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SEC issues stern warning on Davido meme coin investment

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria has issued a stark warning to investors regarding the burgeoning trend of meme coins, specifically citing the $Davido coin, which has recently gained media attention due to its association with the renowned Nigerian artist David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.

In May, Davido made headlines by entering the cryptocurrency arena through a partnership with Phantom and Solana, launching the $DAVIDO coin. The coin’s value skyrocketed past $10 and topped the DEX screener within a day of its release. However, the SEC has now clarified that it does not recognise the $Davido meme coin or any similar cryptocurrencies as investment products or asset classes within its regulatory scope.

The commission’s statement highlighted the speculative nature of meme coins, which are often driven by social media trends and celebrity endorsements rather than inherent value. The SEC cautioned that these digital assets do not represent capital market products such as shares or debentures and are not intended to function as mediums of exchange.

Investors were advised to approach meme coins with caution, understanding the high risks involved. The SEC emphasised that such investments are speculative and lack fundamental value, urging the public and Capital Market Operators to avoid associating with financial instruments outside the commission’s regulatory purview.


The SEC’s advisory serves as a reminder of the volatile and unpredictable nature of meme coins, reinforcing the principle of ‘caveat emptor”—let the buyer beware. As the commission continues to monitor the cryptocurrency ecosystem, it reaffirms its commitment to exercising its regulatory authority to protect investors and maintain market integrity.

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