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Biography of Herbet Wigwe’s son, Chizi Wigwe, who died in a plane crush


Chizi Wigwe, the son of the late Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Nigeria’s Access Bank Group, left a lasting impact on the world before his untimely passing.

Herbert Wigwe, the co-founder of Access Bank, one of Nigeria’s largest banks, was among six individuals who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash in California in February this year.

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Also killed in the crash were Wigwe’s wife, son, Chizi Wigwe and a former president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

This detailed biography delves into Chizi Wigwe’s life, exploring his early years and his ambitions as an entrepreneur.

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Chizi Wigwe, born in 2002, was a scion of Nigeria’s renowned banking family. Raised in affluence, he attended Corona Secondary School in Agbara, Ogun State, where he distinguished himself as a student leader, serving as head boy and president of the student council, showcasing his leadership skills and academic excellence.

In 2019, Chizi embarked on an academic journey to Stanford University, where he pursued a degree in computer science and engineering. With a keen interest in artificial intelligence and blockchain technology, he founded ZeePay, a startup aimed at revolutionizing digital payments across Africa.

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Chizi was not only known for his academic brilliance but also for his philanthropic endeavors. He was passionate about supporting causes in Nigeria and globally, with a vision for a more inclusive and prosperous Africa. His friends and professors admired his intellect and compassionate nature.

Chizi was the son of Herbert and Chizoba Wigwe, both prominent figures in Nigerian banking. He had three siblings, Tochi, Hannah, and David, and they shared a close bond as a family. Chizi married Doreen while at Stanford, and they welcomed their daughter, Zara, in 2023.

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  1. God is great. Everything He does is perfect. Left a baby girl at 22?? when most graduates may not be gainfully employed….speaks alot about how God works.
    May he rest in peace.


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