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ICON Partners With UABA To Spread Blockchain Education In Africa

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ICON Partners With UABA To Spread Blockchain Education In Africa


The world’s largest blockchain platform, ICON, has signed a partnership agreement with an African association that specializes in driving the adoption of blockchain technology on the continent.

In a press release, the United Africa Blockchain Association (UABA) has disclosed that the partnership with ICON will provide, among other things, education programs and incubation for decentralized applications. Additionally, ICON will facilitate roadshows in Africa aimed at driving the adoption of blockchain technology. 

UABA’s Role 

UABA, on the other hand, will help ICON to deploy its blockchain network on the continent. As part of the partnership, UABA will become the first civil society in the Africa Blockchain community to be a DAO. 

The working agreement further tasks the African Blockchain educational outfit to help ICON promote their ICONSENSUS campaign of the ICON Foundation, thereby facilitating potential P-Rep candidates.

According to Josh Choi, Director of Public Affairs, ICON:

“There are huge opportunities in Africa for blockchain projects. ICON’s blockchain platform and solutions can help solve various challenges that the continent is facing. The partnership between ICON and UABA will build lots of synergy for each other as well as nurture the blockchain community in Africa.”

Furthermore, the partnership paved the way for Choi to be on the Advisory Board of UABA. 

Blame African Leaders

Soko and Choi Signing the Partnership Agreement

While welcoming Choi to its board, UABA’s chairperson, Yaliwe Soko, said that those in leadership positions had orchestrated the current state of affairs in Africa. However, Soko added:

We are here as UABA to change the narrative by emulating the technology we promote; our partnership with ICON will set an example for non-profit organizations to emulate. We are honoured to have the support from ICON.”

In Feb this year, ICON became an Advanced Technology Partner on the Amazon Web Services’ Partner Network (APN). The status made it possible for developers to run the ICON blockchain on the Amazon Web Services cloud.

UABA, a non-profit organization, seeks to push the continent towards using blockchain technology in both private and public sectors. The issues that drive the organization include sovereign identity, education, poverty alleviation, gender equality, job creation, fair and efficient trade, financial inclusion, skills development. UABA’s target is to reach one million people in Africa through its Train the Trainer in Blockchain initiative.

Frisco d'Anconia

Frisco d'Anconia is a journalist by profession and a Free Market Policy analyst. Through Africa Youth Peace Call which he founded in 1997, more than 2000 African youth were educated in Free Markets Economics and entrepreneurship. Many of these people have moved on to start businesses and institutions to advocate for market reforms in Africa. In 2007, he won the 1st Prize of the Mont Pelerin Society Essay Competition for Africans under 30 with an essay on Ghana's Telecommunication Liberalization. This man single-handedly brought Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency and Libertarianism to his native Ghana. Since 2011, he has been spreading Blockchain technologies in Ghana through his Liberty and Entrepreneurship Camps. He has written for the Cointelegraph, CryptoCoinsNews, Core Media, Bitcoinchaser and others with the pen name Frisco d'Anconia. From 2016, he is travelling through Africa promoting and writing about Blockchain technologies and its communities for the Crypto journals. So far the Cryptotraveler/Cryptovagabond as he's popularly known has been to 22 African Countries attending conferences, organising Meet-ups and promoting Blockchain Projects. He lives on, and solely earns Crypto and has no bank account. He ardently holds that Blockchain technologies are the answer to Africa's copious malaise. Currently, Mauritius is his base where he runs Qubitica LTD, a Blockchain Company as CEO, and as the Managing Editor of QBITtimes. His interests are Economic Freedom in the world, Fintech, writing, teaching, travelling and children, and has two beautiful daughters.

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