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First Northern PwC female partner emerges


Rukaiya el-Rufai has emerged the first female from the northern part of the country to become a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria.

She became the first woman from the northern region to be elevated into such position in a ‘big four’ accounting firm.
The company announced its class of 2020 partners, which include Akinyemi Akingbade, Chioma Obaro, Kunle Amida, Olusola Adewole, Tosin Labeodan, Wura Olowofoyeku, and Yinka Yusuf.


Prior to the admission, el-Rufai worked as the Associate Director of Risk Advisory and Head of Sustainability. PwC is the second largest professional services firm in the world, and the largest in Africa with operations in 157 countries.
“It has always been my dream to be the first partner that will be a role model for female accounting professionals, because there hasn’t been any partner from the northern part of Nigeria at all in any big four accounting firm,” el-Rufai said.

The 37-year-old, who describes herself as result-oriented, and has a keen eye for value creation, studied accounting at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with second-class honours, upper-division.
She is certified by the UK-based Financial Training Company, and graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master of Public Administration in 2007.

The following year, she got a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Germany.
el-Rufai sees her new role as a Partner of Assurance Services, where she will be overseeing functional sustainability and climate change issues within the public sector, as a window for inspirational leadership.



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