Date-Me-Kenya isn’t a new site; it’s been around for four years.
About 1,000 single people sign up to it every month. Its CEO, 31-year-old Ian Isherwood, personally sifts through the new profiles in order to flag and toss out offensive and fake/scam profiles, and is in a great position to offer insights on how single Kenyans are navigating the dating scene and its tech-driven avenue, online dating.
Isherwood started Date-Me-Kenya following a conversation he had with a fellow Kenyan friend who remarked how difficult it was to meet someone to date in Kenya.Always keen to start what he calls ‘unusual businesses’ (Isherwood has, among other things, sold women’s underwear in the UK and tried his hand at goat rearing and mango farming back home in Kenya) he launched straight into researching the idea and discovered it was worth pursuing.43,000 members shows that online dating is catching on in Kenya, but Isherwood admits that we still have a long way to go. One out of every three new relationships start online,” he says, “but it took them anywhere from 10 to 15 years to catch on – and even now, it is still not a mainstream way of meeting.”Even where there is success – for example couples who have met on the site, dated and gotten married – they are wary of the manner in which they met being exposed.Jesus spoke about marriage in Mark 10:9: "Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." It shows how much God values marriage.Sadly, it also shows our brokenness, when we review the divorce rate, even among Christians.As a Christian dating site we believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between man and woman, ordained by God as part of His divine plan for each of us. God says in Genesis : "It isn't good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs." God himself brings people together according to his timetable.
Sometimes it feels like his plans are limiting us, and sometimes it's not easy to wait for God's timing.The food is terrible and traffic can be horrific, but the upsides of warm, friendly people far outweigh the downsides.As I advised in my article on online dating in South Africa, should you decide to sign up for the online dating sites I recommend below, be sure to read member profiles carefully as you might come across a lot of fake profiles. A woman who has only one picture posted, is wearing a tight bikini and making an overly suggestive pose are usually clear signals to steer clear. Afro Introductions is an African dating site under the Cupid Media Network umbrella.Online dating in Kenya grew significantly during the first decade of this century thanks to an influx of high speed fiber optic bandwidth that led to a reduction in internet prices.More and more people in Nairobi, Mombasa and other cities across the country are connecting to the web everyday.We also have lesbian chat rooms available, where you can meet other women from the comfort of your own home.