58TH ICAN President: Full List of ICAN Presidents (1960 – Till Date)

In this article, we shall be sharing with you full list of ICAN presidents. 2017 President of ICAN is Deacon Titus Alao Soetan (IPP).

Formerly known as the Association of accountants of Nigeria, the institute of chartered accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, is now known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. From 1960 until 1965, the organization was known as the Association of Accountants of Nigeria.

Later in 1965, under the direction of Frank Cuthbert Oladipo COKER, CFR, B.Com, FCA, the name was changed to Institute of chartered accountants of Nigeria, ICAN.

Mallam Tijjani Musa Isa BSc, MIoD, FCA attended Zaria’s renowned Barewa College. In 1978, at the age of 22, he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Accounting from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.


In 1979, he left immediately for the United Kingdom (UK) to pursue his professional accountancy certification. In order to prepare for the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) examinations, he attended accountancy lectures at Slough College of Higher Education, Wellington Street, Slough, Berkshire; London School of Accountancy, Longford Street, London; and Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, Holborn, London.

Upon his return to Nigeria, he joined Muhtari Dangana & Co (Chartered Accountants), where he became an ACCA member. Subsequently, he enrolled in the ICAN Special Candidates’ Conversion Course and joined the Institute in 1998. He became an ACCA Fellow in 2003 and an ICAN Fellow in 2008.

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Mallam Tijjani attended the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programme, Columbia University, New York, USA, and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, to hone his leadership skills.

The President gained practical accounting experience at various accounting firms, including Obiora Monu & Co, Muhtari Dangana & Co, and Sada, Idris & Co. (Chartered Accountants). In 2002, he founded Tijjani Musa Isa & Co (Chartered Accountants), a medium-sized firm with interests in public and private sector projects, such as those sponsored by the World Bank.

Mallam Tijjani has spent his entire professional career in the private sector. He worked for one year at Bank of the North Ltd before traveling to the United Kingdom in 1980 to take his professional exams. On his return, he worked for a variety of companies and positions, including Head of Internal Audit at SCOA Nigeria Plc (Equipment Division), Accountant at Kaduna Furniture and Carpets Company Limited (KFCC), and Assistant General Manager (Finance) at Nigerian Unity Line Plc. From 1998 to 2001, he was also AGM of Internal Audit and then Director of Treasury at Intercellular Nigeria Limited, Marina, Lagos. Intercellular Nigeria Limited was the first Nigerian-owned private telecommunications company.

Mallam Tijjani has been in active professional practice for the past 21 years, handling very diverse and complex audit and non-audit engagements and promoting the values of honesty, precision, accountability, and openness. He is obsessed with providing clients with quality services.

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Mallam Tijjani collaborates with numerous small businesses to promote practitioner capacity building. He is also a member of Nigeria’s esteemed Institute of Directors (IoD). The President has extensive professional travel experience. According to him, travel is a component of education because it exposes students to best practices in different jurisdictions. Since his election to ICAN Council in 2009, the President has served the Institute as Chairman, Deputy Chairman, or Member of various Council Committees. The happily married Mallam Tijjani Musa Isa has children and grandchildren. See below for a list of all previous ICAN presidents.


Full List Of ICAN Presidents 2023


(The Forerunner of the Institute)

1 1960 – 61 Akintola WILLIAMS, CBE, CFR, B.Com., FCA
2 1961 – 62 Akintola WILLIAMS, CBE, CFR, B.Com., FCA
3 1962 – 63 Frank Cuthbert Oladipo COKER, CFR, B.Com., FCA (Deceased)
4 1963 – 64 Frank Cuthbert Oladipo COKER, CFR, B.Com. FCA, (Deceased)
5 1964 – 65 Frank Cuthbert Oladipo COKER, CFR, B.Com. FCA, (Deceased)


