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Mr. Omoyele Sowore is the founder of Sahara Reporters and Presidential aspirant of African Action Congress (AAC) and will be contesting in the February 16, 2019 Presidential Elections.
In this edition of Know Your Presidential Candidate (KYPC) ahead of 2019 General Elections, we’ll tell you what we know about Omoyele Sowore, the founder of Sahara Reporters.
Quick facts about Omoyele Sowore
- Age: 47 years
- Birthday: February 16
- Home town: Kiribo
- LGA: Ese Odo
- State of origin: Ondo State
- Activism: Yes
- Education: University of Lagos; Columbia University
- Political Party: African Action Congress (AAC)
- Political antecedent: Former Student Union leader
- Marital Status: Married with kids
- Net worth: Unknown, but he’s likely to be making at least US$1,324 / day (N479,393.92) from Sahara Reporter alone (find details below)
The dogged, never relenting Sowore was raised in a polygamous home and his love for the media as a tool to fight oppression and abuses began during the dark days of the military government in Nigeria.
He was able to survive the oppression and went ahead to establish an online publishing platform Sahara Reporters some years after.
Omoyele Sowore State of origin
He’s from Kiribo (Ijaw-Apoi) Ese-Odo local government of Ondo State. His village is one of the riverine villages in Ondo State. They are blessed with fishes, no wonder their major source of livelihood is fishing.
Sowore actually terrorized the fishes in their abode while he was growing up. Report says he would fish at the river for the entire family before going to school every morning.
Omoyele Sowore Educational Background & Activism
After his secondary school education, he gained admission at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), South West, Nigeria, to study Geography and Regional Planning from 1989 to 1995.
He could not complete his course within the stipulated years because of his student activism and for his affront on the military rule of that time.
He was the President of the Student Union Government at UNILAG between 1992 and 1994.
The oppression within the system would not discourage him from competing his first degree at UNILAG, where he bagged B.Sc.
- Anti–military demonstrations and student unionism at UNILAG
- Led demonstrations against International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan of $120 million to be used for a Nigerian oil pipeline — the IMF loan conditions were to reduce the number of universities in the country from 28 to just 5.
- Led over 2,000 students in protest against Nigeria’s military rule, where police killed seven students
- June 12 pro-democracy struggle member
National Youth Service
He went for one year compulsory youth service in Yola, Adamawa State, from 1995-1996. Report says he was never given a discharge certificate till date.
He later proceeded to the Columbia University, where he bagged Masters degree in Public Administration (May 2003).
Sowore as a lecturer
- He teaches Modern African History at the City University of New York
- Teaches Post Colonial African History at the School of Art, New York.
- He also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York
- He teaches pre-colonial and post-colonial related courses at New York College of Technology
The origin of Sahara Reporters
Sowore started his online publishing platform in Manhattan 2006 to fight against corrupt and bad policies by Nigeria’s government.
According to him:
“When I began writing and publishing content on the internet, I was only hoping to reach a few like-minded readers to share opinions and information about the rot in our society. By then I had been away for a few years, I was nostalgic and later angry about the disappointing condition of Nigeria under democratic rule, but most importantly, being a voracious consumer of Nigerian news, I was appalled by the way the media lapsed into a conniving coma,” City People quoted him as saying.
Sahara Reporters, according to wikipedia, has received financial support from some of global foundations like Ford Foundation and Omidyar Foundation.
Answering an interview question about what motivated him to start Sahara reporters, Sowore said:
“I did not start as Sahara Reporters. The initial intention was to use my passion to provide information to the public in such a way that they could be moved to act and to protect their rights from being trampled upon by politicians and the elite in general. It was an attempt to use my rights as enshrined in the constitution, as well as international instruments, to receive and legitimately share information without applying for a government license to do so.”
Sahara Reporters Headquarters
Seventh-floor, West 29th Street in Manhattan, New York City City
Success recorded by Sahara reporters
The online platform has recorded a lot of ground breaking exclusive stories, a specific one that drew the attention of the entire world was:
In December 2009, Sahara Reporters was the first to identify and publish the photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the son of a renowned banker Alhaji Abdulmutallab, who was said to have made attempt to blow-up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day by detonating a plastic bomb that exploded in his underwear.
Who is Omoyele Sowore wife?
We’ve also hear people ask: Is Sowore married? Our research shows that he is happily married with kids, we do not know his wife’s name. It’s matter of choice for a public person to keep his family out of public glare. For security reasons, we think.
What’s Omoyele Sowore Net Worth?
We may not be able to provide an accurate figure of the net worth of Sahara Reporters founder Omoyele Sowore.
But we are going to use the value of his online medium Sahara Reporters to tell you what he’s likely to be earning daily from the platform he founded in more a decade ago.
In search of his net worth, we headed to Worth of Web, the largest online portal that specifically collates data of a domain and use some powerful metrics to measure the worth of such domain.
According to worthofweb here is what Sowore may be earning daily, weekly, monthly, and annually from Sahara reporters alone:
Estimated revenue of Sahara Reporters per day:
$ 1,324 / day (N479,393.92 Nigerian Naira)
Estimated revenue of Sahara Reporters per month:
$ 39,720 / month (14,381,817.60 Nigerian Naira)
Estimated revenue per year:
$ 476,640 / year (172,581,811.20 Nigerian Naira)
Check some other data about his online platform
Estimated pageviews per day:
441,363 pageviews / day
Estimated pageviews per month:
13,240,890 pageviews / month
Estimated pageviews per year:
158,890,680 pageviews / year
What’s Sowore Net Worth?
If according to worth of web, saharareporters.com worth $ 2,168,800 (785,279,104.00 Nigerian Naira), he could possibly make double of that amount if that domain name is put up for sale today.
Why will someone sell a domain that is bringing in 14,381,817.60 Nigerian Naira per month?
He is also into other activities like teaching and lecturing that we believe are bringing him lots of UD Dollars, but we can’t confirm that at the time of compiling this report. We’ll keep this post updated.
Sowore under the African Action Congress (AAC) ticket will be contesting in Nigeria’s Presidential Elections in 2019.
Before his name was forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he, on February 25, 2018, Sowore announced his intention to run for president in the 2019.
“We must work to realise the dream of a new Nigeria, where we would be able to send our children to school and where the black man will be proud of the Nigerian nation. We must say enough is enough. Those who are taking Nigeria into the future are here with us,” he said during his party’s convention in Lagos.
Our final thought:
We Omoyele Sowore the best as he takes the bold step in 2019 Presidential Election.
- City People Online