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.Hidden amongst car racing apps, sex position apps, Bible and Qur’an apps, apps that hide folders and pimp your screen apps were the dating apps.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.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.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.
With 20% of Africa’s 1.1 billion-strong population now online, and 70% of internet users using mobile phones, the impact of applications is set to reverberate across social, political and economic spaces.
Here are the top ten dating apps we found on the continent, listing the countries where they were particularly popular: Zoosk Countries: Algeria, Nigeria, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, South Africa Calling itself the number one dating app, Zoosk allows singles to chat with other local singles.
A special feature is the “Behavioral Matchmaking™” engine which will set a user up with their “perfect match”.
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