10 Best Exchanges to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria (2022)

by | Jun 6, 2020 | Exchange, Top Post | 40 comments

In this post, I listed the top 10 of the Best Exchanges to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria 2022.

This top 10 was selected after a careful review of over 80 bitcoin exchanges in Nigeria.

From my over 4 years of experience in cryptocurrency trading, these are the most efficient, reliable, reputable, and safest exchanges used by most Nigerians.

I will also explain the types of exchanges there are and how to buy bitcoin in Nigeria.

So, let’s get started.

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Top 10 Exchanges to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria


Following the CBN crypto ban in Nigeria,the use of debit and credit cards is not allowed for users in Nigeria.

To still trade cryptos, kindly check out this post to see how to do that.

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1. Binance

exchanges in Nigeria Binance

Binance was launched in 2017 after a successful ICO.   

It is the biggest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by trade volume with over 100 coins actively trading on the platform.

Up to 1 billion USD worth of bitcoins is traded on Binance each day. You can learn how to seamlessly trade on Binance.

Binance, in 2020, introduced the Naira wallet allowing Nigerian users to buy bitcoin directly with Naira on the platform.

Deposits and withdrawals are also instant on Binance.

Exchange TypeBroker | Trading | P2P
ServicesOver 10 products and services including;
– Wallet
– Instant Buy/Sell
– Trading Platform
– P2P
Supported CryptosBTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, and over 100 others
Pros– Solid User Interface
– Instant Payment & Withdrawal
– Responsive support
– Low trading fee
ConIt can be overwhelming because
of the number of products  
ReviewOfficial Website

2. Luno

buy bitcoin on Luno

Luno is the most popular cryptocurrency exchange in Nigeria.

It was launched as Bitx in 2013 and later rebranded to Luno. Its biggest market is South Africa and Nigeria.

Luno has one of the easiest-to-use interfaces. The ease of using its app is second to none.

It is the first exchange to allow makers to buy and sell cryptos at zero transaction fees.

Following the CBN ban, users in Nigeria can no longer deposit and withdraw NGN but can still make crypto transfers, deposits, and withdrawals.

Exchange TypeBroker & Trading
Services– Wallet
– Instant Buy/Sell
– Trading Platform
– Savings
Supported CryptosBTC, BCH, ETH,
Pros– Solid User Interface
– Instant Payment & Withdrawal
– Responsive support
– 0% Maker trading fee
ConsNo way to deposit or withdraw NGN
ReviewOfficial Website

3. Quidax

Buy Bitcoin on Quidax

Quidax is a leading Nigeria Bitcoin Exchange that was launched in August 2018.

It is the first exchange owned by a Nigerian to meet and surpass International Standards.

Quidax is the first bitcoin exchange to support instant deposit and withdrawal of the Naira 24/7.

It also introduced a 0% maker fee making it the exchange to buy bitcoin in Nigeria at the cheapest price.

Exchange TypeBroker|Trading|P2P
Services– Wallet
– Instant Buy/Sell
– Trading Platform
– P2P Trading
– Quidax Vault
Supported CryptosBTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, DOGE,
Pros– Solid User Interface
– Responsive support
– 0% Maker trading fee
ConLimited coin support
ReviewOfficial Website

4. Remitano

Remitano buy bitcoin in Nigeria

Remitano is the safest and the most used P2P Bitcoin exchange in Nigeria.

Over an 800-million-naira worth of bitcoins is traded on Remitano from Nigeria each day.

It beats other Peer-to-Peer exchanges in terms of security, customer support, services offered, and the number of supported coins.

Remitano remains my favorite P2P cryptocurrency exchange since 2016.

Exchange TypeP2P
Services– Wallet
– P2P
– Invest
Supported CryptosBTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, XRP, and 10 others
Pros– Solid User Interface
– 24/7 Live Chat Support
– Safe and Secure
Cons1% Transaction fee (Medium)  
ReviewOfficial Site

5. Blockvila

blockvila logo

Blockvila is the most trusted and reputable OTC exchange in Nigeria.

