Ivory Coast to drop first African NFT stamp collection

By Raffaele Redi

New NFT stamp art series is set to be launched on 1 February

The first African NFT stamps sample, featuring masks                                 
Stampsdaq has announced the release of the first African NFT stamp collection, including this one of tribal masks – Photo: Stampsdaq
                                

Ivory Coast postal service La Poste de Côte d’Ivoire and Stampsdaq have announced the release of the first African NFT stamp collection to be launched on 1 February.

Stampsdaq, which aims to build a blockchain marketplace for crypto philately, will drop 11,111 NFTs to raise awareness of Ivorian social heritage and act as a tribute to local tribal art.

The NFT stamps will come in five tiers of rarity, with the most common one composed of 10,000 pieces, while the rarest tier will consist of a one-off NFT stamp.

‘African philatelic renaissance’

“The first African NFT stamp collection is a veritable distillation of all of the art south of the Sahara. In cooperation with Stampsdaq, our reliable partners from Estonia, we are happy to announce that it is finally available for all NFT enthusiasts and stamp collectors,” said Isaac Gnamba-Yao, CEO of La Poste de Côte d’Ivoire.

“I do believe that it is just the beginning of the African philatelic renaissance. In the next few months, we will hopefully offer a dozen other NFT stamps dedicated to the history and culture of our country,” added Gnamba-Yao.

The first African NFT stamp sample, featuring an elephant
The ‘Elephante’ stamp is the first postage stamp of Côte d'Ivoire as an independent country – Photo: Stampsdaq

The first African NFT stamps collection includes three NFT stamps from the 2005 edition with traditional African masks called ‘Masque Dan’, ‘Masque Zamble’ and ‘Masque De Gu’ still serving as an important role in local rituals and ceremonies.

Tribal traditions

“The Zamble mask is very particular to the Gouro ethnic group of Côte d’Ivoire as it represents an animal that combines the antelope and the leopard. The mask is utilised for family rituals, sacrifices offered to the ancestors or on the occasion of great funerals,” explained the Ivorian postal group.

The series also includes one historic stamp from 1959 named ‘Elephant’ in three denominations or inscribed values of a singular stamp. The historic stamp is the first postage stamp of Côte d'Ivoire as an independent country.

“With this first series of NFT stamps from the Ivory Coast Post Office, we are launching an African philatelic renaissance,” said Andrii Shapovalov, CEO of Stampsdaq.

“By recreating over 100 years of African philatelic heritage in NFT format, we aim to revive and introduce the philatelic values to the existing global philatelic community as well as to the young NFT enthusiasts.”

Stampsdaq is powered on a Polygon blockchain and operates on a proof-of-stake Ethereum decentralised sidechain.

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