Digital currency Adoption and trends in Nigeria in 2022
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It is estimated that over 22 million people, 10.3% of Nigeria’s total population, currently own digital currency.
As of Q3 2022, Africa is currently the fastest-growing digital currency market among developing economies and the third-fastest growing market in the world. At this rate, many have poised Africa to be the next hub of digital currencies and blockchain development. At the centre of all this, Nigeria is one of the main African countries driving Africa’s digital currencies growth, having ranked 6th worldwide in terms of digital currencies-related use according to a report done by Chainalysis, a US blockchain data platform. Cointelegraph reported that according to Google and other search engine’s data, Nigerians are the most “digital currencies-crazy” nation as they rank first among 15 countries surveyed. This surge in digital currencies adoption amongst Nigerian could be attributed to a lack of access to traditional financial services. Additionally, the depreciation of their domestic currency, the Naira alongside rising inflation could be another major factor contributing to Nigerians holding digital currencies as their main form of assets.
According to an April report done by Kucoin, more than a third of Nigerians aged between 18 to 60 invest in digital currencies themselves. A majority of Nigerian digital currencies investors are below the age of 30 (52% of its investor). However, Nigeria as a country shows huge potential as these figures are gathered when only 51% of the entire population of Nigeria has access to the internet. Furthermore, Kucoin reported that digital currency ownership in Nigeria showed 50% gender parity, which, unlike in other countries, demonstrates that gender demographic plays no role in the country’s adoption of the evolving monetary system.