Bitcoin interest strongest in Niger Delta, Southeast lead on Ethereum, Katsina meme coin stronghold 

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Nigeria, the largest cryptocurrency market in Africa, continues to grow despite being cut off from the country’s financial system and facing fresh criticism from President Tinubu’s administration.

Based on regional geographic indicators, Delta State leads in interest in the flagship cryptocurrency, with Edo, Bayelsa, Anambra, and Rivers also showing strong yearly interest.

This demonstrates the dominance of Bitcoin in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

Unsurprisingly, this region produces Nigeria’s top human capital exports in the financial sector, such as Dr. Ngozi Iweala, Jim Ovia, and Tony Elumelu.

Dogecoin, the most valuable meme coin, created as a joke in 2013 to parody the then-current crypto mania, holds a strong presence in Nigeria’s conservative regions.

The northern states have considerable interest in meme coins, with states like Borno and Katsina serving as strongholds.

These states also show significant interest in Solana, including Jigawa, Akwa Ibom, Borno, Katsina, and Yobe.

The nation’s fervor for USDT is driven by states with high interest in commerce and trade activities where the Nigerian banking infrastructure is relatively weak. This includes Ebonyi, Anambra, Jigawa, Bauchi, and Enugu.

Enugu, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, and Plateau are the states with the most significant interest in Ethereum, which is currently setting records amid the bullish run in the cryptocurrency industry.

Remarkably, Lagos, the busiest economic center in Nigeria, does not place in the top 10 in any of the rankings, despite being home to most of Nigeria’s crypto platforms, like Quidax, and having a strong fintech presence.

Google’s data elaborates on how much Nigeria’s ethnic diversity benefits the cryptocurrency market, especially since the nation will gain from policies that support diversification and long-term inclusive growth.

The primary motivation of cryptocurrency traders and owners is financial gain and hedging against the parabolic situation in Nigeria’s fragile FX market.

In many cases, stablecoins, Bitcoin, and other digital assets are used as a dollar substitute, enabling users to guard against naira inflation, even though it might be challenging to obtain dollars legally in Nigeria. Since most of what Nigerians buy is imported, dollars are highly sought after and usually scarce in the market.

The Nigerian crypto industry facilitates millions of dollars’ worth of transactions every day and fosters a new wave of crypto-based solutions, enabling the space to hold its line despite the recent clampdown on P2P trading amid rigid foreign exchange policies and expensive transaction fees compared to other emerging markets.

Bottom Line: The cryptocurrency market has made it easier for Nigeria’s geographical regions to collaborate economically, increasing the country’s chances of becoming a powerful political and economic force—something that many young Nigerians fervently desire.

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