Meet Saniniu Laizer – A Local Miner Turned Millionaire After Digging Huge Gemstones Worth £2.4million

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Saniniu Laizer
Saniniu Laizer

The Tanzanian small-scale miner Saniniu Laizer vowed to use earnings to build a school and shopping mall.

A Tanzanian miner and father-of-30 who became an overnight millionaire by digging up huge gemstones worth £2.4million has found and sold another piece worth £1.5million.

Saniniu Laizer made the sale at a trading event attended by hundreds after discovering the 6.3kg Tanzanite stone.

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It follows the small-scale miner, finding two other chunks of the gemstone last month in one of the tanzanite mines in the north of the country, which are surrounded by a wall to control cross-border smuggling of the valuable mineral.

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Locals were excited in the build-up to today’s sale and other miners were surprised by Mr Laizer’s fortunate finds but ‘acknowledged perseverance may have something to do with it’, according to the BBC’s Aboubakar Famau.

Saniniu Laizer

The 52-year-old, who has four wives and 30 children, previously vowed to use some of his earnings to build a school and a shopping mall in his community, adding that many locals can’t afford to pay for their children’s education.  

But Mr Laizer insisted that his lifestyle would not change and that he would continue to look after his herd of 2,000 cows.

The first gemstone weighed 20lb while the second weighed 11lb, a mines ministry spokesperson said.

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