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On first inspection Naija Planet looks pretty basic, but underneath its simple exterior is a more interesting core. Members have access to a strong range of features including video options and blog posts, meaning that they can express themselves in a variety of ways. Perhaps most alluring is the fact that the site is completely free to use. However, there aren’t nearly enough members to offer realistic opportunities for dating, unless you happen to be very lucky or willing to relocate.
If you perform a search you’ll notice there are very few options. This isn’t really a problem because you won’t get many results. We searched for female members 18-33 in any location (although the only options are “Nigeria” or “Any location”) and only got 9 results. Pretty poor. And it’s such a shame, because this site has the makings of something that could be great. It really does have the potential but we just can’t wrap our heads around why nobody is using it.
Creating a profile is easy, but you can include a lot of extra information regarding your hobbies, personal life and preferences, which would make matchmaking easier in the future. It also allows you to get a good idea of what someone is like before you talk to them. You can view a profile, send a message, wink, add a member to your list of favorites, block users or check out their photos. Although members can include a lot of information and upload multiple photos, they don’t seem to have bothered much. Yet another conundrum.
Although you can upload a video, it’s actually very difficult to find anyone who has. No surprises there. Likewise, the blog spaces are pretty void of posts. Most members are from Nigeria, although there are some who have Nigerian heritage who live elsewhere. We found members from the USA and UK, but couldn’t tell when they last logged on.
We’ve a suspicion that the site just isn’t well known enough, or perhaps people in Nigeria just aren’t keen on online dating. What it needs is a push in PR, to get the word out there in order to boost membership numbers. With that in place a lot of people would have access to a decent online dating website set up for Nigerian singles, all of which would be available for free.
A first step to improving this might be for people to sign up, even though there aren’t many members. Why not perform a quick search, see if there’s anyone you like and build a profile? Who knows, you might find someone near you, or someone who is willing to make a trip to meet you in person. In terms of money there’s nothing to lose and this could be a great site in the future. With photo, video, live chat, blogging and automated matching options, NaijaPlanet does a lot more than some of the other African Dating websites we’ve looked at, it would be a great shame for their efforts to go to waste.
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