Cryptocurrency adoption surges in Nigeria, report finds
- The significant depreciation of the Nigerian naira has led to a growing interest in crypto.
- According to the report, Nigeria’s young and tech-savvy population has eagerly embraced cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrency adoption is experiencing a remarkable upswing in Nigeria, according to a recent report by Chainalysis. This is driven by economic challenges, inflation, and a weakening national currency.
Also, the report highlighted that Nigeria witnessed a substantial 9% year-over-year increase in cryptocurrency transactions between July 2022 and June 2023, amounting to a staggering $56.7 billion.
The volume of cryptocurrency transactions in Uganda had a growth rate of 245 percent, totaling $1.6 billion. In contrast, Kenya experienced a decline of over half, with usage amounting to $8.4 billion.
Tracing the journey
President Bola Tinubu initiated substantial reforms, including the removal of a popular yet costly petrol subsidy and certain exchange rate constraints, which caused the decline in the naira’s value. These reforms marked some of Nigeria’s boldest economic changes in recent years.
It’s worth noting that Nigeria had previously imposed restrictions on its banks and financial institutions regarding crypto back in 2021.
In the preceding year, the nation’s financial regulatory body introduced a set of regulations for digital assets. This indicated an effort to find a middle ground between an outright crypto ban and unregulated use. This highlighted Nigeria’s determination to establish a regulated crypto landscape.
Nigeria’s young and tech-savvy population has eagerly embraced cryptocurrencies, the report outlined.
Chainalysis released its fourth annual Global Crypto Adoption Index, highlighting countries where everyday individuals are embracing cryptocurrencies the most. The index combines on-chain data and real-world data to measure grassroots crypto adoption, focusing on countries where people invest a significant portion of their wealth in crypto.
Central & Southern Asia and Oceania dominate the top ranks, with Nigeria, Vietnam, and India leading the way. While global grassroots adoption is down, lower middle-income countries have seen a strong recovery.
Crypto adoption has surpassed pre-bull market levels, indicating a promising future for cryptocurrencies in these regions.