It is natural for the rich and famous to want a carnival-like party when celebrating.
The urge to also want to impress is always synonymous with such parties, as it attracts only the elite with a brass nature.
This is one path which Igho Sanomi, the young billionaire founder and Chairman of Taleveras Group is familiar with.
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Sanomi turned 41 year-old. On the day, the amiable and soft-spoken man jetted out to Dubai to celebrate the special event with his friends. The celebration in Dubai was the main course, but came after a prelude to the party which held in Maimi, Florida.
Like the billionaire he is, Sanomi, wasted no time in painting the sky red, after all it was his special day.
In the wake of the celebration were criticisms, as many who envied him gossiped that he was one of the Nigerians who would rather party abroad than spend their money in the country to help boost the fortunes of the economy. All those happened then. As with most billionaire who had made their money in the oil and gas industry, Sanomi subsequently cooled down with the arrival of the then new Sheriff, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Days back, was the 42nd birthday of Sanomi. His friends had naturally expected that he would roll out the drums like before. However, the young businessman proved he is a man with listening ears, a man who listens to criticisms and make adjustments where necessary.
Contrary to the expectations of his friends and hangers on, Sanomi chose a silent celebration for his 42nd birthday, as very few people except those conversant with his birth date knew he was celebrating.
Sanomi, even got messages from notables including the British Nigerian boxing champion Anthony Joshua who wrote “Happy Birthday to a humble Nigerian Brother, always concerned for the less privileged! Well done for all you have been doing over the years to help & sponsor Cancer Research UK, The Bobby Moore Fund & the many medical patients across Nigeria who couldn’t pay their medical bills.”
Joshua wasn’t the only one who celebrated Sanomi, as Stephanie Moore, widow of Sir Bobby Moore and founder of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, wrote a personal letter in tribute saying “Thank you for your generous support of the Bobby Moore Fund…I am confident that the money raised will make a significant contribution to our pioneering bowel cancer research programme and I am indebted to you for the part you are playing in ensuring this will be a huge success.
“I understand today is also a significant date for you – may I take this chance to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Thank you again, I value your support enormously. One day we will beat bowel cancer. With your help, we can make it sooner.”
In the wake of Sanomi’s low-key birthday celebration and low profile lifestyle, the need for a soothsayer to confirm that he has indeed learnt his lessons in this turbulent time is needless.
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