His words served as a reminder that personal growth and dedication are essential ingredients for success in the challenging world of accounting.
In a captivating address at the 71st Induction Ceremony for the 2010 Associate Chartered Accountants (ACA) Members, Head of Internal Audit at FBN Holdings PLC, Dr Bode Oguntoke delivered an inspiring speech on the topic of “The Baking of a Professional Accountant – Excellence at Every Stage of Professional Life.”
Drawing analogies from the art of baking, Dr. Oguntoke shared valuable insights on personal growth, professional development, and the significance of vision in the pursuit of success.
He stressed the importance of having a clear vision of one’s professional aspirations and the significance of personal grooming, dressing, finesse, carriage, and comportment, adding the role of presentation skills and effective communication as critical elements for professional success, adding the value of being a role model in the accounting profession.
Using the analogy of cake making, Dr Oguntoke further elucidated on the significance of personal development and becoming an excellent professional.
“Just as the quality of a cake is a reflection of the baker’s skill, a professional’s excellence is a testament to their investment in personal growth and development.”
He emphasized the importance of talent acquisition and retention, urging aspiring accountants to assess their marketability and strive to become relevant and indispensable in their field.
Comparable to the careful mixing and balancing of ingredients in baking, Dr Oguntoke emphasized the need for professionals to pay attention to each aspect of their development.
“Each skill and attribute serves a specific purpose, and neglecting or omitting any component can have a significant impact on the final outcome”
Moreover, Dr Oguntoke encouraged a growth mindset, urging aspiring accountants to stay positive, manage stress effectively, seek diverse perspectives, challenge assumptions, and foster collaboration and teamwork. He stressed the importance of adaptability, drawing inspiration from other fields, and maintaining a supportive environment to facilitate innovation and continuous improvement.
As the event drew to a close, the audience was left inspired and motivated by Dr Bode Oguntoke’s insightful address, which provided aspiring accountants with a roadmap for achieving excellence at every stage of their professional lives. His words served as a reminder that personal growth and dedication are essential ingredients for success in the challenging world of accounting.
As a seasoned expert in the banking industry, he’s currently entrusted with overseeing the audit activities of FBN Holdings and coordinating Group audits.
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His extensive experience spans across various areas such as Internal Audit, Internal Control, Financial Control, and Banking Operations, with a strong focus on Information Technology and Cybersecurity.
Dr Oguntoke’s educational background boasts impressive achievements, including a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from Babcock University, as well as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Business Administration, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance.
Furthermore, he holds prestigious certifications such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT). Notably, Dr Oguntoke is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Honourary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB).
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