It was launched in 2017 as Ngexchanger but later rebranded to Blockvila to indicate that its business now extends beyond the shores of Nigeria.

It is based in Port Harcourt Nigeria and still remains one of the safest exchanges to buy bitcoins of any volume in Nigeria.

Exchange TypeBroker |P2P
Services– Buy/Sell
– P2P Trading
– Cloud Mining
Supported CryptosBTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, VILA,
STEEM, and 9 others
Pros– Easy to Use
– 24/7 Live Chat support
– Can exchange any cryptos on request
ConsNo Mobile App  
ReviewOfficial Site

6. BuyCoins

Buycoins Africa logo

BuyCoins is a P2P exchange that is situated in Lagos, Nigeria.

The exchange was launched in 2017 as Bitkoin Africa but later rebranded to BuyCoins in February 2018.

It was founded by Timi Ajiboye, a software developer, and a team of 9 others.

It caters to Nigerians in Nigeria who are interested in trading cryptocurrencies.

Exchange TypeBroker | P2P
Services– Wallet
– Buy/Sell
– Coinlock NGNT
Supported CryptosBitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Litecoin (LTC)
Pros– Superb Customer Support
– Instant P2P through NGNT
– Exceptional mobile app
ConsAvailable only in Nigeria  
ReviewOfficial Site

7. Paxful

buy bitcoin on Paxful

Paxful is a peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange that was founded in the USA.

Its unique selling point is that it has over 300 payment methods to buy bitcoin with.

Most of its customers in Nigeria are those selling Gift Cards (Amazon, iTunes, Google, etc) for Bitcoin.

I personally have not sold gift cards for Bitcoin on this platform but I have sold Neteller and Webmoney for Bitcoins.

Another amazing thing to know about Paxful is its Charity outreach.

They have sponsored a number of school building projects in Africa. You can check out the YouTube video here.

However, unlike Remitano which makes it very difficult for a trader to defraud other traders on its platform, Paxful is less regulated by its customer support thus you have to observe safety precautions not to get defrauded.

You can check out my review of Paxful for more details

Exchange TypeP2P
Services– Wallet
– P2P
Supported CryptosBitcoin (BTC)
Pros– Over 300 Payment methods
– 24/7 Live Support
– Cross country P2P trades  
ConsSupports only BTC  
ReviewOfficial Site

8. Redeeem

Redeeem giftcards for bitcoins

Redeeem is the safest P2P exchange to sell and buy over 30 gift cards for Bitcoin at the best rate.

It’s a P2P platform but however does not allow direct interaction between buyers and sellers to ensure maximum safety and anonymity.

It was founded in 2018 by Kyle Hill and Mike Townsend from Los Angeles California.

I have done an extensive review of the platform and how to use it.  

Exchange TypeP2P
Services– Gift Card
– P2P
Supported CryptosBitcoin (BTC)
Pros– Over 30 Gift Cards,
– Commendable rates
– Very safe
Cons– Supports only BTC  
– Gift Cards sale might not be instant
ReviewOfficial Site

9. Yellow Card

Yellow Card bitcoin merchant in Nigeria

Yellow Card is a relatively new platform. It was sponsored by Binance to increase the adoption of Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies in Africa.

Yellow Card lets you;

  • Buy bitcoins and other cryptos at a very good rate with naira using cash and bank transfer
  • Accept bitcoins for your goods and service and have the equivalent sent directly to your bank account
  • Become a bitcoin vendor i.e. easily buy and sell bitcoins to your customers at a physical location using the Yellow Card app.

With these unique features, Yellow Card has seen increased adoption in Nigeria.

