PayPal now available in Nigeria and 9 other new countrires
At last! After years of series of campaigns by Nigerian bloggers and people of the Internet hoping the payment processor will bring their services to the country, PayPal has finally arrived the shores Nigeria.
Starting from today (Tuesday 17 June 2014), Nigerians can now use their real addresses to register on PayPal and use the service legitimately.
“PayPal has been going through a period of reinvention, refreshing many of its services to make them easier to use on mobile (phones), allowing us to expand into fast-developing markets,” Rupert Keeley, head of PayPal EMEA region said.
The desperate fight to bring PayPal to Nigeria was seen as a do or die issue and this even led to the hash tag #Bringpaypal and a petition page was opened at Change.org.
One of the petitioners had this to say:
My business depends most[ly] on it and I don’t really know why PayPal would neglect [a] country like Nigeria with millions of dollars recorded from the country in sales of services/products worldwide. China and other Asian countries had nowhere else to sell to than Nigeria because of [the] high level of trust in doing business with real Nigerians with integrity. Even if it is worth doing physical verification and many others, they should consider valuable services being rendered to the other part of the world from Nigeria by businesses. — Olawale Daniel.
Another user, Solomon Anzenge wrote:
I need Paypal to online business just like other nationals doing same.
All that is gone now as PayPal has taken their tent to Nigeria. We all look forward to see how it works out.
PayPal was founded in 1998 and operates in 203 countries before the inclusion of the 10 new markets. The payment processor is currently used by over 160 million users worldwide.
Nigerian users can now register at PayPal as the signup button is now available for them:
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