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My Bitcoin story started in 2016 when I first had the drive to make money online. This was the era of paid ad viewing, and I had heard a lot about it and was sure I had a great chance at it since I had just acquired my first HTC by Windows around that same time. I signed up on the website and got to work immediately; there were pictures of random products with numbers attached; you punch in and submit to show that you have viewed this particular ad, and you would be rewarded with a few dollars instantly on that account. I did this for approximately 16 hours a day for one week, and according to my account holdings, I was supposed to cash out $1000. Everything had gone well to this point, and I had no doubts I would make much money.
Accessing my hard-typed “money” involved using Bitcoin as a receiving method. By then, I had no clue about Bitcoin as a payment system, so I got curious immediately. I discovered blockchain.com wallet and LocalBitcoins, where I could receive and exchange. After pasting my address as requested by the website, I was asked to send $10. This should have been an immediate red flag, but I was still a naive young man.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I worked through the usually tricky buying process of Bitcoin on LocalBitcoins; I then sent $12 to my blockchain.com wallet. I did this by piecing together tutorials mostly on youtube and articles I found while researching.
The unfortunate thing is I could send them $10, which I had just given away for free. The fortunate thing I would later realize after two consecutive years of checking my wallet for my 1000-dollar payment is that the remaining 2 dollars on the wallet had become $4 and later $5 that same week.
There was no turning back! My still naive but ambitious mind told me if I understood this Bitcoin thing very well, you might as well make a considerable fortune by 25; it was then, in 2018, that I came back to actively research and be part of the space. I successfully bought a small portion of Bitcoin and stored it on blockchain.com though I later lost my phone and Bitcoin wallet because I needed to back up my seed phrase and password.
Since then, I successfully started by telling one close friend about Bitcoin, and this number grew exponentially in 2019 and 2020. It was in late 2020 that we set out for a Bitcoin Education company now called Skill Haven Africa, and it didn’t take shape until May 2021, when we had our first real class of 5 people.
At Skill Haven Africa, it became a bit hard to foster Bitcoin only because we needed funding, at least within our reach. I can’t deny we did a few altcoin projects and have since learned our lessons in this bear market. In the early days of this year, we worked with FTX and FTT, which are both no longer in existence.
The most important thing is that we have learned from our mistakes, and Skill Haven Africa should officially announce its intentions to become a Bitcoin-only Project as of December 1st, 2022. My co-founders and I are rest assured that we better deserve to serve as a Bitcoin-only company. We are also proud to serve blockchain solutions since we have been blessed with high-quality Devs on our team.
It’s also an exciting opportunity to join Satoshi’s Journal Team as the Uganda Lead. It’s a role I am looking forward to, and I hope to use it as another platform to orange pill more people and share Satoshi’s vision. I like to connect with Bitcoiners around the world, especially on Twitter. Thank You.