6 1965 – 66 Frank Cuthbert Oladipo COKER, CFR, B.Com, FCA, (Deceased)
7 1966 – 67 Ephraim Adekunle OSINDERO, (Otunba) MON, FCA (Deceased)
8 1967 – 68 Herbert William BOND, FCA (Deceased)
9 1968 – 69 Zacchaeus Oludayo OSOSANYA, FCA (Deceased)
10 1969 – 70 Alfred EHREN, FCA
11 1970 – 71 Felix Bankole CARDOSO, FCA (Deceased)
12 1971 – 72 Emmanuel Ayodele ODUKOYA, (Archdeacon), FCA, (Deceased)
13 1972 – 73 Musiliu Olaiya ANIBABA, (Chief), FCA
14 1973 – 74 Vincent Obajimi Adebisi OGUNBA, FCA, (Deceased)
15 1974 – 75 Julius Akinyokun OWOSENI, (Chief) FCA, (Deceased)
16 1975 – 76 Michael Adepoju ADEYEMO, (Prof.), M.Sc., (ECONS), FCA (Deceased)
17 1976 – 77 Cecil Oyeniyi Olurotimi OYEDIRAN, B.Sc., (ECONS),MFR, FCA
18 1977 – 78 Anthony Asuquo ANI, (Chief) MON, FCA
19 1978 – 79 Arthur Christopher Izuegbunam MBANEFO, (Amb. Chief) (Odu III) MFR, CON, FCA
20 1979 – 80 Joseph Akintunde Alaba ADEBAYO, (Prince), FCA
21 1980 – 81 John Adepoju BALOGUN (Sir), FCA (Deceased)
22 1981 – 82 Idris Onaolapo SULAIMON, (Alhaji), FCA
23 1982 – 83 Olusola FALEYE, (Chief), FCA
24 1983 – 84 Dolanimi Babafemi Olabamidele OGUTUGA, FCA
25 1984 – 85 Johnson Kayode Osiyemi OSINAIKE, FCA
26 1985 – 86 Otunba Adedoyin Olayide OGUNDE, FCA, (Deceased)
27 1986 – 87 Samie Aremu, WILLIAMS, FCA, (Deceased)
28 1987 – 88 Johnson Olaobaju Olabisi OMIDIORA, (Balogun) B.Sc., OON, FCA
29 1988 – 89 Ebenezer Folorunsho OKE, (Chief) B.Sc., FCA (Deceased)
30 1989 – 90 HH. The Otunba Ayora (Dr.) Bola KUFORIJI-OLUBI, B.Sc, FCA, OON, MON
31 1990 – 91 Michael Ayodeji ONI, B.Sc., FCA
32 1991 – 92 Cornelius Oladipupo Sunday OSENI, B.Sc., FCA
33 1992 – 93 Oluwole Alani ADEOSUN, (Chief) B.Sc. OON, FCA (Deceased)
34 1993 – 94 Ismaila USMAN, (Mallam), FCA
35 1994 – 95 Olutoyin Olusola OLAKUNRI, (Chief, Mrs.), OFR, FCA
36 1995 – 96 Simeon Olusola OGUNTIMEHIN, (Sir) OON, FCA
37 1996 – 97 Emmanuel Itoya IJEWERE, FCA
38 1997 – 98 Agnes Adenike ADENIRAN (Princess), FCA
39 1998 – 99 Ike NWOKOLO, (Sir), OFR, KSC, FCA
40 1999 – 2000 Adeboye Olugboyega, BADEJO (Chief), FCA
41 2000 – 2001 Herbert Adewole AGBEBIYI, FCA
42 2001-2002 Ugochukwu Stephen NWANKWO (Chief), FCA
43 2002-2003 Felix Kolawole BAJOMO (Chief), mni, FCA
44 2003-2004 Jaiye Kofolaran, RANDLE, (Bashorun), FCA
45 2004-2005 Ibironke Mojisola Osiyemi (Mrs), FCA
46 2005-2006 Abdul Lateef Adebayo Owoyemi (Alhaji, Otunba), FCA
47 2006-2007 Catherine Ginikanwa Okpareke, (Chief, Dr., Mrs.), B.A, MBA, D (Lit), MNIM, mni, FCA
48 2007-2008 Abiodun Babington-Ashaye, (Prince), FCA (Deceased)
49 2008-2009 Richard Uchechukwu Uche, (Chief, Dr.), PhD, FCA
50 2009-2010 Elizabeth Omeresan Adegite, (Chief, Mrs), B.Sc., MBA, FCA
51 2010-2011 Sebastian Achulike Owuama (Major General) (rtd), B.Sc, FCA
52 2011-2012 Francis Ojaide (Professor) MSc., PhD, OON, FCA
53 2012-2013 Doyin Owolabi, B.Sc. (Econs.), MILR, FNIM, FCA
54 2013-2014 Alhaji Kabir Alkali Mohammed, mni, FCIS, CGMA, FCA
55 2014-2015 Mr. Chidi Onyeukwu Ajaegbu, FCS, MBF, Dip. (Polygraph), FCA
56 2015-2016 Otunba Samuel Olufemi Deru, FNIM, JP, FCA
57 2016-2017 Deacon Titus Alao Soetan (IPP)*

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