Taiwo Oyedele

Rising above limitations

“As an accountant with a bias for taxation myself, I had heard Taiwo’s name from afar.

I had read much about him, yet after sitting down with him for just a little more than one hour in his office in Victoria Island I concluded that what has been in the public space about this gentleman is only a drop in ocean.

It was a Saturday, and he was already waiting for me.

Time is of essence to executives.

I considered his story so compelling that I found it difficult to summarize it like I did in the other case studies covered in my book. To those who are familiar with the taxation and fiscal policy circle in Nigeria, Taiwo Oyedele does not need any introduction. To those who read popular dailies like Guardian and Business Day, his face should not be strange either.

Widely regarded as one of the most respected authorities on tax matters in Nigeria, the unassuming Taiwo is a Partner and Executive Director in the Nigerian office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the world’s leading professional services firm with presence in 157 countries.

Taiwo has one of the fastest career rises you can think of anywhere in the world. He joined PwC like any of his contemporaries – passing the selection test and interviews; did his National Youth Service with the firm; and seven years three months later, became a Partner and an Executive Director.

Think hard work and diligence still do not pay in our society? Then think again! How did this young man that was raised in a small village in Ondo State do it? It’s a most inspiring story…”

Board of Trustees

Taiwo Oyedele



Taiwo Oyedele is the founder and President of Impact Africa Foundation, Head of Tax and Regulatory Services and the West Africa Market Tax Leader for PwC Nigeria. He is an author, public speaker, writer, blogger and renowned expert on topical tax and accounting issues.

A member of the Nigerian Taxation Standards Board, Taxation and Fiscal Policy Management Faculty Board of ICAN, ACCA Global Governing Council, Corporate Governance Society Nigeria, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI), Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)and a contributor to the annual “Doing Business” report of the World Bank where he provides an overview of taxation in Nigeria and examine the various areas requiring reforms in the tax legislation, administration, policy and practice compared to over 180 other countries around the globe.

He has trained and worked in many countries within and outside Africa and he is known for his thought leadership in tax and regulatory related matters. He was a member of the Nigeria National Tax Policy Review Committee set up in 2016.

Darrell McGrawDarrell
Vice President


McGraw is a Harvard alumnus with over 15 years career at PwC. An accounting and finance expert, he serves clients across the energy value chain- Oil and Gas, Mining, Engineering, and Electricity sectors, specializing in developing markets. He has an impeccable track record in leading audits and consulting projects in Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

A seasoned public speaker, influential leader and articulate communicator with a proven flair for leading and motivating teams of 25+ people to perform at their best and deliver on objectives.

He thrives in challenging and complex environments and adapts readily to cultural differences, thanks to extensive cross-continental work experience, Possesses sharp financial acumen with arranging aptitude for perceiving business opportunities.

Folajimi Akinla


Folajimi Akinla is a legal practitioner with over 8 years post qualification experience as a solicitor, barrister and tax consultant.

He is an alumnus of University of Lagos and Queen Mary University of London where he obtained an LL.B and an LL.M (International Tax) respectively. A member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK) and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA, Nigeria and UK) he is adept at managing tax disputes as well as disputes arising from contract and commercial law. Folajimi has previously supported another NGO in obtaining tax exemption status as well as eligibility to receive tax deductible donations.

He is a thought leader on legal and tax related matters and generally loves solving all kinds of difficult problems.

Our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are individuals passionate about the IAF interests and have been selected based on their personal records in pursuit of these interests. They represent the foundation in reaching out to people, identifying projects and providing inputs to our programmes as may be deemed necessary by them.

Do you know of someone passionate about Education, Mentoring or Advocacy, worthy to be the IAF ambassador, please contact us. We will love to have them on our team.

Please see below the profile of our ambassadors:

A graduate of Management and Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Vincent was born without a silver spoon. Having gone through personal challenges in his education which ignited his passion in supporting less privileged children, he has demonstrated an unrivalled passion in supporting the education of under-privileged persons in Nigeria. From visiting waning schools in different states across the country to drawing attention to the plight of many students amid decaying educational infrastructure and total neglect as well as soliciting public support on behalf of many schools, he is without a doubt a worthy ambassador that we are proud to be associated with.

His duties include representing the Foundation at public engagements, identification of projects and obtaining input and feedback to the Foundation’s programmes.

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