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11 facts you should know about Herbert Wigwe, late Access Holdings CEO

Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe CON is a Nigerian banker and entrepreneur. He was the CEO of Access Holdings Plc, traded as Access Corporation before his demise.

Wigwe was the Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank plc, one of Nigeria’s top five banking institutions, after succeeding his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede in January 2014 till April 2022.

Here are the 11 Facts you should know about Late Wigwe:


1. Wigwe was born 15 August 1966 in Lagos to parents of Ikwerre descent from Omueke Isiokpo, Rivers State.

2. He was married to Chizoba Wigwe (née Nwuba) who died alongside with him in the tragic incident together with thier son. They had 4 children.

3. Wigwe was an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Programme.

4. He had his master’s degree in Banking and International Finance from the University College of North Wales, a master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of London and a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

5. Wigwe started his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand Associates, an international firm of Chartered Accountants.

6. He spent over 10 years at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc where he managed several portfolios, including financial institutions, large corporates and multinationals. He left Guaranty Trust Bank as an Executive Director to co-lead the transformation of Access Bank Plc in March 2002 as Deputy Managing Director.

7. He was subsequently appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Bank effective May 2022.

8. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

9. Mr Wigwe was the Chairman of The Access Bank (UK) Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company Plc; FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange; Shared Agents Network Expansion Facilities Ltd and Agri-Business/ SME Enterprises Investment Scheme.

10. He was also a member of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

11. Wigwe was said to worth about $65.2 million.

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