The Africa Special Event was broadcast on Thursday and showed the developments of Cardano on the continent. At the time of writing, the show had over 120,000 views and IOG CEO Charles Hoskinson called it the most popular show they have done to date.
Although the response was largely positive, with a wide range of mainstream and crypto publications covering the event, Hoskinson spoke of a distinct lack of coverage from CoinDesk. CoinDesk's editor-in-chief Marc Hochstein said they are still waiting for a response from the Ethiopian ministry.
“The media response was also incredible. We have been interviewed by the Financial Times, Cointelegraph, Sir, CityAM, the New York Times, and dozens of others. More news will come out. Absent in particular, I can't see it right now, I don't know if it's covered or not. I didn't check my media list, it was CoinDesk. "
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Cardano's African strategy
Cardano has been campaigning for blockchain adoption in Africa for many years.
Hoskinson said he founded IOG with the aim of balancing the developed and evolving worlds. In addition, developed countries take many things like payments, insurance, loans, etc. for granted. In contrast, poor infrastructure in developing countries makes even simple tasks like paying a tedious process.
“I founded my company in February 2015 with the dream of giving those who don't have it an economic identity. The reality is that the world still lives in two different configurations. One for the developed and one for the developer. "
Prior to the Africa special event, it was announced that the Ethiopian Ministry of Education is working with Cardano through the Atala PRISM solution. The deal aims to improve educational and employment prospects through a blockchain-based system for tracking the reach of students and teachers. It will digitally verify grades and allow school performance to be monitored.
The most famous announcement during the Africa special event was the news of the infrastructure development in Tanzania. It will connect with World Mobile to provide mobile internet access and financial inclusion infrastructure that will enable banking, credit, insurance, and more.
Hoskinson defends the claim that he pulls a quick one
Despite IOG's monumental successes in Africa, Hoskinson highlighted CoinDesk's lack of coverage on the matter.
Various representatives of the publication have circumvented the issue, and its editor-in-chief, Hochstein, asked for evidence "straight out of the horse's mouth" to support the claims.
That is a message that the Ministry is not. It would be strange to rely on a tweet from a U.S. embassy in another country to confirm what the HUD or DOD are supposed to be doing. We have to hear it from the horse's mouth.
– M a r c H o c h s t e i n (@MarcHochstein) April 29, 2021
Hoskinson believed that this level of fact-checking, given the numerous sources of evidence already available, including the Ethiopian Minister of Education, Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria, who spoke during the show on Thursday.
"Apparently, for this editor at CoinDesk, it is not good enough for the minister to appear on camera and talk about the relationship, official government channels tweet about the relationship, and major publications like the New York Times not being good enough to make an official announcement. "
Calling the answer bizarre, Hoskinson claimed there was more to the nudge than waiting for facts to be confirmed.
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