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Governments In Africa Will Welcome Blockchain Technology – Lucky Uwakwe

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Lucky Uwakwe shares his views on African governments and Blockchain adoption with Cryptotvplus.

It is no news that a lot of enthusiasts in the blockchain space only show commitment to the projects they handle or the ones which give them maximum returns. It is not everyday you get to meet an enthusiast in the space who is quite passionate about getting the government on board this moving train.

Interestingly, in a recent article published by CryptoTVPlus, some African governments are already piqued by blockchain.

However, Lucky Uwakwe is positive that all African governments will finally come to terms with the versatility of the blockchain in the nearest future.

Here is an overview of the conversation we had with Lucky Uwakwe:

In your own words, what would you say blockchain is?

Blockchain is a persistent record of ownership transfer, that is publicly available for examination by all aspects of people. It is permission less to use and no trust is required toward any third party when using it. It is immutable.

In a few words tell us about your journey into the fast emerging Technology. When, how and through what means did you hear about Blockchain and Cryptocurrency? 

I learnt about bitcoin and blockchain from research in the CYPHERPUNK community,  during an online research in 2008, but I never fully grasp the importance until about 2010/2011 with bitcoin and the Mt gox exchange (magic the gathering of exchange)  after that I use to read Vitalik Buterin(ethereum founder)  Articles on bitcoin blockchain back then, when he was a writer on bitcoin

In what areas of blockchain are you most passionate?   

Education and Consulting with Service of smooth user friendly digital exchange.

What is your product all about? What challenges or problems have you identified? How will your innovation use the blockchain to solve these problems? 

CURRENTLY as I speak, we see that some countries in the world especially in Africa buy digital asset at a premium, and pay higher fee which is higher than some region. Another problem Fiat based crypto exchange is different and crypto- crypto exchange is also different.

We have built a solution to cover all that, making it easier for people to trade and convert over 200 crypto to crypto , or crypto to fiat,  all in one place. also transfer in the exchange is free, from OTC fiat section  to the crypto exchange of our exchange, we even do free deposit fee, and our withdrawal fee is lesser than what is currently available in many exchange in the world.

We have exactly combine liquidity of Huobi which is one of the top three crypto to crypto exchange in the world, but we have added easy fiat for African and have open African customers to the rest of the world. With our partnership with Huobi cloud, security is paramount. we are called SaBi, we provide users across the globe to either use our Crypto to crypto or fiat to crypto,  we have open a continent to the rest of the world, so customers in other continents can trade with other continents including Africa. All in one place.

What milestones do you hope to accomplish in the coming years in the Blockchain Industry?

To see that government Across Africa welcome blockchain technology and digital currency, and to ensure we have a strong community of women and house wives who are professional traders on SaBi making a living to support there family and the continent at large. So that they can become independent.

Our goal is to see that we return 30-60% profit made from SaBi exchange back to our active users and the community to support poor African community, lacking basics facilities like Schools,clean water, hospital and food. This we will do through SaBi exchange with our partnership from Huobi cloud

How is your Project contributing to creating blockchain awareness and in turn Mass Adoption?

My company has been at the fore front of positive awareness with the government and community across Africa and beyond, a simple google search of my name Lucky Uwakwe  will show quite a lot,  but as a company we continue to create a cooperate awareness with institution making our authority responsible for enacting laws that will shape the future of Blockchain in our continent.

Tell us about your project team? How did you come about the team? How do you  inspire them to give their best? 

I actually don’t inspire my team, my team inspire me. They are the best brain out there, why tell the best what to do? Rather they inspire me and we work towards a common goal. Currently my team have been one of the best to work with in one project,  my project team members are from or based in China, Canada, Singerpore, Japan , Nigeria and Taiwan.

Most of them have over 3-10years+ background in Tech, Finance and Wall Street and Blockchain space. My Nigerian based team all have experience in the Blockchain space,  I am a certified cryptocurrency specialist (C.C.S) and still current  MSc in Digital currency and Blockchain Technology at the University of Nicosia Cyprus.

My Co-founder Mr. Peter Huang is a Chinese with experience Tech and Engineering company, from Beijing China, my Designer Kayode Iyanu owns SirfiTech in Nigeria capital city and the entire team of Huobicloud in Asia are working with us, from Mr. David Chen a Canadian, Mr. Jack Lee in  Shenzhen china , Mrs. Margaret Tang,  all from Huobi cloud, we have a rich diverse team across the world and many more working behind the scene working to see SaBi meet every standard before we Lunch by February 2019.

Mr Lucky Uwakwe is the Co Founder of Cheetah Africa.

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Do Crypto Movies Really Educate?  

