If you are the type of guy that is not bold or confident enough to walk up to a girl on a first-time basis no matter how attractive she is or you are a girl who is finding it hard to find a “Mr. Right”. Don’t worry, your troubles are almost over. There are several dating apps in Nigeria now that helps to take care of that, this post contains some of the best dating apps in Naija.
But when it comes to the credibility of dating apps, the usual questions still pops up: Which of these dating apps is the best? Are they free?
The answers to these questions have been answered in this post as I have selected 6 amazing dating apps that will work for you. I particularly started with the ones that were particularly targeted at Nigerians before the international ones. What else?! They are all free!
List of Top 6 Dating Apps in Nigeria
Friendite was founded by a Nigeria named Emmanuel Okeke. He was born and raised in Nigeria and he built the platform to target Nigerian singles. He started and raised Friendite as a dating service to cater for the dating needs of Africans, particularly Nigerians.
Since it was created, the app has had over 5000 installations which are pretty good but not good enough when compared to its Facebook fan page.
Currently, the app is only available for Android users but iOS and blackberry have the option of visiting their website in a browser.
NAIJing is a dating app similar to Friendite as it is equally a home-grown dating app. it was launched in the last month of 2014. NAIJing has all the usual stuff common with most dating apps such as a chat and messaging system and ability to “like”.
After 3 years, the app still has some rough edges to smoothen. The app is only available for mobile as there is no desktop version. The app has also been discovered to have bugs that make it susceptible to hacking.
Despite the setbacks, the app has done well as it has very well surpassed its competition, Friendite with about 100,000 to 500,000 installations. With more than 3,000 reviews on Playstore, the app is gaining popularity at a quick pace.
This app just like Friendite is only available for Android OS alone.
Moving to the international scene, Badoo is a great dating app with everything that may be required of such platform. With its location-based feature, you can find and connect with people near you.
You can find people based on age, location, and gender. Badoo offers Nigerians the chance to chat with fellow Nigerians nearby and rate their photos.
With more than 314 million users and tens of thousands users located in Abuja, Lagos and some other states in Nigeria. The app is really popular among Nigerians. In fact, it was reported by BBC as the most downloaded dating app in 2015.
The app is available for download on Android and Apple devices.
The simplicity of this app makes it one of the best location-based dating Applications worldwide. Tinder app works in a very simple way by displaying pictures of people near your location. You can make your choice by either swiping right to “like” the person or simply swipe right to continue to view more pictures until you find your choice of a partner.
If you swipe right to like the picture of someone, the person will be notified and if the person likes back, then there is a match. You will also be notified if there is a match.You can then start communicating by sending each other messages.
According to Google Trends, Tinder is popularly searched for in Lagos and Abuja than any other part of Nigeria.
Tinder app is available for Android and Apple devices.
Zoosk’s popularity in Nigeria pales to Tinder and Badoo in terms of popularity in Nigeria but is nevertheless an amazing app as it has more than 26million international users as of 2014. The app is available in 25 languages and in more than 80 countries. Zook’s made available in 80 countries in 25 languages.
The most impressive feature of the app is its “Behavioural matchmaking engine”. This feature makes use of a smart algorithm to identify and match users based on their behavioural pattern.
There is also this “photo verification service” feature for users to upload pictures that meet the standard of the platform.
Yes, you must be thinking “what is Whatsapp doing on this list?”. Whatsapp is the most popular messaging app in the world including Nigeria. Over the years, and with constant updates rolled out for this app, it has evolved from being a simple messaging app to many more things which include dating.
Statistics have shown that more than half of Nigeria internet users are using Whatsapp. With this app, people now connect more and faster with their loved ones. In fact, I personally, am more reachable on Whatsapp for a chat, Whatsapp call, video call and so are many other people.
When you meet anybody online may be via any of the dating services or social media or even offline, the next thing you want to do is get their number so you can connect on Whatsapp.
Though Whatsapp is not ideal for meeting new people, it is an ideal app to connect and maintain contact with people you already know or to know more about people you just met on a different platform.
With all said, if you have not tried out any of the dating apps in Nigeria, it’s time you do. You’d be amazed that your “Mr or Mrs. Right” has been there all along, within your reach. If you have used any of the apps, share your experience in the comment box below to let us know how it has worked for you.