KANMI-JONES Sanjo (formerly OGUNKANMI)

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Littlehampton, West-Sussex, United Kingdom.

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Engr Sanjo Kanmi-Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of High Grade Consultants - a UK-based international consultancy offering a range of management services and bespoke training.

He was born on the 3rd of December, 1967 in Nigeria.

He had his secondary education at Government College Ibadan between 1977 and 1983, where he was quartered at Field House (Dormitory).
At Field House, he was trained for sports such as Football, Cricket, Field Hockey, Swimming and Athletics. His penchant for Field Hockey was overwhelmingly exceptional, as he developed precocious skills and verve for the game. This earned him a First Team Shirt for the Junior Hockey Team in his second year at the College, and later played for the Senior Hockey Team.

His sterling performances as an Hockey player at GCI earned him a call-up to the Oyo State Hockey Team, where he won a Gold Medal at the Bako's Cup held in Kaduna State in 1986, and a Silver Medal at the National Sports Festival (Rivers '88), held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in 1988 respectively, with the Oyo State Hockey Team.

After his schooling at GCI, he proceeded to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile - Ife) and bagged a Certificate in Sport Coaching in 1990, and a Diploma in Physical and Health Education in 1992 respectively.

He continued his hockey career with the Ife Hockey Team and qualified the Team for the West African University Games (WAUG) at Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso in 1999 where he won a Gold Medal, and also the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) of 1999 in Calabar, and of 2002 in Ilorin where he won a Gold Medal at both tournaments.

He later joined Nigerian Railways Hockey Club of Ibadan where he won a Gold Medal during the National Hockey League in Port Harcourt, in 1999, and also Union Bank Hockey Team and Oyo State Hockey Team where he won many 6-a-side Hockey Tournaments both in Lagos and Warri Ogunu Shell Club.

He thereafter was invited to the Nigerian National Hockey Team, where he represented the country in the 5th All African Games in in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1995; and African Hockey Club Championship in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2006 with Delta State Hockey Team of Nigeria.

He was the first Nigerian to play professional Hockey in the world (1997 - 2005). He played for Centro Universitaro Sportivo, Cagliari; Gatto Azurro Hockey Club; and Citta del Tricolore Hockey Club (Club's highest goal scorer in 1998/99), all in Italy at different points for 10 years before he retired.

He worked with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI PARMA) at the grassroot level, teaching Field Hockey in Schools and Junior Clubs in Emilia Romania Region of Italy.

He later moved to Stallion Field Hockey Team (USA) and participated in the 2002 Atlanta Hockey Tournament, Atlanta, USA and 2012 London Olympic Games.

He was one of the Event Controllers at the recently concluded Vitality Women's Hockey World Cup in London 2018 from 21st July to 5th August 2018.

In 2007, he attended University of Cambridge, United Kingdom where he earned a Certificate in English Language. He qualified as an Engineer from Chichester College / University, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom where he studied Motor Vehicle Engineering and Maintenance, and Computer Engineering.

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