The Africa blockchain space is evolving fast to reach their international counterparts and this is commendable. So far, there are some Africa countries that have been steadily creating awareness of the cryptocurrency and blockchain movement in the continent. Acceptance of cryptocurrency, creating innovative hubs and business around cryptocurrency and blockchain is already been done by some of these countries.
In this article, we will be looking at some top African countries to do blockchain and cryptocurrency business
Kenya, the silicon savannah of Africa is one of the principal pioneers of blockchain innovations in Africa and using the blockchain as a tool for solving key problems in Kenya.
The Kenya government in 2018 launched a task force community to look into cryptocurrency and blockchain and come up with a roadmap that could be adopted.
Blockchain has been used to solve major problems in Kenya. Some of which is the issue of land grabbing – Kenya came to the technological spotlight after the launch of Mpesa, a phone-based money transfer which started in 2007 launched by Safaricom – Tanzania’s and Kenya largest mobile network operators.
Although there has been a significant lack of regulatory clarity around emerging technologies in Kenya however it is one of the countries that are friendly to blockchain and cryptocurrency in Africa and currently support blockchain and cryptocurrency innovations and business.
Nigeria is also a very friendly African country to do blockchain and cryptocurrency related business. Nigeria houses some of the biggest blockchain companies in Africa and tech hubs in the continent such as the Blockchain tech hub, the brains behind one of the popularly known multi-wallet “Satowallet”. Another hub is the Kurecoinhub behind Kurepay wallet. Nigeria is known to be a fertile land for investment in Africa however, the federal government is not throwing much of their weight behind blockchain and cryptocurrency but the bull is being taken by the horn by some of the country’s cryptoprenuers making strides in the blockchain space.
There are quite a number of blockchain and cryptocurrency master class, blockchain conferences, meet up pouring out of Nigeria where people are educated about blockchain and cryptocurrency. Millions of dollars are made in Nigeria from cryptocurrency trading making Nigeria a good destination to start a bitcoin wallet, trading and exchange businesses.
Corruption is fought in South Africa via the decentralized ledger technology and currently one of the first African countries to pitch a blockchain business with a lot of blockchain companies. Attention was given to the country when the South Africa reserve bank made decisions to start experimenting with cryptocurrency token for transactions. Some of the biggest blockchain companies are found in South Africa so when looking for the next place to start a blockchain business you should consider South Africa.
Another Africa countries to consider to start a blockchain business is Ghana; Ghana is home to Bitland – a leading land registry platform. Ghana is making headway and she is welcoming innovators, startups to come and pitch their blockchain projects. So if you are in West Africa or outside Africa, you can look into making Ghana your destination for a blockchain business.
Uganda is fast growing itself as a go-to blockchain destination in the continent. The country has commendably progressed in the last decade, technologically-speaking, and its push into blockchain technology is proof. Recently, Carico Café Connoisseur announced that it had started using blockchain technology in its coffee supply.
Not so far, Binance – which has been by far one of the biggest crypto company globally has set up its operations in Uganda as announced by its CEO. Also, the government of Uganda is working on introducing regulations to govern cryptocurrencies as said by Uganda’s minister of finance.
On a final note, there are other Africa countries that also utilize and embrace blockchain and cryptocurrency like Zimbabwe, Tanzania etc. So if you are looking for friendly African countries for your cryptocurrency and blockchain business, you should consider either of the above-listed countries.
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Cardano to Release Version 1.6 of Its Software Product In A Few Days – Charles Hoskinson
We are shipping the version 1.6 update over the next few days tweeted CEO of Cardano Charles Hoskinson. In the tweet, Charles also requested for some “screenshots” of the new Daedalus and users’ comments on the product whether they like it or not.
Praising the team Cardano team, the Charles Hoskinson said lot of work went into this release and he is extremely proud of the team.
Daedalus is an extensive open source cryptocurrency and highly secure wallet for the Ada cryptocurrency.
It is built with web technologies and features unlimited accounting with advanced security.
We are shipping the 1.6 Cardano update over the next few days. Send me some screenshots of the new Daedalus and let me know if you like it. A lot of great work went into this release and I'm extremely proud of the team
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) August 13, 2019
Charles formerly was worked in Ethereum as a Co-founder is moved to Cardano where he is building ground breaking innovations using blockchain technology.
Cardano according to the IOHK website is a blockchian platform with more advanced features that any protocol yet developed, and the first to evolve out of a scientific philosophy.
Launched in 2017, Cardano is a product of IOHK created using the Haskell code, a technology firm committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to billions of unbanked individuals all over the world.
It prides itself as a decentralized company that loves innovative teams forming and executing ideas that cause “cascading disruption“.
Cardano’s protocol is designed towards protecting privacy rights of users, while also taking into account the needs of regulators. It is the a blockchain platform with more advanced features than any protocol yet developed by a large team of experts engineers and researchers from various field.
Did the Binance Breach Really Occur, And Who is to Blame if it Did?
On August 7, Binance is the world largest cryptocurrency exchange as at today (based on its 24hrs trade volume), was reported to have been hacked. This was said to have occurred when an unscrupulous person had gained access to a massive chunk of the Exchangers Know Your Customer (KYC) data. The hacker was reported to have demanded 300 Bitcoins (which is worth approximately $3.5 million as at the time of this report) after gaining access to about 10,000 personal photos from the Exchanger’s website, threatening to release all the data at his disposal.
