Moyosoreoluwa Dada, a final-year student of the University of Lagos (UniLag), has emerged the overall winner of the EY Young Tax Professional of the 2023 (YTPY) competition.
Dada beat nine other finalists to come tops in a fiercely contested competition just concluded in Lagos.
Akeem Ogunseni, director of the programme at EY in his remarks during the presentation of award certificates and gifts to the top finalists in Lagos, said the amazing talents uncovered in the course of the event renewed optimism that the tax profession’s future is very bright.
Oluwabusiayo Layade, chief operating officer at EY West Africa, speaking also, congratulated the 10 top finalists, saying they were all winners.
“Your success story is a glimpse into the future, and it shows what the future holds for each and every one of you. Some of you will be professors, doctors, lawyers, accountants, entrepreneurs, among other professions.
Regardless of which career path you toe, the end result is to make you a better person for yourself; and your family and the country will be better for it. This aligns with EY’s business tagline of ‘building a better working world’ for her people, business stakeholders, and communities at large,” he said.
Temitope Samagbeyi, EY Tax partner, who represented EY West Africa Tax Leader, Akinbiyi Abudu, encouraged the finalists to build on the confidence and content garnered at this event to reach the top of the tax profession.
The EY Global Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) is designed for undergraduate students in their pen-ultimate or final year who have a keen interest in taxation, or young tax professionals who have interned with EY for a duration of less than a year.
The programme, which is in its 12th year, continues to demonstrate EY tax’s commitment to the future of the tax profession by fostering the next generation of tax leaders.
In this year’s edition of the programme, at the submission deadline, 508 applicants drawn from 75 institutions across the country registered for the competition.
At the end, only 10 candidates made it to the final stage and were invited for the grand finale award and presentation of certificates and gifts.
Dada, the first-place winner, who was visibly surprised and excited, in her remark, said: “I want to thank EY for the opportunity to participate in the competition.
This is my first major competition, and the award means so much to me, because I am so much interested in tax. It is a milestone in my career. I would also like to thank my parents for their support and encouragement.”