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Cryptocurrency adoption surges in Nigeria, report finds

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Nigeria’s cryptocurrency usage soars as the naira weakens with a new report highlighting the shifting trends.

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  • 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

The significant depreciation of the Nigerian naira, particularly during severe drops in June and July 2023, has led to a growing interest in Bitcoin [BTC] and stablecoins.

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.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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