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6 Easy Ways To Get Free Bitcoins Online

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If you are new to bitcoin and want to become part of the Bitcoin community, one of the easiest ways to do so is by getting your first bitcoins for free. In this post, you will be introduced to six easy ways to get free bitcoins online.

Before you get started, you need to set up a bitcoin wallet. Probably the most popular mobile bitcoin wallet in Africa is Luno. Alternatively, you could also set up a wallet online at Blockchain.info or use the popular multi-cryptocurrency mobile wallet Jaxx.

Bitcoin Faucets

Bitcoin faucets are online systems that reward users. This is done in the form of a website or an application, which distributes the rewards in satoshis in return for exposing you to adverts. Visitors claim the satoshis (one satoshi is 0.00000001 bitcoin) by ensuring that they complete tasks the website describes.

One of the best bitcoin faucets in the market is MoonBitcoin, which lets you decide how often you want to claim. The faucet gradually fills up but then slows down over time until you make a claim. Once you have reached 10,000 satoshis they will automatically be transferred into your bitcoin wallet.

Get Free Bitcoins Online for Clicking Ads

You can also earn free bitcoin by clicking ads at BTCClicks.com. The idea behind this is effectively the same as bitcoin faucets, except it tends to go a bit faster and you don’t need to wait so long for the payouts. You can only click on around 10-12 ads per day. But it takes you only a few minutes to do so and you receive enough satoshis to make it worthwhile.

Receive Bitcoin for Completing Micro Tasks

BitcoinGet is a website that has made it easier to earn bitcoin by doing simple tasks, surveys and accepting offers such as installing software on your PC. Once you go to the site, it will ask you to submit your bitcoin address in order to create an account and then you will be able to access various tasks and surveys in offer and job forms. Your bits are credited upon completion of the task and you can view your balance anytime.

Get Bitcoin for Retweeting

Another way to receive free bitcoin is by retweeting tweets on the platform Birds.Bitcoin.com. To receive free bitcoin by retweeting you need to have at least several hundred twitter followers. The amount you will receive for each retweet is a function of a number of followers your Twitter account has.

Get Paid in Bitcoin to Read Books

You can also earn some bitcoins on Paidbooks.com by reading books available on their site. Every ten minutes, you get some satoshis paid into your balance and by end of the week, you get the balance on your bitcoin wallet. You might not get rich doing this but it is a great way to get free bitcoin online, especially if you like reading.

Faucet Game

Faucet Game is a platform dedicated to allowing its users to get free bitcoin online while playing Vegas-style faucet games. You can only use the free bitcoin you earn from the faucets game as deposits and not for any other purpose. This is a way of encouraging users to come back more often to claim their rewards. However, that is not the only way of attracting more users, the platform also has a chat room where users that actively communicate also earn more satoshis.

Once you have accumulated enough satoshis in your bitcoin wallet to make it worthwhile converting it into local currency, use LocalBitcoins.com to turn it into mobile money or cash.

None of the above-mentioned ways to get free bitcoins online will make you rich nor are they a sustainable way to generate extra income. They are simply ways to get ahold of your first bitcoin holdings and to make a little extra money.  

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Nigeria Wants Regulatory Framework for Cryptocurrencies

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With cryptocurrency adoption soaring in Nigeria, it is no surprise that on April 25, 2018, members of the House of Representatives, urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC) to create a legal framework for the regulation of blockchain technology.

The resolve was passed following the adoption of a continuous motion titled ‘Need to regulate blockchain applications and Internet technology’, which was supported by Solomon Adaelu, who emphasised the innovation that the blockchain brings such as the potential to accelerate payments in the country’s financial services industry.

Adaelu said: “Blockchain as a digital and decentralisation ledger technology that records all transactions without the need for financial intermediary bank is new to humanity and can be a core payment facilitator for financial services industry. A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography as an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.”

The blockchain was invented in 2008 for the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Since its establishment, it has helped solve the issue of double spending on digital currency transaction without the need for a central server or trusted authority.

Adaelu went on to state that the deadline for a unified cryptocurrency regulation had been set for July 2018 following the G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in March.

He further added: “Countries such as the USA, the UK, Russia, Venezuela, and Kenya have [already] provided [a] framework for the regulations of this emerging technology,” and believes that Nigeria should be next in line to do so.

