Ambassador interview: Afrikanus Kofi Akosah
This is part one of our interview series with Bitnation’s international ambassadors.
Erik: Hello Kofi, first tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and what got you into crypto and liberty?
Kofi: I’m Afrikanus Kofi Akosah, Founding President of Africa Youth Peace Call (AYPC) and from Ghana West Africa. AYPC is an independent, non-profit, research and educational organisation devoted to the principles of individual liberty, secure private property rights, free markets, the rule of law, limited government, and government non-interference in the economy.
We are dedicated to the study and advancement of classical liberalism (libertarianism) in Africa. We try to change peoples’ ideas, opinions, and mode of thinking by research, seminars and publications. AYPC wants to become the leading libertarian organisation in freedom education of young people in Africa.
I embraced the Philosophy of Liberty in 2003 after I was given Ludwig Von Mises’ book Economic Thought For Today & Tomorrow by a lady called June Arunga in Kenya, East Africa. On Crypto I became aware about the amazing technology when a man called George Donnolly donate 2 BTC to my non-profit in 2012.
Erik: How did you first get to know about Bitnation and what has motivated you to become an ambassador?
Kofi: Somewhere last year I got a Skype call from Bitnation‘s CEO, Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, and she told me about her interest to come to Ghana with her Bitnation idea to issue land titles on the Blockchain. It instantly struck me that this is it. Most of the properties in my country have no titles because of cumbersome process & corruption. Peruvian Economist Jesus Huerta de Soto calls it “Dead Capital”. A decentralized land administration accessible to everyone is what is need, and the blockchain offers that very cheap. When Susanne was in Ghana she invited me to become the country’s Ambassador of Bitnation and I accepted it with alacrity. Bitnation has a lot to offer society without the involvement of the immoral state. Sooner than later the State is going to become obsolete.
Erik: Can you tell us a bit more about your work with AYPC? How many students have you reached so far and do you empower them to become entrepreneurs?
Kofi: Since our formation in 2008 we have trained more than 2000 young Africans to start their own businesses & Free Market institutions to advocate for market reforms. Many of our alumni have been running their own businesses & Free Market Organisations.
Erik: Could you imagine supporting your students to become DApp entrepreneurs, so they could spread decentralized governance services such as verification of land deeds in their local areas?
Kofi: Getting titles to land is very cumbersome, expensive & fraught with graft. Our upcoming Summer Liberty Camp in June intends to train participants to be able to use the Blockchain on the Bitnation platform to issue titles. The participants will be empowered to educate their communities about DIY Governance and how it’s inexpensive and how it can create socio-economic harmony. More importantly they can start businesses on decentralized governance like providing land title verifications & setting up businesses on the Blockchain.
Erik: Thanks alot for your time Kofi! We hope to hear more from you soon.
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