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Igho Sanomi, Africa’s number one Under-40 business leader

Igho Charles Sanomi II was born in 1975 in Agbor Delta State, Nigeria, the fifth child (and first son) of a devout Catholic family. His father, the late Dickens Oghenereumu Patrick Sanomi hailed from Delta State Nigeria and was a retired Assistant Inspector General of the Nigerian Police. Mr Sanomi’s mother, Mabel Iyabo Sanomi holds a Royal title of Yeye Jemo of Isotun Ijesha Kingdom in Osun State. She was a renowned nurse and medical entrepreneur from Osun State in South Western Nigeria.

Mr Sanomi entered the world of business shortly after completing his Bachelor's Degree in Geology and Mining at the University of Jos in Northern Nigeria. He co-founded and held a position of Executive Director with Sarian Oil, an Oil Trading Company with its core activities in West Africa.

During his time in this role he single handedly developed the company’s trading operations by negotiating the export and delivery of fuel oils from West Africa to the United States Gulf Coast. He also developed a strategic alliance with a major international oil trading group based in Zug, Switzerland. This partnership oversaw the import and export of millions of tons of refined petroleum products to and from the West African coast.

In 2004, Mr. Sanomi had established Taleveras, provider of strategic solutions in energy and power sectors. An international organization with offices in London, Geneva, Abuja, Lagos, Abidjan, Cape Town and Dubai, Televeras offer energy services covering the physical sourcing and marketing of oil on a global scale.

The company is also involved in upstream oil and gas industry operations, with a major focus on acquiring drilling rights for viable, proven oil reserves.
The company has earned for itself a credible reputation as a first class power services provider, delivering both the group and its subsidiaries, which encompass significant power distribution and transmission projects showcasing its vast experience.

He is also Chairman of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation board of Trustees. Dickens Sanomi Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organisation which he founded in memory of his late father. He also sits as Chairman and co-chairman of various companies Board of Directors, which he founded or co-founded. These companies’ activities span from Telecom to Shipping, Aviation and Real Estate Investments worldwide.

His vision and drive has turned Taleveras into a internationally recognized energy and power conglomerate, with offices in London, Geneva, Cape Town, Dubai, Ivory Coast, Abuja and Lagos. Visit the business page to read more about Mr Sanomi’s current business activities.

Undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most versatile young businessmen, Igho Sanomi, has again emerged tops in the latest ranking of the top 100 young economic leaders of Africa, the Institut Choiseul for international Politics and Geo-economics has announced.
Mr. Sanomi, who is approaching 40, emerged the 2015 winner of “The Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow”. The young Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Taleveras Group, was the recipient of the maiden award in 2014.

President, Institut Choiseul, Pascal Lorot, said Mr. Sanomi was selected for “his exceptional professional path, his energy and his contribution to the rise of Africa as a major economical player.”
Describing Mr. Sanomi as a “tremendous dynamic”, Mr. Lorot said he is “linked to the emergence of a young economic leading class, well trained, with an open outlook, connected to global economic and information flows generated by globalization.”

He said the young leaders who have been recognised as winners are “shaping a modern African economy, open to the world, with new opportunities flourishing everywhere these days.”
“As a unique ranking of young African economic leaders under forty years old and below, the study intends to highlight these women and men who build today’s Africa and prepare the one of tomorrow.
Reacting to the award, Mr. Sanomi expressed delight for recognition of the work he has been doing in Africa, saying he was particularly honoured that he would be receiving the recognition for the second consecutive year.

“It is humbling for me to be recognized by the Institut Choiseul, that have for years anticipated great changes, emerging opportunities and talents, to fertilize strategic thinking and discuss governance issues around the world,” he said.

The formal investiture of the award was held on November 26, 2015 during the Choiseul 100 Africa meeting scheduled for Marrakech in Morocco.



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