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Africa’s hype-free crypto podcast. A pragmatic exploration of how crypto is being used across Africa. Hosted by Gwera Kiwana and Justin Norman.

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Africa’s hype-free crypto podcast. A pragmatic exploration of how crypto is being used across Africa. Hosted by Gwera Kiwana and Justin Norman.

    NFTs at Work with Afropolitan's Eche Emole & Momint's Ahren Posthumus

    NFTs at Work with Afropolitan's Eche Emole & Momint's Ahren Posthumus

    In today's episode, we're talking about NFTs. Now, here at crypto@scale, we'd like to talk about the pragmatic use cases for crypto technology. And while NFTs, as a digital tradable asset, have had a lot of focus from an art perspective, we want to take our conversation about use cases a step further.

    In today's episode, we're joined by Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan, and Ahren Posthumus, co-founder and CEO of Momint. 

    Eche and Afropolitan are building a digital nation and using NFTs as a tool to build their community and to create a digital passport for its members. 

    Ahren and Momint are working to bring digital assets to the real world.Earlier this year, they launched SunCash, a blockchain platform using NFTs to crowdfund solar power projects in South Africa. 

    In this episode, we'll hear from Eche and Ahren about their respective companies, their vision for a crypto-enabled continent, and much more.

    Discussed in this episode: 
    SunCash whitepaperAfropolitan ManifestoAlmanack of Naval Ravikant00:00 - Intro04:58 - What are NFTs?07:14 - How SunCash is using NFTs10:23 - How Afropolitan is using NFTs15:01 - Bringing digital assets to the mainstream17:18 - Afropolitan's Web2.5 approach21:37 - Why did Momint launch SunCash to address South Africa's electricity challenges?23:38 - What does a crypto-enabled future look like in Africa?32:01 - Recommendations33:51 - Follow us on Twitter
    crypto@scale - https://twitter.com/cryptoatscaleEche Emole - https://twitter.com/EchecratesAhren Posthumus - https://twitter.com/Ahren_eth

    • 34 min
    Why Crypto Needs Africa with Yoseph Ayele

    Why Crypto Needs Africa with Yoseph Ayele

    In today's episode, we're talking about why Web3 and crypto need Africa. We're joined by founder and investor Yoseph Ayele, who we first met in Nairobi earlier this year, during a four-country learning and listening tour he organized with the Ethereum Foundation, for which they were joined by Ethereum founder, Vitalik Buterin.

    Yoseph believes that crypto needs Africa, and he's working to build bridges between the global crypto ecosystem and the communities and builders on the ground across the continent. 

    In this episode, we talk to Yoseph about that work, about his thesis that crypto needs Africa, about his vision for a borderless Africa, and much more.

    00:00 - Intro03:39 - Yoseph's background08:00 - Why does crypto need Africa?19:46 - Ethereum Foundation's Africa trip24:37 - Global crypto's interest in Africa32:44 - Borderless Africa36:12 - Recommendations + follow us on Twitter 
    crypto@scale is sponsored by Ripple. Across Africa, Ripple is partnering with local financial institutions and fintechs to bring the benefits of better cross-border remittances to the region. To learn more and get in contact with the Ripple team, head over to ripple.com.
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptoatscaleFollow Yoseph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yosephayeleYoseph's keynote at Devcon Bogotá: https://youtu.be/9X6HqcuL2ZkYoseph's keynote at EDCON2023: https://youtu.be/a2cT9qIyG88

    • 38 min
    Global Crypto's Focus on Africa with Visa's Cuy Sheffield & Stellar's Tori Samples

    Global Crypto's Focus on Africa with Visa's Cuy Sheffield & Stellar's Tori Samples

    Here at crypto@scale, we're of the belief that Africa is home to market conditions that will enable widespread, mainstream crypto adoption, and that many of the most immediate and meaningful crypto use cases will happen on the continent. 

    We’re not the only ones who think that - and in today’s episode we’re joined by two friends from outside of the continent who are both deeply interested in the African crypto ecosystem, as well.

    Today’s guests are Tori Samples, senior product manager at Stellar Development Foundation, and Cuy Sheffield, the head of crypto at Visa.
    Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/cryptoatscale
    crypto@scale is sponsored by Ripple.
    Across Africa, Ripple is partnering with local financial institutions and fintechs to bring the benefits of better cross-border remittances to the region. To learn more and get in contact with the Ripple team, head over to ripple.com.

