the smart contract development platform has achieved the following after “the first month of its mainnet launch:”

  • Registered [over] 213,000 live accounts on its network, with an average of 15,000 wallets added per day
  • Launched 9 dApps, including 6 games (one of which hit 700 million IOST tokens in a single day) and a USD-pegged stablecoin
  • Been listed and traded on 26 exchanges
  • Processed more than 25 million transactions, including a peak of 580,231 transactions per day
  • Brought more than 100 partners and developers onboard to build the IOST ecosystem, all partners totalling to more than 200 today

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