Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Thursday led other eminent Nigerians, including former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, to celebrate Chief Akintola Williams, on his 99th birthday.
Chief Akintola Williams, junior brother of the late legal luminary Rotimi Williams is the first African to qualify as a chartered accountant.
Ambode 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, Ambode described the celebrator as the doyen of accountancy profession and elder statesman who deserved to be celebrated for his contribution to the growth and development of the country.
According to the governor, “The main reason why 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, is 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 Ogun State Governor is here too.
“Apart from the fact that Chief Akintola Williams 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.
“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 (Chief Williams) is just one true Nigerian, an elder statesman that we should all be proud of,” Governor Ambode said.
Responding, Williams appreciated all those who found time to be with him on his special day, and wished them long life as well.
Aside Governors Ambode and Amosun, other eminent Nigerians at the event include former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd); first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (rtd); Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; foremost banker and founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Otunba Subomi Balogun; legal luminary and philanthropist, Chief Chris Ogunbanjo; former ICAN Presidents, among other captains of industries and members of the diplomatic corps.
See photographs of the small birthday bash witnessed by the top echelons of businesses and politics in Nigeria.
Photographs sourced from the Facebook Wall of Rotimi Durojaiye, a media aide to the Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun

Oba of Lagos Oba Rilwan Akiolu and Gov Amosun

Gen Gowon conducting the cake cutting with the celebrator sitting down

The celebrator, Chief Williams cutting the cake


Governor Ambode with Chief Williams


The celebrator Chief Akintola Williams

Gov Amosun greeting Lagos first military Administrator Gen Mobolaji Johnson (rtd)

The celebrator with cross section of guests at the event

Gov Amosun (middle), with from left, Chris Ogunbanjo and the celebrator, Chief Akintola Williams (right)