World Without End & Endless Footprints – an autobiography of Akintola Williams esquire, and Endless Footprints – the biography of his lovely wife, Mabel Efuntiloye Williams of blessed memory, are a unique work, which as the author himself declared in his preface are “two life stories within one book cover” and which to the best of his knowledge has never been done before. But, there is always a first time and we are grateful for the privilege of making a ‘first’ in this instance. World Without End & Endless Footprints is incisive and nostalgic.
Chief Akintola Williams (born 9 August 1919) was the first African to qualify as a chartered accountant.
He began his education at Olowogbowo Methodist Primary School, Bankole street, Apongbon, Lagos Island, Lagos, in the early 1930s; the same primary school his late junior brother Chief Rotimi Williams attended.
His firm founded in 1952, later grew organically and through mergers to become the largest professional services firm in Nigeria by 2004. Williams participated in founding the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. During a long career, he has received many honours. He turned 101 in August 2020.
Akintola Williams was born in 1919. His grandfather, Z.A. Williams, was a merchant prince from Abeokuta and his father Thomas Ekundayo Williams was a clerk in the colonial service who set up a legal practice in Lagos after training in London, England. He was the older brother of Frederick Rotimi Williams, who later became a distinguished lawyer, and the late Rev. James Kehinde Williams, a Christian minister.