7 Things Nigerian Lecturers Say, And 7 Things They Actually Mean

July 2, 2020

Nigerian lecturers are gems but you learn not to trust everything they say after you’ve spent some time in the university. The ability to decipher what they actually mean is a skill that will never disappoint you. This is a list of some of the things they say, and what they actually mean.

1.A is for God” = I don’t know how this became a thing but my lecturer from 50 years ago told me the same thing. I’m just passing it on.

2. Are you challenging me?” = Think before you answer this. What you say and how you say it will go a long way in determining your future at this university.

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3. You can buy the course material if you want, it’s not compulsory” = Don’t buy it at your own risk. Just know that you will probably fail this course. 

4. If you don’t get 70% attendance, you can’t write my exam” = I only said 70% because it’s the university policy but you should attend all my lectures. I don’t announce my tests.

5. “Most of you will fail this course” = I have no basis for that but it sounded cute in my head, so I said it. For real though, most of you will fail this course.

6. You can easily graduate with a first-class, but you’re not serious = If you think I meant this, then I have a unicorn to sell to you. Didn’t you hear me when I said: “A is for God”?

7. You should read this part for your exam” = It won’t come out, sha. You will open your question paper for a surprise, and from there, It will be vibes and Insha Allah.

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