Igho Sanomi

Igho Charles Sanomi (born 17 May 1975) is a Nigerian businessman, geologist, public speaker and philanthropist with business interests in oil, power, logistics, telecommunications, the maritime industry, aviation and real estate.[citation needed]

Igho Charles Sanomi
Born (1975-05-17) 17 May 1975 (age 46)
Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria
OccupationBusinessman, geologist, founder, chairman & ceo of taleveras
Years activeLate 1990s to present
Parent(s)Dickens Sanomi, Mabel Iyabo Sanomi
  • Honorary chair, 2016 International Salute to Martin Luther King
  • Appointed to Nigeria-South Africa Business Council by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in 2013
  • Named "One of the new generation of young professionals in Nigeria who are establishing themselves as young leaders of the private sector business community" by Forbes in 2007[full citation needed]


Igho Charles Sanomi II was born in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria, the fifth child and first son of a Catholic family.[1] His father, Dickens Ogheneruemu Patrick Sanomi, was the second national vice-president of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) and a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in the Nigeria Police Force.[2][3][4] His mother, Mabel Iyabo Sanomi, is a yeye jemo (tribal chief) of the Isotun Ijesha kingdom in Osun State in south-western Nigeria and a former nurse. Sanomi received a bachelor's degree in geology and mining from the University of Jos, Plateau State, in Nigeria's Middle Belt.


Sanomi became an executive director at Cosmos Oil (an international oil-trading company with its core business activity in Nigeria) during the late 1990s, and negotiated fuel-oil exports from the Port Harcourt refinery.[citation needed] He joined an energy-trading company based in Zug, Switzerland, and the partnership oversaw the import and export of millions of tons of refined petroleum products on the West African coast.[citation needed]

To merge his business activities, Sanomi founded Taleveras Group (a Nigerian energy-trading company) in 2004. According to Forbes, Taleveras

... trades over 100 million barrels of crude oil as well as several million tons of gasoline, LPG and jet fuel. In April 2012, Taleveras acquired production sharing contracts (PSCs) for three offshore oil blocks in Ivory Coast. In June 2013, Taleveras sold a 65% stake in one of its Ivorian offshore upstream projects to Lukoil of Russia for an undisclosed price. Taleveras also owns a stake in a power distribution firm in Nigeria.[5]

Venture-Africa, a bimonthly Pan-African business magazine about African capitalism, described the group as

... trading close to a billion barrels of crude oil and millions of tons of condensates, gasoline, jet fuel, condensates and LPG every year. Taleveras also owns substantial stakes in two oil blocks in Nigeria as well as lucrative production sharing contracts (PSCs) in three offshore oil blocks in Ivory Coast. The group Power subsidiary constructs electrical substations in Nigeria and recently acquired a majority stake in the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company. Taleveras has an annual turnover of several billions of dollars. Igho Sanomi is the controlling shareholder of the group."[6]

On 30 July 2013, Taleveras Group acquired Afam Power.[7][8] It was one of the Nigerian companies reportedly awarded oil-lifting contracts in the federal government's bid, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to award nearly half of the 2012–2013 lifting contracts (worth $60 billion) to indigenous companies—promoting local content and "downsizing contracts awarded to international oil traders".[9]

In October of that year, Taleveras Group signed a technical agreement with Alstom Group for the rehabilitation and expansion of the 776-megawatt Afam power plant in Rivers State. Patrick Kron, chairman and chief executive (président-directeur général) of the French engineering conglomerate, signed the agreement with Taleveras Group during his visit with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerian business leaders and members of the international business community in Lagos, Nigeria.[10][11][12]


Sanomi and his siblings founded the Dickens Sanomi Foundation (DSF) in 2011 to commemorate the life of their father, and he is the foundation's chairman. The DSF, funded by Taleveras Group and the Midel Group, limits its activities to Nigeria.

