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Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by henryanna36: 5:09pm On Oct 23, 2015
Omoyele Sowore is one of the legends of our time.The young man who is in his 40s is the founder of Sahara Reporters.

Family Background

Born into a polygamous family with sixteen siblings, Omoyele Sowore developed his passion for the media in the days of military rule in Nigeria. According to him, the vibrant criticism from the media then towards the ruling government gave him a sense of direction of what he wanted to do.

So, when he left Nigeria in 1999 for the United States for proper treatment after the cultists’ attacks, he knew he would not stop serving his fatherland. In 2006, he founded Sahara Reporters in a small room in Manhattan.

It was not until December 2006 that Sahara Reporters became an international household name as the first news source to identify and publish the photo of  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Since then, it has published over 5,000 stories and has a massive followership within and without Nigeria.

Though Sowore practices his citizen journalism in New York where he is protected by the First Amendment Rights, he receives several news tips and beats from even reporters in Nigeria whose editors are afraid to use their controversial stories. He “resumes” work by midnight, New York time, when many Nigerians are already up and about.

How it all began

The fiery activism of this man in his 40s got national prominence between 1992-1994, when he led the Students Union Government of the University of Lagos. When his mates chose the glittering broad way of life, he combined his Geography lectures with a firm determination to put a stop to cultism in the university.

As is expected in every life situation, his adversaries could not bare his torture anymore and chose to put a stop to him. It is alleged that on a fateful day in 1994, some of these cultists came in their number to beat, torture, strip Unclad and inject him with lead.

The threats

Those whose ox have been gored have not failed to threaten Omoyele and his team. He explains that it is for this reason he sometime does not publish evidence or names of the reporter so that the well-meaning person will not be traced and unjustly punished.

To be able to thrive with its increasing growth rate, Sahara Reporters is supported by grants donated by the Ford Foundation and the Omidyar Foundation. Contrary to what many might think, the name “Sahara” was given based on a passionate drive to kick up a storm in Nigeria, not based on a geographical location.

On the side, when he is not revealing some hard truths about the Nigerian government, Omoyele is teaching in School of Visual Arts, New York or giving a talk somewhere.

Controversies

However, that story, as with many others concerning Omoyele, has been met with a lot of controversies. Many claim that Omoyele was actually a brutal cultist fighting other rival cults with his SUG sit-tight presidency. It is said that it was when these rival cultists felt they had enough of his troubles that they attacked him while he was attacking another cultist. Those who validate this report opine that lead cannot be harmful except given in large quantities. Hence, the cultists could not have injected him with lead if they really meant to do him harm.

Still on the controversies, many have also said that Omoyele’s Sahara Reporters is a strong media tool used by Omoyele to extort money from politicians. They also say that he is in the pockets of some political officers who have given him cash or kind to ridicule their rivals on his online platform.

One of the most popular controversies is that it was alleged that Omoyele received a huge gift from sitting President Mohammed Buhari to ridicule former President Goodluck Jonathan during this year’s election campaigns.

Source: http://trezzy2.blogspot.com/2015/10/meet-omoyele-sowore-founder-of-sahara.html

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Swaycater(m): 5:13pm On Oct 23, 2015
I Remembered when they reported that Allison Madueke had cancer, She and her Supporters abused Sahara reporters,


But today, she is begging for prayers.. When your book of remembrance is opened you cannot help but read what is written on it.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Badgers14: 5:14pm On Oct 23, 2015
cheesy
Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by kossyablaze(m): 5:19pm On Oct 23, 2015
Too young to give PDP sleepless nights like Lion of Ubima...KOSISOCHUKWU wen u go find ur own eh?....*gives himself a thunderous knock for head*

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by resty4(m): 5:22pm On Oct 23, 2015
He is a bokoharamist n bh along w apc is his most loyal n price patronizers.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by tobtap: 5:30pm On Oct 23, 2015
the DESTROYER of pdp grin grin cheesy cheesy

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Niyeal(m): 5:32pm On Oct 23, 2015
Ok
Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by maryam6(f): 5:32pm On Oct 23, 2015
resty4:
He is a bokoharamist n bh along w apc is his most loyal n price patronizers.
when will u stop frustrating urself?

