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Akon Launches Akoin to Be ‘Savior of Africa’

· June 21, 2018 · 12:00 am

US singer-songwriter Akon has become the latest celebrity to launch a cryptocurrency — as he proclaims his belief the underlying technology “could be the savior of Africa.”

Akoin ‘Will Be Center Of Transactional Life’

Originally reported by Page Six, Akon — who is originally from Senegal — revealed at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity that he wants to use Akoin as part of a giant 2000-acre development called Akon Crypto City. Akon stated:

I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system and also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down.

Akon is currently heavily involved in humanitarian projects, having set up Lighting Africa — a project to bring solar power to Africa — in 2014.

The star appears to have built a presence, with the president of Senegal donating the 2000 acres needed for the Crypto City — which describes itself as “a first of its kind 100% crypto-based city with Akoin at the center of transactional life.”

That’s A Rap

Akon is not the only well-known personality to have ventured into the world of cryptocurrency.

Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard became indirectly linked with the industry after his son launched a coin, while rapper 50 Cent made headlines earlier this year after claiming he “forgot” about $8 million in Bitcoin holdings — only to deny the claims to a judge weeks later. DJ Khaled was also involved with CTR Token, which was deemed a fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Akon, meanwhile, appears to be adopting a somewhat hands-off approach to the technical reality of creating and launching an altcoin, stating:

I come with the concepts and let the geeks figure it out.

What do you think about Akon’s cryptocurrency plans? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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Bitland Puts Land Titles on the Blockchain in Ghana

Source: bitcoin


African blockchain project Bitland aims to use Bitcoin’s underlying technology for land title protection, with the goal of preventing corruption and opening “trillions” of dollars for infrastructure development.

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Bitland: Land Ownership on the Blockchain

This new initiative wants to use the power of the blockchain for land title protection. Given its ability to offer cost advantages, transparency and reliability, Bitland believes this technology can accomplish their goal.

The organization will use the blockchain to enable individuals to “survey land and record title deeds on the Bitland blockchain.” By “providing a permanent and auditable record” of survey data and land titles, the organization hopes to aid in resolving disputes over land ownership.

The organization’s platform is currently being piloted with 28 communities located in Kumasi, Ghana. The team plans to eventually expand the project across the entire African continent.

The team behind this project also believes that blockchain land title protection can “open up trillions of dollars in locked capital.” Because it is often difficult to get a land title in African countries, large amounts of land are barred from use, blocking capital that could be used to build homes, construct water systems or pave roads. The Bitland initiative believes that it can free up this capital by putting land titles on the blockchain, which would circumvent government corruption and abuse of power that slows down the land title process and hinders infrastructure development.

OpenLedger will be the basis of the initiative’s blockchain infrastructure, which will be powered by Cadastrals, the digital currency that will be the “entry token” to the organization’s blockchain.

20 million Cadastrals have been allocated for an ICO that will raise funds to “establish the first operational Bitland Center.” The ICO will be hosted by CCEDK, OpenLedger’s Danish registrar. Funds from the ICO will be held in escrow with OpenLedger. The ICO will run until June 1, after which unsold tokens will be sold through the Omni Tether platform “with a daily incremental price increase.”

The organization plans to directly fund infrastructure provision by collecting fees from the Bitland network, and distributing money from the main reserve to projects within Bitland communities.

According to OpenLedger CEO Ronny Boesing, the platform will be able to add a voting system to the Bitland project as OpenLedger is further developed.

OpenLedger and the Bitland team believes that, through their combined efforts, the Bitland project “is the first step to bringing true democracy and meritocracy to the world.” Bitland’s blockchain, paired with OpenLedger’s smart contracts capabilities can ultimately allow people “to use their mobile devices to register a plot of land with GPS accuracy, file a claim, register a dispute, sell or purchase land.” The potential outcomes of this project also include the ability to issue microloans and fulfill government contracts “on a platform that tracks progress and distributes funds accordingly.”

Pursuing this potential will be the primary focus of the project after its initial phase is complete.

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