The doyen of Accountancy in Nigeria, Mr Akintola Williams was 96 recently and he celebrated his birthday with Distinguished Public Lecture Series tagged “Leadership Factors And Good Corporate Governance: Key To National Growth And Development“. The immediate past governor of Ekiti State and minister designate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, was at the event to deliver the 2015 edition of Akintola Williams Distinguished lecture series on the said topic.
Akintola Williams, the elder brother of late Chief Fredrick Rotimi Alade Williams (FRA), aka Timi the Law, is one of the few icons and nonagenarians of note within the Nigerian society, still going strong.
Akintola Williams was the first African to qualify as a chartered accountant. He founded in 1952 the first indigenous chartered accounting firm in Africa, Akintola Williams & Co in Lagos. He was founding member and first president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Association of Nigeria.
For his accomplishments, he was honoured with the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian Government in 1982. And in April 1997, Queen Elizabeth also honoured him with the title Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
Pa. Akintola Williams was married to Mrs. Efuntiloye Mabel Williams (nee Coker), his dutiful wife, who passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at the age of 88. In his wife, Pa. Akintola found the definitive virtuous woman. Their marriage, which spanned over six decades was one of the firmest within the Nigerian society. Mama Oye was able to show, in practical terms, and through her dedication to her family, the beauty of marriage. She was doggedly supportive of her husband in everything he did. Needless to say that; Mama Oye’s dedication to her husband was one of the mainstays of his career.
Those who knew Mama Oye would attest to knowing a woman of details. She very timely and procedurally too. Mama Oye was well admired for the way she doted on her husband. She was always concerned about how what he ate and how the meal was prepared. The couple loved to dance together. The deceased will forever be remembered for the great role she played in the establishment of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) and the building of the MUSON centre, Lagos. Indeed, many fondly referred to her as ‘Mama MUSON’. The fact was, Oye not only played a very prominent role in the land procurement and fund raising for the building of MUSON Centre complex, she also ensured that Prince Charles of Britain, who was on a visit to Nigeria in March 1960, laid the foundation stone of the complex. Similarly, Mama Oye played a prominent role in the establishment of the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) in pursuit of her love for a safe and healthy environment.