I’m halfway through university and boy am I excited. It seems like just yesterday I was a young girl, fresh out of high school, who believed the best of everyone. Of course, I still do, but I’ve also come to expect the worst. I’m not here to write about what I’ve learnt and all that. A time for that will come…lol. Recently, my friends and I were having a heated debate on random stuff from the economic policies necessary for Africa’s development to the myth of Sisyphus to the meaning of life. Who am I kidding? We were probably talking about the latest couple on campus, who is interning where and all the whatnots. Dare I not bore you with the details.
Then a friend randomly asks if we have heard of the term four-nil. I almost zoned out thinking it was football we were about to start discussing. Apparently, four-nil is quite a popular name among Ghanaian youth, especially in university. From the best of my understanding, four-nil is used to refer to someone either boy or girl who happens to go through their four years of university without being in a relationship. The relationship is also meant to be with someone within your campus, no long distance things here aye? (Hi Kelly ♥). And no, one night stands or short stints in the name of a relationship do not count either. So if you are part of the unlucky (or is it lucky) group who finishes university without being in a relationship, you have gone four-nil. I remember laughing so hard at this concept until I realised that I might just be one of those (un)lucky breeds who go four-nil.
This four-nil theory is quite absurd and who the hell came up with it? It annoys me even the more because it favours the male species over the female species. See as a lady in her freshman year; I have a wide pool of who to date to choose from- there are my fellow freshmen, the sophomores, juniors and even the seniors. But as I move on higher in the rank, my pool reduces and for example as a junior, I can only date my fellow juniors and the seniors- who are usually too busy chasing the new breed of freshmen in town to give a hoot about you. God forbid if I date a freshman or a sophomore! Shoot me! I said it. I’m not vain here, but that is just how the world runs. I wouldn’t be comfortable dating a younger guy. For the gents, on the other hand, life seems to get brighter with each class rank they progress to. A guy in his final year can date anyone, from his mates to the freshmen. Bringing me to the conclusion that a guy has fewer chances of going four-nil than a lady. It’s just not fair. Then again, life is never fair.
After a lot of ranting, I decided to stop stressing about this four-nil crap and just go with the flow of life. After all, the guy who probably came up with the four-nil term was probably some geeky over the top nerd with the most awkward fashion sense. Who also went out with the hottest girl on campus in his final year (she probably needed help with her thesis) but because he couldn’t believe his luck, came up with the term to gloat and spite his fellow single friends. I’ve even lost the main point why I was writing this. Damn you four-nil geek guy. Point to my single fellow campus comrades, you are not alone. (Right Dedo? ♥). Enjoy your single life…random nights out, endless flirting blah blah blah. And you get to third wheel on your friends’ dates just for the sake of it. Don’t sweat it! Make campus memories while you still can just don’t go beyond the five-nil point. It’s just unacceptable! #TeamFourNil.