Dr. Titilayo Fowokan who clocks 50 today is happy she made the right choice in choosing a life time partner who supports her career and made her a woman worth admired and emulated by all as she keeps soaring high in what most people regards as a male dominated field.
When she was growing up her mother took an action when one of their male friends in the brotherhood came visiting. This action gave her and her siblings that confidence that the girl child is precious, it also gave them sense of belonging
She grew up in a family of seven children, all girls except the last child that is a male. She gave credence to her late father, Chief Adebisi Olanrewaju Lawal, for allowing them to struggle, to know what life is all about all these enable them to manage their lives, it also taught them that they can be independent, but not to the extent that they jeopardise their future
Armed with good counselling from a mother they all regarded and nick named a soldier coupled with the discipline she got from her own father, when it was time for her to choose a life partner, she had to wait upon the lord for direction.
All she needed was someone who will support her career; a friend; a mentor and a father. When she eventually found the bones of her bone, he truly supported her, every step all the way. As she celebrates her golden jubilee, she cannot but give, all credence to him.
Fowokan is a trained educationist. Her job hunting after graduation took her to a tax firm that had an opening for an auditor. This is how her career in tax and tax related matters started. Fowokan narrates her story
After graduation, I started looking for job opportunities. I saw job offers at Price Waters, one of the accounting firm, The Big Voice, now known as PWC. I was a lecturer then, I had the opportunity of going back to teach as a lecturer, I decided to choose a profession. I got the job as an audit assistant in the firm this was how I started my career as a professional accountant in 1994.
Along the line l was introduced in to taxation, I later found it less stressful this was how I fell in love with tax work. I dedicate 25% of my time for auditing while the 75% goes to taxation. I was the first to be promoted as an auditor before l became a tax manager in the firm. I had the opportunity to recruit and train workers. All the fresh graduates I recruited were in the area of tax and corporate advisory services units of the firm. I was instrumental in developing their careers and I made sure they are permanent staff, this l did with 3 generation of workers before I left the firm in 2005. I then joined Oral Technology, the Lagos lottery, as head of regulatory and reporting.
Thereafter, I joined Akintola Williams Deloitte firm in 2006 to continue my career in tax work. I was the head of global employer services which is concentrated on expatriate tax management. They added tax advisory. I advised them on tax this enveloped my likeness for tax. I did for 4 and half years. I then decided to go into the industry to have a practical feel of the industry. I left as a senior tax manager in 2009 to join Oando as a group tax manager. I was there for 6 and half years.
l joined Dangote Group of Companies my current place of work as group head strategic for tax and compliance home and away. In coping with the demand, knowledge and millage of the job, I keep training, learning and I’m also a member of several professional bodies, I am the first vice chairman and second vice chairman of the advisory council of the Association of Forensic Accounting Researchers ( AFAR ) including other related professional bodies.
I’m also a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), the 1st Vice Chairperson of the Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT – Lagos Chapter), the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Lagos Chapter), a board member of the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals (Nigeria Chapter), Vice President (Membership) of the Professional Women Network (PWN), Lagos.
I also have my Masters in International Business Law (LLM) from University of Cumbria, Carlisle, United Kingdom and Ph.D. in Accounting with specialisation in Taxation from Charisma University, Turks and Caicos, British.