There are very many dating sites in Kenya, Kenyan Cupid being the most famous.
I have sampled most of the famous-name dating sites (Why would I try just one? My guess is that many of them thought they would cheat the membership numbers in the beginning to get traction, then go legit over time. And obviously they knew what the competing sites were doing. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go back to reading the news that men look for sex when they are not getting enough.
There is a particular advert on our Kenyan television stations that has overtime caught my eye.
There is a movie that showcases the very cons of meeting people online. A guy named Bryant meets a lady named Georgia online and they eventually get married after a couple of months, only for Georgia to kill Bryant’s workmate and attempt to kill Bryant by stabbing him with a knife. At the end of the movie, she is on the phone with another potential husband!
Since the launch of Tinder back in 2012, and with people bored of long drawn out profiles and endless messaging back and forth on traditional dating sites, there is no denying that dating apps are now the go-to method if you want to meet someone online these days.
That being said dating in Kenya is part of the normal social scene and in private Kenyan women are just as liberated as their Western counterparts.
Kenya, like all of the countries in Africa has a pretty large gap between the vast majority of the local people and the urban elite centered in Nairobi.
Once you have identified your catch, you can step up communication to phone calls or even arrange to meet up.
For the lucky few, they meet potential spouses that way but others are not so lucky.
That breakdown is important if you are in contact with a Kenyan woman, because the girls from Nairobi are going to be much more sophisticated about the world than girls from smaller towns and villages.