Do you know that you can open a domiciliary account on your mobile phone without paying a dime or bringing any referee? Yes, you can do that!
Creating a domiciliary account in Nigeria is what many freelancers, business owners, and individuals are battling with, some succeed while some give up.
In this blog post, I will be showing you a step-by-step guide on how you can create a domiciliary account in the comfort of your home.
- Having a domiciliary account is like having a bank account abroad
- You can create a domiciliary account on ALAT.ng for free
- A Domiciliary account is not the best way to receive money abroad
- You can create either US Dollar, Euro, or GB Pounds domiciliary account or all on ALAT by Wema app
- The maximum withdrawal on ALAT.ng DOM account is $2,000 per day
What is a Domiciliary Account?
A Domiciliary account or simply a DOM account allows you to receive money in foreign currencies.
It’s simply like having a foreign bank account, let’s say in the USA, UK, or any country according to which type of domiciliary account you’re opening and which foreign bank did your local bank partnered with.
If you’ve been looking for a way to receive money from your clients or family member abroad, using a domiciliary account can be the best option especially during this Dollar-Naira inflation season.
But if you go to the likes of GT Bank and co., you will figure out that having a domiciliary account in Nigeria is more like “mission impossible” because the requirements are just too much.
For instance, the bank will ask you to bring two corporate account holders of that bank as referees and you must deposit $100 or more before you can be eligible to open a DOM account with them. Depositing $100 might not be the problem, but where are you going to see two corporate accounts holders that use the bank? Most people you’re familiar with are using a savings account.
It’s not their fault, that’s CBN policy to counter security issues. But does that mean we can’t get a domiciliary account in Nigeria if we can’t get those requirements? No!
We can get a domiciliary account on ALAT.ng for free and without using anybody as a referee.
How? That’s what I’m about to show you.
About ALAT by Wema Bank
Alat.ng or simply ALAT is a product by WEMA bank. According to the bank, ALAT is Nigeria’s first fully digital bank where you can manage your money on the go without visiting the branch office.
Well, I understand and care about that. The main point here is that ALAT is a digital bank owned by the WEMA Bank of Nigeria.
Now, before you can open a domiciliary account on ALAT.ng, you need to have a WEMA bank account to speed up the process, you definitely can come as an alien though ?
Knowing that fully well, what are the requirement to create a DOM account on ALAT.ng?
Requirements to Get a Domiciliary Account on ALAT.ng
- ALAT app
- Utility Bill
- Government-issued ID (NIN Slip or International passport)
- Bank Verification Number (BVN)
- Two passport photograph
- And any amount ranging from N1,000 upward
Those are the things you need, and you’re good to go. Now, let’s talk about the big deal
How To Get Domiciliary Account in Nigeria on ALAT
Getting a domiciliary account on ALAT.ng is very easy, the requirement is easy too and they’re something you can get at your fingertip (as listed above). I will split this guide into two parts,
- Creating a WEMA bank account and
- Creating your domiciliary account
If you have a WEMA bank account, you can skip the first step and jump to step two.
# How to Create WEMA Bank Account
- Grab all the requirements listed above and let’s get them to work
- Visit any WEMA bank branch office in your area, tell them you want to open a new account
- Fill the account opening form and submit it
- They’ll ask for all the requirements I asked you to prepare, give them accordingly
- Deposit like a thousand naira to get your account activated (you can withdraw it later)
- Ensure your account is working, you can do a to-and-fro transfer to confirm
- That’s all.
Now, let’s open our domiciliary account
# How to Create Domiciliary Account on ALAT
You Need WEMA Bank Account
I believe you already have a working WEMA bank account, if you don’t have one, use the steps above to open one
Download ALAT Mobile App
Go to PlayStore (for Android) or your iOS Appstore and download an app called “ALAT by Wema” or simply search for ALAT and install it.
Sign up & login into Your Account
Open the app and sign in… You’ll be asked some questions like your BVN, name, date of birth, etc. Just make sure you answer everything correctly as you did when opening the Wema bank account.
