Audio: Open a Nigerian bank account in South Africa [Listen]

In this latest podcast, we quickly guide you through how to open a Nigerian bank account while in South Africa. This podcast takes you through the requirements for opening a GTBank Non Residence Nigerian (NRN) bank account while in South Africa:

1. Complete the GTBank NRN account sign up form. (download form here)

2. Submit a copy of any of your personal identification documents which may either be a valid Nigerian international passport or any other foreign international passport.

Other accepted forms of personal identification are valid National Driver’s license or a valid National Identity Card.

3. One passport photograph.

4. Proof of residence: a copy of your water or electricity bill issued within the last three months with the same address stated on the application form. Alternatively, you could submit a stamped bank statement or credit card statement issued within the last three months showing your address.

5. References (either i or ii below):

i. One reference letter obtained from a current account holder (Nigerian) with any Nigerian Bank and a banker’s confirmation.

ii. Two reference letters from current account holder (Nigerian) with any Nigerian Bank.

All your documents have to be certified. The easiest and convenient way to certify them is to visit any South African Police Service (SAPS) Station.

Remember: Document certification is a free service.

To submit, scan and send all documents via email to:,

Akindele Olunloyo


Akindele is an entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Lagos to Jozi and a Master Crafter at ProjectiYoruba where he handcrafts furniture and home decor.

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