Co founder and Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Mr. Tonye Cole is all smiles as he covers the April issue of the foremost business magazine, Forbes Africa. He reflects on his journey as his company turns 20.
Sahara Group is a foremost privately owned Power, Energy, Gas and Infrastructure Conglomerate established in 1996 with operating companies active in the downstream, midstream, upstream, infrastructure and power sectors.
In the exclusive chat with the Forbes Africa Correspondent for West Africa, Peace Hyde, Tonye Cole opened up on overcoming bankruptcy as a young man to establishing the leading indigenous oil conglomerate, Sahara Group. The company turns 20, which has seen it establish the corporate social responsibility arm, Sahara Foundation influencing lives all over Africa.
According to Cole, “Failure teaches you a lot. If you are an entrepreneur, you are going to have bad days and if you are a successful entrepreneur, you are going to have even more bad days. It is important to remember the value of relationships and never give up.”
The Group's plan is to replicate its successes in Oil and Gas sector in the Energy & Infrastructure sector. To attain this, Sahara has set out a roadmap for investing in people, processes, strategic acquisitions, principal investments and continuous expansion within, initially, the West African energy & infrastructure space, and then globally.
Watch the exciting behind the scenes below and read his amazing story in the latest copy of Forbes Africa Magazine. What do you think of the magazine cover? Let us know below.
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