Meet Igho Charles Sanomi II, One Of The Youngest African Millionaires



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 rose quickly to the position of Executive Director with Sarian Oil and Cosmos Oil AG, an international 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.

Mr Sanomi is the CEO of the Taleveras Group he founded in 2004. Mr Sanomi is also Chairman of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation board of Trustees, Dickens Sanomi Foundation is a non profit 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 the Taleveras Group into a internationally recognized energy and power conglomerate, with offices in London, Geneva, Cape Town, Dubai, Ivory Coast, Abuja and Lagos.


Igho Sanomi and Roy Hodgson, England Football Coach at Bobby More Fund for Cancer Research Event, London

Igho Charles Sanomi II is the young, dynamic founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Taleveras Group, an internationally recognized energy and power conglomerate with offices in London, Geneva, Cape Town, Dubai, the Ivory Coast, Abuja and Lagos. He also acts as Chairman or Co-chair on the boards of companies with interests as diverse as construction, telecommunications, shipping, aviation and real estate.

As the driving force behind the Taleveras Group, Mr Sanomi has been instrumental in the expansion and diversification of the company’s operationsAnnually, the Taleveras Group trades hundreds of millions of crude oil barrels and millions of tons of fuel oil, jet fuel, gasoline, condensates and liquefied petroleum gas. The company’s oil exploration and recovery activities include the acquisition of production sharing contracts (PSCs) for three offshore oil blocks in Ivory Coast and rights to a further two oil blocks in Nigeria.

In the power sector, Taleveras Group is working in partnership with Nigeria’s Federal Capital Development Authority on the construction of several electrical substations. Additional substations are also under construction in the Niger Delta region as part of the National Integrated Power Project. In 2010 the Taleveras Group coordinated a number of well known power industry suppliers to construct an 185MW power station and distribution substation. The second phase of this project, involving the delivery of a further 200MW capacity is currently in progress. Most recently, the Taleveras Group lead a consortium that acquired a majority stake in the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company via a process of competitive tender. This company will be responsible for the distribution of more than 2,000MW of power in River State, Nigeria.

In his role as CEO, Mr Sanomi ensures that the Taleveras Group is always focused on activities that deliver social and economic benefits to the regions where they take place. Thanks to his strong leadership the Taleveras Group shares Mr Sanomi’s personal ideals of ethical conduct, humanitarianism and environmental sustainability.


Igho Charles Sanomi II’s achievements have been recognized through international media coverage and the receipt of several  Dicksonawards including:

Oil and Gas Man of the Year – Nigeria Advancement Awards

Young Humanitarian of the Year – Mode Men Magazine.

Patron of Nigeria’s National Heritage – In recognition of unrelenting effort and support for various causes through corporate social responsibility in Nigeria.

Award of Excellence – Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC).

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Mode Men Magazine.

Male Entrepreneur of the Year  – Federal Capital Territory Business Excellence Awards, organized by the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Department of International Development (DFID) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

Forbes Magazine – “One of the new generation of young professionals in Nigeria who are establishing themselves as young leaders of the private sector business community.”

Certificate of Merit for Humanitarianism (Taleveras Group) – Lifeline Care Association


Igho Sanomi’s Taleveras Sponsors GIPLC Annual (2012) End of Year Party for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Finding a way to positively impact people’s lives and finding ways to give back to society is a key goal and strategy which drives Igho Charles Sanomi II’s activities. Mr Sanomi’s business and philanthropic ideology is heavily influenced by the American steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, one of the most important philanthropists of his era.

Igho Charles Sanomi II supports a number of humanitarian causes and charities around the world via the Taleveras Group and the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, which he set up in remembrance of his late father.  He is an avid conservationist, as evidenced by his passionate support of CERCOPAN, a global NGO dedicated to the preservation of endangered animals in Nigeria through rainforest protection, rehabilitation of individual animals, research and education.

The charities are selected on the basis of impact and effectiveness. Mr Sanomi is currently supporting work withLifeline Care Association, Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC) amongst others.

Through the Taleveras Group, Mr Sanomi encourages sports development by sponsoring events such as theKaduna International Polo Tournament, for which the Taleveras Group fields its own polo team.  The Taleveras Group team also competes against other organisations in a variety of sports to help promote local fundraising activities.

As chief visionary of the Taleveras Group, Mr Sanomi ensures that the Group abides by its mandate to promote activities which focus on economic and social development. He has been able to achieve this and more, due to his impressive character which has been incorporated into the business practices of the Group.

Mr Sanomi plans on an early retirement from business that will allow him to focus his energies on philanthropy, family, wildlife conservation and the arts.  It is his intention to continue supporting ideas and solutions that will impact his immediate society positively.


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