Africa is the second-largest most populous continent in the world, behind Asia in both cases. Interest in cryptocurrencies, a form of digital currency, is continuously growing in the black nation. Economists believed that it is a disruptive innovation that will flourish on the continent.
What is cryptocurrency?
It is a digital form of currency. It is used as a digital exchange form, just as paper money is used to do the same thing in a country and personal transactions. It is created and stored mainly online and is a decentralized version of the money. This is because no government, or groups of governments, controls the cryptocurrency's creation and regulation. To buy cryptocurrencies, you must have a digital wallet. This is where your currency will be stored and used to exchange goods and services that you purchase and sell.
Some blockchain forms also allow you to save your digital money offline on physical hard drives, although its security is not guaranteed. The cryptocurrency is based on blockchain technology. Essentially, it is a list of records that grows all the time. These are called blocks and links and protect each type of cryptocurrency. The funds are stored on multiple computers on a single network, called mining, a process whereby the cryptocurrency is validated.
Why cryptocurrency is on the rise
Today, cryptocurrencies are becoming more popular to buy and sell goods and services on the Internet. With the world increasingly interconnected, it is common for people from a country to have business with people in another. The initial reason for doing international business or buying goods/services internationally was to use third party websites to conduct transactions. This is because many financial institutions would block transactions that took place abroad.
Today, however, with the advent and popularity of cryptocurrencies, this process has become much more comfortable. It is now effortless for people to buy and sell products to or from international customers and fund their accounts on a cryptographic casino site, for example.
Cryptocurrency is based on the Internet, and your transactions are stored in a blockchain database that is a ledger in real-time in which computers connects to record transactions.
The significant advantage of a cryptocurrency over other forms of transactions is that it is not regulated by any government and does not need intermediaries. Transactions are based on the Internet, which means they can take place anywhere in the world.
Major global cryptocurrency brands include Bitcoin, Litecoin and Monero, but Bitcoin is the most common in Africa. It was created by someone with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto over a decade ago. Investors expect Bitcoin to become the new mode of financial transactions in the digital age.
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Nigeria has outperformed the rest of the world in the level of interest in Bitcoin in recent months.
According to a new report, Nigeria, the largest source of Bitcoin (BTC) trading volume in Africa, happens to be the fastest-growing bitcoin in the universe. According to a new study by the leading crypto wallet Blockchain.com, Nigeria has seen the most massive influx of activity in its wallet application since April 2020.
Released on August 5, the report states that Nigeria has been the best-performing country on its platform for the past three months. Since April, the report notes a 60% increase in the use of the Blockchain.com web wallet in the region.
Blockchain.com also noted that Nigeria had been the leading country for Google in Bitcoin. According to data from Google Trends, Nigeria leads Bitcoin interest in the last 90 days so far. The country is followed by some other regions of Africa, in addition to Switzerland and Austria.
Although, Nigeria has been the best-performing country on Blockchain.com in recent months, Peru was the most active country throughout July. According to the data, Peru, India, and Indonesia are the top three countries based on the entry-level of total portfolio transactions during that month.
Cryptocurrency is still spreading in the continent, and with the education, orientation and awareness, the use of blockchain currency in the black nation will be strong enough to compete with the rest of the world. The information above indicates that Nigeria, in particular, tends to become the leading country in Africa and the world in general. Below are the top countries in Bitcoin transaction in the continent according to reports:
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