In this episode I talk with Alakanani Itireleng, who founded the Satoshicentre in Botswana in 2014 and single-handedly built a growing Bitcoin community. She is the heart and center of Bitcoin education there, even the government is relying on her consultancy. We recorded this interview in February 2020, only days before the Covid-19 lockdowns went into effect. Her greatest ambition, the organization of a Bitcoin conference in Southern Africa will not come true soon.
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"Bitcoin is allowing me to use and receive money from anyone and to send it to anyone around the world without discriminating. That's the most excellent thing about Bitcoin. It's money for everyone, regardless of where you are coming from, your race or creed or whatever. So it's the best." - Alakanani Itireleng
We talk about:
How her sons illness and death lead to the first meetup The internet as "white people's problem" The high unemployment rate in Botswana The cost of internet connections Ponzi schemes and how they are disturbing bitcoin adoption Bitcoin usecases and regulation in Botswana Exchanging the local currency Pula to Bitcoin African countries on the forefront of adoption Her opinion about Libra and Lightning Mobile Money in Botswana The Future of Bitcoin in Botswana