Tribute! Senibo Allwell Brown, Nigeria’s accounting pioneer goes home

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By Ignatius Chukwu

Easy-going but down-to-earth accounting professional, the elder and leader, Senibo AllWell Brown, has transitioned to greater glory. And, even the winds have rolled out cymbals to announce this departure.


He became the grand Uncle of most media workers for the mere fact that his building at No Emenike Junction on Ikwerre Road houses some of the major national newspapers, thus creating a daily traffic of newsmen in and out of the place. Often, we would saunter into his office (AllWell Brown & Co) and engage in current affairs. Though a disciplinarian, Pa Allwell Brown, as we called him, was very smart upstairs and grasped any issue you throw at him. He was calm, witty, but always wanted you to put your feet forward first. He detested dishonesty to the highest, and so, the few of us that played straight became his best friends. Though in his 80s when we became his boys, he exhibited the sharpness of a much younger fellow, probably due to acute self-discipline, yet with the grace and reverence of a Finima personality. We respected him because those of us close to him marveled at his profile, the first in most achievements especially as a pioneer accounting licensee.

It was therefore a big shock when news filtered the Senibo, the revered chief, had transited.

A scratch into a rich biography:

The elder and senibo, Allwell-Brown was born on the 10th of March, 1935, at Finima Town in Bonny Local Government Area to Chief Maxwell Allwell-Brown (MBE, JP), the Paramount Chief and Amadabo of Finima, and Finiopiri Emily Allwell-Brown (nee: Aberenimiya Hart) also of Finima.

He had his early education at Government School, Aba and later at Okrika Grammar School before proceeding to England. But, the fact that at Okrika Grammar School, he was picked as the first Sanitation Prefect showed his inclination to decency and sparkling dresses. This is or was what his life reflected all through.

his for his secondary education from 1950 to 1954, where he was the first Sanitary Prefect to be appointed and was among the first set to Oversee School Certificate.

He continued his firsts in things even abroad in Cardiff and Wales where he got his degrees. In 1960 during the Independence celebrations, he met the lady, Helen Maguerita Somarsall, from St. Kitts, in the Caribbean, who he later got married to in 1963 in Cardiff. Their home was been blessed with children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Allwell Brown qualified at the firm of H.C. Hopkins and Co. in Cardiff and was admitted as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1966.

On his return to Nigeria, he was employed by Shell Petroleum Development Company. From there he joined the firm of Akintola Williams and Co. in 1971 as Resident Manager and then left in 1974 to establish the only Nigerian chartered accountancy practice of Allwell Brown and Co. – his own firm till his date.

He was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 1977. The icing on the cake was that in 2017, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales granted       him       Life Membership   of   that prestigious institute; a dream for any Chartered Accountant!

The Institute of chartered accountants in England and Wales also later awarded him a certificate of recognition upon reaching 50 years membership as a working chartered accountant.

At the home front (Finima community) he was a patron to several clubs and societies. He is known to have been influential for employment placement of very many Finima youths in banks and in the oil industry.

He was a strong advocate of the Chinese maxim, “Teach a man to fish and not just hand him a fish to eat”.

In recognition of his contributions to the progress and development of his community, Late Chief Israel Idamiebi-Brown – the then paramount Chief and Amadabo of Finima, established a Chair in the Council of Elders in his personal capacity and installed him as an Elder (Warisenibo) in 1982.

He represented Finima, in the Finima Relocation Committee in NLNG from its formation until the conclusion of the assignment.

At the Federal level he was a Member of Committee on Banking Experts and Presidential Committee on Commercialization of Nigeria Stock Exchange, Director Union Bank Plc, First Chairman Integrated Data Services Limited (a subsidiary of NNPC), Director Afri-Bank, Director Nigeria Coal Corporation, Director Nigeria Airways, Vice President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, Member   Implementation   Committee   of T.C.P.C. on Nigeria Ports Authority/Nigeria Railway Corporation, and served on the Board of Directors of several local Limited Liabilities Companies.

At the State level he served as Executive Director of the then Port Harcourt Flour Mills, Director African Continental      Bank Limited, Director Pan A f r i c a n              B a n k Limited,     Chairman T e c h n i c a l C o m m i t t e e     o n Privatization           of Companies                jointly owned by Rivers and B a y e l s a   S t a t e s ,

Member    of   Council Rivers State University of Science and   Technology, Rivers State, sat on the board of the Commission of Inquiry into the Rivers State Government-owned companies and Rivers State Judicial Service Commission. He was also a Member of the Rivers State Public Accounts Committee and Rivers State Task Force on Government Properties.

The father of many positively impacted many, many lives, and his legacy can be summed up in his personal values and accomplishments, as well as in his actions, which resonated with the people around him.

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