It is noteworthy to state that the perpetrator of this hack had set up a couple of dedicated telegram groups where he was said to have allegedly released these sensitive materials. Although the group has since shut down permanently, the Exchanger had taken drastic measures to nail any further moves by other miscreants. However, seeing that there were no digital watermarks, there are no doubts regarding the authenticity of this material. The Binance security team had a follow up with an official statement:
“At the present time, no evidence has been supplied that indicates any KYC images have been obtained from Binance, as these images do not contain the digital watermark imprinted by our system.”
The CEO of Binance sent out a tweet:
yes, old news, different spin. https://t.co/2B1WdOxqdc
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) August 7, 2019
The cryptocurrency Exchanger had claimed that all the images that have been released so far could be dated back to February and that this stunt was simply old news with a new spin, a time when the Exchanger was still making use of third party service to be able to provide KYC services. The Exchange had also tried to get the supposed perpetrator to disclose how he gained access to pull off the breach or give any irrefutable evidence to his claims, instead, he simply continued to demand 300BTC which further leads us to believe that this might have just been a bluff
Surveyors Make a Move For the Integration of Blockchain Technology in Real Estates
Professionals in the real estate sector, have begun to make moves to implement the application of the blockchain technology to advance transparency and speed of transaction between clients and practitioners in the field.
According to them, the implementation of this technology would go a long way in enhancing transparency, low level of liquidity in the sector, amongst other benefits.
The blockchain technology also referred to as the decentralised ledger technology (DLT), is characterized by a time-stamped series of an immutable record of data that is managed by so many computers around the world not owned by any single entity. Cryptographic principles are being used to enable the security of each block and data in the system.
Speaking at its Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Nigeria Group, in their second continuous professional development series titled, ‘Blockchain: The brick & mortar of its growth in today’s world’, the Managing Partner, Blockchain Asset Management, Deji Soetan clearly stated that the blockchain technology being a disruptive technology gradually gaining ground in today’s world presents the real estate sector with limitless possibilities in the real estate sector.
According to a news report by The Guardian, he also made reference to other aspects of the technology, such as smart contracts which could eliminate the cases of frauding of property owners. He said that the technology has created the possibility of linking digital ownership of documents, properties and contracts to the blockchain, laying emphasis on the fact that when all of these have been linked to the blockchain there is no chance of any form of alteration.
Soetan also made mention of the fact that this technology would soon gain notoriety even in the least expected industries. He further explained that transactions on the system are verifiable as every who including those who are part of the network and those who are not can have access to the open ledger and that every transaction can be traced right back to its origin.
“Within the context of payments, introduction of smart contracts into blockchain real estate ledgers and transactions have clear potential in streamlining various real estates processes, such as releasing apartment ownership, or rental documents upon completion of a crypto-currency transfer. One important area where it would be used is in the speed of transaction because nowadays, the process is still slow, making it be so archaic and needs to be modernised”, he said.
EOS Versus TRON, The Dapp War Continues
The world of Decentralised applications (DApps) began with Ethereum. However, it has grown to include more blockchains Networks utilizing smart contracts to build DApps on the blockchain. With over 1,800 listed DApps according to Dappradar.com TRON network and EOS seems to be on a warpath for dominance.
Before we crown the King of DApps, it is important to note that a DApp must have an open source code available to all. A DApp must also be decentralized, incentivized and have an algorithm that generates token or an inbuilt consensus mechanism.
While the battle of supremacy on DApps revolves around TRON and EOS, it is important to note that these blockchains are not so different from each other. Both Tron and EOS started on the Ethereum blockchain as ERC-20 tokens. However after creating their own Mainnet they moved all of their tokens to their own blockchain network.
It is also important to note that both TRON and EOS are built on the delegate Proof of stake mechanism (DPos). The DPos is a mechanism where the selection of block producers will be done by voting. EOS has 21 block producers of which 20 will be selected by top 20 received votes and 1 will be randomly chosen. On the other hand, TRON has a total of 27 block producers (super representatives) who have to go through voting systems. It is impressive that both blockchains allow its token holders to Vote for their Block producers or Super representatives.
TRON Foundation was created in September 2017 by its CEO Justin Sun and it’s mainnet was launched in June 2018. TRON based network claims to have the capacity of clearing 2000 Transaction per second. However, the TRON network block explorer TronScan reveals that it is currently close to 750 TPS.
On the other hand, EOS is own by Block.One, an open source software publisher. Its white paper was published in 2017 and the open source software was launched on June 1, 2018 by Dan Larimer, who is also the founder and creator of Bitshares and Steem. While EOS has been called the Ethereum Killer, however, it currently processes around 4000 Transactions per second.
According to TPS, EOS is winning the race. Also, in Q2, 2019, EOS has almost 62% DApps active in Q2. Although AnChain, blockchain intelligence firm claims that in Q1, 75% of the traffic from the top 10 gambling dApps on EOS were driven by bad bots. That means about $6 million worth of transaction volume was carried out by bots. TRON’s DApps, on the other hand, had 82% active uses in Q2, 338 out of 412 of all TRON’s DApps were active in Q2.
As at press time, EOS is the top blockchain network with 2,231,299Op activity while TRON is coming 5th with 842,442Op. However, TRON DApp TronBet is taking the lead on DappRadar with more than 3000 users and $6.1 million in its 24hour volume. EOS DApp, Dice, comes after TronBet more than 97,000 users and a 24hour volume of $266,000.
Although there have been whispers on the state of DApps and their relevance, but it is important to note that DApps are pulling their weight in the blockchain sphere. While it will be difficult to name who is King of DApps, there are other Blockchain networks building DApps that are worth keeping an eye on such as Steem, IOST, and TomoChain.
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