In RISCPA, Folami finds community

Lookman Buky Folami’s involvement in with RISCPA allows him to acknowledge a deep appreciation for the opportunities he’s been afforded by his profession.

“I love and am committed to the accounting profession,” said Folami, who teaches graduate courses in multinational accounting at Bryant University.

It would come as no surprise to students and faculty members at Bryant that Folami would take the time to express his gratitude. He is a reflective individual who understands that there are unique benefits to being involved in the community, whether that manifests itself through a group of professionals or on a college campus.  

“The profession has done so much for me,” he said. “It is only natural for me to become involved with RISCPA. I joined when I came to Rhode Island in 2006, but I have become even more active in recent years as my schedule permits.”

Like so many RISCPA members, Folami views his continuing education and networking opportunities as important benefits of RISCPA. These benefits offer both immediate and long-term rewards. For example, direct networking and nurturing strategic relationships can help an individual remain competitive – a lesson well suited for professionals and students, alike.

Folami has found that giving back is a wise investment. In addition to his involvement with RISCPA, Folami is active in the National Association of Black Accountants and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. On the Bryant website, Folami is described as “a prolific researcher and writer, publishing on a potpourri of topics that share one thread – practicality.” It lists his special interests as cash management, risk management, and job satisfaction – all frequent subjects of his research, along with the role of a financial expert witness.

Folami credits his devotion to giving back to his late father, a successful businessman in his native country of Nigeria, who died when Folami was 13. Folami remembers that his father was known for donating money and land to build churches, and for putting on large dinners for neighbors and the elderly.   

“I believe in giving back,” said Folami. “The opportunity to make a positive difference in somebody else’s life and my community is a sacred obligation. All of us, in one form or the other enjoy what we have today because of the people that gave before us.”