Working as an auditor with akintola Williams deliote offered me the unique opportunity of meeting various clients across Nigeria. I experienced culture shock in Zamfara the northern and predominantly Muslim region. My audit team's original plan was to get there early proceed with our work and complete the job within a week. The female members of our team had dressed in formal trouser suits for a meeting with our client. However on arrival in zamfara our chauffeur politely told us that this was a state where the sharia law was in effect and as such the dress code of the female members of our team was inappropriate. I was shocked and confused, because i didn't see anything inappropriate for a business meeting. We summarily had to get to a clothes store where under the guidance of our chauffeur we got a number of scarves, and skirt suits.
I subsequently learned that dress codes, prohibition of alcohol consumption and restriction of sexes is justified by the teachings of the Holy Quran and if the indigenes practiced them then as a visitor i have to accept this. The experience taught me that cultural diversity is inevitable, understanding and tolerance is what the society requires. Respecting the diversity of cultures and traditions of others has given me perspective, enhanced my ability to appreciate diversity, and ability to excel in any environment.