Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, CFR (1966 – 2024)… Forever in our Hearts

By Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede

It is with profound sorrow that we extend our deep and sincere condolences to the Wigwe Family of Isiokpo, Rivers State, and the Nwuba Family of Achina, Anammara State, as they grieve the untimely passing of their wonderful son, Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, alongside Chizoba, his beloved wife, and treasured first son, Chizi. Their lives were tragically cut short on Friday, 9th February 2024, in a devastating helicopter crash in California, USA, that has left our nation and the wider African continent in shock and mourning.

Herbie was a trusted partner, a visionary leader, and a loyal friend; he was a game changer to all who had the privilege of knowing him. His dedication and passion for excellence were the cornerstone of our business partnership, and his loss leaves a void that can never be filled. We shared an extraordinary friendship which transcends human understanding and cannot be explained. I consider myself exceedingly blessed to have enjoyed, with Herbert, the type of friendship that everyone wishes for but very few will ever enjoy.

Chizoba was a beacon of grace, always full of laughter, bringing warmth and kindness to everyone she encountered, while Chizi, their first son, was a bright and promising presence, embodying the values of his illustrious family with joy and enthusiasm.

Together, they were a formidable team, inspiring us with their resilience, creativity, and unwavering commitment to success. Their legacies will forever be remembered and cherished by all whose lives they touched.

As we mourn the painful loss of our dearly beloved Herbert, his wife, and their first son, we find solace in the memories we shared and the impact they made on our lives. Their absence leaves a deep void in our hearts, but their spirit will continue to guide us in our endeavours and inspire us to honour their legacy.

We lift up Herbert’s surviving family in prayer, particularly his children Tochi, David, Hannah, and Okachi, his parents Pastor Shyngle & Pastor Stella Wigwe, his siblings Joyce, Emeka, Peggy, and Kokomma, and his in-laws Mrs. Nwuba and Chizoba’s siblings. We ask for God’s comfort and strength to surround them during this difficult time. May His peace, which surpasses all understanding, fill their hearts and minds.

Obsequies to celebrate their lives and commemorate their contributions to humanity will take place between Monday 4th March and Sunday 11th March 2024.

May their souls rest in eternal peace, reunited in a place where there is no pain or sorrow.

Their memory will forever be etched in our hearts, and their legacy will endure through the bonds of friendship and partnership they forged.

With heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy,

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