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The Short Version: Naijaplanet is a Nigerian dating site geared toward introducing single men and women of Nigerian descent. The platform has over 300,000 members and has grown into a top dating resource for Africa’s most populous country. Whether you live in Nigeria or the U.S., you can sign up for Naijaplanet for free and start browsing profiles in search of an international love interest.
People started referring to Nigeria as the “Giant of Africa” because of its large population and booming economy. It’s the seventh most populous country in the world and still growing. Over 191 million people live in Nigeria, and the country’s natural oil reserves have given these people enormous wealth and political influence.
Yet Nigeria is a relatively young country in terms of its population. Approximately 42.5% of Nigerians are under 14 years old, and the median age is just over 18. Today’s young Nigerians have to navigate a giant dating scene where the challenge isn’t finding a date — it’s finding the right date.
Naijaplanet tackled this problem head-on by creating a safe and far-reaching dating site where single Nigerians can mingle with one another. This international platform has made a name for itself as one of the top dating resources for Nigerians.
Naijaplanet currently has more than 300,000 users, and around 70% are Nigerian men interested in finding a date in their own country or abroad. Naijaplanet makes it possible for Nigerian singles to reach out and form romantic connections.
“Our primary focus has been on making it easy for users to quickly engage in conversations with other members,” said Magnus, owner of Naijaplanet. “We have had much success in that area based on the feedback and testimonies we have received from users.”
It takes less than a minute to get a profile up and running on Naijaplanet. You sign up by providing a valid email address, your birthday, your country, and your full name. Users must also identify themselves as either a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man.
Once you’ve created your account, you can supply some personal details about your relationship status, body type, occupation, and education level. You can also identify your faith, ethnicity, smoking habits, and goals for the future. These are all optional, so you can disclose a lot of personal details or leave a little mystery in your profile.
Uploading a photo is also optional, but it’s highly encouraged because profiles with photos attract more attention and seem more legitimate than profiles without photos.
Your profile is your place to shine, so it helps if you complete every available section, especially the open-ended “Describe Yourself” section. You can make yourself stand out by writing a detailed description of who you are and what you’re looking for on the site. Naijaplanet allows users to post contact information (i.e. email addresses, physical addresses, or phone numbers) in this section if they want to, and it also always remove any photos with nudity or graphic content.
It doesn’t cost anything to sign up and use Naijaplanet’s free services, including unlimited browsing and profile editing. Users can also access free communication features through the mutual matching system.
“Users have unlimited access, if not blocked by the profile owner, to interact with members they find interesting,” Magnus said. “Users can signify interest in a user by admiring their profile, and the admired user gets notified of who is interested in them. If the feelings are mutual, they can start a conversation.”
Naijaplanet allows users to search for potential admirers by age, location, screen name, online status, and other match criteria. Users can discover new profiles by looking on the site’s lists of birthday members and recent members. The site’s search and matching tools keep members engaged on the platform and offer a variety of ways to narrow the search for that special someone.
Once you’ve found someone you like, you can click the admire button, and then wait to see if that person admires you back. If they do, you can start sending messages for free. The free communication feature is important to Naijaplanet members because it ensures a level playing field for men and women seeking love and friendship.
If you want to send messages without worrying about admiring or matching, you can upgrade to the paid subscription and receive unlimited messaging.
“The platform is built around conversation,” Magnus said. “That’s the primary method for users to connect with one another, so we have poured all our know-how into building a messaging system that ensures real-time, offline communication between users.”
Popular dating sites tend to collect many touching stories from users who start close friendships, long-term relationships, and long-distance love affairs on the platform. Naijaplanet is no exception. The dating site boasts hundreds of success stories but doesn’t post the details to protect the privacy of its members.
User success stories and feedback fuel Naijaplanet and help it grow in the right direction. The team’s ultimate goal is to see its members pair up and close their memberships for good because they don’t need a dating service anymore.
Magnus said the team has received many testimonials from users who said they met their significant others on Naijaplanet. The most recent one came from a woman currently living in the U.S. She joined the dating site looking for romance and soon found herself a Nigerian husband.
Over the years, many people have reached out to thank Naijaplanet for helping them find their significant others. One couple even sent the Naijaplanet team a wedding invitation!
The team enjoys hearing back from couples who have found love on the dating site. Their messages, videos, and photos serve as a wonderful reminder of the tremendously positive impact Naijaplanet can have on people’s lives.
“The testimonies we have gotten motivate us to continue providing our services and explore other avenues to enable our users to have a better experience using our services,” Magnus told us. “We love hearing from users who were successful in starting a relationship.”
Serving the dating population in Nigeria is no easy task, but Naijaplanet has made great strides in the last few years to connect sincere daters in Africa’s fastest-growing country. The future looks bright for this international dating platform.
The Naijaplanet team is currently hard at work developing a mobile application to bolster the dating site’s international network. The app will bring the site’s matching, searching, and communication tools to a mobile audience and allow singles to browse for dates conveniently and quickly on any mobile device.
All in all, Naijaplanet has kept pace with the Nigerian dating scene by investing in future growth, listening to what users want, and making improvements when necessary.
“We are a small team of three. Still a growing company,” Magnus said. “The focus of the team is to put our users first. We are actively listening to our users’ feedback, which fuels our innovations to keep improving our services and create a better dating experience.”