Nigeria’s first accountant, Akintola Williams dies at 104

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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Late Chief Akintola Williams

The doyen of Accounting,  Pa Akintola Williams is dead. He died at the age of 104. Pa Williams died in his sleep in the early hours of today, Monday, September 11, 2023.

Akintola’s death symbolizes the end of an era for the Williams family as his junior brother, the Chief Frederick Rotimi  Alade Williams SAN was regarded as the doyen of the legal profession in his lifetime. Popularly called ‘Timi the Law’ in his lifetime, FRA Williams was the first Queen’s Counsel(QC), and the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He was born on December 16, 1920, and died on March 26, 2005.

Akintola was the country’s first indigenous chartered accountant, who pioneered Nigeria’s accounting profession.

Born in 1919, he was instrumental in developing the country’s financial sector. The renowned accountant 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.

Late Chief Akintola Williams

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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