The bitcoin halving is four days away, and the hype is hitting every part of the world, including Africa. In the last week, Africa has experienced record-breaking volumes on bitcoin trading platforms.
Africa – The P2P Power House
Trading volume on popular peer-to-peer platforms LocalBitcoins and Paxful recorded high volumes last week in Sub-Saharan Africa. The continent recorded $10 million trade volume for the first time in a 7 day period.
UsefulTullips, a P2P volume tracking platform, showed this record as tweeted by Creator, Matt Ahlborg.
Nigeria nearly broke its all-time high record too, seeing $7.2 million worth of Bitcoin change hands. Central African Republic is also establishing itself as a P2P powerhouse with high volumes for three weeks.
Paxful founder Ray Yussef also noted the increase of trade in Africa, especially in Ghana and Nigeria. He tweeted:
Other peer-to-peer platforms like LocalCryptos and CryptoLocally have also experienced growth in sign-ups and trades from Africa.
Exchanges Stake Their Claim
Traditional exchanges are also experiencing a surge in new users and volumes. Ghanaian local exchange Ebitcoinics, saw a sharp increase of over 70% in trade last month despite having to shut physical bitcoin stores in Accra and Kumasi. The situation got very overwhelming to the extent that the site went down due to extreme traffic.
Also, Luno, a top-rated platform in Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, also shared insights on how the exchange is faring a few days to the halving.
The bitcoin halving happens in less than five days. Ahead of the event, bitcoin is trading at over $9,600, very close to the $10,000 psychological level.
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