Chizoba Wigwe was the wife of Nigerian top businessman Herbert Wigwe who died in a helicopter crash in California in the U.S.
Chizoba Wigwe and Herbert Wigwe have a unique story. Herbert told it during an interview and we’ll be delving all into that love story below!
Herbert Wigwe and his wife have four children.
Sadly, the family lost a lot in the California Helicopter crash as Herbert and Chizoba Wigwe as well as one of their children died.
Read on below to learn more about Chizoba Wigwe, Herbert Wigwe’s wife.
Who is Chizoba Wigwe?
Chizoba Wigwe was the wife of Nigerian businessman Herbert Wigwe.
Herbert Wigwe and his wife Chizoba had four kids- Chizi, Tochi, Hannah, and David.
Herbert, his wife and one of their kids died alongside Abimbola Ogunbanjo in an helicopter crash in California.
So who was Chizoba Wigwe?
Herbert Wigwe’s wife was born Chizoba Nwuba.
Chizoba Wigwe née Nwuba had her education outside Nigeria and returned to carry out her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme and that’s when she met Herbert.
He narrated to Punch newspaper in an interview that he went straight in to propose to his wife within four months of their meeting!
On meeting his wife, Herbert Wigwe said: “She had come to Nigeria for her National Youth Service Corps programme when I met her. One Friday evening, I was hanging out with a lady friend when I saw her. She was also the lady’s friend. I asked my friend about her and she made the introduction. We got married between 90 and 120 days after we met,”
On proposing, he said: “It was quite simple– I just asked her to marry me. I could have pretended and spat sweet words but I had the intention of marrying her and I went for it.
“It was during Easter and I had spent about a month with her. I was very comfortable with her and knew she was the one for me. It helped that our parents knew themselves, which we found out much later. It helped the marriage process go smoothly,”
According to Herbert Wigwe, his wife Chizoba is very understanding of his job and busy schedule.
“I’m very lucky to have married my wife. She’s very understanding as regards what I do and the amount of time I spend working. I’m sure other women would have had an issue with that.
“Although we didn’t date for long before we got married, I can say I married my friend. Maybe also because of the time she met me and she knew what my work ethic was like. I am very blessed to have her.
“I think I also played my role as a husband and head of the family. I have been (and still am) able to juggle domestic activities and balance them with my work,”
Herbert Wigwe often demonstrates how happy he is with his wife, often flaunting her on social media and during work functions!
Herbert Wigwe wife Chizoba and children
Chizoba Wigwe and her husband Herbert have four children.
One of the four children perished in the helicopter crash in California that took the lives of both Mr and Mrs Wigwe!!
The Helicopter crash in California occurred when the aircraft went down Friday night near Nipton, California, with six people on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
As of Saturday morning, no survivors had been found, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
“We were made aware of a downed aircraft at approximately 10:12 p.m. The scene of the crash was determined to be east of the 15-Freeway, near Halloran Springs Road,” the sheriff’s department said.
The FAA identified the helicopter as a Eurocopter EC 130.
Herbet Wigwe net worth
Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, a prominent figure in the Nigerian banking industry, was the Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s largest banks with a net worth around $800m.
Herbert Wigwe was born on August 15, 1966, in Lagos, Nigeria.
His early interest in finance led him to pursue education in this field.
Wigwe’s education led to him acquiring the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Master’s degree in Banking and International Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor University).
He also holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of London.
Wigwe is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program.
Herbert Wigwe started his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Lagos as a management consultant.
Later, he moved to Capital Bank (formerly Guaranty Trust Bank), where he gained experience in corporate banking.
These early experiences laid the groundwork for his deep understanding of the banking sector, particularly in corporate finance, treasury, financial control, and strategic planning.
In 2002, Herbert Wigwe, along with his business partner Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, acquired Access Bank, which was then a small Nigerian bank.
Under their leadership, Access Bank embarked on a journey of aggressive expansion and transformation.
Wigwe’s strategic vision played a pivotal role in steering the bank toward becoming one of the leading financial institutions in Africa.
Access Bank implemented several initiatives under his stewardship, focusing on operational efficiency, customer service, and corporate governance.
The bank has also been at the forefront of promoting sustainability and gender equality within the banking sector.
Chizoba Wigwe and Herbert Wigwe died alongside Abimbola Ogunbanjo
Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), also died in the California helicopter crash that took the lives of Herbert Wigwe and his family.
Abimbola Ogunbanjo, also known as Bamofin Abimbola Ogunbanjo, was a distinguished figure in the Nigerian business and legal landscape.
Bamofin Abimbola Ogunbanjo was born in Nigeria to the family of Chris and Hilda Ogunbanjo, distinguished corporate lawyers, industrialists, and philanthropists.
His early education included schools such as Corona School Apapa, University of Lagos Staff School, Claremont School, Hastings, Sussex, and Igbobi College, Lagos.
He furthered his education at Millfield School in Street, Somerset, England, where he attained his GCE “O” Levels.
Ogunbanjo holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Administration from the American College, Switzerland.
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He also earned an LL.B. from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom.
Additionally, he obtained certificates in International Capital Markets and Maritime Law from the New York Institute of Finance and the University of Southampton, respectively.
Career and Achievements:
Ogunbanjo served as the Managing Partner of the renowned corporate law firm Chris Ogunbanjo LP (Solicitors).
His legal expertise extended to serving on the boards of several multinational corporations and non-profit organizations, including Beta Glass Plc, GTL Registrars Limited, AIICO Insurance Plc, and ConocoPhillips Limited.
He was a member of the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association, and the Institute of Petroleum.
Ogunbanjo was also a registered capital market consultant with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria.
Beyond his legal career, Ogunbanjo provided pro-bono legal services to organizations such as the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping and the Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation.
He served as the Global Ambassador for the Cervical Cancer-Free Nigeria (CCFN) campaign, an initiative supported by Global Oncology (GO) and Stanford University.
The helicopter crash which killed Herbert Wigwe, his wife Chizoba, their son and Abimbola occurred in Nipton, a small town in San Bernardino County located about 12 miles southeast of Primm, Nevada.
Nipton is an unincorporated community in the Ivanpah Valley in San Bernardino County, California.
With a population of about 15 – 20, it is located on the northeastern border of Mojave National Preserve, approximately 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Primm, Nevada and the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility.
It is accessible via Nevada State Route 164 (also known as Nipton Road).
A mining camp was established here at the crossroads of two wagon trails.
The town was founded on February 9, 1905, with the coming of the first train on the newly constructed San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad.
It was called “Nippeno Camp” following a nearby discovery of gold. The name was changed to Nipton when the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad merged with the Union Pacific Railroad around 1910.
In addition to being a cattle-loading station for several local ranches, the town and depot also supplied numerous mines in the area, becoming a social center for the sparse population of the region.
On April 10, 1940, President Roosevelt approved transferring title of Nipton to Harry Trehearne under the Homestead Act. It stayed in the family’s hands until 1956, when it passed to six owners.
In 1985 Gerald “Jerry” Freeman and Roxanne Lang purchased Nipton for about $200,000.
They restored the cafe and five-room hotel and planted a grove of eucalyptus trees. When Freeman’s health deteriorated in 2016, they put the town up for sale.
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