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  • Updated: December 14, 2021

Redeemers Connect Dating App: A Godly Tinder?

Some days ago, the RCCG launched a dating site, Redeemers Connect, which started to trend on social media, stirring a debate among potential users offline and online.

The Redeemers Connect, the Christian singles platform, joins other trending courtship platforms such as Tinder, Badoo, Afroromance, Friendite, Zoosk among others to foster unions.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye

AllNews Nigeria reports that the City of David Parish, which is a branch of RCCG situated at the Victoria Island area of Lagos State, launched the dating site to help single Christians in the country.

From Roadsides To Dating Platforms

Before Redeemers Connect was launched, other dating sites such as iFlirts and Tinder served as alternative avenues to hook-ups.

Tinder is an online dating and geosocial networking application. Users anonymously "swipe right" to like or "swipe left" to dislike other users' profiles, which include their photo, a short bio, and a list of their interests.

Taking to the streets of Ikeja on a Friday night, our correspondent had a conversation with Isaac Onome, a clubber and sex worker, about dating Apps.

Onome holds that these apps have helped to ease their 'work' with a better price at stake.

“Unlike before that you can easily see a large number of us (sex-workers) on the roadsides, that is not the case anymore. For instance, here (Allen Avenue) used to be very bubbling in the late hours, especially with sex workers that you would find in every corner of that axis. But now, we are not much, neither are clients coming, they have all gone digital", she said.

Corroborating Onome’s point, Damilare Famuyiwa, a lifestyle journalist, said considering the increase in the number of sex workers who have migrated to dating platforms, the number of courtesans on the streets has significantly dropped.

“Since they discovered that they could offer sex at better prices online, most of them started signing up on dating platforms and profile themselves as someone who offers hookup services," Famuyiwa said.

Sharing her thought on this matter, Ruth Osoma revealed that aside from dating platforms, gone are the days when ladies were shy about trading sex.

According to her, “ladies are now offering sex for money, and it’s so common now. Usually, one should go on dating platforms to find love. Now, it’s not advisable considering the increasing number of sex workers online.”

Can Redeemers Connect Dating App be a game-changer?

The issue of sex workers flooding dating platforms to trade their bodies is not only peculiar to Nigeria but a global challenge. 

With the emergence of Redeemers Connect, one would think that the leadership of RCCG is in the know as it relates to how sex workers now prefer to seek clients online. But as it is, the church has designed a solution to tackle that considering the fact that it would be a dent in the church’s image.

Measure To Curb Redeemers Connect From Being Another Populated godly Tinder 

Every Redeemers Connect registrant is expected to conduct his or her own independent background check before connecting with another registrant on this platform.

Unless it is infiltrated by those with devious agendas, the RCCG dating site is not for a casual sexual relationship.

There, marriage is the ultimate target.

RCCG said it launched this platform in the quest to enhance sustainable interaction and find life partners.

When a single lady or young man registers on the site, the information would still have to be processed before approval. Redeemers Connect is exclusively for Christian singles, widows, widowers, and unmarried seniors in the RCCG global family with serious intent to get married within a year or two upon enlisting as a member.

The church had said its "connect to court” matchmaking algorithm has been 'carefully designed to take people's preferences into account.'

Authorities of the church also said they encourage honest and genuine responses "so that we can match your preferences in the most accurate manner."

The website will officially be open in January 2022.

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Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe
Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe

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