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Official logo of AmbaCoin
Initial release24 December 2018[1]
Development statusIn use
Exchange rateUS$0.25

AmbaCoin is the official cryptocurrency of Ambazonia.[1][2][3][4] It is said to be backed by the "rich natural resources" of the breakaway region.[1] The AmbaCoin was launched on in 2018, and the ICO was from December 2018 to 2019.[5] The Ambazonian Government claims that all profits go towards their independence struggle and humanitarian aid.[6][7]


In 2018, AmbaCoin was created with the intention of being the official currency of Ambazonia. Despite the AmbaCoin being a cryptocurrency, it cannot be used as an official currency due to many Ambazonians not having access to the internet, low internet literacy, and lack of proper electricity infrastructure; most residents have little to no access to electricity. Because of this, a new currency would have to be introduced if independence is attained, for day-to-day transactions and business matters. Several names have been suggested but none have been adopted officially. Examples include: the Amba, the Ambazonian Shilling, the Amba-Dollar, Southern Cameroonian Pound, Ambazonian Cowry (the historical currency that circulated along the coast of West Africa, mostly by traders and merchants, before the colonization of Africa), Njangi,[8][9] Ambazonian Dinar, Ambazonian Qwid and the West African Eco (provided it joins the ECOWAS along with the WAMZ if or once independence is attained).


  1. ^ a b c Atabong, Amindeh Blaise (12 December 2018). "Cameroon's Anglophone separatists have created their own cryptocurrency". Quartz Africa.
  2. ^ "Ambacoin, la cryptomonnaie pour les séparatistes camerounais". Le 14 December 2018 – via Le Monde.
  3. ^ "Cameroun anglophone: l'AmbaCoin disponible à l'achat - RFI". RFI Afrique. January 2019.
  4. ^ Jackson, Tom (7 January 2019). "December in Africa: Ghanian healthcare drones and Cameroonian separatist cryptocurrency". The Next Web.
  5. ^ "AmbaCoin a revolutionary cryptocurrency to assist the Ambazonian quest". Ambazonian Crypto Currency | AmbaCoin. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Cameroon rebels issue virtual currency to fund independence". Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ Finnan, Daniel (1 January 2019). "Cameroon separatists sell cryptocurrency as replacement for CFA franc". RFI. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  8. ^ Besin-Mengla, Mendong Margaret (29 September 2020). "Njangi: Pillar of Development in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon". Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies. 2 (5): 31–40. doi:10.32996/jhsss.2020.2.5.5. ISSN 2663-7197. S2CID 240049753.
  9. ^ "Njangi Sociality: Mobility, ICTs and Mobile Money Usages and Practices amongst Poor Rural Farmers in the Cameroon Grassfields" (PDF).