How does Bitcoin Work in Kenya

Bitcoin, also written as BTC, is the largest and the first cryptocurrency in the world which is slowly gaining traction in Kenya. A cryptocurrency is a digital form of money that exists purely in electronic form; bitcoin is a set of protocols and processes backed by code. Bitcoin was first invented by a pseudonymous person or group of people going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto. The identity or whereabouts of Satoshi Nakamoto remains a mystery to everyone except for a few speculations that are not reliable. Bitcoin was invented in the year 2008 and was launched in 2009. Bitcoin has inspired the creation of more than 5000  cryptocurrencies known as alt coins.

How Does Bitcoin Works

Bitcoin is a decentralized form of currency; transactions are not controlled by a central authority such as a central bank of Kenya, a single administrator, or even the government, unlike traditional fiat currencies. Bitcoin allows anyone to make transactions regardless of race, gender, and other differences. Transactions are made possible for user-to-user by the bitcoin peer-to-peer technology.  The bitcoins are verified through cryptography, created, distributed, traded, and recorded in public distributed ledger known as a blockchain. A blockchain is made up of many blocks that contain information on every transaction made, including date, amount of bitcoins, transaction codes, time, buyer, and seller. This transactions once completed are untraceable.

Pros and Cons of Bitcoin Trading in Kenya

Bitcoin is a digital currency; counterfeit tokens can therefore not be made. Bitcoin in Kenya enables a free market between two transactors eliminating taxation, high transaction fees, and government interference. Bitcoin is also very safe since the transaction codes are unique, long, and random, reducing the probability of fraudulent activities. Using bitcoin provides anonymity since the transactors use transaction IDs that cannot be traced to a specific person; this promotes buying illegal substances through the dark web. This anonymity is a problem to government agencies, hence their vehement refusal to accept them. A good example is the silk road company that accumulated bitcoins worth 9 million USD  after selling hard drugs on the dark web. As of the time of posting this, the price of one Bitcoin in Kenya shillings was Ksh6,089,230.29

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