The Chartered Accountant: Ayodeji Martins ACA
Ayodeji is a consultant with Pedabo , in Lagos, Nigeria. He also teaches ACCA students at Tomashill Associates – a training school he founded in January 2014 with 2 other partners.
He studied Insurance at Lagos State University, and was so determined to be a chartered accountant; he registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) immediately after his O’Levels; He notably achieved chartered status whilst still (in his 3rd year) at university.
He enjoys football, PlayStation 4, and movies, and thinks the stereotype of accountants being tight-fisted and narrow-minded is simply not true.
Here’s my advice to aspiring accountants: dedication, hard work, and commitment are the only secrets to qualifying. Nothing else works.
Professional exams are not a competition – you are not in competition with anyone else. This was an important realisation for me, when I had to re-sit Taxation and Multi – disciplinary Case Study (ICAN).
Having the right support system is priceless – it helped my focus early in my exams and the area of knowledge sharing, especially in the area that I am weak. Helping me to set target of qualifying in record time was very valuable
I’ve always found exams as rewarding and interesting, so no, the ICAN exams were not personally challenging. I also had financial support (from my parents) all through writing my professional exams, as well as during my undergrad days.
With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had pursued my passion earlier. I would also have networked differently. The power of networking cannot be over-emphasised in life and career. You don’t have to wait until you qualify before building a network.
Becoming chartered is a dream come true, and it has given me a head-start in my career because there is a certain prestige that comes with being a chartered accountant. It also aids performance at work because of the knowledge already acquired.
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