Access Bank Co-Founder, Herbert Wigwe , Wife, Son, Others Die In Helicopter Crash In U.S.

Access Bank Co-Founder, Herbert Wigwe , Wife, Son, Others Die In Helicopter Crash In U.S.

A chopper transporting Herbert Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive of Access Holdings, has crashed, killing him as well as about five others in California, United States.

Sources said the chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night.

The US government confirmed all on board dead.

It was gathered that Wigwe left Lagos on Wednesday, February 7 to watch the Super Bowl 58, an American football competition.

The Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the U.S., will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

“Wigwe’s wife and two kids also died in the crash. He left Lagos on Wednesday to watch the U.S. Super Bowl.

“One Bimbo Ogunbanjo was also on the flight. Bimbo Ogunbanjo is the son of businessman, Chris Ogunbanjo,” Sahara Reporters quoted a source.

Herbert Wigwe died at the age of 58. He was born on August 15, 1966.

He had a degree in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.

He also had 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.

Wigwe started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, Lagos, as a management consultant, later qualifying as a chartered accountant.

After a stint at Capital Bank, he joined Guaranty Trust Bank where he spent over a decade working in corporate and institutional banking, rising to become the executive director in charge of institutional banking.

Wigwe also served as the Chairman of Access Bank Ghana Limited, Access Investment & Securities Limited, Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS). He was the Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Limited until his demise.

In 2016, in recognition of “his exemplary role in the society and contributions to youth development”, the Boys’ Brigade (BB), inaugurated Herbert Wigwe as State Patron for Lagos State Council.

Wigwe was named 2016 Banker of The Year, separately, by The Sun and Vanguard newspapers.

In 2016, Wigwe founded The HOW Foundation, a non-profit organization.

In October 2022, a Nigerian national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) was conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The deceased is behind the Wigwe University located at Isiokpo, Rivers State. The university is expected to kick off in September 2024.

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