Access Bank MD/CEO, Herbert Wigwe, last Friday had a sit down chat with renowned entertainer, D’Banj to take questions from friends and fans on every and anything. The no-holds-barred engagement which was broadcast via the bank’s Instagram live feed had D’Banj moderating and taking the questions off the social media platform. Excerpts from the chat in parenthesis….
On the journey so far for Access Bank’ CEO, Herbert Wigwe
He ran D’Banj through his life’s journey, saying he always knew he wanted to “do something interesting, something different,” hence his fascination with accounting, and by extension, banking. Speaking on his success, he explained it with the mantra: “If you do it well, you’ll do well in life.” He believes Access Bank is still in its early stages, having spread across Africa, Europe and Asia. Sooner than people know, “Access Bank will be the next world’s most respected African Bank, and everybody will see it”.
I am happy when my team is happy
When asked by D’banj: “With so much success, what makes you happy?” Herbert said his joy is hinged on the success of his employees, mentees and family. He said: “My greatest joy is seeing my guys (team) do well.” “What makes me work hard and gives me joy is my children and my family.” Herbert believes that with his knack for ensuring his team succeeds, Access Bank is headed for the top and will be a global institution.
What’s a typical day like for the CEO?
Herbert says he starts every day with a prayer and, no matter when he sleeps; he first wakes up by 5am, eventually starting his day an hour later. The 51-year-old also said he goes to the bank’s gym “4 times a week” to keep fit.
Wigwe blurts: Access Bank is the best bank for young people!
The CEO explained how Access Bank is all about young people, finding ways to support things young people are most interested in - like the creative industry. He cited ‘The Nolly Fund’ which is geared towards supporting Nollywood – Nigeria’s movie industry. He also pointed out how Access Bank is in almost every university in Nigeria, giving young people a unique banking experience.
Like Herbert, Like D’banj
Herbert, who left as an Executive Director in another bank after spending 10 years, drew similarities with D’Banj’s story leaving Mo’Hits. He pointed out that leaving wasn’t due to any disagreement, but a need for the creation of an oasis.
Thanks to Herbert, Access Bank will Sponsor the #MoHitsReunion
Herbert told D’Banj that he was missed at the #MavinConcert which was sponsored by Access Bank in 2015. He went ahead to give his commitment that he will be on board “1,000%” to support the Mo’Hits reunion concert.
I do not actively support any football team, apart from the Super Eagles.
Herbert says there was a time when he used to support football teams until he realized he was too emotional to participate actively in that endeavor, recalling one time when Arsenal (the team he supported at the time) lost to Manchester United and he realized how heartbroken he was from it - not being able to function properly the next day, so he decided that won’t be something he’d be doing consistently. Being a patriot, the only team he supports is the Super Eagles. It was indeed an exciting interview session between the two kings where they spoke about everything from the future of Access Bank to D’banj’s marriage, Mo’Hits, the music industry and lots more.