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Crypto Trading is Thriving in Africa Amid COVID Restrictions



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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people around the world. Due to the restrictions brought upon because of the spread of the virus, many people globally had problems going on with their regular daily lives.

Among many regions and parts of the world that suffered due to the spread of the virus was Africa. Many of the countries in the region reported increasing unemployment numbers. In such an environment, many Africans found crypto investments and trading as a way out of the hardships.

Crypto allowed people in the region the opportunity to transact their money freely and within a few minutes without having to deal with huge transaction fees. While the regulatory framework around crypto in Africa is far from being established, people are still using cryptos very actively.

The interest of Africans in the crypto trading market is increasing every single day in the region and showing the highest adoption rate of cryptos around the world. In some countries of Africa, the regulatory agencies are very strict when it comes to crypto activities.

In fact, some of the governments have totally banned crypto activities, including trading and investing. But, such heavy regulations seem to not affect the popularity of cryptocurrencies in the region. In fact, the interest has increased even more after such strict regulations were adopted in some of the African countries.

Africa is using the cryptocurrency market for numerous different reasons, including for doing business, protecting their savings and funds, and also sending and receiving funds overseas.

Why is Crypto So Popular in Africa?

There are many reasons behind the huge popularity of the crypto trading market in Africa. One of the main reasons why so many people have decided to turn to cryptocurrencies in the region is that they have had enough bad experiences with fiat currencies and they want to protect their funds from the effects of inflation.

Another very important factor that supports the popularity of the crypto market is that it lets locals send and receive funds without having to pay a lot of commissions and fees. In the region, peer-to-peer transactions are especially popular.

People in Africa are using cryptocurrencies for all different reasons. There are some people who are using it as an asset to trade, while others use it for day-to-day activities, such as selling goods, saving up money, or sending money to others.

As the national currencies of numerous African countries continue to depreciate, the population of the region had to find a way out of the situation. For many, cryptocurrencies are one of the only opportunities to preserve their wealth, while also watching it grow.

Another reason why so many people are showing such interest in the crypto trading market in Africa is that the market has become very easy to access for people of all backgrounds. Today, thanks to the increasing number of crypto exchanges offered to African traders, getting started in the market is very simple.

All they need to do is to open an account with one of the available crypto exchanges in the region, deposit funds, and start buying and selling cryptocurrencies.

In fact, trading cryptos does not require as much attention from traders anymore. This lets traders in the region go on with their day while making profits. It is possible thanks to the crypto trading robots, which are able to analyze the market in a matter of minutes for traders and make profits for them.

For example, while using an automated bitcoin trading robot, you will be able to sit back and let the robot make profits for you. There are different types of robots available in the market, some of them are able to analyze the market and provide traders with trading signals.

On the other hand, there are trading bots that are able to actually trade cryptocurrencies for you and make profits. The majority of the crypto robots use API keys to connect with crypto exchanges, which is a safe way of automated trading.

Crypto Trading in Africa

The past few years have been very important for the further development of the crypto trading market in the region. Amid the worsening situation in terms of economy and local currencies, the popularity of cryptocurrencies further increased.

Another important factor for the increasing popularity of the crypto trading market in the region was the Covid-19 pandemic. The ongoing pandemic caused numerous jurisdictions in the region to adopt different types of restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Due to the restrictions, many people were left without jobs and lost their income. In this situation, the demand for the cryptocurrency trading market has increased dramatically.

However, although crypto trading is very popular in the region, the local regulations are far from being in favour of the crypto trading market. Many of the countries in the region have restricted trading cryptocurrencies altogether, while others have issued warnings against crypto trading.

But, even this did not get in the way of the further development of the market. Cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more popular in Africa every single day and the easier access to the market makes it even more attractive for local traders.

However, due to the local restrictions, people are mostly using P2P trading platforms to participate in the market. This made Africa one of the most active regions in terms of P2P crypto transactions.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.



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Ellah Lakes, Enugu Government Seal Rice Processing Deal



Ellah Lakes

By Dipo Olowookere

A Nigerian agribusiness company, Ellah Lakes Plc, has sealed an agreement with the Enugu State government for the processing of rice aimed to improve food security in the state and the nation at large.

