Igho Sanomi was born on the 17th of May 1975 to Dickens Ogheneruemu Patrick Sanomi and Mabel Iyabo Sanomi in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria. He is from a devout Catholic family and the fifth child and first son of his parents. His late father was a retired Assistant Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force (AIG). His mother, a former nurse is the yeye jemo (tribal chief) of the Isotun Ijesha kingdom in Osun State. Sanomi had his BSc. in geology and mining at the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
Taleveras Group was founded by Igho Sanomi in 2004. The company makes investments that support Africa’s journey to becoming one of the world’s largest economies. It is a leading global energy and services company, with interests and operations in the upstream, midstream, downstream and power sector of the energy industry in Nigeria. The company has operations in Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Taleveras offers a wide range of integrated and strategic solutions in the energy and power sector. Each year, volumes of Crude oil, Gasoline, Jet fuels, LPG, Gasoil and Petrochemicals are sold in millions. It was one of the Nigerian companies that received oil-lifting contracts in the federal government’s bid, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Partnered with Alstom Group to rebuild and expand the 900megawatt Afam power plant in Rivers State, after acquiring it on the 30th of July 2013.
Awards And Recognition
1. Honorary chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Salute Committee, succeeding the late Ade Adefuye.
2. Lifeline Care Association awarded the Taleveras Group with a Certificate of Merit for Humanitarianism in 2006.
3. Male Entrepreneur of the Year at the Federal Capital Territory Business Excellence Awards, by the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Department of International Development (DFID) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration in 2007.
4. Forbes Magazine acknowledged him as “One of the new generation of young professionals in Nigeria who are establishing themselves as young leaders of the private sector business community” in 2007.
5. Mode Men Magazine named him “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2008.
6. Honorary citizenship in the U.S. state of Georgia.
7. Martin Luther King Legacy Award for Service and Philanthropy in 2015.
8. Appointed to Nigeria-South Africa Business Council by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in 2013.
9. Appointed to the West Africa Book Development Fund Advisory Board in 2015.
10. “Worthy Ambassador Award” from the University of Jos Alumni Association.