Here are excerpts from the exciting exchange between these two kings:
D’Banj: Run us through the journey so far.
Herbert: I always knew I wanted to do something interesting, something different, hence my fascination with accounting, and by extension, banking. My mantra is ‘if you do it well, you’ll do well in life’. I believe Access Bank is still in its early stages, having spread across Africa, Europe and Asia, sooner than people know, ‘Access Bank will be the world’s most respected African bank, and everybody will see it.
D’Banj: With so much success, what makes you happy?
Herbert: My joy is hinged on the success of my team, mentees and family. My greatest joy is seeing my guys (the Access Bank team) do well. I am happy when my team is happy. My family and my children bring me so much joy and they are the reason why I work hard. I believe with my knack in ensuring my team succeeds, Access Bank is headed for the top and will be a global institute.
D’Banj: Run us through your typical day.
Herbert: I wake up by 5am every day and the first thing I do is say my prayers, as prayers are very important. I eventually leave the house by 6am to start my daily activities. I also go to the Bank’s gym at least four times a week to keep fit.
D’Banj: What’s a typical day like for the you at Access Bank?
Herbert: Once I get into my office, the first thing I do is check my emails from customers, to ensure that there are no issues, because my customers are my priority. Then I go ahead to do other activities like meetings.
D’Banj: What is Access Bank doing for young people?
Herbert: Access Bank is all about young people, we keep finding ways to support things young people are most interested in, like we have done with the ‘Nolly Fund’ which is geared towards supporting Nollywood – Nigeria’s movie industry. Access Bank is also present in almost every university in Nigeria, this is our way of giving young people a unique banking experience.