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Read what prominent Nigerians said today about Africa’s first female chartered accountant who slumped and died on Sunday Updated for 2021


Updated: February 25, 2021

First female chartered accountant in Africa, Nigerian Olutoyin Olakunrin, slumped and died on Sunday morning at the age of 80, and many prominent Nigerians have expressed sadness over her passing, but also admiration of how well she lived.

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the guests during the Democracy Day Lecture held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 28 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari said Chief Olakunri lived her life in service of God and humanity. The President commended her leading role in encouraging women to study and acquire skills, pursue professional careers and start generational businesses that can support their families, employ people and further strengthen the society.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos described Chief Olakunrin as a trail blazer whose intellectual capacity not only stood her out

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

among her contemporaries, but earned her national and international recognition.

The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, expressed her sadness over the death of a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mrs. Olutoyin Olakunri.

The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (right) with the former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mrs Olutoyin Olakunri (left), during the ICAN Merit Award held at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday, 29th April, 2018

Adeosun described Olakunri, who served for over a decade as Chairman of the Society of Women Accountants in Nigeria (SWAN), as a professional mother and cherished mentor that impacted positively on a generation of women chartered accountants.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in a statement said the death of the deceased is big blow

Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state

to the accounting profession. “She demonstrated her verstality as an administrator and captain of industry, in her capacity as the first female president of the Institute of Directors (Nigeria), former member of the National Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Policy Commission, Vision 20:2020 Committee, and Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange”, Amosun said.

In his condolence message on the passing of the renowned accountant, distinguished administrator and entrepreneur, the former  Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel said late Olakunrin was a woman of awesome attributes, quintessential professional and an intellectual of global repute who excelled in male dominated fields during her glorious career.

Gbenga Danieler.

“She stepped out of her chosen career to contribute her quota to the political development of the country when she served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1979 Constitution. “Her death was a devastating blow to the Nigerian community and the entire world going by her unparalleled achievements both locally and internationally but consoled by the solid legacies she left in professional ethics, doggedness and selfless service befitting a woman of substance which she was until her demise,” he said.


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