Last week I ran into my mum’s friend at a wedding. After the normal greetings, she pulled me aside, looking over her shoulder to make sure no one was within earshot, and whispered;
“My dear, what are the names of some of the best dating websites in Nigeria?”
I was about to respond with a joke about whether she was looking to trade uncle in for another man, but I could see she was serious so this clearly wasn’t a time for jokes”
She noticed my expression and clarified. “I’m worried about your friend, Temitope. She’s 32 years old… no boyfriend or fiance, and doesn’t seem to do anything but work and talk about her career. I don’t want to nag, and of course, I’m praying, but I’ve been hearing about many people finding love online these days”
Although some names came to mind, I asked her to give me a few days to do some research and send her a shortlist. I was surprised to find I quite enjoyed the exercise and uncovered some insights which I think may be helpful to you as well.
In today’s world, dating has become much more accessible, thanks to the various dating and matchmaking apps available on the market. In Nigeria, several dating and matchmaking apps have been developed to help individuals find love and connect with potential partners. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the top five dating apps in Nigeria, ranked in order of preference.
This ranks #1 on my recommendation list for a number of reasons. Firstly, it had the most number of testimonials I could find online from Nigerians and the comments on their Instagram page lend a lot of credibility to this.
Secondly, it’s a dating app founded by Nigerian brothers, Dare and Ayo Olatoye, who created it because their older sister also had difficulties finding a partner.
I love a good origin story and this was something that resonated with me. The app claims to use a culturally tuned algorithm to suggest matches and provides advanced privacy settings and audio and video call features for communication.
It is the first dating app in Africa to have audio bios available on user profiles which is supposed to help make connecting feel more organic.
The app has a locally relevant security system to detect and ban fraudsters, which is something we really need in Nigeria.
Trueflutter has powered over 2 million matches and has been endorsed by famous celebrities like Efa Iwara and Ayoola. Lastly, they have had over 20 weddings and many engagements, so no surprise that it was first on my recommendation list. www.trueflutter.com
This comes in as #2 and is a feminist dating app that was launched in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe Herd, one of the co-founders of Tinder.
With over 100 million downloads, Bumble is known for its unique feature where women make the first move.
Bumble offers a variety of features, including video and voice chat, the ability to see who has liked your profile, and more.
In addition to dating, Bumble also offers a friend-finding feature called Bumble BFF and a professional networking feature called Bumble Bizz. From online reviews by Nigerians, people like it because they say they not only find good quality people on it but they are also able to meet other professionals simply for networking or platonic friendships.
This dating app was founded in 2011 by Benjamin Bak and has over 70 million downloads worldwide. The app offers features such as a radar system, which allows users to find people nearby, and a live streaming service, where users can interact with other members in real time.
Lovoo also offers a premium subscription service, which allows users to access additional features such as messaging and the ability to see who has liked their profile. While it does not have as many users in Nigeria, those you find on it are good-quality people looking for genuine relationships.
This is probably the most popular dating app in the world and was founded in 2012 by a group of entrepreneurs, including Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, and Whitney Wolfe Herd.
With over 100 million downloads worldwide, Tinder is known for its simple and straightforward approach to dating. Users can connect with people within a certain radius and swipe right to like or swipe left to pass on profiles.
The UX of the app is outstanding and it has a lot of users in Nigeria. It only ranks #4 on my list because it’s reputed in Nigeria to be an app for people searching for more casual relationships.
Badoo is a social networking app that was founded in 2006 by Andrey Andreev. With over 400 million users worldwide, Badoo is popular in Nigeria, where it has over 5 million downloads.
The app’s location-based matching system makes it easy to find potential matches nearby, and it offers features like video chat, verified profiles, and the ability to send gifts.
Badoo’s focus on social networking sets it apart from other dating apps, as it encourages users to connect with each other in a more casual setting.
Just like Tinder, it is known for people searching for casual relationships so although it currently has the highest number of users in Nigeria given how long they have been around, it has recently begun waning in popularity and is giving way to newer dating platforms.
In conclusion, there are several dating and matchmaking apps available in Nigeria that can help individuals find love and connect with potential partners.
These findings are based on user ratings and testimonials from Nigerians like you. More importantly, these apps are ranked based on the purpose for which I did the research, i.e for someone looking for a committed relationship. While each app offers different features and functionalities, the most important thing is to find an app that aligns with your preferences and values.
Whatever your choice, I do hope these top dating app recommendations in Nigeria will help you in your search for love.
People Also Ask for FAQs
What is the most used dating app in Nigeria?
Trueflutter is the largest matchmaking app in Nigeria. they help singles find committed relationships. they have over 300,000 subscribers and in the past year recorded 16+ weddings and over 20 engagements.
What is the real Nigerian dating site?
Trueflutter is the number one ranked dating site on my recommendation list for a number of reasons. Firstly, it had the most number of testimonials I could find online from Nigerians and the comments on their Instagram page lend a lot of credibility to this. Secondly, it’s a dating app founded by Nigerian brothers, Dare and Ayo Olatoye, who created it because their older sister also had difficulties finding a partner.
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