Akintola Williams, Nigeria’s inaugural indigenous chartered accountant,

passed away today at the age of 104 in his Lagos home,

as confirmed by family sources.

Nigeria’s first indigenous chartered accountant, Akintola Williams, has passed away at the age of 104. He died at his residence in Lagos on the morning of Monday, September 11.

Born in 1919, Akintola Williams pursued accounting studies at the University of London and earned his chartered accountant qualification in 1947.

Upon returning to Nigeria, he established his accounting firm, Akintola Williams & Co., which is now known as Deloitte & Touche, in 1952.

He played a pioneering role in shaping Nigeria’s accounting profession and significantly contributed to the growth of the country’s financial sector.

Williams was a dedicated advocate for the development of the accounting profession in Nigeria.

He co-founded the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and served as its president from 1963 to 1965.

Additionally, he served as a member of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors.

Throughout his life, Akintola Williams received numerous awards and honors, including the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).

He was also recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

May his soul rest in peace.


By Chinedu

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