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Nigeria’s Vice President makes a surprising case for Cryptocurrencies

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Nigerians bounce back with a defiant response to the government’s Bitcoin ban

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A contradictory statement has recently been made by Nigeria’s Vice president Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, concerning the recently imposed Cryptocurrency ban by the country’s Central bank. The Vice President explained at the CBN bankers committee economic summit, that digital currencies are an inevitable part of the country’s economy.

Prof. Osibanjo makes a fair case for digital currencies

He reckoned that as opposed to banning Cryptocurrencies entirely, employing care and prudence could favor the technological developments that are byproducts of the emergence of digital currencies.

“We must act with knowledge and not with fear, we must ensure that we are in a position to benefit and in a position to prevent any of the adverse side effects or any of the criminal acts that may arise as a consequence of adopting or taking any of these options.” He explained.

Taking to Twitter to share the aforementioned keynote speech at the summit, he went on to emphasize the impending innovative shift that the country would make when digital currencies dominate the financial market.

As he puts it :

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“Cryptocurrencies in the coming years will challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways that we cannot yet imagine, so we need to be prepared for that seismic shift.”

Nigerians respond to the government’s  “theatrics”

The Crypto-community in Nigeria has responded to the Vice President’s speech in sarcastic unison, as they await a turnaround of events to carry out the job of clearing their doubts. Similar theories have sprung up, following the country’s Cryptocurrency ban, in which banks were prohibited from partnering with Cryptocurrency firms to process payments. 

Many have suggested that the government’s decision to ban Cryptocurrency is birthed out of the fear of the decentralized nature of digital currencies, which were efficient for the ‘EndSars’ protesters to bypass bank restrictions and continue with their march against police brutality.

Nigerians cling to P2p trading to help combat government policies

It remains to be seen what the future holds for the country, whose younger citizens have helped to boost and profit from the booming industry of Cryptocurrency investment and trading, among other Crypto-related activities from their end.

In the meantime, for Cryptocurrency trading platforms like Buycoins, the show must go on. Users of the platform have since returned to their roots as the platform employs a third-party app to facilitate peer-to-peer trading.

Even though this could potentially affect the speed at which transaction is processed, Nigerians have reaffirmed that sticking to the available option is still less risky than storing their money in a traditional bank.


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MicroStrategy Directors Now Receive Board Fees in Bitcoin

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MicroStrategy, a publicly-listed company spearheaded by Michael Saylor, who’s arguably one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents, will now pay the board fees to its non-employee directors in bitcoin.

  • According to a new filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), MicroStrategy has modified the compensation arrangements for non-employee directors.
  • Per the document, they will “receive all fees for their service on the Company’s Board in bitcoin instead of cash.”
  • Going even further, the filing reads that “in approving bitcoin as a form of compensation for Board service, the Board cited its commitment to bitcoin given its ability to serve as a store of value, supported by a robust and public open-source architecture, untethered to sovereign monetary policy.”
  • As to the technicalities of the payments, the amount of the compensation payable to each non-employee director will remain unchanged and nominally denominated in USD. However, at the time of payment, the fees will be converted from USD into bitcoin using a payment processor and deposited to the wallets of the applicable non-employee directors.
  • With this move, the company cements its already bullish stance on Bitcoin and highlights its strong belief in the primary cryptocurrency and the technology that underpins it.
  • The company is also getting closer to owning almost 100,000 bitcoins.
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ConsenSys-Backed Virtue Poker Closes $5 Million Strategic Investment Round

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Virtue Poker, a project backed by the blockchain mogul ConsenSys, has completed a strategic investment round of $5 million.

Strategic Investment Ahead of Mainnet Launch

The news comes ahead of the mainnet launch, which is scheduled to happen in May 2021.

Virtue Poker is the only blockchain-based company that’s received an official license from the Malta Gaming Authority, Virtue Poker has closed a $5 million strategic investment round led by notable investors ConsenSys, DFG Group, Pantera Capital, and Jez San from FunFair.

In a press release shared with CryptoPotato, the project’s CEO, Ryan Gittleson, said:

“After years of consultation, in-person meetings, and effort, Virtue Poker can proudly say we are the only licensed blockchain-based poker application in the market.”

The project tackles some of the pressing issues that are currently riddling major poker platforms by leveraging the capabilities of distributed ledger technology.


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“Blockchain technology provides modern and secure payment infrastructure that provides global accessibility to consumers, unlike our competitors.

By working with regulators to become a licensed online gambling company, Virtue Poker now has the legitimacy to crossover and compete for customers from legacy providers to bring blockchain-based wagering mainstream.”

The Virtue Poker team, as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), worked together for more than two years in establishing a regulatory framework that’s suitable for blockchain-based gambling applications. The company is now allowed to operate legally and compete in most global markets to deliver the promise of fair pair playing, as well as transparency to mainstream adoption.

What’s Next?

Next in the pipeline for Virtue Poker is the release of the mainnet, which is scheduled for May 2021. Phil Ivey, the legendary player and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, who’s also a stakeholder in Virtue Poker, said:

“I’ve been working with the Virtue Poker Team for over 3 years,” says Ivey. “Their innovative blockchain platform can be a major part of poker’s future.”

The project is among the first ones to be incubated by ConsenSys – it was founded not much after the debut of Ethereum.

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Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Filed for Bitcoin ETF With the SEC

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The number of companies filing to receive approval to launch a Bitcoin ETF in the US continues to increase with the addition of Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital. If approved, the Galaxy Bitcoin ETF will trade on the NYSE Arca exchange. 

  • Based in New York, Galaxy Digital is a diversified financial services firm dedicated to the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. The company has made another pro-crypto step by filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to launch its own Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. 
  • The document reads that if the Commission approves the application, the Galaxy Bitcoin ETF will issue common shares of beneficial interest that trade on NYSE Arca.  
  • The value of the shares will follow the performance of the Bloomberg Galaxy Bitcoin index, which includes multiple pricing sources. 
  • “In seeking to achieve its investment objective, the Trust will hold bitcoin and will value its Shares daily based on the value of the Index, which is calculated based on data from bitcoin pricing sources selected by Bloomberg Index Services Limited.” 

  • With Galaxy Digital’s application, the number of US-based companies striving to launch a Bitcoin ETF continues growing. However, the SEC has yet to approve the first such product. VanEck’s filing seems to be a step ahead as the Commission put its Bitcoin ETF proposal for discussion in March. 
  • At the same time, Canada has led the way with several operational BTC ETFs. In fact, Galaxy Digital already has a functioning one in North America. Novogratz’s firm partnered with CI Global Asset Management, and the CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on March 9th.  
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