The doyen of the accounting profession, Pa Akintola Williams, has passed on age of 104 years old.

Pa Williams is reputedly the first Sub-Saharan African to become a chartered accountant after he passed the qualifying examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in 1949.


He facilitated the establishment of the Association of Accountants in Nigeria, which metamorphosed into the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and was also involved in establishing the Nigerian Stock Exchange, now the Nigerian Exchange Group.


He worked with the Inland Revenue as an assessment officer from 1950 to 1952, when he left the civil service and founded Akintola Williams & Co, the first indigenous firm of chartered accountants in Africa (now Deloitte & Touche Nigeria).


He was honoured with the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian Government in 1982, Queen Elizabeth also honoured him with the title Commander of the British Empire In April 1997.

September 11, 2023

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