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The AI-Blockchain Nexus: Redefining Tech’s Future



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By Emmanuel Ebanehita, the Chief Marketing Officer of Fuse Network

The convergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain has emerged as a transformative catalyst. This fusion promises to disrupt industries and redefine how we transact, interact, and innovate.

This symbiotic relationship between decentralized ledger technology and machine learning is not just a trend; it’s a profound shift that promises to transform industries, reshape economies, and revolutionize our understanding of data-driven opportunities.

AI and blockchain have already caused significant disruptions in the tech landscape. A recent market research analysis by Facts and Factors predicts that the global AI market will grow from $29.86 billion in 2020 to $299.64 billion in 2026, indicating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.6 percent.

Likewise, experts forecast that the global blockchain market will experience a CAGR of 67.3 percent, taking it from $3 billion in 2020 to $39.7 billion in 2025. In terms of functionality and impact, AI, with its capacity to process extensive data and make intelligent decisions, has found applications in fields from healthcare to finance. On the other hand, blockchain has showcased its capability to improve transparency, security, and trust across various sectors.

However, their convergence becomes formidable because it creates a harmonious ecosystem where organizations can execute data-driven decisions transparently and immutably.

This synergy extends beyond a single industry; it can simultaneously disrupt and transform multiple sectors. An IBM Consulting report supports this idea, stating that the intersection of AI and Blockchain yields various positive ‘combined values,’ including ‘Augmentation, Automation, and Authenticity.’ Recent reports also project that the global blockchain-AI market will increase from $230 million in 2021 to nearly $1 billion in 2030.

Africa, with its vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and burgeoning tech scene, stands to gain immense benefits from the convergence of AI and blockchain—an alignment with the continent’s aspirations for inclusive economic growth and technological empowerment positions the synergy favorably. Consequently, Africa’s unique challenges and opportunities create fertile ground for innovative solutions powered by AI and blockchain.

In particular, blockchain technology can enhance transparency and trust in supply chain management and financial services. Meanwhile, AI can drive efficiency and data-driven decision-making in healthcare, agriculture, and education. Together, they can create a virtuous cycle of innovation and economic development within the continent.

As the blockchain AI market expands and matures, numerous organizations have made strides to offer innovative services that allow consumers to benefit from the best of both worlds.

Among the vanguards of this technological synergy is Founded in 2019, Fuse is more than just a platform; it’s a visionary solution that empowers businesses and developers with end-to-end capabilities for Web3 payments. With over 1.8 million users, over 128 million successful transactions, and a presence in 12 countries, exemplifies the potential of AI and blockchain to transcend borders and empower small and medium-sized businesses.

Fuse’s value proposition is profound. It offers businesses an alternative to traditional payment methods, sparing them from the demanding fees associated with credit cards. Through Fuse’s Software Development Kit (SDK), smaller merchants with limited technical abilities can seamlessly integrate payment solutions at lower costs and with heightened reliability. The future is undoubtedly non-custodial, and Fuse is at the forefront of this movement, providing security and control with its non-custodial wallet SDK.

What are Fuse’s unique propositions, and how is the brand leading the way in the convergence of AI and Blockchain?

Speaking at the just concluded Tech Next Conference, themed: Disruptive Tech: New Frontiers, New Opportunities, Emmanuel Ebanehita, the Chief Marketing Officer of Fuse Network, explored numerous measures through which is leading the way in the convergence of AI and Blockchain.

AI-Powered Mobile Payments:

Fuse’s mobile-first approach perfectly aligns with the trajectory of mobile-centric payment solutions. By integrating AI into its mobile payment infrastructure, Fuse enhances the user experience by anticipating spending behaviors, offering financial guidance, and fortifying security measures to detect potential fraud.

This seamless blend of AI and mobile payments amplifies convenience. It fosters a heightened sense of security and trust among users, especially in developing economies like Africa, where security concerns are highly palpable, thereby shaping the future of digital transactions.

Data Transactions for AI:

Fuse’s microtransaction capabilities are a game-changer for AI companies aiming to acquire data directly from individuals. In today’s AI landscape, where human-generated content is the lifeblood of machine learning, microtransactions play a crucial role. They enable fair compensation for content creators, driving the development of generative AI models. Fuse’s cost-effective transaction model provides the perfect solution, making this symbiotic relationship between AI and human creativity economically viable and sustainable.

Decentralized AI Marketplaces:

Fuse extends its influence far beyond the realm of payments. It provides businesses the tools to create personalized decentralized applications (dApps), enabling access to platforms where AI models and services can be decentralized. This democratization of AI capabilities enhances accessibility and fosters an environment for innovation to thrive.

In these ways, is pivotal in transforming AI into a force that empowers individuals and small enterprises, reshaping the landscape of technology-driven entrepreneurship.

Overall, the convergence of AI and blockchain signifies a significant transformation in the technological landscape, and its impact will reverberate worldwide, not just in Africa. As we harness this synergy, we unleash a future brimming with limitless possibilities, and Africa, with its dynamic tech ecosystem, holds a unique position to spearhead this transformative journey.

Fuse’s pioneering role exemplifies how technology can bridge gaps and empower businesses, providing a preview of a future teeming with data-driven opportunities. Together, AI and blockchain have the potential to shape the future of technology, leaving an enduring impact on industries, economies, and societies.



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Nigeria’s Public Debt Now N121trn – DMO



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Debt Management Office (DMO) says Nigeria’s total public debt has reached N121.67 trillion within three months.


The Cable reports that this figure represents an increase of N24.33 trillion or 24.99 percent from the N97.34 trillion as of December 2023.

