Investing in Davido’s meme coin highly risky, SEC warns Nigerians


The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has advised the public that “investing in Davido’s meme coin is highly risky”.

The “Unavailable” hitmaker, in collaboration with Phantom and Solana, introduced $Davido, his own digital token, a fortnight ago.

The coin made early investors profitable and quickly became well-known.

It did, however, tumble soon after, and many investors reported losses. The singer was criticised by several social media users for allegedly being a scammer.

In response to the development, the commission revealed in a statement that, for the purposes of its regulatory jurisdiction, $Davido is not recognised as an investment product or investable asset class.

In the statement shared on Friday, SEC also warned that anyone who “patronizes the meme coin, do so at their peril”.

“The attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria (“SEC”) has been drawn to a meme coin known as “$Davido” allegedly linked to the popular Nigerian singer, David Adedeji Adeleke AKA Davido,” the statement reads.

“Generally, meme coins are cryptocurrencies inspired by memes and internet jokes. They are often envisaged as a fun, light-hearted cryptocurrencies promoted through a social media community and sometimes through celebrity endorsements.

“Meme coins are also NOT intended to serve as a medium of exchange accepted by the public as payment for goods and services, or as digital representation of capital market products such as shares, debentures, units of collective investment schemes, derivatives contracts, commodities or other kinds of financial instruments or investments.

“The general public is HEREBY ADVISED that meme coins lack fundamental value and are purely speculative. The general public is further WARNED that investing in meme coins, including $Davido, is highly risky and should be done with a full understanding of the associated risk.

“Capital Market Operators are by this Notice warned not to associate with instruments that fall outside the SEC’s regulatory purview. Such instruments should not in any manner be distributed or monitored through any capital market mechanism

“PLEASE NOTE that the Commission does not recognize $Davido as an investment product or investable asset class under its regulatory purview, as such individuals who patronize it, do so at their peril.

“The Commission will continue to monitor developments within the ecosystem and will not relent in deploying its regulatory powers as and when required.”