Eminent Nigerians celebrate first African chartered accountant at 99

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Middle); the celebrant, Chief Akintola Williams (seated); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (Ist L); Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun (2nd R); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu (3rd R); Chief Chris Ogunbanjo (2nd L) and others as William celebrated his 99th birthday at his Ikoyi residence in Ikoyi, Lagos on August 9, 2018.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have led other eminent Nigerians to celebrate the first African chartered accountant, Akintola Williams at 99 years.

They described him as a true Nigerian who worked assiduously to lift up the country.

Speaking to reporters at a special birthday reception held in honour of Williams at his Lagos residence, Governor Ambode described the celebrant as the doyen of accountancy profession and elder statesman who deserved to be celebrated for his contribution to the the nation’s development.

“The main reason we are here is to celebrate a true Nigerian and for somebody who has actually contributed to the development of Nigeria and he is still alive at 99, it worth celebrating and this is like a prelude to the centenary that we are waiting to celebrate next year, and that is why you can see that the Ogun State Governor is here too,” he said.

Governor Ambode said; “Apart from the fact that the celebrant is the Doyen of the Accountancy Profession, we see him as a founding father of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN); he is also the founding father of the Musical Society of Nigeria. So, he has too many parts and this is one Nigerian that we are proud of and we are willing to celebrate him every day.” 

He particularly commended Williams for his role in the development of Lagos, saying ”the State government would continue to celebrate true Nigerians like him.”

His words: “That I am here today is more or less to say a big thank you to him for lifting up Lagos; for lifting up Nigeria and we also wish him well on behalf of all Lagosians. We will continue to celebrate true Nigerians and he (Williams) is just one true Nigerian, an elder statesman that we should all be proud of.”

Responding, Williams appreciated all those who found time to be with him on his special day and wished them long life as well.

Aside Governor Ambode and Governor Amosun, other eminent Nigerians at the event include; former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon; first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson; Oba of Lagos (Traditional ruler), Oba Rilwan Akiolu; foremost banker and founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Subomi Balogun; legal luminary and philanthropist, Chris Ogunbanjo; former ICAN Presidents, among other captains of industries and members of the diplomatic corps.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I (2nd right); the celebrant, Chief Akintola Williams (2nd left) and Chief Chris Ogunbanjo (left) during the 99th birthday celebration of Chief Williams at his residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, August 9, 2018.



Mercy Chukwudiebere