Other lawmakers supported the motion while acknowledging the warning given by the NDIC to be careful when trading cryptocurrencies, given the complexity and uncertainty surrounding them.

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Binance Partners with Blockchain Innovation Hub in Uganda to Promote Economic Development

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Binance, a global cryptocurrency exchange, has partnered with Crypto Savannah, Made in Africa initiative, and Msingi East Africa to promote economic development and youth employment in Uganda using blockchain technology. The partnership aims to achieve these goals by “creating thousands of jobs and bringing investments to Uganda.”

Made in Africa initiative and Msingi East Africa are organisations that are dedicated to the economic transformation of African countries while Crypto Savannah is a newly created African blockchain innovation hub.

According to Trading Economics’ data, the employment rate in Uganda stood at 47.80 percent in 2012 compared to 88.30 percent in 2009. The broad use cases for blockchain technology have the potential to change these statistics for the better by providing innovation opportunities for young people.

Changpeng Zhao, CEO and founder of Binance, announced these plans on Twitter and hinted at the possibility of Binance getting more involved in African projects.

Binance’s initiative is believed to have peaked at a recent meeting with the Blockchain Association of Uganda (BAU) where Zhao interacted with the local blockchain community and promised to support and train young entrepreneurs leveraging the blockchain. He also advised young entrepreneurs to offer solutions that are going to improve the lives of the society.

“Binance is tailor-making partnerships according to the environment. We want to understand the landscape and grow our understanding of the market.”

Zhao’s meeting with BAU will be followed by the Africa Blockchain Conference 2018 which will be held in Kampala in May.

Blockchain Technology is Gaining Momentum in Africa

The Binance initiative is just one of the several upcoming blockchain-based projects that are taking place in Africa. For instance, the World Food Program recently announced a partnership with Devery to make food delivery to Tunisian school children safe. Furthermore, the World Blockchain Summit held in Nairobi last month has helped to open doors for global blockchain companies to establish themselves in Africa.

In view of the Binance initiative, Africa could attract more global blockchain companies in the future as the technology continues to take root on the continent.

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BitMari Conducts First Test Remittance on the Bitcoin Lightning Network

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Zimbabwean startup BitMari has managed to successfully conduct its first Bitcoin Lightning Network test transaction with Tanjalo, a bitcoin startup from Lagos, Nigeria. The transaction signals a shift for remittances in Africa as users can soon expect almost instant low-cost bitcoin remittances.

Fast Transactions, Low Fees

BitMari is a Zimbabwe-based bitcoin company that leverages blockchain technology to expand into new remittance markets for the African diaspora. The startup was founded in 2015 by Sinclair Skinner and Christopher Mapondera to address the challenges faced by Zimbabweans when sending money overseas and vice-versa. In 2017, the company made history by becoming the first bitcoin enterprise to receive a money transfer license from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The company also formed a strategic partnership with Agribank to handle remittances for their customers using bitcoin.

Tim Akinbo, the co-founder and CTO of Tanjalo, was able to transfer $15 from Nigeria to a recipient in Zimbabwe through the BitMari platform using bitcoin. He believes the almost instantaneous money transfer will be instrumental in transferring value and promote cohesion by bridging local communities. The company is excited about the new development especially after successfully setting up the Lightning nodes.

Skinner, who is an ardent supporter of the adoption of bitcoin and blockchain technology in Africa to solve everyday challenges, stated:

“BitMari’s quick adoption of Lightning is active use of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology to solve real World challenges facing Africans on the continent and in the diaspora; such as costly remittance fees.”

The Bitcoin Lightning Network

The Bitcoin Lightning Network (LN) is a system built on top of bitcoin that enables people to send and receive payments instantly, and lower transaction costs by bypassing the blockchain. The Lightning Network’s use of payment channels lets users transact with each other directly without having to broadcast their business to the entire network. Currently, the Lightning Network is growing after being launched a short while ago on main-net by the Lightning Labs team.

BitHub Africa, a Nairobi-based blockchain accelerator of which BitMari is a member, has published a guide on how someone can go about setting up a Bitcoin Lightning Node on a cheap computing device called Raspberry Pi. The device can be used to process transactions by anyone with the resources and skills to host the node.

For now, BitMari is searching for other Lightning nodes to connect to their own. The company is also focusing on improving its user experience to increase adoption of its services and pass on the benefits of fast and affordable remittances to its customers.

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