You’ll also be required to upload a signature, you can sign on a piece of paper, snap it and upload.
The onboarding process is very easy, just make sure you fill everything correctly.
Do Some Transactions on ALAT app
Although this is not necessary, just do it. See if the ALAT app is working perfectly as I iterated earlier. Deposit some money and let’s create your domiciliary account now!
Start Creating the Domiciliary Account on the ALAT app
Here is how to create a domiciliary account in Nigeria on ALAT by Wema Bank:
- Open the app and make sure you’re on the front page. Then, click on “Accounts”
- At the top right corner of the new page you’re redirected to, click on “Create Account”
- Then click on “Domiciliary Account” – the first option probably
- Read the short information about the account and click on “Proceed” anyways
- Select currency. If you want US Dollar, Euro, or GBP domiciliary account, you can choose any
- Then click on “Create Account”
- Wait until the account is generated
- Congrats, you now have a domiciliary account in Nigeria without paying a dime!
That’s not all though, let’s talk about the frequently asked questions on the domiciliary account provided by ALAT (Wema Bank).
FAQs – Domiciliary Account on ALAT app
How can I receive money with my ALAT Domiciliary account?
To receive money into your ALAT domiciliary account, swipe to the account (e.g US Dollar) and click on “Fund Account”, the information needed to send to the sender will be displayed. Copy it and send it to the person who wants to send money to you.
Check the screenshot below:
Can I fund my ALAT domiciliary account myself?
No, you can’t. But if you need to save in foreign currencies like US Dollar, you can check this blog post on how to Save and Invest in US Dollar.
What is the maximum I can withdraw from my ALAT DOM account?
You’re currently using a DOM lite account, and the maximum you can withdraw is $2,000. If you want to withdraw more than that, you’ll need to visit the bank.
What is the Maximum I can receive into my ALAT domiciliary account?
No maximum, you can receive as much as possible. But note that you may be called for investigation if you receive more than $10,000 at once (according to CBN policy though).
Can I use my domiciliary account on ALAT to shop online?
Well, not really. You can use a domiciliary account to transfer and receive foreign currencies. But however, if you need a way to shop with a dollar card, there is a way to do that easily on the ALAT app.
How to Get Virtual Dollar Card on ALAT for Online Shopping
This is a “virtual”, not a physical card. Meaning that you can only see the card but you can’t hold it like your regular ATM card.
To get your virtual dollar card on ALAT, follow the steps below:
- Log in to ALAT on Mobile or Web.
- Tap on “Cards” on the main menu.
- Click on “ALAT Virtual Dollar Card”.
- You’ll be prompted to “Enter your ALAT Pin”
- Click on “Create Dollar Card”
- Fill in all required information to proceed.
- And that’s all.
If you have any questions regarding creating a domiciliary account in Nigeria or, on the ALAT app, feel free to use the comment box below to ask and I’ll be glad to help.
PS: I’m not a WEMA bank staff or agent.
Chipper Cash vs PayDay — Which one should you choose?
Chipper Cash vs PayDay – Who do you think will win?
I know that you have heard about these two platforms before now and might have used one or two of them. In this head-to-head review, we will compare the two famous dollar and virtual card providers, Chipper Cash and PayDay, to help you determine which one is better suited for your needs.
We will examine various aspects such as usability, fees, features, and customer support to provide you with a comprehensive analysis.
Kindly note that this is just a blog post from my personal experience and what I see on social media, not sponsored content by any of the companies I’m reviewing here.
If we’re clear on that, let’s start.
Of all features that make an app stand out, Usability is very important and this means how easy it is for users to navigate the app.
Chipper Cash has a very basic design and experience, while PayDay has the nicest design and it’s very easy to navigate.
A use case for why this is important:
Chipper Cash would never show you the exchange rate unless you want to “Send” or “Request” funds, which you’re not likely to see. But on PayDay, you know how much a dollar costs before a purchase.
And another use case on this usability part is the overview screen which is (normally) meant to show your recent activities or overview of what you can do.