Nigeria’s public debt profile consists of the federal and subnational governments’ domestic and external debt stocks — the 36 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

According to the DMO, the increase was primarily due to new domestic borrowing by the federal government to partly fund the deficit in the 2024 budget as well as disbursements by multilateral and bilateral lenders.

“Total domestic debt was N65.65 trillion (USD46.29 billion) while total external debt was N56.02 trillion (USD42.12 billion). Excluding naira exchange rate movements in Q1 2024, only the domestic debt component of total public debt grew from N59.12 trillion on December 31, 2023, to N65.65 trillion on March 31, 2024.

“The increase was from new borrowing to part-finance the 2024 Budget deficit and securitization of a portion of the N7.3 trillion Ways and Means Advances at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Whilst borrowing, as provided in the 2024 Appropriation Act, will continue, we expect improvements in the government’s revenue to enhance debt sustainability.”

On June 13, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, announced the approval of two major “financial support packages” by the World Bank — valued at $2.25 billion. In May, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) said the federal government has secured a $500m World Bank loan to boost electricity distribution in the country.

Prior to this, the federal government had received $750 million from the World Bank for humanitarian and social reforms and $1.5 billion for its economic stabilisation plan.

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Icasa Orders Shutdown of StarSat, StarTimes SA Arm over License Controversy



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Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has declined to renew the license of On Digital Media, the operator behind StarSat, the South African branch of StarTimes Media.

Icasa Orders Shutdown of StarSat, StarTimes SA Arm over License Controversy

The decision, communicated in a letter to On Digital Media, mandates the company to cease operations by September 18, 2024, leaving the reasons for this decision and the steps required to secure a new license unclear.

Despite the shutdown order, Debbie Wu, CEO,  StarSat assured that the company will not be closing its operations anytime soon and is actively liaising with Icasa to find a resolution.

“We can assure you and the public that On Digital Media/StarSat will not be closing its operations anytime soon” Debbie Wu, CEO, On Digital Media.

“There’s been no notice to staff and StarTimes is still selling StarSat decoders to new customers,” an insider told TVwithThinus.

Reports that Icasa hadn’t renewed StarSat’s licence surfaced in early June 2024.

Icasa claimed it had sent a letter in mid-March to Wu and Ronald Reddy, general manager for legal, risk, and compliance, On Digital Media indicating it may issue a statement to inform subscribers, content providers, and financial stakeholders about the shutdown.

“Take note that Icasa may publish a notice on its website and/or in the Government Gazette advising affected subscribers, content providers and stakeholders about the winding up of ODM’s broadcasting services“, the regulator said.

Icasa clarified that it does not have the mandate to consider transfer or renewal applications for expired licenses and instructed On Digital Media to share its plan for notifying subscribers, content providers and stakeholders about the service cessation.

Wu stated that the company is exploring all regulatory and legal issues surrounding its licensing and reiterated that StarSat will continue its operations for the foreseeable future.

“Should such an event materialise, which we doubt will happen, we will respect our obligation in terms of the law to notify all interested parties,” Debbie Wu said, according to TVwithThinus.


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Climate Action Africa Reinforces Africa’s Urgency for Climate Change @CAAF24 Event in Lagos



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Climate Action Africa Forum 24 (CAAF24) held in Lagos, Nigeria marked a pivotal moment in the global effort to address climate change, organized by Climate Action Africa (CAA), a leading environmental advocate in Africa. CAAF24 aims to galvanize action and underscore the urgent need for climate action across industries and communities across Africa.

The event, held at the prestigious Landmark Center, brought together a diverse array of stakeholders including government officials, business leaders, academics, civil society representatives and the media.

The theme of this year’s forum, “Green Economies, Brighter Futures,” highlights the imperative for immediate and collective action in mitigating the effects of climate change in Africa and achieving global sustainability goals.

“CAAF24 serves as a critical platform for dialogue and collaboration,” said Grace Oluchi Mbah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CAA.

“With the event, we aim to increase education and awareness on climate change, showcase innovations and projects driving Africa to a sustainable future, and more actively contribute to the expansion of Africa’s green economy.”

The program featured addresses from Her Excellency, Madame Ramatoulaye Diallo Ndiaye, Former Minister of Culture Mali and Founder and CEO of the Great Green Wall of Africa (GGWoA) Foundation who was the special keynote speaker.

There were breakout sessions for panel discussions and workshops that focused on key issues such as the potential of forests and carbon credits, climate financing, Nigeria’s carbon market activation, mobilizing private capital for climate-positive investments in Africa, building resilient and livable African Cities and more. Sessions were designed to encourage interactive participation and exchange of ideas among participants from diverse backgrounds and sectors.

In addition to formal sessions, CAAF24 included networking opportunities and showcased the selection of outstanding innovations from over 800 registerations through the Deal Room, a platform that connected high-impact climate innovators in Africa with potential investors seeking to accelerate sustainable solutions.

Other highlights at CAAF24 were the audacious launch of the Billion Trees for Africa Initiative as part of CAA’s community programs and the unveiling of the Pan-African Green Economy Program (PAGE), a partnership with IDEA AFRICA and the Founder Institute that seeks to grow a new generation of 5,000 green innovators across Africa by 2035.

The selection of Omoniyi Praise (1st position), Treasure Nwosu (2nd position) and Alabi Abimbola (3rd position) as winners for the Climate Champion Quest organised by STEAM Funfest also stood out at CAAF24.

As Africa faces increasingly severe climate impacts, CAAF24 is a platform that is committed to unifying the participation of diverse stakeholders in advancing and achieving climate action in Africa. By reinforcing the urgency of climate change through meaningful dialogue and collaboration, CAAF24 inspires concrete steps towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

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