Herbert Wigwe: What to know about Access Bank founder who died in Chopper crash

 Herbert Wigwe: What to know about Access Bank founder who died in Chopper crash

Herbert Wigwe, the late Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, met an untimely demise on Friday in a helicopter accident in California, United States, US.

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As we reflect on his life and legacy, here are notable things to remember about him:

Early life and age

Herbert Wigwe passed away at the age of 58, having been born on August 15, 1966.

Educational background

He held a degree in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, as well as an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.

Career path

Wigwe commenced his career at Coopers & Lybrand in Lagos, initially serving as a management consultant before becoming a chartered accountant.

Banking career

He transitioned to Capital Bank and later joined Guaranty Trust Bank, where he ascended through the ranks over a decade, ultimately serving as the executive director in charge of institutional banking.


Wigwe held several chairmanships, including Access Bank Ghana Limited, Access Investment & Securities Limited, and Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS). Until his passing, he chaired Access Bank (UK) Limited.

Awards and recognitions

In 2016, Wigwe received accolades as the Banker of The Year from The Sun and Vanguard newspapers. He was also recognized by the Boys’ Brigade as the State Patron for Lagos State Council.

Philanthropic endeavors

He established The HOW Foundation in 2016, demonstrating his commitment to social impact through a non-profit organization.

National honor

President Muhammadu Buhari conferred upon him the Nigerian national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in October 2022, in acknowledgment of his contributions to society.

Legacy projects

One of his enduring legacies is the establishment of the Wigwe University in Isiokpo, Rivers State, slated to commence operations in September 2024.

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As we mourn the loss of Herbert Wigwe, his multifaceted contributions to the banking sector, philanthropy, and society at large serve as a testament to his remarkable character and enduring impact.

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