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But for formidable banker extraordinaire and business icon, Aig Imokhuede, his precious dream from humble beginnings, with an audacious mindset, was to change the face of the banking sector-cum-quality financial services in Nigeria, to meaningful ways to make the brand, Access Bank, the very best in the world, through strong governance and great risk management, and to bring first class banking to financial institutions and commerce alike are immeasurable and unquantifiable.

On the heels of this assertion, the latest mega merger Access Bank had with Diamond Bank, it goes without saying that Access Bank has taken the driver’s seat in the banking sector in Nigeria nay Africa. This, although not really amplified by him, but through his body language and gestures, this has always been his dream since he took over the headship of Access Bank less than a decade ago.

As the Chairman of Access Bank, his dream obviously has come to reality, given the momentous applause and grand standing the merger received just after the merger took effect. It’s about seeing Access Bank being the focal point and determinant of all banking functionalities in the continent and even the world over. Aig Imokhuede is not a run-of-the-mill banker, having cut his teeth as a lawyer with the defunct Continental Merchant Bank during his NYSC in 1986.

He fully started his banking career at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc where he resigned as Executive Director in March 2002, after which he became the leader of the 2002 acquisition team of Access Bank, ultimately becoming Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank till December 2013. He retired as President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2017, but he remains on the National Council as an ex-Officio. His achievements and awards as an astute banker and philanthropist also speak volumes, and these cannot be contained in one piece like this. He is a Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, CON. His sole initiative, Access Bank conglomerate is now the leader in the pack, and this is no hyperbole.

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