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Monetization Eligibility on YouTube in Nigeria and Restricted Countries

by Abbey
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Nigeria is one of the biggest markets for YouTube in the world and the largest in Africa. There are many creators in Nigeria, with thousands of them regularly posting content such as movies, pranks, TV shows, and more on YouTube. Nigerians can monetize their YouTube channels; however, the process of monetization in Nigeria has certain complexities that I will discuss further in this blog post. As you might already know, as of 2023, to be eligible for YouTube monetization, you need to meet specific requirements, which I will detail below.

Eligibility for Monetization in Nigeria

Monetization Requirements

To monetize your YouTube channel in 2023, you must meet the following requirements:

1. 1,000 Subscribers: You need to have at least 1,000 subscribers over the lifetime of your channel. It’s not necessary to gain 1,000 subscribers within a year; this can be achieved over time.

2. 4,000 Watch Hours: Accumulate a minimum of 4,000 watch hours within a one-year period to be eligible for YouTube monetization.

3. Adherence to YouTube Policies: Your content must comply with YouTube’s policies, including copyright and community standards, among others.

4. Original Content: YouTube generally prefers original content. While you can create reaction videos, it’s essential to provide your unique commentary or perspective. Simply reposting content without substantial transformation or commentary may not be accepted.

Content Authenticity

YouTube has become more stringent when it comes to the authenticity of content. They require that the content you upload is original and created by you. They do not permit the use of content stolen or sourced from unknown origins. However, creating reaction videos is acceptable, but it’s crucial to provide commentary. If you make reaction videos with your voice, you may encounter issues. However, if your reaction videos feature your face, they are generally accepted.

Countries Ineligible for YouTube Monetization

List of Countries Ineligible for Monetization

While YouTube is accessible in most countries, there are a few countries that are not eligible for YouTube monetization due to various reasons, such as international regulations and agreements. These countries include:

  1. Albania
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Angola
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Andorra
  6. Armenia
  7. Bahamas
  8. Barbados
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Botswana
  13. Brunei
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Burundi
  16. Cabo Verde
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Central African Republic
  20. Chad
  21. China
  22. Comoros
  23. Congo Brazzaville
  24. Côte d’Ivoire
  25. Cuba
  26. Sec
  27. Democratic Republic of Congo
  28. Djibouti
  29. Dominica
  30. Equatorial Guinea
  31. Eritrea
  32. Eswatini
  33. Ethiopia
  34. Fiji
  35. Gabon
  36. Gambia
  37. Grenada

Continuation of Restricted Countries

  1. Guinea
  2. Guinea-Bissau
  3. Guyana
  4. Haiti
  5. Holy See
  6. Iran
  7. Kiribati
  8. Lesotho
  9. Liberia
  10. Madagascar
  11. Malawi
  12. Maldives
  13. Mali
  14. Marshall Islands
  15. Mauritania
  16. Mauritius
  17. Micronesia
  18. Moldova
  19. Monaco
  20. Mongolia
  21. Mozambique
  22. Myanmar
  23. Somalia
  24. South Sudan
  25. Sudan
  26. Suriname
  27. Syria
  28. Tajikistan
  29. Timor-Leste
  30. Togo
  31. Tonga
  32. Trinidad and Tobago
  33. Turkmenistan
  34. Tuvalu
  35. Uzbekistan
  36. Vanuatu
  37. Venezuela
  38. Zambia

Please note that this list may change over time due to evolving international regulations and agreements. To get the most current information on country-specific monetization eligibility, it is recommended to refer to YouTube’s official resources or contact YouTube directly. They may expand their program to new countries or change eligibility criteria, so verifying the current status from the platform is advisable.


  • Abbey

    Abbey Johnson has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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