Blockchain technology has evolved beyond being a solely decentralised database for digital currencies. Now, the blockchain is being used to transform and disrupt traditional infrastructures in Africa from banking and healthcare to real estate and even ride shares.
BitcoinAfrica.io has compiled a list of 20 leading African blockchain influencers that are helping to make these changes happen.
Mic Kimani is the Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Kenya and co-founder at Chamapesa, a company using blockchain technology to digitise social savings groups in Africa. An expert with over five years of experience in the industry, Michael is considered one of Africa’s foremost cryptocurrency and blockchain thought leaders.
John Karanja is the founder of BitHub Africa, a blockchain accelerator located in Nairobi, Kenya. He also founded the blockchain startup Whive, a peer-to-peer protocol that extends Bitcoin incentivising sustainable energy solutions through trustless rewards.
Sonya Kuhnel is a pioneer in the South African blockchain technology industry. She serves as Managing Director of the Blockchain Academy, co-founded the Blockchain Africa Conference, and BitSure that uses blockchain technology for retail payments.
Tricia Martinez is the CEO and founder at Wala, a zero-fee financial services app for emerging markets. She is a behavioural economist who has made her career in driving innovative technology solutions to underserved people in Africa.
Vinny Lingham is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of CivicKey, a company that builds blockchain ID platforms. He was the ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa in 2008 and Shark Tank’s first bitcoin investor.
Alakanani Itireleng is on a mission to educate Botswana’s citizens about bitcoin and blockchain technology. Itireleng founded the Gaborone-based Satoshicentre, a platform aimed at teaching blockchain technology in Botswana and Africa, and the farming blockchain platform Plaas.
Gareth Grobler is a co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange ICE³X and speaker on the topics of digital assets and blockchain technology. He has over 14 years of experience in IT infrastructure development.
Faith Obafemi is a digital lawyer advising on legal tech, digital assets, smart contracts, and everything else blockchain-related. She is passionate about the blockchain industry and regularly contributes as a writer in this field.
Frank Deya is the COO of æternity Hub Africa and co-founded Nairobi-based blockchain startup BitSoko. He is also a regular speaker at blockchain events in Kenya.
Tawanda Kembo is a co-founder of Zimbabwean bitcoin exchange Golix. He has been involved with the blockchain technology since 2013 and has acted as a consultant to several blockchain companies in Africa.
Verengai Mabika is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Global Public Policy team and a blockchain enthusiast. In his own words, he is a social innovation freak who helped to build Zimbabwean cryptocurrency exchange Golix.
Dickson Nsofor is the CEO and co-founder of Korapay, a cross-border payment and remittance platform, that aims to connect Africa to the rest of the world.
Professor Nii Quaynor
Professor Nii Quaynor is a Ghanaian Internet pioneer. He is well known for pioneering Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for almost two decades, establishing some of the continent’s first Internet connections. He is also the Chairman of Ghana Dot Com and a proponent of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for Africa.
Kwame Rugunda is the Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda. He is also the CEO of CryptoSavannah, which offers solutions, advice and training in blockchain technology, and organised the Africa Blockchain Conference.
Riccardo Spagni is the founder of the privacy-centric digital currency Monero. He acts as the lead of the Monero Dev team and is also involved in several projects and startups including South Africa-based Tari.
Farzam Ehsani is a Co-Founder and CEO at VALR, a new South African digital asset exchange. He also helped to establish the Foundery, RMB’s fintech unit, where he is currently leading Rand Merchant Bank’s blockchain initiative.
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Devon Krantz is a co-founder and managing director of Linum Labs. Linum Labs provides blockchain training, consulting, smart contract auditing and software development solutions globally.
Lorien Gamaroff is the CEO of South African cryptocurrency wallet startup Centbee. He is a regular speaker at blockchain conferences and a proponent of the recently forked Bitcoin Cash offshoot Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV).
Elisha Owusu Akyaw
Elisha Owusu Akyaw is Africa’s youngest blockchain influencer, marketer and journalist. The 17-year-old Ghanaian founded BlockXAfrica, a blockchain marketing company, and the cryptocurrency news site CoinNewsLive.com.