ENaira Launches Today, What Stuttering Really Is, Crypto Theft In 2020 • Techpoint Africa
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Today I am discussing:
- International Stuttering Awareness Day
- Launch of eNaira today
- Crypto thefts in 2020
eNaira is finally launching
Following a false start Earlier this month, the Nigerian government is preparing to launch Nigeria’s central bank’s digital currency, eNaira, today, Monday, October 25, 2021.
The start, which was announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria in a press release, would be made by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
Initially, the launch was slated to take place on October 1, 2021, but was postponed due to a conflict in programming with Independence Day activities.
The eNaira site, which went live on Monday September 27, 2021, suffered a downtime in the early hours of October 1 but eventually returned at 8:14 a.m.
As a reminder, you can read our explanation here: How will Nigeria’s eNaira work,
What led to the choice of a Barbadian company as a technical partner here: CBN turns to Barbados to design the eNaira, why not Nigeria ?,
And some glimpses to use a private blockchain network here: eNaira: How much control does a private blockchain give CBN?
What stuttering really is
Several myths about stuttering exist across the world. From the most logical to the superstitious, these reasons attempt to explain why people stutter.
On the African continent, for example, some myths include bad foods the mother consumed during pregnancy, standing in front of a mirror, dog bites, over-tickling the baby, among others.
As funny as these myths sound, the suggested remedies are even more hilarious, standing in front of a mirror and talking to yourself, eating a fruit pecked by a bird and maintaining correct posture, to name a few.
But science blows these myths out of the water
According to DoSomething.org, Stuttering (or stuttering, if you prefer) is a speech impediment that interrupts the flow of a speaker’s speech. Biological and neurological disease, it is caused by one or more of the four possible triggers, the first being genetics and the others, the development of the child, the constitution of the brain and the family dynamics.
But how has technology helped stutterers? Does it even help? Our sub-editor, Precious Mogoli – after a long hiatus from the writing world – has put their finger on the keyboard to help raise awareness about stuttering.
You will find it here: The tech is great, but it hasn’t beaten stuttering yet
Top 10 crypto thefts in 2020
Lately, The adoption of crypto in Africa has increased. And despite obstacles such as a crypto ban and refusals to recognize cryptocurrencies, the use has only grown.
Corn just as fiat currencies can be stolen, cryptocurrencies also face the same problem.
According to Chainalysis, over $ 520 million worth of cryptocurrency was stolen from services and individuals through hacks and non-technical attacks such as social engineering and phishing efforts in 2020.
Cryptocurrency crime is a concern for Africans, especially with countries like Nigeria, Togo, South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana among the top 20 countries in the 2021 Global Cryptocurrency Adoption Index
Content in infographic Above are the top 10 cryptocurrency thefts of 2020.
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