Access Bank, Wigwe bags Thisday awards
Access Bank and its Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe, were honored as the ‘Bank of the Decade’ and ‘Banker of the Decade’ by Thisday at its 25th Anniversary held at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.
The silver jubilee celebration, was witnessed by dignitaries, including former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku; Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo; founder of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari; and former Anambra Governor Peter Obi.
Receiving the awards, Wigwe attributed his success to the collective effort of all employees of the Bank and customers, saying: “It is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious platform, renowned for its work in unbiased and qualitative reportage. This award is dedicated to all members of staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure the growth and success of the bank and all its subsidiaries. Furthermore, we thank all 32 million of our customers who trust us as we continue our journey to being Africa’s gateway to the world.”
Over the past decade, Wigwe has overseen the growth of Access Bank, from a relatively small bank into Africa’s largest retail bank. Wigwe has closed a series of strategic high-profile merger, while pushing and driving participation in community-focused initiatives that have endeared the bank to its customers.
Since the completion of its merger with Diamond Bank, Access Bank’s customer base has grown from about 13 million to 32 million.