Exchange TypeBroker
Services– BTC Wallet
– Buy/Sell Bitcoin
– Bitcoin Merchant  
Supported CryptosBitcoin (BTC)
Pros– Easy to use
– Superb customer support
– Accept bitcoin for goods/services
ConsSupports limited countries  
ReviewOfficial Site

10. LocalBitcoins


LocalBitcoins is one of the oldest bitcoin exchanges worldwide.

It is the first P2P bitcoin exchange that was founded in June 2012 and is still thriving to date.

On this platform, you can buy and sell bitcoin using over 30 payment methods including Altcoins.

Exchange TypeP2P
Services– Buy/Sell of Bitcoin using 30+ payment methods
– BTC wallet
Supported CryptosBitcoin (BTC)
Pros– P2P exchange
– Available worldwide
– Bitcoin wallet
ConsSupports only BTC  
ReviewOfficial Site

Exchanges with Great Potentials that did not Make the List


ByBit is a broker exchange that offers various services including Spot trading, P2P trading, Derivatives, Save and Earn crypto, etc.

Presently, it is offering users free Spot trading on all coin pairs. Find steps on how to trade on ByBit below 👇

This OTC exchange launched in 2019. It offers excellent service and might make my list in 2023. Currently, you can only sell bitcoins on Redimit.

This exchange has existed for over 10 years now. The service is solid. However, It needs to upgrade its interface.

Also read: Bitcoins exchanges in Nigeria: The Complete List (over 80)

My Verdict: Which is the Best Exchange to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria?

If you have carefully followed this post, you will see that the exchanges are of different types. They have their particular use cases and types which I will explain in the next section.

So the best of the best depends on what you want to use it for.

… When buying BTC I have to consider

  • My payment method (debit card, gift card, bank transfer, etc)
  • Price (Which exchange has the best price at that instant)
  • Speed (how quickly do I need it)
  • Motive (Buy to trade, store, or shop)

For me, ByBit, Luno, Quidax, and Binance are must-haves if you want to quickly buy, sell, or trade bitcoins.

On Remitano, you can buy a huge amount of bitcoin at a very good stable price if you understand how to use it.

If you need to sell or buy GiftCards safely at the best price, Redeeem is no doubt the best.

Finally, if you want to sell or buy e-currencies like Neteller, Paypal, Perfect Money, etc. for bitcoins, you go for Paxful or LocalBitcoins depending on the one that gives you the best price.

I personally have an account with all the exchanges listed above. You can do the same.

That said let’s talk about exchange types and how they work.

Bitcoin Exchange Types | Their Pros and Cons

There are basically 3 types of bitcoin exchanges. They are;

  • Broker OTC (Over the Counter) exchange
  • P2P (Peer to Peer) OTC exchange
  • Trading Platform.

Some exchanges, however, combined 2 or 3 of these types in one.

Broker OTC Exchange

This is the simplest type of exchange. It is the first generation of BTC exchanges. How it works basically is that you pay money to the exchange and they send bitcoin to you or, you send bitcoin to the exchange and they send money to your bank account. 


  • High Trust Factor: Most of these brokers are registered and have a physical office so you are sure you are dealing with a company that is reputable and will not run with your money.


  • Susceptible to Government Interference: Since they operate a central account, they can have their bank account frozen if they fall out with the government. There is a case where a broker receives a huge amount of money to buy bitcoin from a hacked bank account. EFCC froze the account for investigation. To mitigate against this, Broker OTC exchanges require ID and residency verification from their customers before they can-do high-volume transactions.
  • Some of them are slow and might not operate 24/7 since it requires someone to manually operate them, however, there are technologies to automate this now.

P2P (Peer-To-Peer) OTC Exchange

This type of exchange does not directly sell or purchase BTC from its users, rather they connect buyers to sellers and modulate the transaction using an escrow system. This is an OTC between two persons directly. This is how It works;

Say Ivory wants to buy bitcoin from Mike on a P2P exchange.

