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These stretch from banking services to agricultural advice and, now, dating.
With 20% of Africa’s 1.1 billion-strong population now online, and 70% of internet users using mobile phones, the impact of applications is set to reverberate across social, political and economic spaces.
Some of the most popular traditional apps addressed the locally relevant “needs” of African society.
Hidden amongst car racing apps, sex position apps, Bible and Qur’an apps, apps that hide folders and pimp your screen apps were the dating apps.Almost half of all African countries have a dating app in their top 100 list and, surprisingly, the most popular dating app on the continent was Grindr, an app specifically designed for homosexual or bisexual men.It was clear that in the traditionally conservative African societies that dating apps were the way around the usual barriers of engagement.Here are the top ten dating apps we found on the continent, listing the countries where they were particularly popular: Zoosk Countries: Algeria, Nigeria, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, South Africa Calling itself the number one dating app, Zoosk allows singles to chat with other local singles.Mobile applications are slowly transforming African society.