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Foremost Nigerian Accountant, Akintola Williams, Passes 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

DOYEN of Accounting profession and first Chartered Accountant in Nigeria, Pa Akintola Williams, has passed.

Pa Williams passed in his sleep in the early hours of Monday, September 11, 2023 at 104.

His passing was also relayed by Amb. Dapo Fafowora in a terse message obtained on Monday by Stonix News.

“Just heard the sad news of the passing of Pa Akintola Williams this morning.

“He was 104 years old. He and his younger brother, the late Chief FRA Williams QC SAN, left the CMS Grammar School in 1938.

“He was a strong pillar of support in our OGS. May his soul rest in peace,” he prayed.

Pa 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.

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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