Facts you probably didn’t know about Akintola Williams

The Doyen of Accounting Pa Akintola Williams is dead.

Below are facts to know about late Pa Akintola Williams

1. Chief Akintola Williams was born on August 9, 1919.

2. He was 104.

3. He was a Nigerian accountant.

4. He was the first Nigerian to qualify as a chartered accountant.

5. He began his education at Olowogbowo Methodist Primary School, Bankole street, Apongbon, Lagos Island, Lagos, in the early 1930s, the same primary school his late junior brother Chief Rotimi Williams attended.

6. His youngest brother Rev James Kehinde Williams was a pastor in the same church. Olowogbowo Methodist Church.

7. His firm, founded in 1952, later grew organically and through mergers to become the largest professional services firm in Nigeria by 2004.

8. He went on to Yaba Higher College on a UAC scholarship, obtaining a diploma in commerce.

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9. Williams participated in founding the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

10. In 1944, he travelled to England where he studied at the University of London. Sturdying Banking and Finance, he graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor of Commerce.

11. He continued his studies and qualified as a chartered accountant in England in 1949.

12. After returning to Nigeria in 1950, Williams served with the Inland Revenue as an assessment officer until March 1952, when he left the civil service and founded Akintola Williams & Co. in Lagos.

13. The company was the first indigenous chartered accounting firm in Africa.

14. Between April 1999 and May 2004, Akintola Williams & Co. merged with two other accounting firms to create Akintola Williams Deloitte (now known as Deloitte & Touche), the largest professional services firm in Nigeria with a staff of over 600.

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