About the book

When Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and Herbert Wigwe bought Access Bank in 2002 it was one of the smallest and most crisis-prone banks in Nigeria. Their goal was to build it into one of the biggest and strongest banks in the country. Leaving the Tarmac reads like a financial thriller, while at the same time providing a detailed blueprint for how to create a sustainable business founded on excellence, how to build and lead a winning team, and how to operate successfully in emerging markets. The author has written with stunning honesty about the setbacks and triumphs experienced along the way, providing an unrivalled insight for anyone planning to build a company or do business in the volatile but high-growth markets of modern Africa.

About the author

Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is an investor, banker and philanthropist. As co-founder of the Tengen Family Office, Aig-Imoukhuede oversees a multibillion-dollar business portfolio, while through the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, Aigboje and his wife, Ofovwe, manage a significant financial commitment focused on building Nigeria’s next generation of government leaders, helping transform public sector effectiveness and improving access to quality primary healthcare.

Aig-Imoukhuede became Access Bank CEO in 2002, and led its transformation from a minor player into one of the country’s top five banks. In 2012 he midwifed the banking sector’s adoption of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles, and as chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fuel Subsidies he is credited with saving billions of dollars in fraudulent petroleum subsidy claims. He was appointed founding chairman of the FMDQ securities exchange in 2013, and was elected president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2013.

In the impact philanthropy space he has been co-chairman of New York-based GBCHealth since 2011. Together with Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia, he founded the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, and as vice-chair of Global Citizen Nigeria, he co-founded the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund. He was appointed a member of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government International Advisory Board in 2017.

He is the recipient of Nigeria national honour, the Commander of the Order of the Niger; Ernst & Young’s West Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and African Banker magazine’s African Banker of the Year. In 2017, Aigboje was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Aigboje graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Benin in 1986 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. He earned an Executive MBA jointly awarded by the London School of Economics, NYU Stern Business School and HEC Paris in 2015.

Aigboje is married to development specialist Ofovwe and has four children, Ohiozoje, Aima, Morenike and Renuan. He is an ordained minister of the Promised Land Ministries.

Watch the stunning launch of Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede’s book, Leaving the Tarmac: Buying A Bank in Africa as viewed around the world.


Amina J Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Leaving the Tarmac leaves no one in doubt that navigating the waters of the banking sector in Nigeria is a daunting task not for the faint-hearted. Aig is a leader with determination and integrity, gives meaning to grit and authenticity, and takes us on a journey that closes the gap between harsh reality and one’s aspiration, giving young Nigerians, especially women in the finance sector, the inspiration to dream, weather the storm and achieve greatness.

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Internship and Mentoring Programme

In celebration of the publication and global launch of his memoir, Leaving the Tarmac: Buying a Bank in Africa, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is offering internships to five exceptional young Nigerians. Applications open 27th of April 2021


Aigboje Aig-imoukhuede launches a 12 month internship and mentoring programme
2021-04-26 | In the media | Leaving the Tarmac | Mentorship programme | Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede

As part of the global launch of Leaving the Tarmac: Buying a Bank in Africa, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede has announced a golden opportunity for five young Nigerians to join his ecosystem of businesses and philanthropic ventures for a year as mentored interns.

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Closing date looms for internship and mentorship programme
2021-04-26 | Leaving the Tarmac | Mentorship programme | Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede

Nigerian youths urged not to miss this opportunity of a lifetime as application closing date draws closer

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In the media: Banking on success
2021-04-05 | In the media | Leaving the Tarmac | African Business | Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede

In his new book, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede recounts how he helped to build Access Bank into one of Nigeria’s top five banking institutions. Review by Stephen Williams.

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