Every human is a business person by nature, so in most cases, we tend to look for the cheapest option and such happens when it comes to choosing a Dollar or virtual card provider.
A lot of people complain that Chippers Cash has the most expensive exchange rate and this seems to be true.
For instance, as of yesterday, I bought a dollar on PayDay at ₦742 while it cost ₦781.
But before we agree that Chipper Cash is not the “cheaper”, let’s break down the rates.
To create a VISA or Mastercard virtual card on PayDay, you’ll pay $5 as a creation fee while you’ll pay ₦2,000 on Chipper Cash.
And before you can buy anything with dollars on PayDay, you have to swap the naira in your wallet for a dollar, then top up your card… They charge 0.5% of how much you’re swapping (maximum of $5).
While you don’t pay any swapping fee on Chipper Cash.
Let’s assume I need a virtual card of $10, here is the breakdown:
- Creation fee – $5
- Top up – $10
- Swapping fee – $0.075 (0.5% of $15)
- Total ⇒ $15.075
This converted to Naira in PayDay’s rate would be: ₦742 x 15.075 => ₦11,185.65
For Chipper Cash:
- Creation fee: ₦2,000
- Top up: $10
- Total: $10 + ₦2k
Let’s convert this to Naira in Chipper Cash’s rate: (₦781 x 10) + ₦2,000 ⇒ ₦9,810
It’s clear that Chippers Cash is “cheaper” but for the first time, you are creating the card.
If you already have a card but want to top up, PayDay is cheaper but the difference is not up to ₦40 (781 – 742).
In this case, there’s no winner.
#3. Customer support
Because we are human and we are not perfect, what we manufacture, create, or produce as well will not be perfect.
That’s why there is customer support for businesses in case things go south and this is very important if you’re thinking of choosing a Dollar or virtual card provider.
PayDay has the worst customer service, although they’re active on Twitter busy creating awareness for the product, but put zero to meager effort into their customer support service.
I once had an issue on February 16, I sent them a message but they replied on March 2nd… that’s 2 weeks!
The recent issue I have with them which I’ll explain later took them 18 hours to send an “automated” response and since then, I’ve not heard anything from them and the issue hasn’t been solved. They immediately close the conversation without resolving it.
The evidence of their poor service is on Twitter, just visit their page to enjoy the comments.
Chipper Cash, they have a faster response rate when it comes to Customer service… I had an issue creating a dollar card and I reached out on Twitter, immediately I received a response and the issue was solved before I see the response.
And I’ve not yet seen any trend where people complain about Chipper Cash’s support.
Winner: Chipper Cash.
#4. Success Rate
Still, on the imperfection, anything can happen at any time but you definitely don’t want to put your money on a platform that’s more likely to fail.
To be frank, Chipper Cash has the highest success rate while you may need to go to the nearby mountain to pray and fast before using PayDay.
This is the top reason why a lot of people are trying to contact PayDay’s support and I think the messages are too much for their support to handle.
I personally have an ongoing issue with them. I want to renew my domain names and I decided to use PayDay, I deposited some Naira, swapped to USD, and decided to get a virtual Dollar card with $34.74.
I expect PayDay to deduct the Money, give me a dollar card with $29.74 as a balance, and remember their $5 card fee.
I tried to buy the card, no response if it failed or it’s successful, I guess it’s a service… I keep on trying until I’m tired.
So I checked my balance $15 has been deducted ($5 in 3 times).
I had no idea why because up till now, no card has been issued to me… I had $19.74 left which I quickly sent to my Chipper Cash before PayDay got angrier.
I top up my Chipper cash with some Naira, purchase my dollar card and I got it immediately
Up till now, PayDay hasn’t issued the card to me or refunded me. People are complaining a lot about this same issue.
The only (trending) complaint about Chipper Cash is the fee which I’ve explained already.
Update on 16th of May, 2023
The founder of PayDay tweeted to celebrate their milestone of having over 600k customers and I replied with my complain.
