Nigeria has bid farewell to a true icon of the accounting world, Akintola Williams, who passed away at the remarkable age of 104. His legacy as the country’s first indigenous chartered accountant will forever be etched in the annals of Nigerian history.
The sad news was confirmed by Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, who expressed profound sorrow, describing Williams’ passing as the end of an era. Mr. Williams, a native of Ogun State, breathed his last in the comfort of his Lagos residence.
In a heartfelt statement, Governor Abiodun paid tribute to the immense contributions made by the late accountant to the profession of accounting. He acknowledged that the impact of Akintola Williams in the field of accounting will continue to be revered and celebrated by generations to come.
“On behalf of the government and the good people of Ogun State, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the family of the doyen of accounting, Late Chief Akintola Williams, who passed on to glory today,” the governor said.
“While the void left by Akintola Williams is immeasurable, his legacy stands tall. He dedicated over seven decades to the accounting profession, leaving an indelible mark and a path for others to follow.”
“May God Almighty rest his soul and continue to strengthen his family, numerous mentees, and all his admirers all over the world,” the governor’s statement concluded with a prayer.
Nigeria, and indeed the global accounting community, mourns the loss of a true pioneer and a symbol of excellence in the field of accounting. Akintola Williams’ memory will forever inspire those who follow in his footsteps.