MOTIVATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK HERBERT ONYEWUMBU NWIGWE
Herbert Wigwe was born on 15 August 1966. He hails from Ikwere. He obtained a degree in accountancy from the prestigious University of Nigeria, 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. He is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program.
Herbert began his career as a graduate assistant at Coopers & Lybrand, he later qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989. Afterwards, he joined Capital Merchant Bank where he worked as a credit analyst and after a while moved to GTBank, spending over a decade working in corporate and institutional banking where he rose to become the executive director in charge of institutional banking.
In 2002, Hebert and Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede (his close friend and business partner) acquired a small commercial bank, Access Bank. They transformed the bank into one of the most successful commercial banks and presently, Access Bank is one of the top five banks in Nigeria and ranked among the top 500 global banks according to a 2015 report by The Banker magazine. It currently serves over 6.5 million account-holders, through 350 branches. As one of Nigeria’s foremost corporate bankers, he helped develop some of Africa’s biggest companies in the construction, telecommunications, energy and oil and gas sectors.
In January 2014, he became the managing director, CEO and Co-founder of Access Bank succeeding succeeding his business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede after acquiring the bank fully. Herbert’s leadership in Access bank has amassed quite a number of awards such as Bank of the Year and CEO of the Year at the Business Day Banking awards in Lagos.
He serves as a board member of the following companies; Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Co, Access Bank PLC, Intercontinental Properties Ltd, Central Securities Clearing System Ltd, Intercontinental Homes, Savings & Loans Plc, Access Bank (UK) Limited, and Access Bank Ghana Ltd.
He is a member of the advisory Board for Friends Africa, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Fellow of The Institute of Credit Administration, and an Honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
In 2016, Herbert founded The HOW Foundation (a non-profit organization) focusing on three areas: health, education and empowerment. In February 2017, he was named co-chair of Nigerian Business Coalition against AIDS (NiBUCCA), a private sector initiative to help eradicate HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and support people living with HIV/AIDS.
Herbert was named 2016 Banker of The Year separately by The Sun and Vanguard newspapers
His passion for social advancement birthed the Thought-Leadership Series known as The Access Conference (a biennial event created to respond to global call for corporate involvement in resolving the major challenges facing humanity). In the 2013 edition themed Sustainable Leadership, Herbert spoke alongside George W. Bush, Nicolas Sarkozy and John Kufuor, where he reaffirmed the importance of leadership to national and corporate successes. He has had several speaking engagements across the world including the most recent one at Silicon Valley and Financial Times summit in Mozambique.
Herbert Wigwe is happily married to Chizoba Wigwe and together they have four children.
Source: wikipedia.org, entrepreneurs.ng