As seen in the screenshot above, he asked for my PayDay tag and immediately, the magic happened. I got my $15 refunded!
I hope they PayDay improves on their infrastructure instead of having multiple card creation failure and refund.
But for now, Chipper Cash wins here.
Winner: Chipper Cash
#5. Downloads & Reviews
So far, I’ve been referencing my experience with both platforms and it’s high time we see how people are reacting to both apps.
I’ve mentioned that PayDay doesn’t have good reviews on Twitter compared to Chipper Cash but let’s check the Play Store to see what the users are saying with figures.
- 100k+ Downloads
- 3k+ reviews
- 2.1 out of 5 average ratings.
- Most rated 1 stars
Chipper Cash has:
- 5M+ Downloads
- 109k reviews
- 4.1 out of 5 average ratings
- Most rated 5 stars.
This is evident that average people would prefer to use Chipper Cash instead of PayDay.
Now, I’m not talking about the number of downloads or reviews, but the average ratings… That shows how satisfied customers are.
Winner: Chipper Cash
Most of the time, we want to get something done as quickly as now. This is why I include this point to let you know how far.
Currently, Chipper Cash is down and I’ve updated the app maybe it’ll be resolved but still down… imagine if I need to pay for something now and Chipper Cash is my only option, my faith on candle sticks.
People complain about this, but to be honest it’s not like that every day as it’s mostly working… I would say the uptime is around 95%.
I have never seen a PayDay app crash or have downtime and people don’t complain about that as well.
Conclusion: Chipper Cash vs PayDay –Which one is the best?
In the battle between Chipper Cash and PayDay, both platforms offer impressive features and services. PayDay stands out for its user-friendly interface, app’s uptime, and lower exchange rate, while Chipper Cash excels in Customer support, success rate, and user feedback.
Ultimately, the choice between the two dollars or virtual card providers depends on your specific needs and preferences.
I recommend you assess the fee structures, available features, and usability of both platforms to make an informed decision that aligns with what you need the platform for.
As mentioned earlier, this is not a sponsored post but an honest review from my personal experience and the trend on social media platforms.
If you think something is missing or would like to drop any feedback regarding your experience on any of these apps, kindly use the comment box as it’ll be helpful to everyone reading this blog post.
Don’t forget to share if you think this review is good enough, for people to be informed.
5 Best Dollar and Virtual Card Providers in Nigeria
Are you a Nigerian but it’s quite difficult to make international payments online? What you need is one of these dollar or virtual card providers!
As the world is becoming a global village, the way we make payments is also changing, and thanks to Technology for that. We have the likes of PayPal, Square, Venmo, and gift cards that make payment so fast and easy for people in developed countries like the United States.
But in some African countries like Nigeria, it’s a very different story as nothing seems to be working for us when it comes to making borderless payments.
A few months ago, we received announcements from the banks that our Mastercard and VISA would be unable to pay for international transactions.
So, does that mean we should stop shopping on Amazon, eBay, or on any international sites?
In Nigeria, many people are turning to the dollar and virtual card providers to meet their international payment needs.
Here are the top 5 dollar and virtual card providers in Nigeria
#1. Chipper Cash
Chipper Cash is a mobile payment platform that allows users to send and receive money across Africa. The platform also offers dollar and virtual card services to its users. With Chipper Cash, users can easily create and link a virtual card to their account.
In addition to its dollar and virtual card services, Chipper Cash also offers a range of other features, including the ability to buy airtime, pay bills, and save money. The platform is available for both Android and iOS devices, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
Many users complain that the Chipper Cash exchange rate is higher than other card providers, but they all agree that the card works anytime and any day, which is still good, I mean, we don’t have a choice for now.
To get started with Chipper Cash, visit their website at https://chipper.cash/
PayDay is another popular dollar and virtual card provider in Nigeria. The platform offers a range of payment solutions, including virtual cards, and foreign accounts. With PayDay, users can easily create virtual cards and use them to make online purchases.
