5 Most Popular Dating Apps in Nigeria

5 Most Popular Dating Apps in Nigeria

By Ima Matthew | Sub Editor on July 22, 2019
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Using apps for dating has become a common practice in most countries around the globe, and Nigeria is no exception. In 2019, when it comes to online dating Nigeria is definitely on board, with a large part of the county‘s population using either trusted websites or apps. It seems to have become the most efficient way to find Mr. or Mrs. Right in this modern fast-paced world. Of course, everyone has their favorite app that they consider the best when it comes to presenting them with their possible love interest, and the current list for most Nigerians includes the following:

The Ever Trusted Badoo

For years, Badoo has been the most popular dating app in Nigeria. According to a study performed by the BBC some years ago, it was the most downloaded dating app in this country. This location-based app enables you to meet Nigerian singles right in your city or neighborhood. You can conduct the search based on age, location, and gender.

In addition, it is available for phones using the Android and Apple operating systems and you can also get it from your Windows Store if you like, since many Nigerians own a Windows phone. With Badoo, you’ll get to use the Encounters feature which allows you to see potential new friends or romantic partners and use the yes/no method while you swipe through the photos. When you say yes to someone and they also respond positively to your photo, you have a date.

Tinder Is Not Far Behind

Also one of the favorites amongst Nigerians. Tinder is an easy-to-use dating app that requires you to simply go through available profiles and swipe right to “like” the person or swipe left to continue searching. If you both swipe right, you’ll get to chat and possibly arrange a date. For Nigerian singles dating is made easy with this app – it is easier to use in comparison to Badoo, and you can always check out if there is someone in your vicinity who wants to hang out and have some fun.

Shop Locally with Friendite

This app is the brainchild of a Nigerian man named Emmanuel Okeke. He was born and raised in Nigeria so he had some valuable inside information when it comes to building a platform to target Nigerian singles. This app is still on the rise, it has had around 5000 installations thus far, so it can’t compare to the previous two, but it still has a fighting chance considering that it was made by a Nigerian for Nigerians.

NAIJing Is Also Gaining in Popularity

Much like Friendite, NAIJing is a homegrown app targeting just the Nigerian population. Since its launch in 2014, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. There are still some security bugs to be fixed and the interface needs a bit more work. However, it is definitely gaining in popularity with over 500,000 installations. And when it comes to availability, it is still only available on Android OS which will hopefully change in the foreseeable future.

Don’t Forget About Naijaplanet

Again, a dating site aimed at just Nigerians. This 100% free dating service was launched in 2008. It offers both basic and advanced search functions and you can use the benefits of chat rooms, instant messaging, message boards and more. It has approximately 44,000 registered members, while 3,000 of them visits the app daily. Naijaplanet is easy to use and offers options to meet Nigerians ladies and gentlemen who live both in Nigeria and in other corners of the world.

As you can see, there are a lot of options for single Nigerians looking for friendship or love. All you have to do is choose one that suits you the most.


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