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Sub-Saharan Africa Sees Record Bitcoin Trading Volume, Exchange Sign-Ups

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Updated by Kyle Baird

In Brief

  • Weekly trading volume on P2P exchanges for Sub-Saharan African countries has broken past $10M.
  • This is much higher than the record posted in December 2017.
  • Paxful saw a a record amount of user signups from Ghana and Nigeria.
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Interest in Bitcoin is exploding in Africa on the eve of the halving event. Volume on P2P exchanges has broken past the previous high made in 2017.
Bitcoin trading volume on P2P exchanges is rising higher and higher in sub-Saharan Africa. The bump is likely linked to the halving event coming up next week.

Sub-Saharan Africa Sees Trading Volume Bump

Both Paxful and LocalBitcoins are reporting a drastic increase in trading volume for sub-Saharan African nations. In the last week, the total amount of trading volume on P2P exchanges for the region surpassed $10M for the first time. It has now officially broken the last weekly record set in December 2017. As Matt Ahlborg (@MattAhlborg) tweeted recently: Ghana, Kenya, and Central Africa all hit new volume records this past week. Nigeria was close to breaking all-time high trading volume as well. Bitcoin is trading at a slight premium there, likely due to the oil price collapse affecting the country. Nigeria’s currency, the naira, has been experiencing issues. As Paxful CEO Ray Youssef said on Twitter recently, both Ghana and Nigeria posted records in user signups on the P2P exchange. The growth has clearly been significant, and this bump could be here to stay.

Africa Will Likely Be a New Bitcoin Hub

Africa is showing potential as a hub of blockchain development. More and more of its people are now coming online and are hungry for alternatives to their fiat currencies. However, interest in Bitcoin on the continent has been rising steadily since mid-2019. In November, BeInCrypto reported that interest in the leading cryptocurrency was booming in Nigeria and South Africa. South Africa, in particular, has an unexpectedly high rate of cryptocurrency ownership relative to how many of its people are online. Africa Google Trends Bitcoin However, many are now looking at sub-Saharan Africa for growth opportunities. Nigeria, in particular, has seen its middle class expand. They are consequently hungry for new opportunities and technologies. So, it’s no surprise that Bitcoin has caught on. Many in Africa are seeing it an opportunity to ditch their fiat currencies. Saddled with inflation and corruption, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies provide some in Africa a way out. Its people now have a choice aside from monopolistic fiat—and, by most metrics, this is becoming apparent to Africans more and more every day.


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