An exceptional 17-year-old Nigerian boy named Jonathan Adewale has emerged as the youngest ever chartered accountant in Africa after acing all the required examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN) in Nigeria.
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Adewale has now set the record of being the youngest accounting professional in Africa and one of the youngest, if not the youngest, in the world.
At 17 years old, Adewale has joined over 3 million global accounting professionals under the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA). He started writing the accounting professionals examinations at the age of 14 while still in secondary school (High school).
Narrating his story, Adewale said he has never won an award in his life and only had hopes that he will pass all his professional examinations at once.
“I had the hope that I would pass all the stages of the examination at once,” he told Tribune.
Adewale after becoming a chartered accountant now wishes to proceed to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with First Class honours at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), South West, Nigeria. He was awarded a Full Scholarship by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria (ICAN) to fulfil his dream.
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Celebrating Adewale’s feat, the President of ICAN, Mrs Comfort Olu Eyitayo, described his achievement as something no one ever imagined could be achieved.
“He needs to be showcased to the world because this is what no one ever imagined could be achieved. This is is the first time it happening.
“He has broken the glass ceiling in the institute. As of today, nobody has made this record in Nigeria. We are celebrating him because he is an outstanding, and dynamic young man.” she said.
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