Forbes Media and the creators of Forbes Best of Africa announced that Igho Charles Sanomi, a Nigerian oil mogul, has been named this year’s Forbes Best of Africa Leading Philanthropist in recognition of his philanthropic activities and giving in Nigeria.
Sanomi, who founded the Taleveras Group, an international commodities trading company, in 2004, is a well-known philanthropist who has always stressed the importance of charitable giving. His philanthropic efforts through the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, which he founded with his siblings in honor of his father, earned him an award from Cancer Research UK and the Bobby Moore Fund in the UK for his philanthropy in colon cancer research.
He was presented with the Forbes Best of Africa Leading Philanthropist 2022 award on September 20 at a Forbes Media reception on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Forbes explained that the award recognizes his remarkable achievements and his many humanitarian works through his foundation, which has consistently supported some social reforms and provided education, health care, and relief materials to the downtrodden and disadvantaged. “Your ability to lead and serve diverse nationalities through your business, your work and your extraordinary philanthropic activities have positioned you as a role model for many in Africa and beyond,” said Forbes, praising Sanomi’s philanthropic efforts.
In a letter of appreciation for the Forbes Best of Africa Leading Philanthropist of the Year award, Sanomi thanked Forbes Media, Forbes Best of Africa and the Foreign Investment Network for celebrating and recognizing the efforts of his foundation, the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, which he established more than eight years ago years founded. “It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized by Forbes as Best of Africa Leading Philanthropist of the Year. You can be sure that this will motivate the whole team and me to keep working for the good of mankind,” he said. “As the late Andrew Carnegie, a shrewd mid-19th-century New York entrepreneur whom I truly admire, said, “Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and help people to feed themselves to help.” That duty extends to our wealth and time, a duty I pledge to uphold throughout all of my philanthropic endeavors, including cancer research, education, healthcare and global employment, to name a few,” added Sanomi.
In recent years, Sanomi has played an important role in the fight against cancer, as evidenced by its collaboration with the Bobby Moore Fund and Cancer Research UK, which have helped the organization raise millions of dollars to fight colon cancer in recent years.