Essay competitionEdit

In 2014, the Dickens Sanomi Foundation began sponsoring an annual essay competition open to all Nigerian secondary-school pupils.[13] The competition, which has attracted as many as 250 entries, is divided into junior and senior secondary-school students. The first prize for the winner of each group is a scholarship, and the schools attended by the winners receive grants for facilities such as computer equipment.[14]

Flood aidEdit

The foundation's Project Rescue 10,000 Flood Victims aided about 12,300 people displaced by floods which ravaged communities in Delta State in October 2012, donating food and relief material worth millions of naira to flood victims at settlements in the Ughelli, Ewu, Arhavwarhien, Orere and Okparabe communities and the Ughelli North and South local government areas of Delta State.[15] According to a Vanguard report, "The displaced persons were rescued in 500 seater engine and speed boats from communities in Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Patani, Isoko North, Isoko South and Burutu Local Government Areas of Delta State and were subsequently taken to some government designated camps".[16] This Day's society editor, Lanre Alfred, wrote: "The Dickens Sanomi Foundation gave out a comprehensive funding package worth over ₦100 million to flood victims in Delta and Bayelsa State, as part of its intervention programme to mitigate the effects of the devastating flood on the people".[17]

Non-governmental organisationsEdit

Sanomi and England football coach Roy Hodgson at a Bobby Moore Fund event in London

Through the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, Sanomi has reportedly pledged a "substantial grant" to the Bobby Moore Fund for cancer research in the UK "to help fund vital prostate cancer research" and received the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for philanthropy. The foundation also pledged funds to Save the Children and Oxfam.[18] Sanomi was appointed to the West Africa Book Development Fund's advisory board.[19] He became the honorary chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Salute Committee, taking over from the late Ade Adefuye.[20][self-published source]

Sanomi co-sponsored the Dance Theatre of Harlem's first Latin American tour in Tegucigalpa from 31 January to 6 February 2014. According to a press release on the U. S. Embassy website, "DTH's trip was also made possible by Igho Charles Sanomi II, Executive Director of Taleveras Group."[21] Sanomi is involved in the Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC),[22] a non-governmental organisation with a mission "to promote sustainable programs and activities that will ensure a better life for the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC)",[23] through his company's partnership.[24]


Sanomi presented a ₦10 million cheque to Delta State Sports Commissioner Amaju Pinnick, pledging his support for the first Africa Youth Athletics Championships in Warri in 2010: "We share in the vision of Delta State in many aspects, especially in the area of sports development".[25] Pinnick commended Taleveras for its contribution to sports.[26]

Sanomi is a polo enthusiast. Taleveras participated in the 2010 Kaduna International Polo Tourney and sponsored the 2011 tournament.[27][28]


In the first edition its Choiseul 100 Africa, published in September 2014, the Institut Choiseul for International Politics and Geoeconomics ranked Sanomi number one among "growing business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, investors, etc." who "embody the dynamism and renewal of a whole continent and carry the hopes of an entire generation". The list "identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40 years old and under, who will play a major role in the development of Africa in the near future".[29] He also topped the 2015 list.[30][31] In 2013, Sanomi was nominated by Nigeria's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment for a post on the Nigeria-South Africa Business Council.[32] He received a Corporate/Friends of the Police Award at the first Police Sports Awards on 28 February 2014 in Abuja.[33] Sanomi was cited by Forbes as one of "Ten Young African Millionaires To Watch in 2013",[34] and was ranked one of Africa's top 25 oil and gas leaders of that year by African Leadership magazine.[full citation needed]

He received Mode Men magazine's Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2012.[35] Sanomi was a speaker at the 2014 Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai, and was scheduled to speak again at the forum the following year.[36][37] He is a recipient of the African Leadership Award.[38] Sanomi received the 2014 Africa's Emerging Community Development Icon Award, and was granted honorary citizenship in the U.S. state Of Georgia.[39]


