CAPE TOWN – A young emerging producer whose company has three exploration and mining projects in West Africa won top honours in a competition for junior miners at an annual international conference on Wednesday, and hopes this will help draw in investors.
Nigerian Segun Lawson, aged 39, plans to start construction of his first gold mine this year, eight years after founding his company, Thor Explorations.
Lawson, a geologist who was educated in the United Kingdom, made a brief detour into investment banking before starting Thor, which has operations in Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Thor Exploration says its Segilola project in Osun state, approximately 120km northeast of Lagos, is probably the most advanced gold exploration project in Nigeria.
“We’re doing exploration and feasibility studies to start mining,” Lawson told African News Agency after accepting his trophy at the annual "Investment in African Mining Indaba" in Cape Town.