April 11, 2007
@ 11:53 AM

This morning I was flipping through last Friday's issue of the The Daily Sun: Nigeria's King of Tabloids and came across some of the personals in the section of the paper called Muslim Matrimonials. It was a bit of culture shock for me to see how different they were from personals on U.S. sites like Craig's List, Yahoo! Personals and Match. Here are a few of them

Profile 496: Muslim male, 49, 1.7m tall, genotype AA, from Oyo state, an engineer holder of a Master's degree, married for long without children wants for marriage a practicing Muslim female from any part of the country, honest, tolerant, neat, slim and moderately attractive with at least a minimum of diploma, gainfully employed or employable, aged between 23 and 33 and ready to start a successful family

Profile 502: Muslim male, 43, 1.73 meters tall, Hausa from Bauchi in Bauchi state, Master's degree holder in English, lecturer in higher institution, married and blessed with five daughters, needs a new wife who is loving, hardworking, caring, prepared to share the ups and downs of life with hubby and above all understanding. She may be from any part of Nigeria, any tribe or social class. She must be light-complexioned, exceptionally tall and not be above 25.  

Quite different from the usual fare in the Men Seeking Women section of Craig's List isn't it? The glimpse that online personals give into the culture and social fabric of society is quite revealing.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:11:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The use of biological data in a personals ad is fascinating to me. The Japanese "idols" often list their blood type in their "playmate data sheet" type bios. I wonder what he means by "genotype AA". I've seen that example used to distinguish dominant-dominant gene pairs in classic Mendelian genetics, but I've never heard of an actual genotype that uses the "A/a" symbol.

The 40+ year old men looking for <20+ year old women part is interesting too. I wonder if Muslim cultures experience mid-life crisis like Anglo cultures do?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:22:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
43 year old man, "... needs a new wife ..." after 5 daughters, he's looking for someone under 25. Midlife crisis, Nigerian style.

I ran into this the other day on YouTube: Muslim Pickup Lines. I know very little about Islam and I was still cracking up over it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:35:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
See http://www.mckinley.uiuc.edu/Handouts/sickle_cell_disease.html for an explanation of the AA genotype notation.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:56:26 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks Dare, that makes sense.

Turns out in Japan blood type is similar to personality type in the States. So asking a person their blood type is similar to "what's your sign" in the U.S.
Thursday, April 12, 2007 2:41:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I thought it had to do with Alcoholics Anonymous.
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