In addition to its dollar and virtual card services, PayDay offers a range of other features, including the ability to send money and receive payments. The platform is available for both Android and iOS devices, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
Elon Musk’s company, Starlink recently choose PayDay as one of their payment processors in Nigeria which is a huge partnership proving that PayDay gat some levels too.
Oh, of all the platforms listed here, PayDay has the best User Interface, well maybe this is not valid but I love the design personally.
To get started with PayDay, visit their website at https://www.usepayday.com/
Cardtonic is a platform that allows users to buy, sell, and exchange gift cards, as well as provide dollar and virtual card services. The platform offers competitive rates for its services, making it a popular choice for those who need to make international transactions.
Cardtonic also offers a range of other features, including the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin, pay bills, and transfer funds.
How does it work?
Let’s say you want to buy an item that costs $200 on Amazon, you can head over to Cardtonic to buy an Amazon gift card of that amount, and you’re good to go.
The platform is available for both Android and iOS devices, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
To get started with Cardtonic, visit their website at https://cardtonic.com/
#4. Barter by Flutterwave
Barter is a virtual card service provided by Flutterwave, one of the leading payment platforms in Africa. The platform offers a range of payment solutions, including virtual cards, physical cards, and dollar accounts. With Barter, users can easily create virtual cards and use them to make online purchases.
In addition to its dollar and virtual card services, Barter offers a range of other features, including the ability to pay bills, send money, and receive payments. The platform is available for both Android and iOS devices, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
To get started with Barter by Flutterwave, visit their website at https://barter.flutterwave.com/
#5. Flip by Fluidcoin
Flip is a virtual card service provided by Fluidcoin, a cryptocurrency exchange platform. The platform offers a range of payment solutions, including virtual cards and dollar accounts. With Flip, users can easily create virtual cards and use them to make online purchases.
In addition to its dollar and virtual card services, Flip offers a range of other features, including the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin, pay bills, and transfer funds. The platform is available for both Android and iOS devices, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
To get started with Flip by Fluidcoin, visit their website at https://useflip.app
Enjoy Cross-border with Virtual card providers in Nigeria
The rise of digital payment platforms has made it easier for people to transact across borders. The dollar and virtual card providers listed above offer a range of payment solutions that make it easy for Nigerians to make international transactions.
These providers offer competitive rates and a range of features that make them a popular choice for those who need to send and receive money across borders.
I will advise you to get 2-3 of these card providers in case one fvck up. I have 5.
Which of these providers have you used before? Mind sharing your opinion? Okay, you have the floor in the comment section.
Kuda Overdrafts: Eligibility and How to Qualify to Borrow Money from Kuda Bank
You’ve heard the popular anthem on YouTube, Streaming apps, or where that says: “No shame in borrowing when you can easily take Kuda Overdrafts” and you wonder what’s this all about? How can I qualify to borrow money?
I will quickly talk about that in this blog post. And I assume you don’t have an account with Kuda bank yet, but if you already have one, you can navigate to the right part for you by using the table of content below.
What are Kuda Overdrafts?
Kuda Overdrafts are money borrowed for a short period of time to take care of urgent issues. You can say Kuda Overdraft is a “short-term” loan, that’s how Kuda Bank describes it.
It’s not like a loan that you have to request before it’s disbursed, but the process is automatic, hence, it is called “Overdrafts” and not technically “loan”.
How Kuda Overdrafts Work
Assuming you have N50,000 on your Kuda bank, and you need to pay school fees of N100,000, you can withdraw that N100,000 to pay your school fees and your account will be -50,000 (If you are qualified already for overdrafts).
Just understand it as the way you borrow airtime or data from MTN when you need it urgently. You don’t need to visit the MTN office or fill any form before you borrow. Once you’re a regular user of MTN, you can borrow anything on the SIM and pay on your next recharge.
That’s how Kuda Overdrafts work – Just like using a credit card in foreign countries).
Learn More: What is Kuda Overdraft?
Because some Nigerians are victims of embarrassment resulting from taking loans online, you may think that Kuda Overdraft is in that caliber of embarrassing their customers. But Kuda Bank is not!
