Bitcoin Trading Sees Explosive Growth in Africa in 2020 -

JULY 14, 2020

BY  Alex Dovbnya

Peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading volume hits new all-time highs in Africa

While major cryptocurrency exchanges saw a significant decline in trading volume last month, Africa keeps shattering previous records, according to data provided by analytics website Useful Tulips. As noted by crypto analyst Kevin Rooke, African peer-to-peer trading volumes have experienced a 2.5-fold increase since March.  

Three African currencies reach new highs

P2P Bitcoin trading is dominated by the duopoly of Paxful and LocalBitcoins. The former took the lead in global volume in late June.

Last week, the cumulative volume of the Nigerian naira crossed the $10 mln mark on these two exchanges for the first time. It is now the second biggest fiat currency for P2P trading after the U.S. dollar. The Kenyan shilling and the Ghanaian cedi also hit their respective all-time highs ($2.5 mln and $1.7 mln).

Africa surpasses Latin America

Hyperinflation-stricken Venezuela has long been the hotspot for cryptocurrency adoption, with its people finding solace in Bitcoin, Dash, and other coins that are deemed more stable than the bolivar. Bitcoin has also been on the rise in other unstable economies, such as Columbia and Argentina.

Back in May, however, African P2P markets surpassed Latin American ones where interest in trading is waning. Nigeria's naira now logs twice as much volume as the bolivar. Africa is now in second place just behind North America, which boasts $30 mln worth of weekly trades on P2P exchanges.


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