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Bitcoin P2P Trading Volume in Africa Turns Largest in The World, Exceeding North America

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:08
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Yuri Molchan
Africa's P2P Bitcoin trading volume is now the largest in the world, while the number of Bitcoins held for 6-12 months soars to 3.2 million coins
Bitcoin P2P Trading Volume in Africa Turns Largest in The World, Exceeding North America
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Less than an hour ago, a Redditor posted a diagram that shows a major rise in Bitcoin trading volume in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The Bitcoin trading volume has now proven to be higher than that of the region that is totally opposite in terms of quality of life: North America.

Besides, recent analytics data has demonstrated that the amount of Bitcoin held for half a year or a full year has surged very substantially in the past several months, now surpassing three million Bitcoins.

South Africa boasts largest Bitcoin trading volume globally

A diagram shared on Reddit demonstrates that South African countries are now leading in the P2P trading volume of the top cryptocurrency by market cap in the world. Sub-Saharan Africa here exceeds North America—close to $17 million.

The Asia Pacific region comes third on this diagram, with Latin America showing the fourth-largest volume. Next comes Eastern Europe, Western Europe and then the Middle East and North African countries.

Australia and New Zealand are at the very bottom of the list.

Commenters have written that Africa's leadership here is logical as countries in the sub-Saharan region have a poor economy and low standards of living, along with high inflation and the majority of the population having no access to banking services. Therefore, Bitcoin is compensating them for all of that.

The author of the post did not provide the source of the diagram, however.

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According to data provided by popular analytics company Glassnode, the amount of Bitcoins stored in wallets for 6 and 12 months has, for the past four months, increased drastically and soared from 1.4 million to a whopping 3.2 million BTC.

That is the equivalent of $158,039,680,000 at the current exchange rate of $49,370 per BTC.

The chart was shared by Chinese journalist Colin Wu, who covers everything to do with cryptocurrencies and blockchain and often obtains insider information from his and anonymous sources.

Greatest amount of BTC moved to and from exchanges since Black Thursday

Another analytics data vendor, Santiment, tweeted earlier today that its expert team had noticed that the amount of Bitcoins moved to and from centralized exchanges on Monday was as high as 17 months ago.

Back then, the event known as Black Thursday took place on March 12, and Bitcoin plunged over 50 percent in just one day, taking all of the crypto market along with it. The stock market also plummeted, along with crude oil, dropping below zero.

Thus, 843,200 Bitcoins were sent to crypto exchanges and 825,000 BTC coins were withdrawn. The Santiment team tweeted that it is going to keep an eye on address activity in the coming days.

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Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at