I’ve been using Kuda Bank for a few years and I enjoy their banking service. When I qualify for overdrafts, I took it (without shame) to see if they’ll frustrate my life but till now, I’ve never been embarrassed or stalked because I borrow money from Kuda bank.
Kuda Overdrafts Vs Other Loan Apps
- Low interest: Kuda Bank takes a very small interest. I mean very low as 0.3% daily interest. That is just N30 daily if you borrow N10,000 – If you pay up within 10 days, you’ll pay just N300, or let’s say you pay after a month, you’ll pay just N900. Crazy. Right?
- No Paperwork: You’re not filling any form either online or offline before you can qualify for Kuda Overdrafts.
- No Collateral: This may sound like an invalid reason why borrowing money from Kuda Bank is the best, but it is a valid reason. Those who said they don’t take collateral are right, but they’ll use the contacts on your phone as their collateral. You gerrit?
- No Embarrassment: As I said above, these loan apps will copy all the numbers on your contact list for special embarrassment later. Kuda bank doesn’t do this at all, you pay when you’re financially buoyant.
- I will also say borrowing money from Kuda bank will give you peace of mind, they will never call or email you to repay.
To borrow money from Kuda bank is not a “squid game” unlike fake loan apps that run after people’s life. If you want to know more about these loan sharks and how to avoid them, read this blog post.
How to Qualify for Kuda Overdrafts
There are steps you must take before you can be able to borrow money from Kuda Bank. They are:
- Become a User of Kuda Bank (Register and Verify your account)
- Use Kuda Bank regularly (to transfer, receive, pay bills, buy airtime)
- You’ll qualify automatically (Again, you don’t need to fill any form)
#1 Become a User of Kuda Bank
All you have to do is to download the Kuda Bank app on either Playstore or Appstore (for iOS), register, verify your BVN, phone number, and email address.
You may also need to upload your NIN slip, and you’re good to go. This is the first step to qualify for KUDA overdrafts.
#2 Use Kuda Bank Regularly
After becoming a user, the next step is to become a frequent user and this is what will qualify for Kuda’s “short-term” loan (overdrafts).
But you may want to ask how often or regularly should you use Kuda Bank?
Well. I don’t have a straight answer, but In my case, I use Kuda for 80% banking that I want to do. I use it to receive money, send money, bill data, and airtime. I don’t just keep N1,000 there, I keep most of my Naira in my Kuda bank account.
#3. You’ll Qualify Automatically
The system has been programmed to upgrade regular users to have access to Kuda overdrafts. So, you don’t need to request approval or whatsoever. Just use Kuda Bank regularly and you’ll get your own “lunch” from Kuda.
PS: The first time I received a notification that I’m qualified for Kuda Overdrafts, I can only borrow N30,000 but later, I think after 2 months, I can get up to N75,000.
I believe the more you keep using the Kuda for banking, the more they’ll increase how much you can borrow on the app.
How To Borrow Money on Kuda App?
On the home screen of your app, simply swipe to, or click on “Borrow”, adjust the range element to how much you need and click on “Get your Overdrafts”. That’s all.
What the video below to see how to do that:
Borrow Money Without Shame, Take Kuda Overdrafts
This is the first time I will see something like this aside from borrowing from telcos. Kuda Bank is really stepping up its game and it has been a great experience for us (customers).
I enjoy taking Kuda overdrafts without shame, no harassment, no room for getting stranded on cash. Just become a regular user, and you’ll enjoy the same experience.
But some people do ask; what if they fail or refuse to pay back the money they borrow from Kuda Bank? Well, I don’t know what will happen, but I’m sure Kuda Bank has a way to sort it out amicably or legally.
You can’t outsmart Kuda Bank if you’re thinking of taking the overdrafts “japa”. You can’t japa because security agencies will nab you. This is not a threat, remember I said Kuda Bank will never embarrass you like some loan sharks used to do.
But don’t be like those who plan to run away with Kuda Overdrafts without payment back, it’s not fair, you know.
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