Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore (born 16 February 1971) is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner and founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters.[1]

Omoyele Sowore
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Sowore in 2016
Born (1971-02-16) 16 February 1971 (age 49)
Ondo State, Nigeria
EducationUniversity of Lagos
University of Columbia
Occupationhuman rights activist, blogger, writer, lecturer,


Sowore was born in Ondo State in South West Nigeria. He was born on 16 February 1971 in the Niger Delta region. He was raised in a polygamous home with sixteen children.[2] At 12, he learnt how to ride a motorcycle so that he could fish at the lake for the family before going to school. The military rule in Nigeria affected his passion and desire for media.[3]


Sowore studied Geography and planning at the University of Lagos from 1989 to 1995. He spent two extra years in the university because of political reasons and his student activism. He was the President of the University of Lagos Student Union Government between 1992 and 1994 where he was actively talked against cultism and corruption. He holds a Master degree in Public Administration from University of Columbia. [4]


In 1989, he took part in student demonstrations protesting the conditions of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan of $120 million to be used for a Nigerian oil pipeline. Among the conditions of the IMF loan were to reduce the number of universities in the country from 28 to 5.[5]

Sowore led 2,000 students in protest against the Nigerian government in 1992. During the protests, the police started shooting and seven people killed. Sowore was arrested and tortured. He was also involved in the demand for democratic government taking over military rule in June 12, 1993. This resulted in several arrests, detentions and life threatening treatment by government officials.[6]

Sahara ReportersEdit

Sowore started Sahara Reporters in a small room in Manhattan 2006 to fight against corrupt and wrong government practices. Sahara Reporters is supported by grants donated by the Ford Foundation and Omidyar Foundation. The medium does not accept adverts and financial support from the Nigerian government.[7]

Presidential campaignEdit

On February 25, 2018, Sowore announced his intention to run for president in the 2019 Nigerian general election.[8]


  1. Spiegel, Brendan (2011-11-19). "From Safety of New York, Reporting on a Distant Homeland". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  2. "Meet Omoyele Sowore, The Founder Of Sahara Reporters [Photos] - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  3. "How I Started SAHARA REPORTERS In 2006 - US Based Founder, OMOYELE SOWORE Tells City People | City People Magazine". City People Magazine. 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  4. "Omoyele Sowore (, Blogger, Writer, Lecturer, Human rights activist, Nigeria Personality Profiles". Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  5. "How about a Nigeria governed by President Omoyele Sowore? - TheCable". TheCable. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  6. "An analog brain cannot lead a digital youth population". Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  7. Shenon, Philip (2010-08-12). "Sahara Reporters: Uncovering Nigeria's Corruption". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  8. Bada, Gbenga. "SaharaReporters publisher to contest against Buhari in 2019". Retrieved 2018-05-25.