Yesterday night, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, Tochi Wigwe, the daughter of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, the late CEO of Access Holdings Plc, disclosed details about her father, a devoted family man and a loving father, that had never been known.

Tochi expressed her sympathies to the 57-year-old during the Night of Tributes at the Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, along with a number of other friends and family members.

On Monday, March 4, 2024, the burial rites for Wigwe, his wife, and his kid began.

On February 9, 2024, a helicopter accident in the United States claimed their lives.

“I used to tell my father that I really hated public speaking and he tried to convince me that he hated it as well. But it’s just something he had to do so I’m going to try my best to be fearless,” Tochi said on stage, flanked by several of her friends.

“In this moment, for the first time, your words resonate deeply within me. No longer do I want to tilt my head and squint my eyes in confusion. You were simply extraordinary,” she added.

She recalled how her father was driven, determined and always exceeded expectations.

“You urged me to reach new heights I never even imagined. Whenever doubt clouded my mind, you would chuckle knowingly and say, ‘You really just don’t know whose child you are, you’ll soon find out.’ And once again, you were right: I’ve come to find out.

“I could never fathom how you managed to do it all; it seemed inconceivable. Turning everything you touched to gold while remaining an unwavering anchor for your family and friends,” she added.

She also narrated how her father traveled by air to see her for just a few minutes when she studied overseas

“Distance meant absolutely nothing to you.

“You traveled continents on a whim just to see me for a couple of minutes before heading back to your responsibilities,” she added.

Tochi noted that these were a testament to his steadfast and ever-constant love.

She referred to her father as a feminist and a champion of equality.

“According to him, my mother Hannah and I were the most beautiful and my nickname was also ‘pretty.’

“Who will prompt me to flash a peace sign in every photo; who will engage in marathon debates with my friends and myself on flights to Cape Town; who will inquire “what are they saying about me online today?” And who will ask me about my thoughts on Wigwe University.

“You were Paradox, a tower of strength with a heart as soft as silk. You can never raise your voice at me without calling me an hour later to apologise.

“Your influence extended far beyond our family circle.

“You effortlessly convinced my friends that their futures lay in Nigeria, urging them to elevate their aspirations.

“You’ve left me with enormous shoes to fill but you’ve also gifted me with an unwavering support system.

“You nurtured your relationships with such care that you’ve bestowed upon me farthest to guide and protect me for that I’m eternally grateful.

“I love you deeply and I ache for the day we will be reunited to resume our cherished gossip sessions to continue our pep talks about life and everything in between with all my love, Mama T, aka. Your Pretty,” she concluded.

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