The United Africa Blockchain Association (UABA), a non-profit organization that claims to be focused on promoting blockchain adoption on the African continent, has announced plans to train at least one million people on distributed ledger technology (DLT) as well as other innovative technologies this year, reports ITWebAfrica on August 12, 2019.
UABA Trains Africans on Blockchain
In a bid to empower women and youth with the skills they need to become experts in emerging technologies, UABA, a South Africa-based not-for-profit organization says it’s looking to organize boot camps and hackathons in various parts of the continent, to train people on blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and more.
Per sources close to the matter, starting from September 2019, UABA will launch its “Blockchain 101 Train the Trainer Program” and the “Women in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative” to train one million women and youth on the revolutionary technologies.
Commenting on the impending launch of the blockchain enlightenment project, UABA’s director of research, Heath Muchena reiterated that the organization’s primary objective is to contribute to the growth of Africa’s blockchain and cryptospace in the best way possible.
“In addition to conducting DLT training and hackathons, we intend to organize startup bootcamps for firms developing blockchain-based solutions that could be useful in Africa’s developing economy,”
Heath also revealed that UABA plans to collaborate with local businesses that have tailored their products and services to cater to the needs of Africans.
Blockchain and Cryptos Gaining Traction in Africa
UABA plans to begin the program with weekly training in Johannesburg, before collaborating with other organizations to expand the project to other parts of Africa such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia, to mention a few.
While Africa missed out on the technology and internet revolutions, it appears the continent is not interested in taking the back seat in the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency movement, as the citizens are now exploring the potential of the nascent tech and financial authorities in the region are now making plans to regulate their cryptospace.
Earlier in April 2019, BTCManager reported that Chinyere Nnadi, a Nigerian entrepreneur had launched a project to tackle the issue of oil spillage in the country with DLT and biotech.
In July 2019, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Nigeria’s Speaker of the House of Representatives stated categorically that the Nigerian House of Representatives would work with other relevant agencies to create amenable regulations for cryptos and blockchain.