Overrated/Underrated in Sudan

24 Aug


1) Toyota Corolla: Sudanese and their White Corollas. I have two words for those of you who own a Corolla: WHY? and FADA7TONA!

2) Weddings: Alright Azza, Ma3azza, Nafisa, and Nibras, we need to talk. Please stop competing for the best wedding. How about compete to be the best wife and future Mom? I’d suggest not competing with other girls but that’s almost as radical as suggesting not using Fair and Lovely. While we’re at it, is it just me or does every Sudanese bride look the same on her wedding day?

3) Light Skinned people: Let’s not go there.

4) Rainy days: People pray, people rejoice, children pray, and the streets are moist. At the end of the day, everything goes yucky, and water everywhere turns to murky. Yes it’s supposed to rhyme. And thanks for noticing. PS I hate rain.

5) Ice Cream: No I don’t want to go out to eat Ice Cream. Why? Because I do not respect ice cream enough to get dressed up and get in a Corolla just to get some. I respect Ice Cream enough to eat it in Sandwich form while doing other activities. Yum Ice Cream Sandwiches.

6) Sudanese dancing: Listen, I’m not ‘Shatra’ and no I don’t want you to teach me that shoulder shake move you’re so proud of. The ‘induced seizure’ look isn’t really my thing. I’ve got news to all of you Sudanese party animals, you all look the same, which is to say, you all look like you are just standing there either clapping or snapping your fingers (read: snappin’ yo fingaz.)


1) The Sun: An Ode to the Sun

Ahhh the Sun.

How many civilizations have honored you and

how many people worship(ped) you

Yet in Sudan, everyone complains about you

And runs away… away from you.

Okay that’s not really an Ode but you get the point.

2) Nubian Language: It pains me to even discuss how this language is ignored and undervalued.

3) Mughtaribin (Diaspora): If only Sudan knew how to leverage it’s country’s highly educated diaspora with a lot of high net worth individuals. They need a major PR campaign to get those Sugar Daddies to invest in Sudan.

4) Southern Sudanese: Watch them get their own country and show us who’s boss.

5) Sun Block (SPF 1000+) In a climate like Sudan’s, and the lack of shadows from skyscrapers, you would at least think people might prioritize Sun Block? Maybe they think it is impossible for black people to get skin cancer? Maybe they have never heard of skin cancer? Because as we all know, cancer in Sudan only happens to people in awkward body parts. Scenario: Awataf ma jaha Saratan fil Sador*. (Editorial note, we all know Sudanese people have a much more embarrassing name for breasts.)

6) Hilomur: I wish they served this delicious drink at every house instead of Pepsi. If I’m going to be forced to drink something at each house I visit, I at least would like a caffeine-free option. [honorable mention to Karkade as an acceptable alternative]

What do you think is overrated or underrated in Sudan?


10 Responses to “Overrated/Underrated in Sudan”

  1. El-Gizuli August 25, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Gold, makwat alsha3ar, sandwishes, Burj alFatih, sending messages that need to be deciphered by taking courses on how to read between the lines (please stop this, it doesn’t show any finesse or class), milayat (bedsheets):-)

    Being a well-read female, bizyanos (don’t know the spelling), social life (and it is underrated because of the overrated status of the ciphered lingo people use by men and women alike).

    The list may be not finite … with Sudanese it simple can’t:-)

  2. mazin August 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    lool Shadeed I kinda agree but Sudan is changing

    1.resale value of Toyotas r goin down and streerts of Sudan hav much more variety in cars nowadays.
    2. Agreed, find ur view insightful and ppl r changing and opting for weddings they can afford.
    3. true even if u said nuthin
    4.it’s nice & cool while its falling
    5. ice cream should be convenient
    6. they r a lot of moves! lol ur not looking hard enough, and this is comin from some1 who is ishtar lool
    1. disagree, too much of it
    2. very true, but more interest is starting to show in the academic field my friend just gave a presentation at the British National Museum last month along with many other Sudanese scholars.
    3. Gov doesn’t give them the chances and jobs they deserve and its hard to adjust to the chaos lifestyle of Sudan after many years abroad, its not for lack of trying on their part.
    4. wish them all the best lakin the fact is that they have a hard road ahead
    5. yeah
    6.don’t like it but Karkade is nice

  3. SudaniSwede September 6, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Overrated- Beds in the living room, gives an impression of a lazy culture and society

  4. hafoot September 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    overrated. hyundai Accent,and fattat fool(bosh) under rated: nothing cause there is nothing worthy.accept brinji. ‏

  5. ras babi abdalla babiker September 15, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    since we accepted the beast
    since we sold our souls
    al bitrol
    al bitrol
    since we dressed the naked
    since we called them abid
    al moya
    al moya
    since then we lost the land
    since then we lost the right to be.

  6. Brownie September 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    I disagree that the rain is overrated, i loved the rain when i went there for the first time ever in July 09, it is amazing when it gets hotter and then it rains, and you get the most beautiful weather after it, and what about the trees..they are always clean and huge and beautiful. i loved the rain

  7. Omar Elfadli September 26, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Dear Leyla, in very simple but straight forward words,
    1. Human lives that are destined to die of miss diagnostics, malnutrition and poverty , or for not being able to pay for health treatment and for medication.
    2. Homeless young children that shuffle the streets being mainly paralized and deformed and have no other means but to beg all day long (in extreme heat) for living.
    3. Women selling tea on every street corner and under every office building, having to play the mother, friend and the shrink to thousands of unbalanced men in order to ensure an income for their families and kids.
    4. Young teenagers fighting each other over buckets of water and limited parking territories to wash cars for living.
    5. Young children pushing wheelbarrow carts in markets and selling plastic carrier bags to shoppers.
    6. “Kasha” raids on market traders who take goods on borrowed terms from wholesalers to sell on the floor of market streets, only to get it confiscated by local authority raiders.
    7. Newly born babies, unwanted, unloved and uncounted for .. only the lucky ones get to end up at a children home, still though, without any assurances .. their life there may be as short as a few hours or a few days.

    As for the overrated !!.. its everyone else who seams to be leading a normal, healthy and wealthy life in a society that don’t see and don’t recognize the underrated.

  8. Mart October 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm #


    I say ‘it is what it is’.

    White Toyota Corolla, not my favourite but probably a decent affordable investment – what would you get ‘in Sudan’ – on that budget…?

    And fada7u minu giddaam minu..?

    Weddings – agreed 100% and I suspect it’s not just the brides to be but their mothers who are in a perpetual state of competition…

    Agreed but that’s a personal choice right?
    And one we’ve inherited from our *racist* co-linguists who some of us love to be associated with.


    Maybe you should open an ice-cream sandwich business in Khartoum.

    People have different types of dances that include al3ar’9a, alshabbaal etc…
    I do wish people would just sit down more at wedding parties and be more acoustically satisfied – but then again they wouldn’t be Sudanese if they did…
    I still think it’s better how whiteys dance – no offence to anyone.

    And yes 7ilumur, karkade and gungulez are definitely underrated – but are you aware of the fact that they are more expensive than Coke or Pepsi – which is really quite sad…

  9. Mart October 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Better THAN how whiteys dance – my bad!! And no offence

  10. Osman Musa January 2, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    Are you telling me that you do not care about having a lavish wedding? I thought your kind went instinct so I gave up, drained my account and maxed out my credit cards. I am now happily married. Who needs money anyway?!

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