An Ethiopian contact site where people can meet for romantic connections or friendship. EthiopianPersonals is a pay site with around 8,000 active users, comprised of Ethiopians and people wishing to meet someone of that background.
You will need to set aside around 20 minutes to register as there's an extensive list of questions that you will be taken through. These cover aspects such as appearance, lifestyle and partner preferences in quite a bit of detail. Those in a hurry to get underway can skip these sections and complete them later. However, if you don't have an approved photo on your profile certain activities, including messaging and sending interest notifications will be unavailable.
The site was revamped recently, and is now significantly easier to use in my opinion. The “My Home” provides a dashboard with recent activity and links to items such as profile maintenance. There's also a graph showing “profile completeness” and a prompt to add photos (if not already done).
A basic search will show members in your area (or close to the ZIP code entered during registration). The detailed search (only available to Platinum account holders) will enable you to narrow down this list by including preferences on appearance, income, education, musical tastes, and family values. “My Matches” provides an alternative to direct searches whereby people are suggested automatically based on your personality questionnaire.
The community is for the most part open and friendly. In most cases I received replies to emails sent out. As with any contact site, beware of people asking for money.
EthiopianPersonals is well put together with a good format and a reasonable set of easy to use features. It is nonexclusive and welcomes all races and backgrounds who appreciate or are looking to learn more about Ethiopian culture. Individuals of all sexual preference are also welcome.
By Tara Miller