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eNaira, Nigeria’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Debuts Today

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The central bank digital currency of Nigeria, the eNaira, is set to become active today.

While the talks of central bank digital currencies have been on the table for a few years now, few countries actually took the steps to issue one. Nigeria, in turn, following extensive research and development, is finally ready to unveil the eNaira.

‘Same Naira, More Possibilities’

In a press release syndicated through mass media but issued on the official website of Nigeria’s Central Bank, the Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, revealed that the eNaira will be proclaimed official and launched today, October 25th.

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Under the slogan “Same Naira, more possibilities,” the release reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari will formally unveil the CBDC at the State House, Abuja.

The launch of the eNaira is a culmination of several years of research work by the Central Bank of Nigeria in advancing the boundaries of payments system in order to make financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society.

The digital currency should become active today, following a “series of engagements with relevant stakeholders including the banking community, fintech operators, merchants…”

With this, Nigeria becomes one of the first countries globally to launch its own central bank digital currency.

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For Better or Worse

One of the common misconceptions about a CBDC is that it is, in some way, related to cryptocurrencies when, in fact, the only thing they might share in common is the fact that they’re digital.

A CBDC, in the shape and form that most countries explore it, is nothing but a digital version of their fiat currency where the Central Bank is still in complete control. It’s not decentralized in any sense of the word, as there’s still a single authority that’s shaping the monetary policy and regulation in a way that directly impacts the status of said central bank digital currency.

While this could be considered as a significant step forward in terms of technological developments, it’s unlikely to do something about some of the growing concerns in the country.

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As CryptoPotato reported last year, the country has seen no shortage of authoritarian acts on behalf of its Government and law enforcement. This is perhaps a good explanation for the fact that Nigeria has become a hub for Bitcoin trading and usage.

In light of the above, the launch of the eNaira could also be seen as an attempt by the government to suppress the potential future influence that cryptocurrencies might have.

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Former Wall Street Banker Partners With Ethereum Competitor for New $1,500,000,000 Crypto Fund

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A former Citigroup executive is shaking up the crypto investment space with a $1.5 billion venture, partnering with a leading layer 1 altcoin project.

Hivemind Capital Partners is an investment firm founded by Matt Zhang, a 14-year Citigroup Inc veteran. In a press release, Zhang announces Hivemind’s mission to provide solutions to early blockchain entrepreneurs through the creation of a new “tailor-made crypto investment platform.”

“We believe blockchain technology is a paradigm shift, and we are still in the early innings. Our mission is to provide start-to-finish capital and infrastructure solutions to visionary entrepreneurs and category-defining crypto projects.

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The traditional asset management model is not designed to do this, which is why we are building a tailor-made crypto investment platform from the ground up that also offers the infrastructure institutional investors need for risk management, compliance and security.”

Hivemind is partnering with payments and decentralized finance (DeFi)-focused blockchain Algorand (ALGO) as a “strategic partner to provide technology capability and network ecosystem infrastructure.”

“We believe that Algorand is the preeminent blockchain protocol that allows institutional and corporate users to connect with the decentralized economy. With the explosive growth of the digital asset space, people tend to forget how early the crypto economy still is. We want to team up with partners who have the patience to build an enduring business.”

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However, Zhang notes that Hivemind is exploring partnerships with other layer 1 blockchains as the project progresses.

“We are also in active discussions to form partnerships with a number of other leading layer-1 networks. The goal is to build a multi-chain world to let our investors see the best opportunities across the entire crypto ecosystem.”

ALGO, trading at $1.82 at time of writing, is up nearly 12% on the day. The payments blockchain has interest from other large investors lately, including an endorsement from American financier Anthony Scaramucci last month.

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Jack Dorsey Steps Down as Twitter CEO

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Jack Dorsey has reportedly decided to step down as the chief executive officer of Twitter.

The price of Twitter shares shot up by double digits as news broke that the CEO of the social media giant – Jack Dorsey – has decided to quit.

  • CNBC reported, and later was confirmed by Jack Dorsey himself on twitter, the breaking news about Jack Dorsey’s decision to step down as the chief executive officer of Twitter.
  • The news comes as somewhat of a surprise at the moment, given the support Dorsey had. Last year, reports emerged that Paul Singer – billionaire investor and founder of Elliot Management Corp, wanted to replace Dorsey.
  • Shortly after, though, it became clear that he will remain at his position, which was regarded as positive news for Bitcoin supporters since Dorsey is among the most well-known proponents of the primary cryptocurrency.
  • In the past, he has repeatedly outlined BTC’s merits and even suggested during the 2021 Bitcoin Conference that he would quit being the CEO of Twitter and Square if BTC needed him, which raises the question of whether he has done precisely that.
  • Nevertheless, there will be many questions inside the community about what will happen to the relationship between Twitter and Bitcoin. The social media giant has been highly supportive of the cryptocurrency, including allowing BTC tips.
  • Separately, the news about Dorsey’s stepping down as Twitter CEO propelled a price surge for the company’s shares, which opened 10% higher than the last close.

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MicroStrategy Buys $414 Million Worth of Bitcoin

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MicroStrategy has announced another massive Bitcoin purchase

Business intelligence firm MicroStrategy has wowed the cryptocurrency community with yet another massive Bitcoin purchase. 

The company announced Monday that it had bought an additional 7,008 Bitcoins at an average price of approximately $59,187 per coin since the beginning of October.

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MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin riches have now swelled to 121,044 coins, whose average purchase price is $29,534.

The company currently holds roughly 0.64% of Bitcoin’s total circulating supply.

Bitcoin did not budge on the announcement as it continues to flatline just above the $57,000 level.

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As reported by U.Today, the flagship cryptocurrency has managed to partially recover from the violent sell-off that took place on Monday.

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