As Valentine’s Day approaches spare a thought for Sudanese girls, who can’t be seen in public alone with any male except her father, grandfather, uncle or brother, or date. Well, here are 10 steps to how Sudanese people date.
Step 1, the guy sees the girl at University, asks his friends “Al chicks al shadeeda di minu” (who’s this hot girl)? Step 2, the guy gets the girl’s phone number and gives her 3 missed calls. Step 3, he follows her home in his car, Amjaad or rigshaw. It takes two weeks for Step 4 to materialize, and that’s when the girl starts answering her phone. It takes two weeks because all Sudanese girls like to play hard to get. In the meantime, the guy may have gotten to know another girl, which would take us back to Step 1. Step 5 is the phone phase; this is the time when the boy and girl spend hours talking on the phone. During this phase their meeting spots are limited to the university campus and the tea lady just outside the campus. During this time, the guy buys the girl mobile phone top-up cards so that she returns his missed calls.
The guy then asks the girl out on a date in Step 6. Not alone of course, but a group date with the rest of their friends. The date is usually on a Thursday night in either Ice Cream 41, Ozone, Solitaire or Babylon, depending on their financial status at the time. This is an important step because if the girl thinks they’re going out on a date alone, the guy might regard her as not bit halal (pure of sin). In Step 7 the guy makes some enquiries about her family. More often than not they would be related somehow; it might turn out that his maternal grandfather is related to her paternal uncle’s second wife’s cousin twice removed. If all goes well they move on to Step 8, if not, the guy goes back to Step 4 and marries his first cousin without telling the girl.
In Step 8 is where things get interesting. Now the guy wants to know the girl better, so they meet alone. The most popular venue these days is Nile Street, and if the guy has a car, they can just go cruising – a popular pastime among young Sudanese. If he doesn’t have a car, he can often borrow one from a male relative, or friend. Khartoum Traffic Police are open to bribery should he be stopped for any reason. Step 9 is the establishment of the Thursday night meeting spot – usually Nile street at their chosen tea lady, who by then they know on a first name basis. If a haboob decides to strike, they can always continue cruising.
Step 10 is the time when the guy thinks the girl is the Mullah to his Kissrah, and the Shamar to his Fool, and starts calling her wifey or Maratee. At this point the guy starts saving money for their wedding, in 5 years, after they graduate. Just in case, the guy formally “reserves” the girl by asking her father for her hand in marriage.
damn it, why did you have to expose all the places and steps? hhh
hahahahah thank you thank you thank you
Well u simply killed the 7anak sis ,, ba3ad kida the girls will become more togal and u’ll add a new step . Go 3adeel to her and tell her the i liked her .. looool , nice one sis , looks like ur an expert
Well said.. Kep writing.. I think this generation is grossly misunderstood and often judged!!
loool this is just too funy and soo true
pfff! this is real good and true x
“STEP he follows her home in his car, Amjaad or rigshaw”
I don’t think anybody would do that,if he does…you should be careful!!
Dating in Sudan makes dating in Saudi Arabia very dull and stale. Thank you for the insights!
Very amusing! I think it’s even more silly now with all thw whatsapp and other social (restricting) apps.
God this article made me feel so old haha. Back in the day, boys used to write letters, poems, and wait for hours and hours to see a glimpse of his chixoya. And oh god forbids if they D-A-R-E to call your house..hell will break lose for both of you.
Nice Article Jasmin. Thumbs Up.
Haaahaaa!! Brilliant! Well done!
This is so primitive, I don’t think it happens like that
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