Dozy Mmobuosi may not be a popular name in the last 4 years, especially in the Nigeria sports industry but the name came into prominence when the Interim Management Committee IMC announced a pre-season tournament for 4 teams in the Nigeria Premier League around December 2022. Prize money of N100m was announced for the champion of the tournament while all the four teams that were selected to compete also got N10m each as an appearance fee
The pre-season tournament was sponsored by a company Tingo Mobile and the owner of the company is Dozy Mmobuosi. This name has been on the lips of many football fans across the world in the last 24hrs after the news broke that a Nigerian Billionaire is on the verge of completing the takeover of Sheffield United, a championship team that is currently 2nd on the log and running for a place in the Premier League next season all things being equal for a whopping $112m.
The question is who is this Nigerian man that is worth around 7bn pounds and is on the verge of becoming a club owner in England
Dozy Mmobuosi was born 47 years ago in Lagos, he is a Nigerian technology entrepreneur, author, and the founder and the Group CEO of Tingo International Holdings Inc., a global company playing in the telecommunications, remittance, healthcare, and agriculture sectors in various countries.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. He received his Master of Science degree in economics from the same university. He completed his doctorate in rural advancement from Universiti Putra Malaysia, in Malaysia
Mmobuosi and his father co-founded Tingo Mobile, formerly Fair Deal, in January 2001. In 2003, he founded Naijafans, a social media connectivity platform. He is the founder of Tingo Remit, a money transfer, and healthcare gifting platform.
In January 2019, he founded Africa’s first agricultural technology and digital platform named Nwassa Nwassa provides farmers with weather forecasts, payment systems, information on market prices and situations, and access to other service providers.
Nwassa and Tingopay have registered 14.7 million farmers and agri-businesses. On April 29, 2020, he published the book titled Wounded Pride. In the book, he wrote about the Boko Haram insurgency
Dozy Mmobuosi is married and has 3 children
Dozy Mmobuosi is currently undergoing the “integrity test” from the EFL which is the final stage of the takeover process of Sheffield United, if he scales through the process and completes other paperwork, it will be on record that a Nigerian becomes a club owner in England for the first time.