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Cryptocurrencies have come to stay and have found a way into the entertainment industry. Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2009, getting cryptocurrencies to go mainstream has been the aim of crypto and blockchain enthusiasts. A huge breakthrough has been made over the years with Bitcoin finding its way into the Merriam Webster Scrabble dictionary. Asides this, a couple of businesses now accept bitcoin. The importance of the media in creating awareness cannot be overemphasized. Now, the question revolves around whether crypto related movies have any positive impact on adoption or awareness.
A lot of documentaries have been made on cryptocurrencies since the inception of Bitcoin. The movie ‘Banking on Bitcoin’ is a documentary released in 2014 which explains the disruption bitcoin can bring into the financial system. The great thing about these movies is that they spend time educating people on different aspects of cryptocurrency. “Bitcoin in Uganda – Empowering people” is a 5 minutes crypto documentary created in 2018. This documentary shows the real power of cryptocurrency in remittances and cross-border transactions.
While most of these crypto movies are not mainstream, they do a lot in explaining the power of digital currencies. These documentaries chose different aspects of digital currency and focus on revealing more details about them. In fact, Bitcoin Big Bang, a 104-minute screen piece gives details on the Mt.Gox hack. The story focuses on the arrest of Mark Karpales, the CEO of Mt. Gox in Tokyo after the exchange was hacked and about 850,000 Bitcoins was reportedly stolen. The importance of documentaries such as this cannot be overemphasized

Going Mainstream Media With Crypto
Although there are a lot of low budget documentaries on cryptocurrency, high budget movies are beginning to spring up. ‘Deep Web’, a documentary about Ross Ulbricht trial on Silk Road had a budget of about $80,000 which was raised through Kickstarter. TV Shows such as Billions have episodes dedicated to cryptocurrency.
In fact, Dope is one of the first movies to accept Bitcoin. The movie which had a budget of $7,000,000 was the first movie to accept Bitcoin, this was due to a partnership between GoCoin, Lionsgate and Movie Tickets. Partnerships such as these go a long way to push crypto education mainstream. Also Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Crypto’ was released in April 2019, however, it was a movie about money laundering which involves crypto.

Is Crypto the Big Bad Wolf
As more movies begin to talk about cryptocurrency, the question remains if these movies are for crypto education or just on the move to portray crypto in a bad light. Crypto, the movie which features Beau Knapp and Kurt Russel promises to be a movie about digital currencies or is it? While many have praised the movie for the talent of the actors, a lot of persons are not so pleased with the script with many accusing it of scaring people away from Bitcoin.
Typical of every money laundering or compliance movie, the Russians are always the bad guys. However, does this movie portray crypto as a means of payment which is secure and fast or is it just an easy way for laundering money? While Hollywood still has a long way to go in crypto education and awareness, they must be praised for paying attention to details. From the representation of Ledger’s Nano in Billions to Crypto featuring images of a cryptocurrency exchange called Cryptocurrency market, progress is being made. However, anyone looking for cryptocurrency education will do well not to rely totally on these Hollywood movies.
This is why we have decided at Cryptotvplus to take it a step further at educating the populace on Crypto, its impact and what the future holds. Cryptotvplus will be reeling out interesting short movies bothering on crypto where anyone whether you understand the intricacies of cryptocurrencies or not will not only be educated but also become more than a spectator by participating in this revolutionary shift in the evolution of money and global finance. More on this in my next piece.

What topics or areas in Crypto would you like to see a short film done? Do you have any title in mind? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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Digital Assets Exchange Luno Launches Cryptocurrency Literacy Tour For Varsities in Nigeria

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Owenize Odia, Country Manager for Luno Nigeria facilitating a session at the recently launched Cryptocurrency literacy Tour for Universities by Luno

Luno has kicked off its cryptocurrency adoption program for Nigerian universities dubbed “Cryptocurrency Literacy Tour for Universities” launching out with the University of Lagos as the first of a series of tour where it will go about canvassing for the favourable adoption of cryptocurrency through knowledge in 6 Nigerian universities.

Luno, an exchange based off of South Africa was launched in 2013. It has since continued its growth trajectory by adding new users across 40 countries spanning more than 4 continents. It presently boasts of up to 3 million registered users across its platform with Nigeria as one of its biggest market.

Speaking on this development, Owenize Odia, the Country Manager for Luno said:

We are committed to educating our customers given the nature of the market and the tendency for people to fall into the wrong hands while online

With its debut tour kicking off in Unilag and having 300 youths in attendance, Luno is clearly taking the charge to bringing about perceptual shift and a favorable disposition towards cryptocurrencies which it says has not been properly understood. Through its representative Odia, it argues that the current financial systems was built for a non-digital age, ignoring the needs of the modern individual. Citing on the decentralized nature of a peer to peer digital currency like the bitcoin, it is not dependent on any central government or authority as obtainable with fiat.

