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10 Women Shaping the Growth & Adoption of Crypto in Africa

  • Post published:January 4, 2023

WCW!!! Crypto fans and evangelists have pushed for adoption throughout Africa. We’ll look at the top ten women who have helped put Africa at the forefront of bitcoin acceptance.

Itireleng (Botswana)

Alakanani Itireleng

Alakanani Itireleng is the founder and CEO of Satoshicentre in Gaborone, Botswana. She works with blockchain developers to solve African problems.

Alakanani discovered bitcoin in 2012 while fundraising for her sick son. His disease killed him. After the tragedy, she ceased online activity, but returned in 2013 to learn about Bitcoin. With her teaching background and interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain, she founded SatoshiCenter.

Alakanani says the centre will bring together innovative people to use blockchain technology to promote Botswana and Africa. SatoshiCenter’s network of blockchain investors and executives mentors businesses.

Often, Alakanani Itireleng, “The Bitcoin Lady,” says education is important to blockchain acceptance. “Unknowns aren’t adopted.” Her ambition for SatoshiCenter is to make it a leader in African blockchain and develop globally recognised blockchain enterprises.

Obakpolor (Nigeria)

Karla Obakpolor

Karla Obakpolor founded and QLIP NFT, a cross-chain NFT platform. Since 2016, she’s studied blockchain technology, including Algorand, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and EOS.

As an Algorand ambassador in 2019, she mentored 300 people on blockchain and cryptocurrency. She founded BITSAVE to teach people how to fight inflation with crypto.

Karla is writing a book about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Nsunsumuco (Zambia)

Michelle Nsunsumuco is the founder and CEO of Global Policy House and a senior advisor to Bermuda’s Global Fintech Advisory Board. She began working in cryptography and blockchain in 2009.

She’s a pioneer in the digital economy, blockchain/DLT, AI, quantum computing, and big data growth evaluation. Furthermore, she’s researched these technologies with the African Union, UN, and World Bank.

Michelle invests in and teaches blockchain. She assesses the influence of new digital technologies on business, government, and female empowerment. She heads a digital investment firm studying blockchain’s socio-economic potential.

Mwangi (Kenya)

Roselyn Mwangi,

Blockchain strategist and economist Roselyn Mwangi, She’s the co-founder and director of Africa-based Azuri Blockchain Consultants Ltd. She’s led Kenyan women in blockchain since 2017 and led the Blockchain Association of Kenya from 2019 to 2020. She’s a Kenya Institute of Directors member.

She was a UN women’s programme officer for eight years and a Safaricom business dealer for ten. She’s talked on media platforms and at international conferences about blockchain and African economies.

Roselyn wants African youth to be contributors to the global digital economy, not just consumers. She favours blockchain technology. She supports blockchain businesses and East African digital startups.

Yale Soko (South Africa)

Yale Soko is South Africa Ecosystems Lead at cLabs, Chairwoman of the United Africa Blockchain Association, and founder of the Ethereum Foundation’s Devcon alumni.

She discovered blockchain technology in 2016 and became a freelance Bitcoin and cryptocurrency consultant. The Ethereum Devcon Scholarship programme named her Devcon V Queen in 2019 for her excellent learning capacity.

Yale teaches technology to promote financial inclusion and growth. As a trainer, she’s prepared YouTube tutorials and introductory guidelines for blockchain and crypto. She’s dedicated to helping Africa utilise emerging technology to fight social and economic concerns.

Ruth (Nigeria)

Ruth Iselema

Bitmama Ruth Iselema heard about blockchain and cryptocurrency in 2015 from a friend and Telegram and WhatsApp groups.

Only two women were present. She abandoned her jobs as a pharmacist and doctor in 2016 to pursue Bitmama, but it didn’t happen until 2019.

Bitmama is one of the most used crypto-fiat exchanges in Nigeria and Ghana. It lets users buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, Celo, and other digital assets for fiat money.

The company is based in Delaware and Neuss, Germany. It uses a lean startup strategy, has more than 15 remote workers, and has used peer-to-peer growth to keep going after Nigeria banned cryptocurrencies.

Ojengbede (Nigeria)

Deborah Ojengbede

Deborah Ojengbede, AFEN’s CEO and a former banker, led the first government-backed NFT project.

She quit her five-year career as a business analyst at a Nigerian bank.

Deborah pursued her crypto aspirations, creating AFEN, a platform for digitising African arts, real estate, and education.

AFEN wants to use blockchain technology, specifically the Binance smart-chain network, to tackle the trio’s problems.

Doris Ojuederie (Nigeria)

Doris Ojuederie

Ojuederie Doris is a certified blockchain expert, serial entrepreneur, and business advisor who specialises in entrepreneurship, business growth, and strategic marketing.

She’s arranged hundreds of blockchain and investment events. Blockchain African Ladies was founded and is coordinated by her.

As an accounting student in 2015, she discovered blockchain. She attended workshops to learn this.

Doris was surprised by how male-dominated the cryptocurrency industry is.

She discovered that many women were unaware of blockchain’s life-changing potential and had been taught to view bitcoin trading as a man’s vocation. She founded Blockchain African Ladies for this reason.

Snyman (South Africa)

Naomi Snyman

Naomi Snyman leads Standard Bank Group’s blockchain initiative and chairs the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium. Her influence on blockchain adoption extends beyond Africa’s borders. She represents Standard Bank in the International R3 Consortium, which creates and pushes blockchain projects for member banks worldwide.

Naomi is a passionate blockchain believer and evangelist. “When the Internet first started, we didn’t know why we needed it or how it functioned, but it’s altered our lives,” she said. Blockchain Naomi Snyman also promotes blockchain in Africa.

Ayari (Tunisia)

Imen Ayari

Imen Ayari, an engineer and Executive MBA student at the Mediterranean School of Business, She has worked for Ubitrade, Gltrade, Fis, and Sunagrd. She’s Chief Blockchain Officer and Head of Innovation at Talan Innovation Factory, Tunisia’s R&D company.

It focuses on blockchain, AI, IoT, and data science. As a believer in synergy and open collaboration between professionals, professors, and students, Imen Ayari has challenged the local and global blockchain community by stimulating information exchange, mentoring, and identifying and analysing business prospects. Imen Ayari has contributed to bitcoin and blockchain adoption in Africa. Thus, she must be included.