The Office Crush

I have an office crush

No I don’t have a crush on someone in my office but I have someone who has a crush on me, actually make that 2 people but that’s not the point. The point is, as an advocate of #teamnoofficeromance , having to deal with such things could be very interesting especially in a society like ours where single ladies are expected to accept the advances of any eligible bachelor.

I know office crushes are quite common and if you’re single and your ‘crushee or crusher’ is as well, then you have almost nothing to worry about right? WRONG! Thing is, it could easily turn into something serious or a disaster. Sometimes these crushes get so bad that one of the parties involved would have to leave the company out of possible embarrassment or humiliation; that’s just too much drama to be honest and ain’t nobody gat time for that. Anyway, so I have an office crush, however, the problem is this crush is unwanted and I have no clue how to deal with it.

The other day, a colleague walked up to me and said ‘Ah Miss Gidi, you know Bode likes you right? That’s why he keeps coming around the office?’ I replied with a surprised face like I never noticed the constant visits, numerous compliments and the occasional ‘accidental’ phone calls on the office line. It is pretty clear that Bode has the hots for me but somehow in the middle of his persistence (because Lagos men do not take no for an answer) he fails to realise that I do not want anything personal to do with him.

What irritates me the most is the constant comments from other colleagues; comments such as, ‘Miss Gidi, Bode came by’, ‘Aren’t you Bode’s wife?’, ‘Aww see how he is just smiling because you said hello’, ‘But he’s a very nice guy o, just give him a chance’ and my favourite ‘Bode just told me he likes you, no dull o, so you can collect ring this year’ A constant reminder that due to my marital status of being single I am to jump for joy and accept the proposal from someone I do not like.

That being said, I have tried a few tricks I found on google to get rid of this unwanted office crush. My major issue has been trying to get the point across without hurting his feelings especially since there’s a high chance of seeing him every now and then. I’ve ignored his compliments hoping it would work (of course it didn’t) and recently, I passively yet intentionally mentioned the package delivered to my office was from a ‘boyfriend’ (that didn’t work either).

I don’t want to be mean, I am really trying not to be mean but how do you get rid of an unwanted office crush or unwanted crush in general?

As for Bode, I finally gave him a moment of my time on one of those slow days at work. I watched as he tried to put his thoughts together and suggest different things we could do together like clubbing or watching a football game (-_-) . At some point I found his comportment (or lack of) cute, until I started talking about intellectual blogs I follow and books I’ve read; I recognised the blank look on his face as I spoke, he knew nothing about the kind of things I spoke about, he didn’t even know who Chimamanda Adichie was.

Needless to say, I’ve gone back to ignoring him #missgidishrug

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11 thoughts on “The Office Crush”

  1. Eyah Bode, you had your chance and blew it! Even people who don’t read know who Chimamanda is -_-
    Office crush is just not okay mehn! office relationship sef na work not to talk about a crush! I guess intentionally ignoring and making every encounter with said crusher as officious as possible!
    I wish you the best in your crushee/crusher “adventure” 🙂


  2. Lol Bode na mumu? Watch Bode retreat only to attack harder coz he thinks you are playing hard to get. Btw the fact he doesn’t know about your literally influences is not the issue but when you engage him on ideologies and philosophy of ya readings, how does he react?


  3. Office crush can be embarrassing. Shebi he’s a colleague and a Bachelor….my married boss is on my case…my days are numbered in dat office.


  4. Bahahahahahaha. How are you under the age of 50 and do not know Chimamanda? And knowing you Miss Gidi, that could have been Michael Ealy saying that and you would have turned away. Lol


  5. I so totally agree with that. Office relationships bring nothing but unnecessary drama. I tried it once (Cuz my office is pretty okay with dating within the workplace as long as you both are very discreet), and needless to say things didn’t go so well. What makes it worse is that now, any time I talk with him, I realize that I sold myself short and this dude is nowhere as brilliant, or ‘interesting’ as I thought he was. And that is a shame.
    Speaking of shame, how on earth can Bode not know who Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is? Seriously? But then again, I can’t be surprised. I was chatting with someone who said that his favourite writer was Jordin Sparks. Even after jokingly asking if One step at a time is his favourite ‘book’ by the author, the dude still didn’t get it, or the sarcasm. Some guys are just hopeless. *smh*.


      1. Oh yes he did. Lol. I was so stunned. I actually repeated what he’d said, hoping it was a slip and he would recover and jokingly redeem himself. But nope. He repeated it. When I sarcastically asked which of her ‘books’ are his favourite and preempted him by saying ‘let me guess. One step at a time’, he still didn’t get it, or hear the sarcasm *rofl.


  6. LOL. I died at Madea’s face at the end. How can he not know Chimamanda??? Ugh.
    That said, I am #teamYESofficeromance oh! After all, work is where most people spend >70% of their time. If the person, timing and the setting are right, office crushes/ romance can be beautiful. Just make sure you (and him) are discreet and mentally stable enough to handle if/ when it goes south…
    First time commenter, atink! (the last time I tried to comment I got lazy and lost steam) 😀 😀 😀


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