Yes, the Sibling Code Exists. How Many Do You Know?

October 8, 2022

Everyone who has siblings knows that there’re some unwritten rules we unconsciously follow. As kids, the oldest siblings always had the biggest meat, but as an adult, the oldest sibling probably gives the youngest the sizeable chunks of meat, except you’re an agbaya. The older you get, the more the rules change.

If you have siblings, you can definitely relate to the sibling code listed below.

When your sibling looks good, you have to mention it

If little children compliment you, it means you look good, but if your sibling compliments you? Nobody outside looks finer than you that day. Depending on your sibling dynamics, you can legit hype them, tease about how they usually look like someone your parents picked from the road but now they’ve killed it or compliment them as if you were forced. The main point is that it must be mentioned. And if they look good every day, who sent them message? Mtchewww. 


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No one else should be able to insult your sibling

It is a universal rule that you can say your sibling doesn’t have sense, but the moment anyone else, including your parents, insults them too? We attack at sunrise. How dare anyone talk shit about your sibling?

If your sibling doesn’t stand up for you when you’re not in the room, ask your mum for the receipt so you can return them. 

Always respect the dibs

This one is more for your safety than for the code, tbh. If your sibling calls dibs on a specific snack in the fridge, a specific seat in the living room, or that sweet charging port beside the bed, just accept it. You too, find something worth it to call dibs on. The moment you disrespect the dib, you might need to be in some sort of witness protection program. 

When it comes to clothes, “borrow” first, apologise later

I can just hear all the older siblings with the fancy outfits frothing at the mouth. You people should not be angry. You have nice things, and nice things should be appreciated. Take that hoodie or shoe today. Nobody has died from being shouted at. 

Always walk into your sibling’s room and leave the door open to annoy them 

How else would you be able to cross-check to see if they are alive? Just walk into the room and stare at them for a good five minutes, throw something at them if you like, and make a show of leaving the door open on your way out. It’s simple sibling etiquette. 

We all go down together 

There are two ways to look at this code.

The first one is, if you snitch on your sibling, everything is fair game, and everyone is going down.

The second one is? It’s better to serve punishment together than to tell your parents who broke the car mirror. 

Younger siblings are always player 2 in video games

If you like, be eight or fifty years old, as long as you’re the younger sibling when we play games, you are always player two. If you want to fight somebody about this, go and fight God.

Never eat their food

If there is food in the fridge that you did not buy, is labelled or on your sibling’s special plate, don’t eat it, else whatever you see, take it like that. Siblings can forgive anything butr not when you steal their food. 

Everything must be divided equally

Just bring out the rulers and scales when you have to share something because no one must get cheated. Did you grow up in a Nigerian family if you never had to equally divide hard Gala, suya, one bottle of coke or 1k with your siblings?.  

Your sibling’s ex is your enemy for life

If for any reason, you want to consider forgiving your sibling’s ex, think about all the sad music and moping you had to endure and how nice you had to pretend to be to your sibling. Even if they get back together, their partner has to remain your opp forever. 

Tell your siblings to cover for you when necessary

See how I didn’t say, “cover up for your sibling”? Exactly, if you need someone to cover up for you when you bail on your mum’s monthly family hangout, that’s when you use this. Or if you’re a teenager and you sneaked out. Not when they murder or assault people abeg.  

Your sibling might be an everlasting pain in the ass, but they are — what’s that quote — “family by force, friends by choice”. Treat them nicely but also tap their head for no reason today. 


READ ALSO: QUIZ: Which Type Of Sibling Are You?

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