Igho Charles Sanomi was born in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria on May 17, 1975 to Mabel Iyabo Sanomi, a yeye jemo (tribal chief) of the Isotun Ijesha kingdom in southwest Nigeria, and Dickens Ogheneruemu Patrick Sanomi, 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.
Sanomi is a multibillionaire Nigerian businessman with interests in oil, power, logistics, telecommunications, the marine sector, aviation, and real estate. He is also a geologist and a public speaker.
In Nigeria’s Middle Belt, at the University of Jos in Plateau State, Sanomi earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and mining.
In 2004, Sanomi established Nigeria’s Taleveras Group, a business that trades in energy. Taleveras’ earnings are cited by Forbes. “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. Televeras also owns a stake in a power distribution firm in Nigeria.”
A yearly essay contest for all Nigerian high school students is sponsored by the Dickens Sanomi Foundation (a foundation founded by Sanomi and his siblings in honour of their father in 2011) since 2014. There have been up to 250 entries in the competition, which is split between junior and senior secondary school students. Each group’s first-place winner receives a scholarship in addition to money for infrastructure like computers for their schools from the sponsors.
By providing food and relief supplies worth N100 million 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, The Dickens Sanomi Foundation helped about 12,300 people who were displaced by floods that ravaged communities in Delta State in October 2012.
According to reports, Sanomi has promised to make a “substantial grant” through the Dickens Sanomi Foundation to the UK’s Bobby Moore Fund for cancer research, which will “help fund essential prostate cancer research.”
The Dance Theatre of Harlem’s first Latin American tour, which took place in Tegucigalpa from January 31 to February 6, 2014, was co-sponsored by Sanomi.
In order to show his support for the inaugural Africa Youth Athletics Championships in Warri in 2010, Sanomi gave Delta State Sports Commissioner Amaju Pinnick a cheque for 10 million.
Sanomi is a fan of polo. Taleveras took part in 2010 Kaduna International Polo Tournament and sponsored the 2011 tournament.
The Institut Choiseul for International Politics and Geoeconomics placed Sanomi #1 among “growing business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and investors” in the first edition of the Choiseul 100 Africa, which was published in September 2014.The ranking “identifies and ranks the young African leaders, 40 years of age and under, who will play a significant role in the development of Africa in the near future.” He also came in first place in 2015.
Sanomi was put forth for a position on the Nigeria-South Africa Business Council in 2013 by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment of Nigeria.
At the inaugural Police Sports Awards on February 28, 2014 in Abuja, he was given a Corporate/Friends of the Police Award. Sanomi was named one of the “Ten Young African Millionaires To Watch in 2013” by Forbes, and African Leadership magazine named him one of the continent’s top 25 oil and gas executives that year.
In 2012, he was given the Humanitarian of the Year Award by Mode Men magazine. Sanomi was slated to return to the forum in 2015 after speaking at the 2014 Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai.
He is a recipient of the African Leadership Award.
In addition to being granted honorary citizenship in the American state of Georgia, Sanomi was presented with the 2014 Africa’s Emerging Community Development Icon Award.