What’s attractive about KenyanCupid is that nobody else is involved – just you and whoever you choose to chat with. There are no translators, no agency staff.
Like many of the dating sites I’ve reviewed, KenyanCupid is especially popular with men who want to find a foreign wife but don’t want the hassle and expense of using online marriage bureaus. Many of these agencies are corrupt, or at best charge ridiculously high fees just for sending letters and providing contact details.
What’s attractive about KenyanCupid is that nobody else is involved – just you and whoever you choose to chat with. There are no translators, no agency staff, no credits, no payments for addresses, or forwarding letters or anything else like that. Everything is done interactively by you and on the site. Just like any other dating site.
Daily influx • On average there are around 1,000 new joiners each and every day on KenyanCupid. But this is rapidly increasing as the site become more popular and widespread.
Internet access is also becoming more easily available for ordinary people in Kenya. We found a respectable mix of black African, black and white European and American nationalities.
Marriage potential? • It’s known as a site for marriages and serious relationships, but that’s not the end of the story. You’ll find, if you look between the cracks, plenty of people scanning around flings and hookups.
These people can be located anywhere. You aren’t constrained by any expectations. You can just hang out with people who’re on the same page as you. If you want casual sex, that’s fine too just so long as both parties understand.
Get Ready for Dating Kenyan
If you need to create a new photo ad especially for KenyanCupid, just follow my advice. This will make sure you make the most of your personal ad space, and that you don’t get mistaken for a scammer.
- Use two or three first-rate photos
- Fill out all of the basic info section
- Complete all of the personality questions
- Add some “Cupid Tags” to personalize yourself
- Write a paragraph or two in the “about me” part
- Make sure you verify your email address
First impressions count, and if you don’t show off your photogenic side, you could be passed over by many Kenyans.
Putting up an image is not just vital to impress your “would be” Kenyan girlfriend or boyfriend. It also guarantees that your profile will show up higher in searches.
Insider tip • Putting up an image is not just vital to impress your “would be” Kenyan girlfriend or boyfriend. It also guarantees that your profile will show up higher in searches. Have you ever noticed how most searches show up people with photos first? That’s because profiles belonging to people who haven’t bothered to put up a photo get shunted right down to the bottom of the heap.
Don’t forget your personality questionnaire • It’s also important to fill out this part accurately. The reason is that lots of people use the auto matching system. They get suggested matches from the website’s matchmaking software. If you haven’t completed your profile this won’t work for you because there’s no details to compare with.
KenyanCupid is serious about eradicating scammers from their site. That’s why the approval process is so strict.
Why get verified? • One tip I learnt from other members there is to get “verified”. What is verification? This is where you send in some identity documents to confirm that you’re really the person you say you are on your profile.
People who’ve gone to the trouble of doing this reap the benefits. It’s a sure sign you’re not a scammer. And it proves you have serious intentions of meeting someone, rather than just being on there to mess around and waste other people’s time.
I know for one thing, I’m a lot more trusting and open about speaking to someone who’s gone to the trouble of verifying themselves.
Go Shopping on CupidMall
KenyanCupid has its own online store called CupidMall. If you get bored with dating, I suggest you head over to this part of the site for some light relief. CupidMall is actually a really good resource. Here are some of the things you can do there:
- Send someone gifts or flowers
- Buy language books and CDs
- Buy cultural books and guides about Kenya
- Buy dating guides
- Order complete Visa packages and immigration assistance
How to Speed Things Up
If you enjoy using the site and find some people there who you’d like to get to know better, the next sensible step is to upgrade. Although you can do quite a bit on KenyanCupid without paying, the secret to real success is being able to build a wide circle of contacts and promising matches. You can only do that if you can talk directly to people.
If you remain a free user you have to wait for them to get in touch with you. This can be very frustrating and can take a long time. There’s also no guarantee that it will work.
As well as a load of extra perks like unrestricted messaging and video, being a full member also means you get boosted up on all search pages. About 30% of the people on KenyanCupid are using free accounts. So you automatically have access to all of those additional people.
|KenyanCupid user group||Percentage (%)|
|Black African men||45%|
|Black African women||29%|
|Other ethnic backgrounds||25%|
Overall, KenyanCupid looks to be the complete package. When it comes to meeting a bride or groom from an African country, the easiest way in my opinion is to do it yourself with a site like this. While you do pay a fixed membership fee, this works out far cheaper in the long run than going to a marriage agency. At a marriage agency you buy addresses or pay for the privilege of each letter you send or receive!
Being a social net for Kenyans both at home and living elsewhere it’s as well a good place to make new friends or just catch with old ones and find out what’s going on in that part of the world.