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Cupid’s Chats: Tanzanian couple marries after meeting on Twitter

‘Until Retweet Does us apart!’

Two Twitter accounts in Tanzania turn two chatting strangers into love birds.

Twitter has just linked two strangers in Tanzania leading them to walk from their respective chat handlers down the church aisles.

Joyce Kiango and James Johnes met on Twitter, chatted, became friends, decided to meet, fell in love and soon each went out shopping for wedding attires.

After brief chatting on twitter the two uncanny individuals eventually got married.

Does this sound like a chapter from an old fairy tale? Sure, but it did happen in Tanzania.

Say I do … Tweet

Joyce, just as she is known by her handler as ‘Joyce Mwalimu,’ is a teacher and many of her photos in the twitter account display the bride interacting with children.

The groom, on the other hand, is a Research and Concept Development Consultant and Co-founder of a Non-Government Organization.

At least that is what is written on James Johnes’ Twitter Profile. The NGO is labeled as Human Welfare Initiative abbreviated as HWI.

Raise his handler, Drop her guard

Joyce Kiango even posts the magic chat session which led to their marriage.

It has an illustrated hashtag, ‘We met on Twitter.’ ‘How it started,’ and ‘How it is going!’

Online platforms seem to be replacing the beach, the clubs, the restaurants and other forms of outing that used to bring couples together.

Tanzania however is not among the top five twitter users in Africa.

South Africa leads as far as the highest number of tweets on the continent is concerned.  

The average total tweets from South Africa are estimated to be above 5 million.

That should be more than double the number of tweets from Kenya at 2.5 Million.

The rather populous Nigeria with 1.6 million tweets, ranks third while Egypt with 1.2 million Tweets comes fourth and Morocco which sends 0.8 million Tweets, is fifth on the continent.

According to the New York Times, African tweeters are young, averaging 20 to 29 years, compared to 39 worldwide, the report said.

And some 57 percent of analyzed tweets were sent from mobile phones, mainly BlackBerrys and iPhones, though of late, Android devices are gaining more traction.

The researchers noted how few African business and political leaders were joining Africa’s burgeoning Twittersphere.

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