Osinbajo extols Wigwe’s legacy, vision at Access Bank Guest Lecture Series

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, took centre stage at the Access Bank Guest Lecture Series

By Emmanuel Babafemi

Nigeria’s former Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, took centre stage at the Access Bank Guest Lecture Series, delivering a compelling address that honoured the late Group Managing Director and CEO, Herbert Wigwe.

In a tone resonating with reverence and admiration, Prof. Osinbajo eloquently highlighted Wigwe’s visionary leadership and enduring legacy at the 2014 Q1 Lecture Series.

“In honouring a promise to Herbert, a dear friend and the visionary behind this Guest Lecture Series, we find a depth of purpose that transcends mere words,” remarked Prof. Osinbajo, encapsulating the sentiment shared by many in attendance.

Prof. Osinbajo continued, “His wish for this engagement was more than a mere request; it was a testament to his belief in the transformative power of collective insight and the enduring spirit of mentorship that continues to inspire us in his absence.”

“As we convene, driven not just to fulfil a promise but to embody the progress and innovation he championed, it’s crucial we address the significant challenges ahead, particularly the nuanced understanding of global trends crucial for Africa’s future,” Prof. Osinbajo emphasized.

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“This gap underscores the essence of leadership: the imperative to listen, to understand the pulse of both local and international arenas, and to engage in thoughtful scenario planning,” he continued, urging leaders to embrace a broader horizon that includes technology, climate change, demographic shifts, geopolitics, healthcare, and educational transformation.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Access Bank PLC Chairman, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, at the 2024 Q1 Lecture Series

Expressing gratitude to Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and the entire Access Bank team, Prof. Osinbajo acknowledged the opportunity to delve into critical areas alongside them. “Your warm welcome, highlighted by a touching birthday surprise, has deepened my connection to this moment, reinforcing the importance of our collective endeavour,” he added.

“Let this series, inspired by Herbert’s memory and driven by our shared commitment to impactful leadership, serve as a catalyst for change, guiding us toward a future where we not only anticipate the challenges but become architects of the solutions,” Prof. Osinbajo concluded, invoking Herbert’s spirit and reinforcing the importance of collective endeavour in shaping a better future.

At the event, Prof. Osinbajo renewed a sense of purpose and commitment to embodying the principles espoused by Herbert Wigwe, as he projected the Access Bank Guest Lecture Series in a way it stands as a testament to his profound impact on the corporate landscape, serving as a beacon of inspiration for current and future leaders alike.