‘My Wife’s Supports To Sahara Group Contribute To The Company’s Growth’ – Tonye Cole

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Sylvia was a registrar at the University of Lagos in LUTH at the time. I remember we had a toddler to cater for, and I had to be in Port-Harcourt for long periods during those 2 years

Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole has attributed the unquantifiable success Sahara Energy has achieved to the support he received from his wife when the company started. 

Tonye said on his social media pages that he did not receive salary in the first two years or more at the early stage of the company, saying that it was a tough decision between him and his wife to reinvest the money made back into the company.

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Sahara Group is a leading international energy and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in over 42 countries across Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Sahara today has dynamic leadership in various energy sub-sectors via its Power (Generation and Distribution assets), downstream, midstream and upstream businesses.

According to Tonye, he explained that those were tough years for them as couples,  adding that his wife proved herself to be tougher. 

“Sahara is successful today because of the sacrifice she made back then. She supported me so much that she held the home, put food on the table, paid our rent, all with her salary for more than 2 years. Covering for me like she did, gave me the confidence and clarity of mind to focus and build Sahara”

Sylvia was a registrar at the University of Lagos in LUTH at the time. I remember we had a toddler to cater for, and I had to be in Port-Harcourt for long periods during those 2 years”, Tonye explained.

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Tonye in his words said  that if you see her enjoying the fruit of her labour, please don’t be jealous, she actually worked for it, and paid a price for it; the price of standing by me, believing in me when I needed her the most.

Till this moment, she still stands by me, supporting me all the way, especially since I made the decision to climb this political mountain. 

In his appreciation message to her, Tonye described her as an amazing and outstanding wife, “Sylvia Cole, medical doctor extraordinaire, wife of a special class, beauty with brains, exceptional woman! This is a small note to say, THANK YOU! I love you”, he wrote. 

Tonye Patrick Cole has an Honours degree in Architecture from Lagos University and the Universidade de Brasilia.

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He worked as an architect in Brazil and Nigeria before co-founding the Sahara Group in 1996. He is mainly responsible for the strategic expansion of the energy portfolio of this energy resource conglomerate operating in Nigeria, West Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

He is on the board of numerous companies and NGOs and is the founder of the Nehemiah Youth Empowerment Initiative. 

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