LATE PRINCE MICHAEL AKINTOLA ABIDOYE FCA, PSC+
Like a shooting star
Born about 74 years ago in Ada Osun State, Late Prince Michael Akintola Abidoye was the first child
of Pa Abraham Asha Siyanbola and Mama Dorcas Olatoun (Now well advanced in age). He was because of
his brilliance, the delight and pride of any parents, although he lost some grounds in the primary
school owing to youthful exuberance, he more than covered the lost ground in later life
He began by passing the entrance examination in Baptist Boys High School in 1955 to the prestigious
Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo which was one of the premium secondary schools in Western Nigeria
at that time. He passed the Cambridge School Certificate in good grades in 1960. He then took up a
brief teaching appointment at Baptist Modern School in Igede- Ekiti before the
late Chief Daniel O. Alalade, the renowed Chartered Accountant who himself was the very first African
to win the Becket Memorial Prize of the Institute of Bankers in England, discovered his potentials and
took him to Ibadan to start work as a Bank Clerk at the Co-operative Bank of Western Nigeria and later
to Lagos as an Account Clerk at the Nigeria External Telecommunications (NET) which later became NITEL.
He was thus exposed to a new career which he embraced and passionately pursued to the end.
He started to take private tuition by correspondence and within a short time, he passed the Intermediate
examination of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (C.I.S) which was a mean achievement in those days,
this qualified him for appointment as the Pioneer Accountant of the Defence Industries Corporation, newly
established in kaduna by the Federal Military Government under General Yakubu Gowon.
Unrelenting in his guest for professional accomplishments, He left Nigeria for full-time studies at
Leeds Polytechnics (Now leeds University) in the United Kingdom and was joined later by his wife, Foluke.
In less than one year, he had passed the final examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified
Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Bankers (AIB) and the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (C.I.S)
He immediately returned to Nigeria in September 1970 (leaving his wife in England) to take
up appointment in Lagos as Financial Controller of the Alalade Group of Companies: a conglomerate engaged
in diversed activities including manufacture of metal furniture,electrical products, ladies shoes,
handbags and apparels, cassava starch, fibre products, poultry as well as management services
He left the group in March 1972 to join the newly reorganised Wema Bank as its Chief Accountant,
after he left Wema Bank, he worked as:-
- Chief Accountant of Steiner (a wrist watch company)
- Pioneer Chief Accountant and most Senior African Managerof Volkswagen of Nigeria – National Credit Controller
of Savannah Bank Nigeria
He left the Corporate Management sector briefly for the Academics so that the young ones could benefit from
his wealth of experience.
He Finally served the country as Osun State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and
later as the Director of Budgets, planning, Research at the National Statistics Headquarters of the Corps in Abuja
He was at differnt times, Chariman of the Audit Committee of Delta Glass PLC and of the Nigerian Bottling
Company (bottlers of the Coca- Cola range of products)
Late Prince Michael Akintola Abidoye was also the Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
of Nigeria (ICAN) and vice President of Ada Reformers Circles.
He was a true African family man. He catered for the education and welfare of both his extended amd immediate
family members, thus ensuring that most of them are today professionals in different sphered of life
Late Prince Michael Akintola Abidoye was a mentor to so many whose lives he affected positively.
He was faerless in the pursuit of any cause in which he believed and would not beother himself about
what others think of him. He was a remarkably phenomenon.