Smile more nft

Ghanaian Pallbearer, Benjamin Aidoo has sold his Coffin Dance NFT for $1.046 million (372 Ethereum).

His dancing pallbearers group went went viral, after memes were created with their videos during the COVID-19 lockdown and outbreak in 2020. pic.twitter.com/264rJWiXJW

— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) April 9, 2022

The group is reported to have donated $250,000 out of the money to help support the people of Ukraine.

The drummer smile

Similarly, on April 1, Adisa Olashile, a Twitter user and phone photographer, who mints and sells his works as NFT, posted a tweet—a picture of him using his phone to snap an old drummer; and 3 pictures of an old man and his drum. The tweet went viral on social media and sparked more NFT conversations on Nigerian Twitter, over the weekend.

Smile more nft

Mastercard unleashes new era of biometric payments to enhance the checkout experience

No more fumbling for your phone or hunting for your wallet when you have your hands full – the next generation of in-person payments will only need a quick smile or wave of your hand. The trusted technology that uses your face or fingerprint to unlock your phone can now be used to help consumers speed through the checkout.


With Mastercard’s new Biometric Checkout Program, all you will need is yourself.

As part of a global launch announced earlier today, the program represents a first-of-its-kind technology framework to help establish standards for new ways to pay at stores of all sizes, from major retailers to mom-and-pop shops.

On April 9, the leader of the group Benjamin Aidoo sold the viral coffin dance as NFT for 372 ETH ($1.046 million).

The NFT, which was listed for 1 ETH around 10 PM on April 7, was sold within 3 days to @3FMusic. This, according to some NFT operators that spoke to TechCabal, is the most expensive single NFT unit out of Africa.

“I’ve seen African NFT collections do great numbers in terms of prices, but this is the biggest I’ve seen a single African NFT sold for,” said Peace Ojemeh, co-founder of Haze Monkey Society, a collection of 1,242 NFT units.

The sale has also generated a lot of social commentary from different quarters.

While some people sang his praises and prayed for him, others began to hatch plans of how to snap pictures of old men on the street, and snag their own NFT breakthrough story.

Besides the whole excitement of the random act of kindness that turned into a profitable venture for both parties, the underlying, and intriguing, part of it all is how much consciousness the events have driven to NFT itself. People are curious about the subject, wanting to know how they can get into the space, and others, still sceptical about it, called it—loudly more than ever—a bubble that would soon burst.

Google Trends shows that NFT was one of the most searched words on Friday when the video of Olashile handing the sum 600,000 to the drummer hit the internet.

The pilot will see Payface’s technology implemented across five St Marche supermarkets in São Paulo. Consumers visiting these supermarkets are able to enroll their face and payment information through the Payface app, and once registered, they can simply smile to pay at the checkout without a card or mobile device.
Future pilots are being planned for roll-out in the Middle East and Asia.

“We’ve been developing Payface since 2018, with a mission to help transform the way people pay – improving the experience, without compromising on security,” said Eládio Isoppo, chief executive officer, Payface.

NFT has gotten in Africa?

African tech operators like Victor Asemota feel so. He is of the opinion that Olashile and Baba Onilu, as the drummer is popularly called, may have given NFT its biggest exposure yet in Nigeria.

It’s indeed incredible that it’s a random act of kindness and not the wailing cry of WAGMI (we all gonna make it) that gave NFT its biggest shout-out and exposure in the country.

“The sale of the old man’s art was impactful and shows how technology could help someone who doesn’t know anything about it and change their life for good,” said Samuel Akinosho, NFT collector and co-founder/CEO at Kingdom, a blockchain infrastructure company.

Olashile, who is currently a corps member, said in one of his tweets that he always met Baba Onilu man at the National Youth Service secretariat and decided to make him smile with his camera.

NFT) of his coffin dance for a cool US$1.046 million after a video of the dance went viral during the Covid-19 lockdown period in year 2020.

Videos and pictures of the pallbearers’ coffin dance became the meme people used to warn others about the fate of anyone who ignores Covid-19 safety protocols. The meme went so viral that even BBC covered it.

So just days ago, on April 9, 2022, leader of that particular group, whose dance went viral and became the meme, Benjamin Aidoo sold the NFT of the dance for the said amount.

That and other stories of how NFTs is becoming a thing in Africa are contained in an article about whether NFTs adoption is becoming mainstream in Africa.

Below is the full article culled from techcabal.com.

The past few days have been good for NFT in Africa—Nigeria and Ghana, to be precise.

A Non-fungible Token (NFT) is basically a digital asset or can be called as a cryptographic asset having a unique identification code and metadata which differentiate it from a fungible token. As with cryptocurrencies, they cannot be traded or exchanged at equivalent values.
The difference between fungible tokens and cryptos is that cryptos are exactly the same and, therefore, can be used for commercial transactions.

As a result of tokenizing tangible assets, a more efficient method of buying, selling, and trading them is developed, as well as a reduction in fraud. Furthermore, NFTs can be used to represent individuals’ rights to property and identities.

How does it work?

NFTs work on blockchain technology.
Each NFT has the potential of several different applications due to its distinctive construction.
This partnership with Mastercard is a welcome step forward for us and will enable our technology to be used by more merchants and consumers, making shopping easier and bringing the joy of a smile to payments.”

Building on a legacy of rich innovation

Biometric Checkout is Mastercard’s next step to support the evolution of payments, alongside a suite of recent innovations, such as Shop Anywhere, Enhanced Contactless (ECOS) and Cloud Point of Sale, which have been rolled out to provide consumers and merchants with frictionless, flexible and secure in-store experiences.

Mastercard has long pioneered biometrics – instore and online – as a secure way to verify identity, replacing the password with the person. The effort, which builds on the EMV 3-D Secure standard, enables people to shop and pay through biometric-powered payment cards, devices and wearables.

Globally, 74% of consumers have a positive attitude towards biometric technology, and the market for contactless biometrics technology is projected to reach $18.6 billion by 2026.

“The way we pay needs to keep pace with the way we live, work and do business, offering choice to consumers with the highest levels of security,” said Ajay Bhalla, president, Cyber & Intelligence at Mastercard. “Our goal with this new program is to make shopping a great experience for consumers and merchants alike, providing the best of both security and convenience.”

Transforming the checkout experience

Participants in Mastercard’s Biometric Checkout Program offer consumers the option to conveniently enroll into their biometric checkout services, in store or at home, through a merchant or identity provider app.

For merchants, the benefits are also considerable, from faster transaction times and shorter lines to greater hygiene and heightened security. The payments system can be integrated with loyalty programs and personalized recommendations to help consumers find products they might be interested in based on previous purchases.

Mastercard is working with partners including NEC, Payface, Aurus, PaybyFace, PopID and Fujitsu Limited to ensure the launch and scale of these types of new checkout capability around the globe, adhering to an overarching framework of minimum standards, specifications and guidelines that address security, biometric performance level, and data protection in the context of in-store biometric payments.

The first pilot will be launched this week in Brazil with Payface and St Marche.

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