Breaking: Nigeria’s First Indigenous Chartered Accountant, Akintola Williams, Dies at 104

Breaking: Nigeria’s First Indigenous Chartered Accountant, Akintola Williams, Dies at 104

  • Pa Akintola Williams, Nigeria's inaugural indigenous chartered accountant, has been reported dead
  • The accountant died weeks after celebrating his 104th birthday, the former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, confirmed
  • Pa Williams established the first indigenous chartered accounting firm in Nigeria called “Akintola Williams & Co”

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Pa Akintola Williams, Nigeria’s first indigenous chartered accountant, has passed away.

BusinessDay reported that Pa Williams died at the remarkable age of 104.

Pa Akintola Williams, Oby Ezekwesili
Former minister of education mourns as Pa Akintola Williams dies at age 104. Photo credit: Oby Ezekwesili @obyezeks
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The Punch reported that Williams died at his house in Lagos on Monday, September 11, 2023.

His legacy is firmly etched into Nigeria's financial landscape, having played a pivotal role in shaping the nation's accounting profession and fostering the growth of its financial sector, The Guardian reported.

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Oby Ezekwesili reacts to Pa Williams' death

Reacting, the former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, said Pa Williams impacted lives with his giant strides in the accounting sector.

In a post shared on her X page, Ezekwesili tweeted:

"Awww, it’s Goodbye at last. What a historically impactful life!
"Praise God for the legend that was the doyen of the accountancy profession in Africa, Pa Akintola Williams. He had only some weeks ago celebrated his 104th birthday and has now passed on to the great beyond.
"As young trainees in our days at Deloitte & Touché Akintola Williams, to be in his presence felt like one had already attained Greatness. #Unforgettable impact on our lives then and after.
"May God comfort children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and wider families as well as the Alum of the great Accountancy practice he founded."

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Born in 1919, he studied accounting at the University of London and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1947. He returned to Nigeria and later set up his accounting firm, Akintola Williams & Co., now Deloitte & Touche, in 1952.

Williams was also a strong advocate for developing the accounting profession in Nigeria. He was a founding member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and was president from 1963 to 1965. He was also a member of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors.

Williams received many awards and honours, including the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM). He was also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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