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01:14:40 PM 16 February 2024


It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Trustees of Wigwe University announces the tragic passing of our Founder, Dr Herbert Wigwe, CFR, who died alongside his wife, Mrs Doreen Wigwe and son, Mr Chizi Wigwe and others on February 9, 2024, in a helicopter accident in the United States of America. We extend our deepest condolences to his children, parents, family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Dr Wigwe was a visionary, whose commitment to education as a catalyst for Africa’s future advancement was inspiring and unwavering. He believed fervently that education is the cornerstone of progress and transformation, and his vision for Wigwe University was rooted in the profound belief that it could change the course of history for the African continent. He envisioned Wigwe University as a crucible for nurturing future fearless leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who would contribute significantly to Africa’s global standing.

While we grieve the loss of Dr Wigwe, his wife, and his son, we assure our stakeholders, including prospective students, Faculty, and staff, that Wigwe University remains committed to ensuring that his dreams and aspirations for the university are fulfilled. The foundation he laid for this institution is strong, and we are resolute in our determination to honour his memory by continuing to build a world-class educational institution.

The Board of Trustees will work tirelessly to uphold the standards of academic excellence, innovation, and societal impact that he envisioned. The torch he lit will guide us as we forge ahead, nurturing the next generation of fearless leaders and entrepreneurs who will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on Africa and the world.

May Dr. Herbert Wigwe’s visionary spirit inspire us all as we carry forward his dream for the betterment of Africa and humanity.

Prof. Fabian Ajogwu SAN, OFR
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Wigwe University