CHANGE OF NAME IN NIGERIA
Generally, an individual has a right to legally change his/her name for different reasons. There are certain conditions to be fulfilled before a change of name is processed in Nigeria. The major reasons people decide to change their names are for a marital purpose, correction of bank details, divorce or when the process of adoption of a child is completed.
Conditions for change of name
Process for change of name in Nigeria
The first step in processing a change of name in Nigeria is to swear to an affidavit under oath in any of High Courts close to the applicant stating the reasons for the change of name. The affidavit is a statutory document that records the intention to abandon the old name for the new.
The next step is to announce publicly the change of name by publishing the new name in at least one recognised national newspaper, so as to give the general public notice that the individual has effected a
Finally, the new name of the individual is to be printed in Nigeria Official Gazette. This process involves sending an application to the documentation department of publication, Civil Registry, requesting the advertisement of the change of name. The application fee for the publication is from N5000 (Five Thousand Naira) and above. The application must be accompanies with the following documents or information
Finally, the change of name in Nigeria involves a process by which an applicant is required to depose to an affidavit for change of name and follows by publication in any national newspaper. It is important that after the completion of the change of name process, the applicant should approach any relevant organs or agencies of government to update his or her data.