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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

PROFILE: Omoyele Sowore, Founder of @SaharaReporters

Mr Omoyele Sowore was born in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria and hails from a little village named 'Kiribo' in Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo State.

He is from a small Yoruba –speaking tribe known as “Ijaw-Apoi”. His father was a local teacher and  mum
a full-time housewife. He's  the first son from a polygamous family and has 16 brothers and sisters.

At 12 he learnt how to ride a motorcycle (Suzuki 100 cc.) so that he could fish at the lake for the entire family before going to school every morning.

Sowore was a Students' Union President of the University of Lagos, Akoka, from 1992 to 1994.

He studied Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos from 1989 to 1995 (for six years), after being expelled twice for political reasons and because of his student activism.

In 1994 he graduated, got his final results in May 1995 and did his Youth Service in Yola, Adamawa State, from 1995-1996 but was never given a discharge certificate till date.

He fled Nigeria to the United States in 1999 for urgent medical treatment of his vital organs.

He has a Masters' degree in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York and graduated in May 2003.

Sowore founded Sahara Reporters, a radical New York based online-media, in 2006,

He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and also the New York College of Technology where all the subjects relating to Africa, especially pre-colonial and post-colonial studies are being taught by him.

Mr. Sowore is based in a seventh-floor office on a stretch of West 29th Street in Manhattan from where he updates his website.

In a recent interview, he disclosed that he has ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ (impeccable sources) in the country’s presidential palace, the Aso Rock Villa, which he said, explains most of his exclusives.

 He is 44 years old.

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