Akon, Tumelo Ramaphosa, and Ran Neu-Ner, are some of the speakers that have been lined up for the inaugural "Unlocking Blockchain Africa Conference" set to take place on 25 August 2018. The conference, which is going to take place at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be focusing on uncovering the development and impact of emerging cryptocurrency markets in Afrika.

You could be wondering why is the acclaimed music artist, Akon, speaking at a cryptocurrencies related event. Well, that's because he recently announced his new cryptocurrency, AKoin which forms an important part of his plans for a "crypto city" or what he has called a "Real-life Wakanda."

"The organization’s aim is to be the main bridge between developed and developing nations in terms of: facilitating international co-operation, increasing technological advancement as well as championing mass scale financial inclusion throughout Africa – especially in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda," reads a statement from the organizers of the first Unlocking Blockchain Africa conference.

Blockchain usage in Afrika

Apart from people buying and selling cryptocurrencies on exchanges like Luno, Bitkoin, and Chankura, there have been some interesting use cases of the Ethereum blockchain in Africa. One that stands out is the Rwanda Government's Blockchain project. The first phase of the Rwanda Blockchain project saw the Rwanda Land Registry digitized to ensure control of authenticity.

Another interesting use case of blockchain technology is by one of the conference speakers, Tumelo Ramaphosa. As the surname suggests, Ramaphosa is the son of South Africa's president but he is also the co-founder of StudEx, a startup that uses a cryptocurrency token for wildlife and livestock auctions as well as a VR app which is being developed to allow investors of wild animals to monitor their investment and see what the StudEx drones see on the land where the animals are.

For a full list of speakers and ticket details, visit the Unlocking Blockchain Africa Conference website.


Cover image credit: Tumelo Ramaphosa, Akon, Beryl Li, and Ran Neu-Ner.