  • Ivory will enter the number of bitcoins she wants to buy from Mike on the exchange.
  • The exchange will hold onto that number of Mike’s bitcoin and make it inaccessible to Mike.
  • Ivory will pay the equivalent in fiat (say Naira) to Mike’s bank account and indicate that she has made the payment.
  • Once Mike receives the money, he will confirm that he has received it.
  • The exchange will release the bitcoin to Ivory immediately.

In case Ivory refuses to make the payment or Mike refuses to confirm it, they both have to present proof to the exchange, and the exchange will release the bitcoin to whoever is correct and probably ban the liar.


  • There is no central account and thus it’s not susceptible to government interference.
  • Trades can go on 24/7 once there are people to trade


  • Fraud due to human error: Some persons have mistakenly confirmed a transaction or were tricked into confirming a transaction by other users without actually receiving the money in their bank account. By doing this, they lose their bitcoin and never got it back. As a safety measure, the exchange always warns users to make sure they received their money before confirming a transaction.
  • Risk of getting account frozen: Just as we mentioned in the OTC Cons, you might receive money from a hacked bank account for BTC especially if you are trading high volume. This might lead to EFCC blocking your bank account for investigation. To mitigate against this, P2P requires users to verify their ID and Residency, They also inform users to take note that the fund they receive is coming to an account with the same name as the person they are trading with.

Here is a visual made by Remitano of how escrow works.

Trading Platform/Exchange

These are platforms where traders trade cryptocurrency pairs such as BTC/NGN, BTC/USDT BTC/ETH, etc.

OTC platforms that have incorporated this call it “Exchange”.

The Exchange is actually P2P, but in this case, you are trading only on the platform, and you don’t know who you are trading with, you are only concerned with the numbers on the screen.  

Trades here are executed instantly. 


  • It has high volume and liquidity
  • It’s instant
  • It provides users with charts and trading tools
  • Traders can set up bots to trade for them
  • Pro traders make a living using this platform.


  • To withdraw your money to your bank account, you will have to go through an OTC or P2P.
  • Most of these exchanges are centralized thus making them susceptible to hackers.

Now that we have known the type of bitcoin exchanges there are, let’s dive right into the 10 best bitcoin exchanges in Nigeria.

How to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria

  1. Go to ByBit, create an account, and verify it.
  2. Deposit a minimum of $10 into your wallet.
  3. Then go to “Buy Crypto” from the menu and select your preferred option to buy Bitcoin; free of charge!

If you want to learn how to trade cryptocurrencies profitably, then enroll in our Cryptocurrency Mastery Course by going to www.ctmastery.com.

You can also join our Telegram community at https://t.me/ctmastery


I have shown you the best 10 bitcoin exchanges in Nigeria and how to buy Bitcoin really fast on Luno.

Now it’s your turn…

What do you think about the list?

Is there any exchange that should be there that isn’t or one that is there that shouldn’t?

Or maybe you have a question.

Let me know right away in the comment section.

Don’t forget to share.





    Binance is there working perfectly.


    It is not true, may be you don’t know you can do all that in Lino now with easy. Check it. He is correct. You can now deposit and withdraw in Naira in Luno.

  3. Dos

    Nice blog. Aside Remitano please let’s us know which other platform one can also conveniently trade p2p during this ban period

    • Chiamaka Atueyi

      Thank you.
      You can check out these exchanges:

  4. folktales

    Your blog is so helpful. However, kindly update your info as regards to post-crypto ban era in Nigeria. Luno isn’t supportive to Nigerians since the crypto ban – no deposit, no withdrawal for Nigerians and it’s killing to want to trade coins invested in Luno with another crypto app due to huge price difference.

    • Chiamaka Atueyi

      Thank you. I left an update to that regard.


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Jude Umeano
Electrical Engineer by Training, Blogger and Crypto Trader by Profession (Founder of NigeriaBitcoinCommunity.com). I derive joy in giving information in a clear and simple way that everyone can understand