Segun Agbaje revealed that Herbert Wigwe aspired to establish his own bank following his tenure as a director at GTB, which he formulated while attending Harvard

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Segun Agbaje, the Group CEO of Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Plc, shared a touching tribute to the late Herbert Wigwe, shedding light on his remarkable journey from Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) to becoming a visionary in the banking sector.

During a heartfelt gathering of professionals and colleagues in Lagos, Agbaje reminisced about his early encounters with Wigwe, highlighting their shared experiences at GTB.

Recalling their days at GTB, Agbaje painted a vivid picture of Wigwe’s unique character and determination. He described how Wigwe, with his distinct style and boldness, left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. Despite their differences, Agbaje acknowledged Wigwe’s exceptional intellect and networking skills, which set him apart in the corporate world.

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Agbaje fondly remembered the pivotal moment when both he and Wigwe were promoted to executive director positions at GTB. This promotion came with an opportunity to attend a prestigious course at Harvard Business School, a transformative experience that left an indelible mark on both men.

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However, Agbaje humorously remarked that while Wigwe and another colleague, Aig, returned from Harvard with grand aspirations beyond the bank, he opted to remain. This decision led to the eventual founding of Access Bank by Wigwe and Aig, marking the beginning of a new era in Nigeria’s banking landscape.

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Despite becoming rivals in the fiercely competitive banking sector, Agbaje emphasized the mutual respect and integrity that characterized their relationship. He acknowledged the spirited competition between their respective banks but emphasized that it was always conducted with fairness and professionalism.

In Agbaje’s poignant tribute, he honored Wigwe’s legacy as a visionary leader who dared to dream beyond the confines of traditional banking. He celebrated Wigwe’s courage, tenacity, and unwavering commitment to excellence, leaving a lasting impact on the industry and all who knew him.

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