The Green-White-Green Nigerian Flag drenched in the blood of innocent Nigerians.
The Green-White-Green Nigerian Flag drenched in the blood of innocent Nigerians.
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For many of us born in the 1990s, yesterday was very clearly one of the most depressing episodes of our lives. Full stop.

We’ve spent the last decade, learning about our history, reading about military rule, reading about the Nigerian Civil War and extending our knowledge even into learning about our similarly-oppressed cousins — in Rwanda, in South Africa and in many other parts of the world. We weren’t taught our history but we’ve worked hard to teach ourselves. Our parents might have cursorily alluded to Ken Saro-Wiwa, Dele Giwa, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and the Ogoni Nine. But for the most part, it’s all been so very abstract, so foreign, so textbook. …


I just wanted to take a moment to share a bit of my thoughts around our current mood.

And it’s fine to be in complete disagreement about this. We are all coping with and processing this in our own different ways. I dare not say I can speak for most of us — talk less of all of us. I’m by no means an authority here — but I hope it is at least a considered articulation.

I want to start by sharing one of my favourite CS Lewis quotes from A Grief Observed. …


In his inaugural address delivered to the University of St Andrews in February 1867, John Stuart Mill said: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” Mill’s words are valid till today and are especially worth considering as we wade through the waters of various intersectionality movements.

In thinking about the societal subjugation of women, we need to explore the role that men play in helping to combat the patriarchy. It is essential that men stand up as allies to help amplify the voices of women as they push for their own empowerment. …


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BuyCoins Team on October 1, BuyCoins’ Birthday.

When you are just a 2 year old startup, a year seems like a really long time, with so many inflection points and so many iterations of your products. It’s been a generally positive year and we’ve decided to spend some time writing about it.

Product

The BuyCoins product has evolved significantly over the last year while remaining loyal to our core mission: to enable a truly borderless transfer of value across the African continent and beyond. The first step in this is building a reliable, secure and frictionless medium for people to get onboard with cryptocurrencies and we are ever-charged with this. We processed over 10 billion Naira in crypto trades this year, served 1400 users this year and are growing at ~30% quarter over quarter. …


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Deborah judging Israel, Nebraska State Capitol

“Woman was merely man’s helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God…” — Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Early Church Father (354–430)

“The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be wives or prostitutes. — Martin Luther, Father of the Protestant Reformation (1483–1546)

Misogyny. The history of the Christian Church is laden with patriarchal mores and sexist practices.

How did it all start?

As the Early Church struggled under the weight of a powerful Roman Empire, it was increasingly a source of refuge for the weak, the poor, the victimised, women, slaves and all at the mercy of a broken society. It was a place for those ignored in society to come together and worship and pursue peace and succour. …


What is blockchain?

If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve heard about Bitcoin. And you’ve heard one expression or the other that has described bitcoin using terms similar to: bitcoin is a peer to peer digital currency system that enables users directly engage in transactions, verified by nodes that use an immutable distributed ledger called a blockchain. All that gibberish really means bitcoin is a network of people running software on their computers to track the account balances of everyone in the system. It’s important to note that Bitcoin is different from the blockchain. The blockchain is the underlying technology that bitcoin uses for record keeping and is applicable in not just currency spaces but in all sorts of things from immutable contracts (e.g Ethereum) to immutable records (e.g for land registry) to immutable silly games (e.g. CryptoKitties). A blockchain is a decentralized public ledger (meaning no central record keeper: records are kept and scattered amongst everyone in the system) used by most cryptocurrencies to keep track of transactions (aka activities). Need even more breakdown? …


Jan 1, 2017. Price of Bitcoin: $974

Nov 21, 2017. Price of Bitcoin: $8200

One of the bigger economic waves of 2017 has been Bitcoin and its growth. It’s evolved from a very polarizing economic issue into a slightly polarizing topic with a strong core base and an almost solid network effect advantage. I don’t make a pro-bitcoin argument here but I attempt to clarify a few questions about the process of buying bitcoin.

The pro-Bitcoin community (tech enthusiasts, some financial experts, Silicon Valley, some government folks, some folks in academia etc) consensus is that bitcoin remains a store of value in the sense in which gold acts as a store of value and it combines the advantages of gold (fixed supply and fixed inflation) with some advantages of cash (high portability and fungibility). …


My aim here is to help novices (like myself to be honest) gain a fundamental understanding of what bitcoin is and what the prospect for use is.

What is Bitcoin?

Imagine you have $10 and want to buy a shirt, you walk into a store and hand over the ten dollar bill and get your shirt. You can do this for all the different transactions in your life: paying rent, buying petrol, buying a laptop etc. But this doesn’t scale: you can’t pay for things over the internet, you need to carry a lot of cash around, you need to keep track of your cash and expenses yourself etc. Walks in debit cards, credit cards, MPesa etc: they solve this problem. But then the companies behind the scene charge for this service and control significantly what can be done or not done: they might ask for your billing address, they might charge a 2% fee for transactions, they might report to the government and force you to file taxes etc. Can we get rid of all of that? Can individuals and the public have way more control over their money and how they transact with it? …


You are right. Being Christian is more than that little prayer. And inadvertently, the foot in the door technique has penetrated the means of evangelism. In some regard, the message of Romans 10:9 has been trifled. That’s why for me, besides everything – besides lying, and stealing, and fornication, and hate and laziness – the most important thing is to be laid bare in the presence of God. The first step is the decision that I want to live for God and have my life centered on him and his desires more than anything else. It is not that I am able to do this, no that’s not the first step. It is that I will to do this. In being Christian, I am not saying I want to stop lying, or stop stealing, or stop masturbating, or stop being jealous. No, I am saying I want God to own me – to own my soul, to own my life. I am telling him that my innermost desire and will is to give him my Free Will and be a slave to his desires. It doesn't matter if I carry on, that’s a later step – the first step is the desire and will. …

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Tech Dilettante. Customer Support @ BuyCoins Africa

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