“President Tinubu mourns passing of Chief Akintola Williams, Nigerian accounting legend at 104”

By | September 12, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Chief Akintola Williams, a legendary figure in Nigerian accounting, has passed away at the age of 104. President Tinubu offers condolences to his family, friends, and various institutions impacted by his remarkable legacy.

President Tinubu has expressed his deep sorrow over the passing of Chief Akintola Williams, a Nigerian accounting legend, at the remarkable age of 104. In a heartfelt message, President Tinubu extended his condolences to the family, friends, and the entire nation of Nigeria, particularly Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the financial institutions that were influenced by Chief Akintola Williams’ extraordinary legacy.


Chief Akintola Williams was widely renowned as a pioneer and trailblazer in the field of accounting in Nigeria. Born on August 9, 1919, in Lagos, he pursued his education at King’s College before venturing to the United Kingdom to further his studies. In 1952, he became the first African to qualify as a chartered accountant after successfully passing the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Returning to Nigeria, Chief Akintola Williams founded the country’s first indigenous accounting firm, Akintola Williams & Co., which laid the foundation for the growth and development of the accounting profession in Nigeria. Throughout his illustrious career, he helped shape the Nigerian economy through his expertise in financial management, auditing, and corporate governance.

Chief Akintola Williams was also deeply committed to community service and played a pivotal role in various social and philanthropic activities. He was a founding member of several notable organizations, including ICAN, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and the Musical Society of Nigeria. His contributions to these institutions and his tireless efforts in promoting professionalism and ethical practices have left an indelible mark on the Nigerian business landscape.

The passing of Chief Akintola Williams is a profound loss for Nigeria and the accounting community. His remarkable legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, as his pioneering spirit and dedication to excellence have set the standard for future accountants and professionals in Nigeria. May his soul rest in eternal peace..

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