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Still on Wigwe’s sudden death, Stanbic IBTC’s founder, Atedo Peterside speaks

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The founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Atedo Peterside, has provided insights into the remarkable vision of the CEO of Access Bank, Hebert Wiwge, who died along with his wife, son and three others in an helicopter crash in California, United States America few days ago.

ROYAL NEWS reports that following the demise of the exceptional banker and philanthropist, the news space has been awashed with condolences and tributes

In an interview with Arise TV, Peterside disclosed that Wigwe’s purpose extended beyond banking. He said Wigwe chose his (Peterside) first child to serve on the board of Wigwe University in Rivers State, showcasing a forward-thinking approach. According to Peterside, this decision reflected Wigwe’s commitment to the next generation and a futuristic vision for the university.

Peterside further suggested that Wigwe’s life purpose wasn’t confined to building a bank; rather, it involved pulling resources to develop larger ideas. He said the establishment of Wigwe University, a world-class institution, stands as a testament to his dedication to shaping the future and inspiring others to envision a globally competitive university.

In Peterside’s words: “Wigwe did not choose me, he chose my first child to be on the board of that (Wigwe) University. Everything he does is for a reason, I never asked him why but I can guess. He is from Rivers State, the university is in Rivers State.

He was thinking about the next generation, it is a futuristic project, so why put only old people in the place? Think about demography as well. So I now see that it is almost as if the purpose of his life was not just to build the bank, it was to build the bank and pull resources from there, develop bigger ideas, and focus on where he thought he would make a major contribution in terms of showing us the path that why can’t we have a world-class university. He named the university Wigwe University”.

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