Dickens Sanomi Foundation
Igho Charles Sanomi II founded the Dickens Sanomi Foundation in memory of his late father. In addition to the Taleveras Group, the Dickens Sanomi Foundation is one of the key mediums through which Mr Sanomi supports his chosen charities, which are selected on the basis of their impact and effectiveness.
The Dickens Sanomi Foundation also places a high priority on the development of the Nigerian child and organises a number of competitions designed to encourage artistic accomplishment:
- Dickens Sanomi Annual Essay Competition for Junior and senior schools in Nigeria
- Strauss Musical Competition which promotes musical development in children
- Competition for Adult Writers
Most recently, the Dickens Sanomi Foundation has provided vital relief to areas of Nigeria affected by natural disasters. In 2012 the foundation evacuated about 12,300 flood victims from the Bayelsa and Delta states. Food, blankets, medical care and funds were all provided to the flood victims, who were housed in special relief camps following their rescue. As a result of this work, the Dickens Sanomi Foundation was directly responsible for the saving of thousands of lives. The greatest success of the rescue operation was the successful evacuation of a 118 year old man, Elder Ighonido Ewhre of Orere Delta State in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.