  1. ^ "Project 'Touch a life today' launched". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Police Games: Golfers set for Sanomi tourney". The Punch. 3 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Police Games 2013: Dickens Sanomi Championship Kicks Off". ThisDay. 17 February 2013. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ Olawale Ajimotokan (4 March 2014). "Bada, Sanomi Bag Police Posthumous Sports Award". ThisDay. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Ten Young African Millionaires To Watch in 2013". Forbes. 15 July 2013.
  6. ^ "10 Nigerian Billionaires You've Never Heard Of". Ventures Africa. 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ "New owners emerge for Afam Power Plc, Kaduna Distribution Company". Vanguard. 1 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Afam Power Plc Nigeria, Sale of Equity" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Nigerians Win Big in Crude Oil Lifting Contracts". ThisDay. 3 July 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  10. ^ Dayo Oketola (24 October 2013). "Afam power plant's expansion to begin soon". Punch Newspapers. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013.
  11. ^ Theodore Opara (19 October 2013). "Alstom partners Nigeria in infrastructural development". Vanguard.
  12. ^ "Firms seal deal over Afam station expansion". Energy Mix Report.
  13. ^ "The Dickens Sanomi Annual Essay Competition 2014".
  14. ^ "Quality essays surprise judges". The Nation. 29 November 2012.
  15. ^ "12,300 victims rescued in Delta". The Daily Independent. 19 October 2012. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  16. ^ "FLOOD: NGO rescues 12,300 trapped flood victims in Delta". Vanguard. 20 October 2012.
  17. ^ Lanre Alfred (11 November 2012). "FLOOD: Hope, Succour for the Afflicted". ThisDay. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2013. ...Foundation gave out a comprehensive funding package worth over N100 million to flood victims.
  18. ^ "Igho Sanomi's Addiction to Philantrophy". Sahel Standard. 22 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Advisory Board Members". West Aftrica Book Development Fund. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Igho Sanomi Appointed Honorary Chair of the International Salute to Dr. martin Luther King, Jr". 15 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Dance Theatre of Harlem Visits Honduras in First Latin America Tour" (Press release). Embassy of the United States, Honduras. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015. DTH's trip was also made possible by Igho Charles Sanomi II, Executive Director of Taleveras Group.
  22. ^ "Food for One Million, Save a Child and Child Education Support".
  23. ^ "GIPLC Mission and Vision".
  24. ^ "Partners of the Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care". Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Televeras joins AYAC 2013". Vanguard. 27 March 2013.
  26. ^ "Warri 2013 Athletic Championships Begin". The Punch. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013.
  27. ^ "Taleveras sponsors Kaduna Polo Tournament 2011".
  28. ^ "Taleveras Polo Team". Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  29. ^ "Choiseul 100 Africa:Economic Leaders for Tomorrow" (PDF). Institut Choiseul. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  30. ^ "2nd Edition of the Choiseul 100 Africa:Economic Leaders for Tomorrow" (PDF). Institut Choiseul. 13 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Igho Sanomi Tops the 'Choiseul 100 Africa 2015: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow' for the Second Consecutive Year". Market Watch. 14 October 2015.
  32. ^ "Sanomi nominated for new Nigeria-South Africa Business Council". Peoples Daily. 2 August 2013.
  33. ^ NAN (1 March 2014). "137 serving, retired police officers honoured". Punch. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  34. ^ "Ten Young African Millionaires To Watch in 2013". Forbes. 15 July 2013.
  35. ^ "Wizkid, Aliko Dangote, Chris Attoh, Elenu, Uti Nwachukwu & More Win at the 2012 Mode Men of the Year Awards in Lagos". Bella Naija. 10 December 2012.
  36. ^ "2014 Africa Global Business Forum-Report on the Proceedings" (PDF). The Economist.
  37. ^ "Africa Global Business Forum". 10Times.
  38. ^ "African Leadership Awards" (PDF). African Leadership Magazine.
  39. ^ "Igho Charles Sanomi Ii Conferred With Honorary Citizenship Award in Atlanta, By The State of Georgia". 10 June 2014.

External linksEdit

  • [1] Igho Sanomi Official Website
  • [2] Taleveras Group Official Website
  • [3] Dickens Sanomi Official Webpage