Convert Nigeria naira to gbp in PayPal

Hi all,

Iv made an e-commerce site in joomla  for someone in Dubai who will be targeting the Nigeria market. The plan was to use PayPal for payments, but Nigerian naira isn't an accepted currency yet. They did research PayPal but missed this vital information.

Is it possible to convert the Nigerian naira into pounds sterling?

All prices and products  have been added to the site using j2store but when it passes n5000 to PayPal, PayPal assumes it's 5000 dollars!

We have investigated other payment options but I'd prefer to use PayPal due to simplicity if possible as the project has already overran and I can't invest too much more time on it.  

Any advice would be appreciated,

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Many folks consider to be the gold standard of currency conversion:

They offer an API that you can call:

As you can see, XE supports the Nigerian Naira:

Convert the NGN to any currency you want that PayPal accepts (Euro, GBP, USD, whatever) and feed that to PayPal. Regards, Joe
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Richiep86Author Commented:
Convert the NGN to any currency you want that PayPal accepts (Euro, GBP, USD, whatever) and feed that to PayPal. Regards, Joe

Is that possible? I'll do some research. I want to avoid using another addon if possible.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Rich,

> Is that possible?

I don't know Joomla well, but what I do know about it suggests that it is a robust website dev tool, and I can't imagine that it wouldn't be able to make an API call. So you should be able to get the price in Nigerian Naira, call the XE API to convert it to pounds sterling (I missed seeing that when I posted before), and feed the GBP value to PayPal. I can't see why that wouldn't be possible. Regards, Joe
Richiep86Author Commented:
Yeah that would be possible but over my head to be honest.

Iv used a component to take care if the payments so can add others, unless PayPal can convert the money. It's very annoying as it's looking like I can't use PayPal.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
If making an API call from Joomla is over your head, then I think you're right — it's looking like you can't use PayPal. That being the case, look for a payment gateway that can accept NGN. A web search for "payment gateway naira" results in several hits, with this one looking promising:

But I have no experience with any of those payment gateways, so you're on your own to evaluate them. Regards, Joe

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