On episode 12 of Cointelegraph’s Hashing It Out podcast, Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan, explains what it means to build a country on the blockchain.

From an event and media company, Afropolitan has transitioned to a blockchain-based state of Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Emole, an African in the diaspora with a political science, philosophy and law background, believes the nation-state experiment has failed in Africa. According to him, the existing state structures have stifled the development of people on the continent.

“We truly believe that the nation-state experiment has failed for Africans globally. It has yielded nothing but poverty, weakness, corruption, and it very stifling.“

The co-founder of Afropolitan explains that the inspiration to build a network state comes from an article titled “How To Start a New Country,” written by former Coinbase chief technology officer Balaji Srinivasan, who has recently been in the news for a $2 million bet on Bitcoin reaching $1 million in 90 days. Another piece of literature that inspired the creation of Afropolitan is the first of the federalist papers, published by Alexander Hamilton.