The Nigerian doyen of accounting, Pa Akintola Williams, died at his residence in the early hours of Monday, aged 104.
He was born on August 9, 1919, in Lagos State and became the first chartered accountant in Nigeria after he passed the qualifying examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in 1949.
Pa Williams also played a major role in the establishment of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
He attended Olowogbowo Methodist Elementary School for his primary education and proceeded to CMS Grammar School for secondary school. After obtaining a diploma in Commerce at Yaba Higher College, he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1946 at the University of London after studying banking and finance.
He worked with the Inland Revenue as an assessment officer from 1950 to 1952. When he left the civil service, he established Akintola Williams & Co. in Lagos State, which happened to be Africa’s first indigenous chartered accounting firm.
Akintola Williams & Co. combined with two other accounting companies between April 1999 and May 2004 to form Akintola Williams Deloitte (now known as Deloitte & Touche)
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