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Nigerians Prefer to make payments via Bank Transfers than Card Payments: Paystack

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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Paystack, Nigerian payment Fintech, recently released its 2023 performance. The report revealed the achievements and improvements the company made in the year. The report also revealed their highest number of subscribers in the African region. It is no surprise that Nigeria comes first in the line of African countries making use of the payment platform. This development highlights the question: Do Nigerians prefer payment via bank transfer or card payment?

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Do Nigerians Prefer Payment Via Bank Transfer or Card Payment? 

In the Nigerian market, the platform revealed the bank transfer method is the most preferred form of payment for the average Nigerian. Payment by card is set as the second most preferred form of payment in the nation. For Ghana and Kenya, the bank card is the most preferred form of payment, and otherwise for South Africa. 

The paystack report unleashed Nigerians’ curious minds on the preferred method of payment in the country. Speculations revolving around bank transfer payments overriding card payments were also made. However, according to a report made by Techpoint, Edidiong Uwemakpan, VP, of Brand, Communications and PR at Moniepoint highlighted that more individuals make card payments than online transfers.

Payment Via Bank Transfer or Card: A Shift In Digital Payment

Nevertheless, payment via bank transfers is accelerating in the nation. In the 2022 pppo report, Nigerians were relying more on card payments and less on bank transfers. The Paystack report reveals the country’s move from card dependency to bank transfers. The move to transfer is likely influenced by many factors. 

  • Cash Scarcity: In March 2023, Nigeria saw a decrease in the availability of cash in circulation. With this, it became more important than ever for businesses to be able to receive payments from their customers. This pressure caused a sharp increase in businesses using terminals, and people opting to pay digitally as cash was scarce.
  • The cost of cards: With the naira devaluation in the country, it’s certain that it would cause an increase in the cost of cards. For bank transfers, there are no card costs, only the normal bank charges that occur with each payment. 
  • POS devices: The inflation in the country leaves all gadgets expensive and less accessible. This situation affects the POS prices and consequently affects the charge prices. However, this does not affect bank transfer charges. 


The shift towards digital payments, bank transfers, is important, as it opens the door to a wider range of digital financial service solutions. 

There are risks with digital payments, however, financial technology solutions are willing to do the work, and by helping businesses grow, take the Nigerian economy to the next level. 

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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