NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–African Digital Art Network (ADA), the internationally award-winning digital platform and archive that hosts the largest digital collection of African art, announces its foray into the metaverse with the introduction of the Nandi NFT Marketplace. Founded in 2009 by Jepchumba, the platform has gathered a strong community of creatives, artists and collectors around the world.
“The excitement and buzz surrounding our groundbreaking launch is invigorating. For over a decade, we have been building a community at ADA with the intention of giving artists from across Africa and the African Diaspora a voice and a opportunity to create livelihoods through their work,” said Jepchumba, co-founder and CEO of Nandi.
Nandi was created to create an environment for black creators to thrive on the Web3. In addition to the marketplace, Nandi will showcase the Nandi Cowry Community – a collection of 10,000 Nandi Cowry NFTs, each representing a unique digital collectible living on the carbon-negative Celo blockchain. The designer of the Nandi Cowry NFT is R!OT Sindiso Nyoni, a Johannesburg-based artist who designed the Mandela Centenary Coin in South Africa. The Nandi Cowry Community NFT acts as a membership card that grants holders access to special utilities such as members-only benefits, content, voting privileges on Emerging Creator Fellowship grants, community curation of premium digital art and exhibitions held on the Nandi NFT Market. These rewards will be bundled into member-only benefits unlocked through activity on the platform. The community will select and fund 1,000 emerging black creators and cultural institutions for scholarships. Nandi’s first creative initiative program, titled GENESIS, has selected eight artists to debut at ADA’s AfricaNXT conference.
A number of esteemed global influencers, thought leaders and VIPs are already founding members of the Nandi Cowry community and are eagerly awaiting the launch of the NFT Marketplace. The announcement of the Nandi NFT Marketplace and the Nandi Cowry Community NFT comes on the occasion of the AfricaNXT conference and festival taking place from February 27 to March 4 in Lagos, Nigeria.