Special features include; the most beautiful singles – users can vote for the ones they like, participate, and join the Top 100 members. The unique feature being that users can find potential ‘mates’ on a map and meet and date new people nearby.
Tagged Countries: Sierra Leone A flirt, meet, chat app, Tagged has over 300m people on it and is said to the leading social network for meeting new people.
Almost half of all African countries have a dating app in their top 100 list and, surprisingly, the most popular dating app on the continent was Grindr, an app specifically designed for homosexual or bisexual men.
The uptake of apps across the continent has been surprisingly high, in Kenya 99% of internet access is from a mobile device, 61% of views on BBC’s mobile site are from Nigeria and in South Africa 84% of mobile users have downloaded a mobile app.
According to Mobi Thinking Africa, the top mobile activities for mobile-only users are related to apps: downloading games (55%), downloading music (54%) and social networking (52%).
Countries: Ghana AYI is a very simple dating mobile dating Facebook app specifically made for grown-up singles.
The app is fully integrated with Facebook, allowing users to browse and upload photos, see who likes them, and see who messaged them.
Lovoo Countries: Swaziland, Mali This app provides a network for finding, chatting and dating, with over 12 million members worldwide.
Lovoo has live radar that allows users to connect with people nearby.
Speed Date Countries: Ghana, Sierra Leone One of the world’s fastest growing dating apps, Speed Date has 13m users worldwide.
The site offers singles the ability to have real dates in real time and start chatting immediately.
Some of the most popular traditional apps addressed the locally relevant “needs” of African society.
Kenya’s money-transfer application, M-Pesa, revolutionised day-to-day banking for millions in rural areas who do not have access to traditional banks.
In a search through the top 100 downloaded apps in Africa, using information gathered from App Annie, a site that aggregates IOS top apps along with other IT market data, and “World Hot Apps”, which aggregates the app rankings of all app stores, we have come up with a “Top Ten List” of Africa’s most popular dating apps.