Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by thetoolsman23
Change, they say is the one thing that’s constant in life; well, that just tells you something about we Africans because that right there is just something we’ve always struggled with, we’re still struggling with and will probably forever struggle with. I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m going on about? Well it’s another Monday morning so permit me rant and ramble a bit.
It’s not very easy to come up with and sustain a trend nowadays, I mean, with things like social media, reality TV, Souljaboy, Kanye and Kim K, if you manage to start a trend that lives beyond a couple of months, then you must have really come unto something special. That being said, we Africans need to understand that all things come to an end eventually – yes, even the good ones.
The average African probably doesn’t understand my last statement. Same way we hate throwing old stuff away. If I raid some of your rooms right now, I can only imagine the kind of junk I’ll find – magazines from four years ago, single pieces of socks you keep even though you’ve misplaced the other leg, old jackets that have probably outgrown you… you get the idea. Lately, I’ve come to realize that we treat major trends/fads just like we do with our junk. Still don’t believe? Let’s take a look.
Yeah yeah I know this is like some age-old trend. I mean I’m pretty sure God chucked up the deuces after he created Adam (Yes? No?). It’s a really cool gesture and credit must go to whoever invented it. It has multiple functions as it can be used to represent the word ‘peace’ and as popularized by Chris Brown, it can represent a sort of farewell greeting but most importantly, it can set you apart as being ‘cool’ if you display it appropriately when taking a picture. But thing is – that was ages ago. I don’t know about y’all but chucking up deuces in pictures stopped being ‘cool’ a while ago. Nowadays when people do it, I don’t think they realize they just end up looking like this dude:
Chucking up deuces in pictures – #SoSoYesterday.
This is another one of those trends that really didn’t live long but clearly some people still haven’t gotten the memo. Let me spell it out for you. ‘Pouting’ in your pictures may have looked cool last year but if you do it nowadays, you really mostly look like this:
Spelling your name Stupidly
Now I don’t know if this one ever made it to trend status but I remember how a lot of young Nigerians got very ‘factor-aware’ especially as Nollywood got more and more popular some years back. It was a common thing to make fun of people who had severe cases of ‘xyz factors’ when talking (heck it’s still common) and that’s what probably led to some people spelling out their names with emphasis on factors. E.g.
Abiola – Habeeyorlar
Abayomi – Habaryormee
Busola – BooSorLar
One of my friends calls this ‘Facebook behaviour’ but sadly it still exists even outside the social network and you must agree with me that this is #SoSoYesterday.
Silly Text Substitution
Blackberry penetration in Nigeria right now is nowhere compared to what it was a couple of years ago. Nowadays you even have artisans using the smart phones but is this really an excuse for bastardizing one of its features to the point where it becomes disgusting…
I understand and appreciate the fact that we are all different and I’m sure the guys at RIM also understand this and this is probably why features like Word Substitution exist on your Blackberry. But can someone please tell me why a grown man of almost thirty will sit down and substitute words with symbols on his phone so it can look like this when he types?
This is #SoSoYesterday. Please move on.
Now before y’all tag me hater, let me start by saying I have no issues with people going to studios to take pictures just to use as their Messenger DP or Avatars – no I certainly don’t. It’s really not my hustle to knock. What I have issues with is when people go to studios to get photographed by ‘so-called’ professionals and then they end up in poses like this:
Do I need to say more? #SoSoNEVER
The list is endless; I can actually go on and on because it doesn’t just stop with us young people. Imagine people still ‘decorating’ the back of their cars, by the windshield with soccer balls, basketballs and even construction site helmets? In 2012? Again, I’m not trying to knock anyone’s hustle, maybe I’m just a little too ahead of my time or maybe I’m right and these ‘trends’ have more than overstayed their welcome. If you agree with me, use the comment box and help me identify more trends that are #SoSoYesterday and if you don’t I still want to hear from you, use the comment box and speak your mind. Cheers.