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Hopefully articles like this will help to change that, as Nigerians, and Africans as a whole, become more open to the idea of online dating.
Until then though, be prepared for rejection There are millions of DMs sitting unopened on several phones all across the world tonight.
In the last month the surprise engagement of two of Nigeria’s top celebrities, Banky W and Adesua Etomi, broke the internet and gave us all a reason to believe in love and marriage again.
It also seems to have raised the question of the viability of online dating in Nigeria, West Africa and among other African nations.
Today we would like to share our 7 top tips for successfully meeting people online.
This includes traditional social media like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as dedicated networking and dating sites like Suru Lere Love™ Be open to the idea There is no point going in half-heartedly. You have to first of all make yourself comfortable with the idea of meeting someone online.
Do your due diligence Just as you would with traditional relationships, due diligence is extremely important if not more important online. Ask them over and over again, until you get a satisfactory answer. Meeting people online often means taking their word for who they say they are.
Online dating is a very popular means of meeting prospective partners in the western, world but has been very slow to take root in Africa and African communities in the diaspora.
However, over the last few years there has been a rise in the number of successful relationships known to have started online and transitioned to happy marriages.
You must know what you want before you discover what is available, if not you may end up choosing based on what you see and not based on what you need. And finally don’t forget to carry vex money (Vex Money is a colloquial Nigerian expression, used to refer to money carried by a lady on a date, that ensures she has enough to pay for her meal, or transport herself home if things turn sour.) *** Olamide and Aisha Craig are the founders of Suru Lere Love™, a black owned online dating matrimonial site that seeks to connect people of African descent.
Remember, “If you go to the market with a pocket full of money and no shopping list, you will return home with two baskets full of items, only to find that you forgot to buy the most important thing! You want to make sure that you are doing everything possible to keep yourself safe. Anyone you meet online who asks you to send them money or buy them a gift or make any form of financial transaction is a scammer. Suru Lere Love was created to introduce people and start relationships, and is committed to helping its members find life-long-love.