AfroIntroductions aims to connect people of African descent with other Africans or others who want to meet them. They have members seeking friendship, foreign marriage or dating. It's free to join but upgrading to Gold membership is required to fully communicate with others on the site.
It has a large pool of active members making it a popular hangout for anyone looking for romance or friendship. There's a good layout and decent range of features which are common across the Cupid Media sites. The service is accessible as well on mobile through their app.
The simple registration takes you through a set of basic questions. Although many of these you can skip till later, I recommend creating a good profile right off the bat. If you don't you run the risk of being deactivated before you even get going.
Once the registration step is done you can immediately begin browsing and bookmarking your favorite profiles.
Another point to keep in mind is that they restrict your ability to view photos if you don't have one of your own. You get to see other peoples' main profile picture but any additional ones are hidden from view.
The alert tab at the top will give you a quick view of your progress. It tells you who's viewed your profile & who's hotlisted you. It also shows you who you've hotlisted, flirted with and viewed.
Everyone starts with the basic (free) account. It allows viewing of profiles, searching, and flirting with others. It even allows you to send (but not read emails). However, in order to unlock messaging, at least sender or receiver need to be a paying member.
The detailed (advanced) search includes a whole set of additional criteria for filtering men or women matching your preferences. If you complete your "match info" section on your profile, you'll find you receive more accurate suggestions via the automated matchmaking tools.
This is a win-win because it also gives you the best possible chance of appearing when others search for someone just like you.
Gold membership lifts all restrictions on email and chat privileges. If you choose the Platinum membership your profile gets highlighted and appears at the top of the page, and it unlocks some more advanced searching options.
In addition, Platinum members can choose to browse anonymously so that other won't know when they've visited their profile.
Afrointroductions openly welcomes men and women of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. This favorably adds to the variety of the user community. That makes it a worthy choice if you're looking for a romance that crosses racial lines.
To help with language barriers, they offer basic translation software for translating messages between other languages. While there are online tools available, this one is integrated with the messenger. A Platinum membership is required for the translation service.
- User friendly format
- Huge range of features
- Free account holders can communicate
- Very large, active user community
- Members can fully customize their profiles including privacy and notification settings.
- Standard layout means it is not customized to its audience as are some other ethnic sites.
- Site has been known to attract scammers.