The “HaPeeBee” is a collection of 7 groundbreaking NFTs featuring entirely of black historical figures and geared towards sustainability and empowering energy-insecure indigenous communities globally, launched on 02/22/2022. “Nyuki” is the Swahili word for “bee”.

The bee is a symbol of gentle and aggressive strength, a global icon for sustainability, biodiversity conservation, economical efficiency, and ecological integrity. It has been said that without bees in nature, humanity cannot survive for more than 4 years.

Honey bees, in particular, are capable of transporting their fellow bees using electrical fields. When bees leave the hive, they come into contact with charged particles ranging in size from dust to minuscule molecules. These impacts dislodge electrons from the cuticle, the bee’s outer shell, creating a positive charge.

When they return to the hive, they move or dance about in a figure-of-eight pattern, communicating the direction and length of food sources to its hive mates through emitting electric fields. This is a significant phenomenon that served as the inspiration for the establishment of the Nyukiaverse by its creators.

The release of the Nyuki 7 is meant to lay the groundwork for the next sequence of Nyuki NFT releases, an endearing collection of non-fungible tokens with built-in programmable location-specific incentives, optimized to favor places with a higher solar reliability index, a property found only on the Whive Protocol, a Proof-of-Work (PoW) blockchain that rewards small processor(CPU) mining to further instigate distributed energy solutions such as Melanin Solar.

Made up of 7 beautiful designs, the Nyuki 7 support the plight of renewable crowd-grid energy ecosystems and energy justice among energy-insecure indigenous communities. Historically, the climatic and energy access legacies of indigenous communities have been underrepresented and/or largely ignored. Helping indigenous communities adapt to the energy transition is more critical than pressuring them to cut emissions faster.

Energy justice has to be a part of it. And blockchain can enhance the application of it.

The United Nations approximate that there are 476 million indigenous peoples residing in 90 nations around the world. They account for 15% of the world’s poorest, but make up fewer than 5% of the population. In addition, they represent 5,000 different cultures and speak the vast majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages.

The NFTs come on the back of the successful implementation of a pilot project in Africa by Melanin Solar, the decentralized teams and contributors at the Whive Protocol, the Sustainable World Initiative, and the media team at Kanairo. They are developing a community-led approach to sustainability efforts, building more resilient responses to sustainability issues such as solar energy mining by connecting the metaverse with sustainable impact through non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The goal is to increase worldwide participation in sustainable issues through a combination of finance, direct action, and gamification. NFTs accomplish this through inspiring and enabling collaborative and inclusive activities.

Undoubtedly, it’s exactly the kind of ambition needed for indigenous communities not to get left behind in the rush towards zero.

The HaPeeBee collection will live in a metaverse called Nyukiaverse. Within the Nyukiaverse is a game called Nyukia: The Age of Heroes uses NFTs as a point of engagement. Deploying a Mine-to-Play framework, individuals can unlock NFTs to play the game when they mine the native token, $WHIVE. Crypto-currencies to be used in the Nyukiaverse include $WHIVE, $ETH & $BTC.

NFTs are the newest blockchain phenomena that are rapidly gaining traction. They are tokens that can be used to establish ownership of one-of-a-kind items. NFTs convert digital works of art and other valuables into tradable, verifiable assets on the blockchain.

NFTs enable underfunded or even disregarded concerns to be handled in an incentive-driven and collaborative manner. Adoption of open-source, decentralized technology has the potential to expedite progress in decarbonisation programs for the benefit of the planet, resulting in unprecedented levels of creativity and transparency. Blockchain technology has the ability to accelerate net-zero efforts and the development of a shared vision toward market-based solutions such as Melanin Solar.

Melanin Solar is building solar crowd-grid ecosystems where excess energy is turned into Digital $WHIVE rewards through Proof-of-Work mining. These rewards incentivise storing and sharing of energy by local indigenous communities.

The Nyukiaverse is meant to support the growth and adoption of these crowd-grid ecosystems as well as funding community projects through a special Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO) known as the Sustainable World Initiative Foundation.

The HaPeeBee Collection, initial 7 Nyuki NFTs:
The Queen Bee inspired by Queen Nzinga – who galvanised the wave of resistance against colonial imperialism across the African continent.
The King Bee inspired by Shaka Zulu – whose famous quip- “Around here we eat fire”- emboldens this spirit of resistance to the denigration of the claim to humanity.
The Creative Bee is inspired by Kwame Rígíi – a Kenyan creative artist who describes his music as “Urban Folk”. His music inspires through tradition, spirituality, and love.
The Geek Bee inspired by Granville T. Woods – one of the most prolific Black inventors despite the extreme limitations to his progress.
The Elder Bee inspired by Nelson Mandela – a man dedicated to the service of humanity and an icon of the African liberation struggle.
The Pregnant Bee inspired by Harriet Tubman – a freedom fighter, committed to the freeing of every slave, Harriet Tubman truly became the “Moses” of her time, carrying the seeds of freedom echoed through generations.
The Moran Bee inspired by Dedan Kimathi – a relentless freedom fighter lies in a grave unmarked, he lives in the hearts of many, and has earned his rightful place in history.
Welcome to Nyukia, to Bee or not to Bee!

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