Akintola Williams, Nigeria’s inaugural indigenous chartered accountant, has passed away, Top Society has learnt.
The venerable accountant is said to have peacefully departed at the age of 104 while residing in his Lagos home on Monday.
Born in 1919, Williams was a graduate of accounting at the University of London and was certified a chartered accountant in 1947.
Upon graduation, he returned to Nigeria, later starting his accounting firm, Akintola Williams & Co., now Deloitte & Touche, in 1952.
He began Nigeria’s accounting profession and championed the development of the country’s finance sector.
Williams strongly advocated for the development of the accounting profession in Nigeria.
He was a founding member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and presided over the institute between 1963 and 1965. He was also a member of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors.
Don’t miss out on: Pastor Taiwo Odukoya: God’s General Goes Home
Williams received the awards of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM). He was also named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.