Privacy-focused blockchain computation network ARPA announced on Thursday that it had established the ARPA Africa community, with an intention to serve African nations. The community includes support from various countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and more. The announcement was made via a tweet, which stated that the company was excited to introduce the “future of data privacy” to the African people.
We are happy to announce that #ARPA #Africa community is now LIVE! We are very excited to introduce the future of #dataprivacy to people on the land of Africa. Join us here -> https://t.co/x9HkorrJ6l #Blockchain #Crypto $ARPA 🇳🇬🇿🇦🇰🇪🇺🇬🇿🇼🇬🇭 pic.twitter.com/fK2m0xpKXy
— ARPA Official (@arpaofficial) March 11, 2020
As per an official post by ARPA on Medium, the crypto-blockchain adoption rate is growing rapidly in the abovementioned countries. The post quoted Hootsuite’s 2019 Global Digital Yearbook in saying that 10.7% of South Africans (highest percentage globally), 7.8% Nigerians, and 7.3% Ghanaians possess crypto. The company further added,
“With 50,000+ supporters in ARPA’s global community spreading across 9 languages, ARPA has built an amazingly diverse, increasingly diverse community. The ARPA team has long realized the importance of Africa. Adding another language community in ARPA will certainly provide convenience for the mainstream blockchain in Africa who want a better user experience to enhance the adoption of blockchain and crypto solutions.”
Africa has been one of the most fertile regions for blockchain-based industries, with technology behemoths like IBM and Microsoft. In November last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey attended a Bitcoin meetup in Ghana, after which he also revealed that he would be spending a few months in the continent in 2020.
ARPA, being a privacy-focused data transfer network, will play an important role in pushing crypto-blockchain adoption forward. The company said in the official post that its initiative in the African region would boost awareness about data privacy and increase the understanding of the crypto world.