Friendite.com is a Nigerian dating site aiming at ending woes faced by singles by enabling them connect online, meet friends online for free and possibly find their soul mates or fiancees. Founded this year by Emmanuel Emeka Okeke, the dating site also has a social networking section at plus.friendite where users can chat,upload,share articles or photos or other docs with friends, families online. Inspired by LagBook, the then fastest growing social network founded by the Nwaougu twins, Okeke told TechMoran that Friendite helps users connect to their dates by matching their interests whileFrienditePlus helps users who are not necessarily looking for a date to meet new people and stay connected with their old friends. According to Okeke Friendite.com has 62,234 users while FrienditePlus has 201,367 users and still growing by the day. Okeke has already raised $40,000 from Ranok Oil International $ Sons Limited and is seeking to raise more to take on Africa then expand globally in the next five years. SEE MORE CUT>>>>>>>
The platform works simply, like any normal dating site and social networking sites one has to sign up indicating their interests and then start connecting and meet new people and old friends. Okeke told TechMoran he launched both sites in February to fill in the gap of the growing demand of dating and the growing popularity of social networks, and he sees no tough competition as LAGBook is offline. “In terms of Dating and Social network in Nigeria we haven’t seen a competition yet. In social network we have only www.lagbook.com which is now offline,” he told TechMoran. Okeke however didnt seem to know that LAGBook is back as Available.fm and is growing faster than its predecessor.
There are several dating sites in Nigeria too and many social networks, with one nearly sharing a name with Friendite. However, Nigeria’s population of over 160 million people is a huge market for any product, and the growing numbers of internet users of over 50 million makes any internet business lucrative.
The site links to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to enable members chat with there online friends via Facebook and Gtalk plus video calls among others. It can also be accessed from multiple devices and has live translations for those who don’t understand English. Members can also play games, watch popular videos, pictures and a new voting tool to poll who is hot and who is not.