The Typical Life of a Nigerian Accounting Student

April 9, 2016
A number of people who are studying accounting are either there by choice, or because their parents are accountants so you can’t be a prodigal child. Every accounting student has been in one or all of these situations.

When you get admission into the university and you made it into the accounting department

And your first two months are as easy as ABC so you think life is a bed of roses

First semester exams show up and you get all A’s and you believe you will be the next Accountant General of Nigeria

Your second year starts and things start having k-leg

Your balance sheets start refusing to balance

And the number of accounts you have to prepare are now six per question

Income statements, adjusted trial balance, journal entries, balance sheet, profit and loss, cash flow accounts…

As if that is not enough cost and Financial Accounting and Case Analysis start bringing up their head on your course list

And then Taxation becomes advanced and Auditing and Assurance starts looking like hell

Taxation Y U become advanced? People, Y U have to do fraud and give us errors to find?

And then you start seeing letters and greek symbols in your textbooks in Financial Management

What is a beta? What is ‘r’ doing here? What is this funny looking ‘E’ what is all this Lord?

To make matters worse you are told you need to start getting ready to start ICAN lessons

God what is all this? Who invented accounting?

Every weekend from 9AM to 9PM

Is this ICAN lesson or prison in disguise?

So you have no social life, no sleeping pattern, wonder if life’s worth living and are about to give up

Somebody can’t even go to Quilox or go and buy Suya and relax.

So you start to reconsider all your life choices and if it is too late to change your course

Is all this worth it? Mass Communication wouldn’t have stressed me like this…

But you remember your parents, uncles, and even your pastor is an accountant and you can’t be the black sheep

Before they say I want to bring shame to the family.

So you just have to carry your cross and die with it

I’m not the first, I wouldn’t be the last.

ICAN exams come and you are tired of life and reading and just want the world to end

Can Jesus like come back today or the apocalypse happen?

Then the results come out and you passed everything

FINALLY!! ITS ALL OVER!!

Now you can add “ACA” to your name and start carrying shoulders

Please respect me I’m now a Chartered Accountant.

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