A trip into the social media street in Nigeria will show that one of our latest obsessions is the side chic! Surprisingly at a time when the president of the country lives in London on a perpetual medical live and The agitation for self-determination rages different parts of the country, The youths in their typical survival mechanism of clowning and arguing over jollof rice and big brother are obsessing over the side chic.
Now who is a side chic? I do not think I am qualified enough to define this phrase so I will refer you to facebook and Nigerian blogs for a more robust understanding of the phrase. In my little understanding, side Chics are women who are having a romantic or sexual relationship with a man they are not married to while he is married to someone else and also includes women who are involved with men in ‘serious relationship’ with another woman. This automatically includes the ignorant ones who think they are dating a potential husband without knowing the man is actually married.
The opposite of side chic is wife or main chic depending on whether the man in question is married or not. Now this means that a girl could be a side chic without even knowing, that is if per adventure you date a man who has another more recognised girlfriend, you are a side chic irrespective of the fact that you are both being cheated on.
Now explaining the dynamics of the side chic status is not the subject of this write-up. The subject is focused on the whereabouts of the side Chics of the 80’s and 90’s, the phrase might be different but from the definition, side Chics have been there even before Mark went to Harvard and created facebook so where are the side Chics of the past?
The side Chics of the 80’s are the Christian mothers of today, they are the virtuous women and caring mothers we celebrate and extol at every opportunity we get. Our mothers are the side Chics of the past, now married and righteous and virtuous and inspiring a whole generation of us…
To be continued….