In a somber announcement, it has been reported that Nigeria’s trailblazing chartered accountant, Akintola Williams, has passed away at the remarkable age of 104. Mr. Williams, often referred to as the doyen of accounting in Nigeria, left a lasting legacy in the field of finance and accounting.
According to an anonymous source, Mr. Williams breathed his last on Monday at his residence in Lagos, leaving behind a wealth of accomplishments and a profound impact on the accounting profession in Nigeria and beyond.
Born in 1919, Akintola Williams’ journey to becoming a pioneering figure in the world of finance began with his education. He attended Yaba Higher College, where he was awarded a scholarship by the United Africa Company (UAC), enabling him to obtain a diploma in commerce. His academic pursuits took him to England in 1944, where he enrolled at the University of London.
At the University of London, he delved into the fields of Banking and Finance, ultimately graduating in 1946 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. His dedication to academic excellence led him to pursue further qualifications, and in 1949, he attained the prestigious status of a chartered accountant in England.
In 1952, Akintola Williams accomplished another significant milestone when he founded what would become the first indigenous chartered accounting firm in all of Africa, known as Akintola Williams & Co. This firm, headquartered in Lagos, would go on to play a pivotal role in shaping the financial landscape of Nigeria and the African continent.
Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Williams became a symbol of excellence, professionalism, and integrity in the accounting profession. His contributions extended beyond his pioneering firm as he actively engaged in various capacities within the financial sector and was a respected advisor to government and private institutions alike.
The passing of Akintola Williams marks the end of an era in Nigerian finance and accounting. His life’s work and dedication to his profession have left an indelible mark on the country’s financial sector, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of accountants and finance professionals.
As Nigeria mourns the loss of its first indigenous chartered accountant, the nation also celebrates the enduring impact of Akintola Williams’ contributions to the growth and development of the accounting profession in Nigeria and across Africa. His memory will forever be cherished as a beacon of excellence and dedication in the world of finance.