In a recent interview with Nigerian Tribune, a young teenager who is now the youngest Chartered Accountant in Nigeria has spoken after achieving the feat.
Ojo Jonathan Adewale made his family proud after passing the final stage of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examination. He speaks with ENIOLA OYEMOLADE on the challenges he faced in his quest to attain this feat, his plans, among others. When and how did you start processing ICAN examination? My preparation for ICAN began in May 2019; this was after I made my Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results. I then enrolled into Triumph Dynamics Professional, which I got to know about through my dad’s colleague who was also enrolled in the tuition centre. Why accounting? I grew up in the house of a Chartered Accountant as my dad is a Chartered Accountant, so I loved the activity of counting and calculating. However, I’ve come to understand that accounting is more than that. Were there any challenges you faced while writing the whole examination? Yes, there were. My dad lost his job in 2020. So the major challenge I faced was in the area of finance. He lost his job when I was preparing for ATS 3 so they had difficulty in paying my tuition and examination fees, but thanks to God and also to the director of my tuition centre, Mr Ayuba Kadiri, who upon the realisation of the financial status of my parents reduced significantly the tuition fee, and also allowed my parents to pay at their convenience. As I speak to you now, we still owe the tuition house some amount of money. Thanks also to Pastor Biodun Oladele who paid for my ATS 3 examination fees. If not for that intervention, I would not have been qualified by now. There were also times I had to trek from the tuition centre to my house. The tuition centre is located at Molete while my house is at Olomi Academy, which is about two hours by foot Did you feel any type of way seeing your mates gaining admission into university while you were writing ICAN examinations? No. Because I was 14 years old at that time, and to be admitted into any university, I had to be at least 16 years old. So I was not bothered. As the youngest chartered accountant in Nigeria, have you been given any kind of award or recognition? For now, nothing. I’m not sure if ICAN is planning to do anything as regards that. The custom of ICAN is just to give prizes to winners to celebrate them, but when we have something like this, such as a young person getting qualified, they might celebrate that person. By May, I would know and there should be a letter to that effect. I’m hopeful that I will be celebrated. What were your parents’ reactions when they realised you are the youngest chartered accountant in Nigeria? They were very elated. Did you ever imagine becoming the youngest chartered accountant in Nigeria? No, but I had the hope that I would pass all the stages of the examination at once. How does this achievement make you feel? I feel so happy and I know also that this is just the beginning and the best is yet to come by the grace of God. Were there new things you learnt while preparing for your examination as regards accounting? Yes. In ATS 1, there was a subject called basic accounting processes and systems. Although I had done some topics under this subject in senior secondary school, but it still broadened my knowledge about accounting. This is because of the way I was taught at the centre which made me understand some concept more. This really helped me. What are your aspirations? My aspiration for now is to go in for my first degree and make a First Class in accounting. When you are not reading, what other activities do you engage in? I read and study my Bible. My father also teaches me how to prepare companies’ account using a life trial balance.