As cryptocurrency awareness continues to gain ground globally, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reaffirmed its position regarding the future of cryptocurrency transactions through Nigerian banks. Despite the increasing popularity and awareness of digital assets, the CBN appears resolute in its approach to regulating and monitoring the crypto space within the country.
A recent ConsenSys poll sheds light on the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency awareness and adoption. The survey revealed that approximately 92 percent of respondents worldwide had heard of digital currencies. However, the percentage of individuals who truly comprehended the concept of cryptocurrencies was considerably lower, with only 50 percent of participants claiming to have heard of cryptocurrency and understanding its workings.
Interestingly, Nigeria emerged as a frontrunner in terms of cryptocurrency awareness, with a staggering 100 percent of women and 99 percent of men surveyed reporting familiarity with this asset class. Moreover, an impressive 78 percent of Nigerians claimed to have a good understanding of how cryptocurrency and blockchain technology function.
Despite the high awareness levels, only 5 percent of the respondents expressed an openness to investing in cryptocurrencies. However, looking ahead, 57 percent of them declared definite intentions to invest in cryptocurrencies over the next 12 months, while 33 percent expressed a likelihood of doing so.
The primary motivation for Nigerians to enter the cryptocurrency space was portfolio diversification. Many sought refuge in digital assets due to the volatility of the local currency, the Nigerian Naira. This growing interest in cryptocurrencies led respondents to explore various options, with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Coin, Dogecoin, Tether, and Shiba Inu ranking among the top investment choices.
It is worth noting that 6 out of 10 Nigerians surveyed were aware of the centralised crypto firms’ collapses that occurred in 2022. While these bankruptcies had an impact on public trust, a significant majority, 89 percent, considered the effect to be only “moderate.” Respondents indicated that to rebuild trust in the crypto sector, improving security, transparency, and accountability were the most effective strategies.
In the midst of this evolving landscape, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s stance on cryptocurrency transactions remains closely watched by both enthusiasts and skeptics. As awareness and adoption continue to grow, the central bank’s regulatory approach will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of cryptocurrencies in Nigeria.