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FULL TEXT: AFC mourns former Access Bank boss, Herbert Wigwe and son, Chizi Wigwe

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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.

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

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The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has paid a tribute to honour its fallen heroes.

As co-founder of one of AFC’s founding shareholders, Herbert not only embodied its vision for unleashing Africa’s prosperity but also passionately believed in Africans taking charge of their own destiny and development.

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Full tribute is below.

Herbert Wigwe personified a life of purpose and urgency. His unwavering commitment to effecting meaningful change has left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness, transcending time and circumstance.

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A dynamic force in both personal and professional life, Herbert’s impact reached far beyond the borders of his cherished Nigeria, touching countless lives, and shaping destinies.

He leaves a legacy of immense social good. As we bid farewell to this remarkable individual, we mourn the loss of all he would have no doubt achieved in his further fervent pursuit of Africa’s progress.

At the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), we were privileged to count Herbert and Chizi, his eldest son, as family members. As co-founder of one of AFC’s founding shareholders, Herbert not only embodied our vision for unleashing Africa’s prosperity but also passionately believed in Africans taking charge of their own destiny and development.

His strategic insights and unwavering support fortified our mission, helping us to amplify our impact throughout the African continent. Herbert’s impact extended far beyond his role as a shareholder; he was a visionary leader who fearlessly confronted challenges and championed innovation.

Chizi, our AFC colleague, leaves behind a profound void as we mourn his sudden departure. His passing serves as a poignant reminder of life’s transience, urging us all to embrace intention and compassion towards others.

This was, after all, the essence of Chizi. We remember Chizi as deeply considered and deliberate, possessing a wealth of wisdom and a keen sense of duty. He was a listener and observer, speaking volumes through his thoughtful demeanour and exhibiting a depth of character and wisdom far beyond his years. We will miss his sharp wit, keen intellect, humour, and infectious warmth.

Chizi’s ascent at AFC was emblematic of his innate brilliance and tireless work ethic. Joining as an intern in 2019, Chizi swiftly found his niche within AFC Capital Partners (ACP), the asset management arm of AFC.

As ACP’s inaugural employee, he worked diligently within the team to establish the institution, rising to the role of Senior Analyst, Funds Management, a position he held until his untimely passing. Chizi embodied the spirit of humility and service, earning the admiration of colleagues and superiors alike. His legacy of excellence and purpose will endure within our institution.

The loss of Chizi and Herbert is a profound tragedy, not only for Nigeria but for the entire African continent and beyond. Our hearts ache for their loved ones left behind, yet we take solace in the enduring legacy of hope and inspiration they have bequeathed us.

As we mourn their passing, we honour their memory by continuing the noble work to which they dedicated their lives – forging a brighter future for Africa and its people.

We extend our deepest sympathies to their family as they navigate through this difficult time. The loss they have experienced is unimaginable, and they remain in our thoughts and prayers during this period of grief and sorrow.

Rest in peace, dear Herbert and our beloved Chizi.

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