    00:00 - Intro02:43 - Intro to Tori04:35 - Intro to Cuy08:29 - Visa is investing $1 billion in Africa10:37 - Why SDF is focused on Africa15:09 - Crypto use cases on the continent30:42 - Crypto-enabled impact and change43:40 - Tori's recommendations44:55 - Cuy's recommendations48:28 - Follow all of us on Twitter!

    • 49 min
    Wallets & Crypto Adoption with Nestcoin's Yele Bademosi & WalletConnect's Will White

    Wallets & Crypto Adoption with Nestcoin's Yele Bademosi & WalletConnect's Will White

    In today’s episode, we’re joined by Yele Bademosi, the Co-founder and CEO of Nestcoin, and Will White, the COO of WalletConnect, to talk about a critical piece of crypto infrastructure: Wallets.
    When talking about wallets here, we’re talking about non-custodial wallets - where users have full access and control over their private keys, unlike a custodial wallet which relies on and trusts third parties.
    In the context of web3, we’re excited by the opportunities enabled by connecting a wallet and a user’s tokens or transaction history to a decentralized application. At the same time, we hear a lot about user experience challenges in the crypto ecosystem and wallets, of course, are central to that conversation.
    crypto@scale is sponsored by Ripple.
    Across Africa, Ripple is partnering with local financial institutions and fintechs to bring the benefits of better cross-border remittances to the region. To learn more and get in contact with the Ripple team, head over to ripple.com.
    03:11 - Intro to Yele, Nestcoin and Onboard.04:05 - Intro to Will and WalletConnect.06:45 - WalletConnect as web3 infrastructure. 11:04 - The UX challenges with non-custodial wallets. 22:48 - The question of localization in the global crypto sector.27:40 - The crypto ecosystem’s focus on Africa.38:39 - Use cases.50:13 - Follow Yele on Twitter.50:36 - Follow Will on Twitter.51:01 - Follow crypto@scale on Twitter.

    • 51 min
    Inside the Lazerpay Shutdown: A Conversation with Njoku Emmanuel

    Inside the Lazerpay Shutdown: A Conversation with Njoku Emmanuel

    In today's episode, we welcome Lazerpay’s Njoku Emmanuel to the show.

    In April 2023, Lazerpay announced that it would be shutting its doors in April of 2023. The startup, which was founded at the height of the crypto bull market in 2021, and to much fanfare Njoku who was just 19 years old at the time, promised to bring seamless crypto payments to Africa.

    But since it shut down, a lot has been said in the ecosystem about the company and its shortcomings, so we wanted to get the story directly from Njoku himself. 

    00:00 - Intro02:49 - Lazerpay's founding story.05:51 - Pre-seed round, headcount growth, initial traction.09:12 - Bear market impact.14:59 - The issue of Njoku's age.19:55 - Building with transparency.22:57 - On the decision to shutdown.34:48 - Njoku's lessons.40:56 - The future of crypto in Africa.42:18 - What's next?
    crypto@scale is sponsored by Ripple.
    Across Africa, Ripple is partnering with local financial institutions and fintechs to bring the benefits of better cross-border remittances to the region. To learn more and get in contact with the Ripple team, head over to ripple.com.

    • 44 min
    Bringing DeFi Lending to the Real World

    Bringing DeFi Lending to the Real World

    While DeFi, or decentralized finance, has seen a volatile rise in adoption within the crypto ecosystem, the big question in our context is to what extent this model and technology can be adopted and adapted for lending use cases across emerging markets, where there is an over $100 billion credit gap, according to the IFC. 

    To explore that question further, we're joined in this episode by Cheng Cheng, co-founder of the DeFi protocol Jia, and George Mosomi, COO of the Safi Protocol, and a founding member of the Africa DeFi Alliance.

    00:00 - Intro.03:02 - Introducing Cheng Cheng, Co-founder of Jia.05:32 - Introducing George Mosomi, Co-founder & COO, Safi Protocol, and founding member of the Africa DeFi Alliance.08:19 - What does the credit landscape look like on the African continent?17:57 - How does DeFi address Africa's lending challenges?26:42 - How do traditional debt capital markets work versus DeFi?34:21 - Who are the lenders and borrowers in DeFi?40:05 - What are the challenges for DeFi protocols lending in the "real world"?49:31 - What else needs to happen to see DeFi lending at scale?56:35 - George's recommendations.57:09 - Cheng's recommendations.
    This season of crypto@scale is sponsored by Ripple.
    Follow crypto@scale on twitter: https://twitter.com/crypto@scale

    • 59 min

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