The chief executive of the firm, Mr Chuka Mordi, described the deal as “a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base.”

Ellah Lakes said in a statement that with the partnership, it will transform the Ada Rice Company and Plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State.

This is expected to create not less than 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months as the company will have the opportunity to establish a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

Business Post reports that Adani community is well-known for the cultivation and production of rice but due to poor infrastructure and support of the government, it has suffered low patronage.

This partnership between the Enugu State government and Ellah Lakes should change the narrative for good and boost local production of rice.

In the statement issued on Wednesday by Ellah Lakes, a company listed on the trading platform of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, work is scheduled to begin immediately in Adani.

“Ellah Lakes is happy to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Enugu State Government, through the Enugu State Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, for the expansion and further development of the Ada Rice Company and plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State, Nigeria.

“Ellah Lakes will produce and process rice with the participation of over 200 indigenous farmers in the local out-grower program. Ellah Lakes will also develop a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

“The development is expected to create a minimum of 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months, and work is scheduled to begin immediately,” a part of the statement disclosed.

“This is a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base, and we are very excited to be working with the Enugu State Government.

“We are very pleased with this collaboration with the very progressive government of Enugu State. For us, this is the beginning of a great journey to expand the industrial base of the state, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture,” Mr Mordi was quoted as saying.

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Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Rewards Customers



Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers scheme

Ahead of the festive season, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), has unveiled the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Loyalty Program tagged Umatter.

It is a reward scheme targeted at the customers of the PFA, to reward them for their loyalty and patronage through exclusive discounts as they shop with their e-loyalty card.

The loyalty program is available at the PFA’s partner merchants’ locations and stores across the nation. It is aimed at providing Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ customers with exciting shopping discounts to help them spend less and save more when they shop.

Some of the participating merchant outlets are Maybrands, Café Royale, Hubmart Stores, Chocolate Royal, La Campagne Tropicana, Physio Centers of Africa, Medplus, iStore, Oriki, Launderland and Active Leisure.  The discounts range from 5 to 12 per cent on products and services purchased.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ partnerships with these major outlets will enable customers to seamlessly enjoy instant discounts on their purchases during this festive period, thereby making life even more easy and affordable for customers who use the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers e-loyalty card.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers will continue to initiate valuable programs like this that encourage people to continue saving for their retirement and building their financial future.

New and existing customers can be a part of this exciting loyalty program by visiting or calling 01 271 6000.

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FG to Inject N381trn into Economy to Create Job, Tackle Poverty



Nigeria Economy challenges

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government is partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to inject N381 trillion into the economy to cushion the growing rate of poverty, job losses and economic degradation in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Fund, Mr Joseph Ari, during a media interaction with the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Jos.

Mr Ari said the federal government came up with a 5-year National Development Plan tied around the sum of money to be able to achieve this aim.

He said the plan will replace the initial Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP).

According to him: “The plan, which projects the creation of 21 million jobs, with 35 million Nigerians lifted out of poverty, affordable housing for Nigerians and an export-led economy among others, is expected to cost N381 trillion to implement and have six focal areas of economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development and regional development.

“As the leading human capital development institution in Nigeria, we have commenced the process of repositioning our programmes and activities to effectively prepare the Nation’s workforce in line with our mandate of developing a pool of qualified Nigerians to man the public and private sectors of the national economy as we believe that for this plan to succeed, all Nigerians as individual citizens and as institutions must contribute their bit.

“You will recall that on the assumption of office in 2016, the economy was in recession leading to massive job losses and corresponding increases in poverty.

“Our initiatives then particularly the emphasis on skills intervention programmes was borne out of the need to drive the actualization of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP), which we achieved to an appreciable degree by training hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that are today gainfully employed or even employers of labour,” Mr Ari said.

He, however, lauded the media for a robust coverage of the Funds activities over the years, saying that the media has been critical in return of peace in the state.

“Beyond this, fora such as we are holding today have been critical to the return of peace in plateau state, thereby creating the necessary environment for our organisation to thrive especially within the last five years on account of your professionalism and determined efforts to rise above sensationalism, headline-grabbing and petty politics,” Mr Ari said.

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