Here is How to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria

Nigeria is a booming market for cryptocurrency right now, and here is how to buy bitcoin in the country using some of the leading platforms available.

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How to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria

When it comes to the selling and buying of bitcoin, Nigeria is at the forefront having the highest Google searches for Bitcoin after the US and ranking top in peer-to-peer transactions. If you are interested in joining the current revolution and being well informed on how you can trade Bitcoin safely in Nigeria, please read on.

What is Bitcoin

According to Bitcoin.com, Bitcoin in the practical sense is money that exists in a digital form.

Bitcoin Price Highlights

The price of Bitcoin is the current price at which bitcoin is being traded. It is determined by the buyer and seller. Despite this, its price varies across exchange platforms such as Coinbase and Binance because of market inefficiencies.

Statista Data Grab

Within the past five years, Bitcoin has witnessed dynamic surges in its value rising to around $1,290 in March 2017, the highest ever it has been before then. This trend continued across the months getting to a peak of $19,783.06 nine months after on December 17, 2017.

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Up till the year 2021, the price of Bitcoin continues to increase with surges and minimal decline along the way. On April 10, 2021, Bitcoin recorded its highest ever price to date some months after Elon Musk and Tesla announced their investments in Bitcoin peaking at above $60,000.

Though the value of Bitcoin in the crypto market suffered a crash to half this price in May 2021 due to rumors of Tesla selling its Bitcoin holdings, the price is still on the high side when compared to how it was a year ago.

The Features of Bitcoin

It is Decentralized

The very first and intriguing feature of bitcoin is its decentralization. This simply means that there is no central power or regulator as the case is with traditional currencies which are designed, issued, and managed by a central authority.

Transparent transactions

Bitcoin transactions are visible to everyone in the digital world of cryptocurrency though Individual Bitcoin assets are concealed to promote privacy and confidentiality which motivates positive trading.

Anonymity

It is to be stated here that the identity of users of Bitcoin remains anonymous and the chances of tracking transactions back to Bitcoin users are very minimal. This is to prevent online robbery or digital theft.

Fast transaction

When compared to other modes of transaction such as bank transactions, bitcoin transactions are faster.

Nonrefundable mode of transaction

Bitcoin transactions are a one-way mode of transaction. Any transaction made from a sender to a buyer cannot be reversed unless the buyer is willing to do so.

Digital Currency

Bitcoin is not a physical currency but a digital one. You can never carry a bitcoin in your purse or pockets in the form of notes or coins, but you can easily carry it on your phone or tablet.

Simple to use

Most of the time, to open and manage a bank account is quite tedious and long. This is not the case with a Bitcoin account. You can set up your account in a matter of minutes.

Value is determined by demand

The value or price of Bitcoin is not fixed like other assets. It depends on market dynamics. The value of Bitcoin is determined by the strength and volume of its demand.

How to Buy Bitcoin

If you are interested in buying Bitcoin in Nigeria and ready to explore the untapped benefits in the world of cryptocurrencies, there are different exchange platforms, brokers, and marketplace that can help you. Below is a guide on how you can go about this.

Buying Bitcoin on Binance

Binance is the biggest cryptocurrency trading platform on earth today, recording up to $2.46 trillion in May 2021 transaction volumes. The platform offers the largest trading base for listed crypto and offers the major trading pairs with leads like BTC, ETH, XRP, USDT, DAI, BNB and BUSD on the P2P front.

At present, to buy Bitcoin in Nigeria using the Binance platform will only be possible using the P2P platform it offers. Firstly, you need to register your new account using this process:

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           You need to sign up for a new account  and complete the KYC procedure
      

·        Your driver’s license, international passport or national ID card will be needed

·        You also need to link a bank account to your profile to use for the transactions

·        You will be notified if your application is successful, and you can start using your new account.

How to buy Bitcoin on Binance P2P  Platform

On the platform, log in to to your account, and navigate to the P2P page from your account dashboard.

  • Locate the  the P2P and express tab and click on your preference
  • With the express tab, the platform matches you with the available sellers on the platform with you deciding
  • transfer the funds to the seller and wait for at lest 15 minutes
  • You will have to click on payment made tab to notify the seller
  • Your BTC will show up on your balance after the seller confirms receipt of payment made.

Buying Bitcoin on the Coinmama Exchange platform

Coinmama as an exchange platform was founded in 2013 with the mission of making simple how Bitcoin (BTC) is traded. The platform has more than 2.9 million users in over 190 countries in the world. It also provides the platform for some users in selected markets to sell their Bitcoin.

How to open an account on Coinmama

  • Go to the sign-up page to create your account. Fill in your email in the allocated spaces as well as your country of residence to get started.
  • Thereafter, click on the verification link sent to your email

Verification

  • Complete the requested form to confirm your identity and safeguard your account.
  • Thereafter, you will be required to upload an ID to approve you for purchase. Choose the ID type you will like to upload based on your country of residence. Take a photograph of the front and back of your ID with your phone camera with all four corners visible and clear image and text, then upload them to your account.
  • Then, write “Coinmama” and date on a piece of paper. Hold the paper and the ID you’ve just uploaded and take a photograph of yourself. Ensure your face, ID, and paper note are visible. Then upload the photo to your account.
  • After successfully uploading, click to submit. Your form and documents will be reviewed by the verification team for verification. If everything is okay, you will be approved to buy Bitcoin online with Coinmama within fifteen minutes.

