Are you looking to find love online in Nigeria? Today more than ever, there are a fantastic range of options for Naija gals and guys to find that perfect match, no matter whether it’s for a simple hook-up or something more serious.
We’ve assembled a crack team of experts who have scoured the web to find the very best free dating sites in Nigeria today.
It was hard work but we’ve put together a “best five” list below which we hope will help you find the perfect dating site in Nigeria, and fingers crossed, the match of your dreams!
Sexy Naija is in our humble opinion the best free dating site in Nigeria and is the most established site having started off way back in 2005.
What we love about this dating site is that it’s incredibly simple and free and when we say free, we mean free. In other words, there’s no complicated system of “additional features” which you have to purchase by paying to upgrade your account, as is sometimes the case for other sites.
You sign up by giving a bare minimum of details, including body type, occupation, religion, whether you have children and, interestingly enough, your drinking habits. Once signed up, you can follow, friend request, send a message or even purchase a gift for your potential lover with no extra cost.
One potential area for improvement would be to introduce a mobile application for Sexy Naija. At the time of writing, Sexy Naija does not make available its services on mobile devices. On the topic of dating apps, you might be interested in reading our epic piece on the 6 Nigeria Dating Apps To Transform Your Love Life Today.
We move on to the next entry in our list: Friendite (which by the way currently offers dating in Nigeria via its Android app).
Second in our list of free dating sites in Nigeria is Friendite which does well in a few different areas. First, it has the best design and layout of all the Nigerian dating sites, making the experience particularly user friendly. In addition, Friendite comes with some cool additional features such as sending a “kiss” to your potential date and even writing on their wall or giving them a video call.
The second reason we like Friendite is because it’s very active on social media with their Twitter site (@FrienDite) tweeting regularly and boasting over 4000 followers. Finally, we are impressed with the large number of users on the site with Friendite’s founder Okeke Emeka claiming in an interview with Human IPO that the site has over 75,000 users.
All in all, Friendite is a good bet for anyone looking for a free dating site in Nigeria.
Another free Nigerian dating site for Nigerians looking for love is Meet Nigerians. The site does seem to be primarily aimed at Nigerians in the US and the UK but there is also a decent number of Lagosians and, to a lesser extent, girls and guys from Abuja and Port Harcourt. The option to upload a video is a pretty neat feature and we also love the fact that Meet Nigerians will feature your profile on your birthday.
All that being said, we feel the site lets itself down by requiring users to spend money in order to purchase “gold membership” and access certain features such as sending SMS messages via the site. Gold membership can be purchased for one month, three months, six months or for a year and the price ranges from 1,800 Naira to 8,000 Naira depending on the length of the membership purchased.
From London to New York, Tinder has taken off to become the latest craze in online dating and is now set to make it big here in Nigeria too. Tinder is a mobile application (available on Blackberry, Apple and Android devices) rather than a website and is free to download.
Once downloaded, you simply swipe either left or right depending on if you’re into someone. If you like someone who also likes you, Tinder sends you a notification and you can message each other. It’s really that simple!
Keep in mind that Tinder is widely seen as a hook up app. While Tinder may be the ideal choice if you’re looking for a sugar mummy in Lagos or a night of passion in Abuja, those looking for something more serious might want to consider the options above first.
If you’re a believer in the all mighty, then perhaps a Christian dating site or an Islamic dating site in Nigeria might be more up your street. Christian singles can check out the free Nigerian dating site Nigerian Christian Singles which caters for Christians from all over Nigeria.
No dating site currently caters specifically for the Muslim community in Nigeria. However, do not despair as there are options available. In particular, Muslims looking for a dating site in Nigeria can check out Muslima which is a free dating site which is specifically designed for followers of Islam.
The Muslima site itself requires its users to specify which type of Islam they follow, how familiar they are with the Koran and whether they wear a Niqab among other things. Muslima has tens of thousands of Muslim members around the world including many members from Nigeria and can be considered the best Islamic dating site in Nigeria.
In conclusion, there are a seriously large number of dating sites available for Nigerians around the world.
But what happens if you’re shy about signing up and sharing your details online?
That’s also understandable.
For those people who prefer to meet dates face-to-face, speed dating is an excellent option. If you live in London, the UK based Igbo Cultural Support Network occasionally runs speed dating for Nigerians based in the UK’s capital.
You may not believe it but this post on the best dating sites in Nigeria has attracted over 200 comments from our users. Some people chose to tell our community about themselves and others leave comments about the kind of guy or gal they are searching for.
We have even heard stories of people meeting up and going out after having been in contact through our comments page.
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