Are you having trouble in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right in today’s Nigeria?
You’re not alone.
Nearly 100 of you have left comments on our post on the best Nigerian dating sites with the most incredible dating stories around!
Some of the most common questions we’re asked are: Which is the best dating app in Nigeria? Is there a free dating app available in Naija?
The good news is that there’s plenty of choice and we’ve identified 6 amazing Nigeria dating apps plus one that might surprise you (see #6 below).
Check out our list below, starting with Nigeria’s top dating app: Badoo
Badoo is a location-based dating app that shows you people who live and work near you. You can find people based on age, location and gender. Badoo offers Nigerians the opportunity to chat with people nearby and rate their photos. As if that was not enough, there is a “Encounters” feature which allows you to swipe through different people’s photos and say either yes or no – if there’s a mutual yes, then both users receive a notification.
Popularity in Nigeria: Badoo has a whopping 314 million users. Tens of thousands of Badoo’s huge user base are located in Lagos, Abuja and other locations throughout Nigeria. In fact, the BBC has reported that Badoo was the most downloaded dating app in the Nigeria during 2015.
Device Availability: Badoo is available for phones using the Android and Apple operating systems. The many Nigerians who use Windows phones will be pleased to hear that Badoo may be downloaded from the Windows Store.
What We Say: 10/10 – Badoo is the hands down top dating dog in Nigeria.
Tinder is one of the most established location-based dating applications available worldwide. The Tinder app is very simple – it displays pictures of people in your vicinity and allows you to either swipe right to “like” the person or swipe left to continue searching. If there is a match, Tinder will notify you and you can begin sending messages to them. Tinder doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Badoo and instead chooses to keep things simple for its users.
Popularity in Nigeria: The bad news is that Tinder doesn’t provide up to date information on the number of its users. However, Google Trends shows that users in Lagos and Abuja are searching for Tinder related terms at a rapidly increasing rate. Even Genevieve Nigeria has been getting in on the act; click here for her Tinder tales in Lagos.
Device Availability: Tinder is available for Apple App Store and Google Play. Blackberry users will be disappointed to find out that a Tinder app has not been made available for the Blackberry OS. All the same, I am pleased to report that the new version of the Blackberry OS (Blackberry 10 OS 10.3.1) provides access to the Amazon app store. Amazon offers apps make for Android OS so if your Blackberry has the new OS, go right ahead and download Tinder from there.
What We Say: 8/10 – Tinder is the perfect Nigeria dating app for those who want to keep dating simple.
Friendite makes it into third place on our list of the best Nigerian dating apps for mobile. The reason is that it is targeted at Nigerian singles. The founder, Emmanuel Okeke, was born and raised Nigerian and started Friendite in order to provide a bespoke dating service for Nigerians and Africans. Friendite is even endorsed by Nigerian model Chindinma Chinenye Ozigbo Friend
Popularity in Nigeria. According to its website, Friendite is “the Nigerian most popular dating website among singles”. However, the Google Play store shows that Friendite has only had 1,000 – 5,000 installs at the current time (June 2016). No doubt, the low level of installations will disappoint Friendite which has a huge following on Facebook with close to 40,000 likes. Friendite will need to work hard on its app in order to reach its potential and expand the app’s user base.
Device Availability: A significant disadvantage of Friendite is that is only available for Android mobiles at the moment. Users of Blackberry, Windows and Apple phones will need to consider other options.
What We Say: 7/10 – Friendite is perfect for those who have an Android phone and want an authentic Nigerian dating experience.
Zoosk is an international dating app that has a user base of over 26 million as of December 2014. The app is available in 25 languages and in more than 80 countries. The numbers are impressive and so are the special features. One such feature is Zoosk’s “behavioural matchmaking engine” that uses a smart algorithm to identify users’ behaviors and match users according to patterns of behavior. Another feature is the “photo verification service” that aims to ensure that users are not using photos that show them in a flattering light.
Popularity in Nigeria: How popular is Zoosk in Nigeria? Google gives us some indication: the term “Zoosk” attracted 1000 average monthly Google searches in Nigeria (June 2016) but this pales into comparison to Badoo and Tinder which had 110,000 and 5,400 searches respectively. In other words, Zoosk has a small following in Naija but not nearly as much as its two main rivals.
Device Availability: Zoosk can be downloaded to mobiles using Apple, Android and Windows operating systems. It’s now even available via the Amazon App Store. Unfortunately, Zoosk is not available for Blackberry devices, unless they are using the Android operating system.
What We Say: 6/10 – Zoosk is Nigeria’s most underrated dating app. It’s got some incredibly sexy features and should be considered as a great alternative to Badoo and Tinder.
Like Friendite, NAIJing is a home grown Nigerian dating app. Unusually, the NAIJing app is for mobile only and there’s no desktop version. It offers all of the familiar bells and whistles of dating apps such as the ability to “like” and communicate by messaging. NAIJing was launched in December 2014 and it looks like it still suffers from a number of issues such as susceptibility to hacking and bugs. Hopefully, the guys at NAIJing will sort out these teething problems soon.
Popularity in Nigeria: According to the Google Play Store, NAIJing has had 100,000 – 500,000 installs. This is an impressive number when you consider that NAIJing doesn’t have a desktop version. Judging by the number of reviews on the Google Play Store (over 3,000), the NAIJing app is driving user engagement and gaining in popularity among Nigerians at a rapid pace.
Device Availability: The NAIJing dating app is available for Android phones provided you have 3.0 operating system and above. Unfortunately, the app is not yet available for iPhone and Blackberry devices.
What We Say: 5 / 10 – NAIJing is let down by the numerous technical issues but we believe the NAIJapp team can turn this into one of the best dating apps in Nigeria.
It’s perhaps surprising but Facebook has made it into the list of the top Nigeria dating apps. Hold on, I hear you say, isn’t Facebook a social network? The answer is yes. But in Nigeria it’s also one of the most popular dating tools around. One page on Facebook, Hook Up and Mates in Nigeria, boasts almost 200,000 likes! Here you can find Nigerian guys or girls asking for advice on dating or looking for relationships, hook-ups and everything in between. Trust us, it’s addictive stuff.
Popularity in Nigeria: Facebook sees Africa as the future. Last year, it opened up its first office in the continent in Johannesburg. In fact, Reuters reported that as of June 2014, Facebook had 15 million monthly active users in Nigeria. This is a drop in the ocean when you consider that Nigeria has close to 90 million Internet users. However, each day, more and more Nigerians are joining Facebook and using it for sharing content, talking with friends and dating of course.
Device Availability: The Facebook app is pretty much available on every mobile device including those using Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows operating systems.
What We Say: 4/10 – You can have so much fun to snoop on other Nigerians’ love lives via Facebook! All that said, if you’re looking to find love in Nigeria, we recommend investing your time and energy into an actual Nigerian dating app.
Have you used any of these Nigeria dating apps? Please comment below if you’re seeking love in Nigeria today or want tell us about your favourite dating applications in Naija.