AANI Wants Akintola Williams Immortalised

Alumni Association of National Institute (AANI), has mourned the passing of Pa Akintola Williams at 104 years old and called for his immortalisation to preserve his memories.


The national president of AANI, Ambassador Emmanuel Obi Okafor, in a condolence message signed by the national publicity secretary, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman (rtd) said Pa Williams leaves behind a legacy that transcends generations.

AANI added that Pa Williams’ memory will forever shine brightly in the annals of Nigeria’s history, and his contributions to the nation will never be forgotten.

“We also extend our condolences to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) during this moment of collective national grief.

“Pa Akintola Williams leaves behind a legacy that transcends generations. His remarkable journey, from the halls of education at Olowogbowo Methodist Primary School to becoming the first Nigerian chartered accountant, is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence. His pioneering spirit led to the establishment of Akintola Williams & Co., the first indigenous chartered accounting firm in Africa, which has now evolved into Deloitte & Touché”.

The statement added that Pa Williams was not only a trailblazer, but a tireless advocate for the development of the accounting profession in Nigeria.

“As a founding member and the first president of ICAN, he played a pivotal role in shaping the standards and ethics of our profession. His leadership extended to the establishment of the Association of Accountants in Nigeria and his invaluable contributions to the Nigerian Stock Exchange,” he said.

The statement noted further that Pa Williams’ exemplary dedication to the accounting profession and his distinguished service to the nation were duly recognised through numerous accolades, including the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).

“His global impact was further acknowledged as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. AANI is very proud of him and all these pioneering accomplishments.

“As we celebrate the life of this extraordinary elder statesman, let us remember not only his professional achievements, but also the virtues of integrity, leadership, and dedication that he embodied. Pa Williams’ legacy will continue to inspire future generations of accountants, leaders, and nation-builders.

“AANI therefore not only calls on all Nigerians to celebrate his virtues, but we also call on the Federal Government to further immortalise him,” the association said.


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