She continued by saying

We are contributing by investing heavily into our Luno Learning Portal, which helps the public, the media, and other stakeholders educate themselves about the facts, opportunities, and risks in the cryptocurrency market,

In her post on LinkedIn, Odia assured the participants and other stakeholders that Luno would continue to focus on awareness initiatives such as this in Nigeria and Africa at large, thereby providing a reliable platform where just about anyone can visit either buy or sell cryptocurrencies.

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AfricaBlockchainUG19 Conference Launches

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Scheduled to Hold on the 3rd & 4th July by the BlockchainaUG’s Kwame Rugunda

The AfricaBlockchainUG19 Conference recently launched by the Blockchain Association of Ugandan’s Chairman Kwame Rugunda and some strategic partners is scheduled to hold in Kampala on the 3rd and 4th of July, 2019 according to a Tweet. This conference is expected to assist the Africa continent in tapping into the vast opportunities from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The conference according to data on the blockchain Uganda’s website featured will accommodate about 3000 delegates, 50 speakers and feature at least one Tech Expo. The conference is focused on Blockchain Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, Drones technology, and Big Data.

The Blockchain Association of Uganda, BAU which is based in Kampala, Uganda is a membership organization that consists of individuals & organizations that are interested in promoting blockchain related technologies and capabilities.

The 2018 edition tagged “The Role of Blockchain Technology in Africa’s Transformation” featured key speakers such as the President of Uganda Yoweri K. Museveni, Former President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, CEO of Binance Changpeng Zhao, the Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Tumusiime- Mutebile.

Meanwhile, this conference is coming at a time just after the Blockchain Africa Ladies Conference in Lagos, Nigeria which saw the attendance of speakers travel  from the world coming over in April 2019 and its Second edition which will be holding in Ghana within the same quarter.

Uganda is one of the fastest blockchain growing nations in Africa and this can be attributed to the reception of the technology by the President as against those of other Africa countries. This reception is evident in the acceptance and activities of Top Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance in the Country.

More so, Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and currently home to over 45 million citizens which is an increase of 3.27% from the previous year of which 17.5% are urban dwellers. The population Density in the country is rated at 229 per kilometer square with a land area of 77,147sq miles.

Tickets are currently on sale on the website and it can be purchased here to secure a sit at the AfricaBlockchainUG19 Conference.

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2020 Blockchain Revolution: Industries Will Fully Adopt The Technology

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2020 Blockchain Revolution: Industries Will Fully Adopt The Technology

In a previous article, I did well to highlight a few important areas where Blockchain technology will affect predominantly in 2020.
Also, I have written another article which lists the interesting industry applications of blockchain Technology that will inspire adoption in 2020.

BLOCKCHAIN IN INDUSTRIES

1. Finance

Over a thousand and one financial sectors have already keyed into the use of blockchain-based applications to facilitate, protect and automate their operations and functions. among others, IBM is cooperating with the government in Dubai and they are currently delivering smart contracts that can optimize traffic in maritime goods flowing through the emirate’s port.

It is now no more rumors that the Financial institutions in Dubai are to transfer their transactions to the blockchain by 2020.

2. Voting System

As I write, a company has tested the blockchain system with a few private elections. Estonia also adopted blockchain, for all transactions or vote, when recorded on the blockchain, it’s close to impossible to hack or modify.

Blockchain enables for innovative anti-fraud algorithms in the process of voting. we expect that by 2020, there would be a major change to voting with the application to blockchain technology.

3. Real Estate

Many predictions have been made by experts that contracts which define blockchain-based property lease will begin to come into existence by 2020. The efforts of blockchain technology will be well felt in real estate in the incoming year.

4. Publication or Content Distribution

Blockchain will be most applicable in the publication and content distribution sectors. Blockchain allows the content writer/publisher/artist to make available their content be it music or written, directly on the blockchain which makes it accessible to every end-user connected to the blockchain.
TRON, emerging technology on the blockchain has fueled this concept and has created a decentralized entertainment eco-system.

In the coming year, blockchain will be applied in content distribution prompting artists and content creators to earn royalties on their products for as long as possible without even committing to a particular record label. brand independence.

5.SCM ( Supply Chain Management )

This is one among the list of industries where blockchain will make its advances felt by 2020. Supply chain management is a huge and tedious process. The use of blockchain technology in SCM can make it simple with less or no issues.

The above-discussed concepts have strongly portrayed that blockchain is gonna be the stem of the ever-growing digital world by 2020. So, Hopefully, there will be tremendous changes in countries, industries, businesses, etc and that could be made by blockchain technology.

Stay tuned with us to get much more interesting aspects of the blockchain space!

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