How to buy

  • Sign in to your account to buy bitcoin. Select the cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) you want to buy and the currency of your choice
  • Select the package of your choice and input your desired amount, thereafter you can tap “buy”
  • Input your selected third party wallet address
  • A confirmatory link will be sent to your email to confirm your wallet address, click on it if it is correct
  • After your payment has been approved and the wallet address confirmed, the coins will be immediately delivered to your wallet.

Buying Bitcoin on the Luno Exchange platform

Luno has been in the cryptocurrency industry since 2013 with transactions worth more than 14 million dollars. The platform has customers in over 40 countries.

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How to open an account on Luno

First, you need to go to the sign-up page to create your account. Similar to that of Coinmama

Verification

  • Complete the requested form by filling in your first name, middle name, gender, date of birth, phone number address, city, and zip code. You can also click on the ‘I’ve confirmed my email’ option in the Luno app. After which you will be automatically verified with the submitted phone number and personal details.
  • If not, you will be required to upload a document for verification (driving license, identity card, or passport). Open the Luno app and sign in, tap Profile on the Menu, navigate to Settings, select Upgrade. The document is required to show your identity number, name, date of birth, and a clear photo.
  • You may also need to confirm your address. To get this done, you will upload a photo or an ID which contains your name, address, residency, and issue date. This ID must not be older than 3 months.

How to deposit

  • Open the Luno app and sign in
  • Select Wallets from the menu
  • Choose your local currency wallet
  • Select Deposit
  • Choose the method with which you’d like to top-up your wallet
  • And follow the on-screen prompts from there

How to buy

  • Verify your identity on Luno.
  • Deposit to your local currency wallet, once it reflects in your wallet, then you can proceed to buy.
  • Thereafter, you can simply tap the specified amount on the homepage screen to buy or specify the amount of your choice. Then pay or make use of Luno Exchange.

Buying Bitcoin on Coinbase

Almost all users begin their crypto journey through Coinbase. The platform has been in the cryptocurrency industry since 2012 with quarterly trade worth more than 335 billion dollars. The platform has more than 56 million verified users, 8,000 institutions, and 134,000 ecosystem partners in over 100 countries.

How to buy on Coin base

  • Sign in to Coinbase. Account creation and verification quite like Coinmama
  • Choose either Buy / Sell on the upper right-hand side.
  • Select the Buy field to choose the asset you’d like to purchase. 
  • Specify the amount you’d like to buy either in crypto or your local currency.
  • Choose your payment method.
  • Click Preview Buy to verify your purchase (you can always click the back arrow to make a change).
  • If your details are correct, click Buy to complete your purchase.

Buying Bitcoin on eToro

eToro is a social trading network founded in 2007. It is among brokers hosted on trusted brokers.ng. You need to register an account on the platform to buy bitcoin.

Opening an account involves:

Uploading a valid ID (ID Card or Passport) and a proof of address (electricity, water bills, etc.), through eToro’s platform. Approval takes less than a day.

To buy Bitcoin on eToro:

  • Select a bitcoin exchange or trading platform, in this case, the eToro trading platform
  • Ensure your account is verified
  • Deposit through your preferred deposit method and buy bitcoin fractionally.

Buying Bitcoin on plus 500

Plus 500 is a trading platform founded in 2008 which allows for the trading of cryptocurrencies among other commodities such as Forex and ETFs.

It is among the brokers hosted on trustedbrokers.ng. Though it is one of the main trading platforms in the United Kingdom, it is not open to customers from Nigeria.

Buying Bitcoin on marketplaces such as Localbitcoin

LocalBitcoins is an escrow service that serves as a crypto marketplace helping to match bitcoin buyers and sellers. Users are free to advertise trades for any payment method they choose. Below are five steps you can follow to buy bitcoin:

Step 1:  Register

Register an account with LocalBitcoins.

Step 2:  Search for advertisements

After registration, go to the main page, and search for offers.

Step 3: Select an advertisement

From the list shown, select offers.

Step 4: Pay the seller

Evaluate the offer and pay

Step 5: Mark payment complete

Click the paid button and the transaction will reflect in the wallet

How to store Bitcoin

In the same way money or cards are stored in a purse or handbag containing a wallet, bitcoins are also stored on the phone or computer desktop hosting a digital wallet whether web-based or on hardware.

Bitcoin Price Outlook

Though Bitcoin has struggled over the past few months, even falling by more than half in April 2021, many analysts that bitcoin may overtake the U.S dollar as the dominant form of global finance by the year 2050 which puts the price of Bitcoin at above $66,000 by the end of 2021.


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