I had a great time online dating in Africa during my years as an expatriate living in Mauritius and South Africa.
Thanks to significant investment across the continent in information technology and fiber optic bandwidth, the slow and expensive internet connections of the past are slowly but surely becoming history.
Today, more people than ever are giving online dating a try in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Uganda, Botswana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Angola, and many others.
As is the case with most African countries, the majority of people meet their romantic partners via the traditional methods of friends of the family, mutual friends, organizations, work, or school, etc; however, like in Kenya and South Africa, the dating landscape as a whole is changing in Africa.
Afro Introductions has been extremely successful since it was launched in 2002, with 2,000,000 members and growing. You can either provide your email address, gender, location and age or just link up your Facebook account to start.As is the case with any dating site, there are a few suspect profiles, but if you are of African descent or Black, or simply interested in meeting Black singles, this is a great place to go. Write a little about yourself, the type of partner you’re seeking, and you’re pretty much in.You can now browse around the site to view the profiles of members.Along the way you’re going to get a prompt asking you to provide more profile information if you want to continue, which is a bit distracting if you’re not interested in completing your profile just yet.When this happens, you only need to answer a few questions before you can continue browsing.All-in-all I was surprised by how much they let you do without a complete profile.How to Locate Potential Matches Afro Introductions has a surprisingly robust browsing system, with 4 different options: You can do a very specific search beyond just the basic information like location, age, and education.They let you choose ethnicity, body type, lifestyle choices like smoking and/or drinking, religious views, zodiac sign, marital status, and have kids vs. How to Communicate with Other Members The messaging system on Afro Introductions is fairly easy to use, with a lot of different options to filter and narrow your search.Aside from messaging, you can “show interest” with a click to the heart icon located on a member’s profile, or you can add them as a Favorite.While you’re online the site shows you if someone else is online and can receive an Instant Message.The site also supports audio and video chat, enabling you to find out if you and another member might be a good match before meeting them in person.