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by dustmalik: 5:34pm On Oct 23, 2015
This is the man that gave birth to the best investigate journalism outfit in Nigeria. We need more of his kind

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by kosovo(m): 5:56pm On Oct 23, 2015
This low-life, we know his pathetic past..

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by onoikenna: 5:57pm On Oct 23, 2015
Great man,very inspiring story

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Dannyset(m): 6:16pm On Oct 23, 2015
Omoyel Sowore(Sahara Reporters)+Lai Mohammed=Dead PDP

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Ioannes(m): 6:16pm On Oct 23, 2015
I really like this guy. hate or like him, he is a force to reckon with. pdp's nemesis indeed. lol.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by widowhusband: 6:23pm On Oct 23, 2015
who knows him in uni? was he really a cultist sorry FRATANITY member, i almost forgot

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by tdayof(m): 6:45pm On Oct 23, 2015
resty4:
He is a bokoharamist n bh along w apc is his most loyal n price patronizers.
in English please?
Rubbish.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by EdCure: 6:54pm On Oct 23, 2015
kosovo:
This low-life, we know his pathetic past..
Your wrong choice of words exposes how much of a clumsy turd you are. You don't even know what you're saying.

By their idiocy we shall know them.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by simplycarro: 6:57pm On Oct 23, 2015
kosovo:
This low-life, we know his pathetic past..
Sowore we know
You, who know you? If you die today,you just add to the statistics

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by TonyeBarcanista(m): 7:02pm On Oct 23, 2015
The founder of APC propaganda machine.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by ellabooz(f): 7:04pm On Oct 23, 2015
Hypocrite of the highest order. He is even a low life under dog- cultist. Shame on you bro.

I have be wondering why does this media outfit exhibits double standards not knowing he is from ............

Hypocrite is in them like peak.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by SUBWAY101: 7:18pm On Oct 23, 2015
TonyeBarcanista:
The founder of APC propaganda machine.

While you are a lowlife PDP pay per post dunce.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Pavore9: 7:19pm On Oct 23, 2015
The power of one man....he really rattled the past administration, the combined forces of Abati, Metuh & Co were easy wash-away despite the enormous resources at their disposal!

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by IlekeHD: 7:21pm On Oct 23, 2015
Handsome ingenious Yoruba man.

Yorubas also control information and communication in Nigeria grin

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by solid3(m): 7:24pm On Oct 23, 2015
Abeg, which kin toothpaste him dey use?

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by baby124: 7:26pm On Oct 23, 2015
He's Ijaw.
IlekeHD:
Handsome ingenious Yoruba man.
Yorubas also control information and communication in Nigeria grin
ellabooz:
Hypocrite of the highest order. He is even a low life under dog- cultist. Shame on you bro.
I have wondering why does this media outfit exhibits double standards nothing knowing he is from ............
Hypocrite is in them like peak.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by IlekeHD: 7:29pm On Oct 23, 2015
baby124:
He's Ijaw.

Ijaw man with tribal marks?

So an Ijaw brought another Ijawn down from his high pedestal?

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by baby124: 7:30pm On Oct 23, 2015
IlekeHD:


Ijaw man with tribal marks?

So an Ijaw brought another Ijawn down from his high pedestal?
His mother is Yoruba and father Ondo Ijaw. The tribal marks are probably his mother's doing.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by IlekeHD: 7:31pm On Oct 23, 2015
baby124:

His mother is Yoruba and father Ondo Ijaw. The tribal marks are probably his mother's doing.

Ondo Ijaw? Are you smoking? You're not taking Ondo with your deluded ND Repub./Biafra undecided


@all the biafran touts quoting me, no such thing as Ondo Ijaw.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by smsshola(m): 7:46pm On Oct 23, 2015
Hmmm to every story there are two sides bros u inspire me..wailers shu wail.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by qualityovenbake(m): 8:00pm On Oct 23, 2015
The media is a powerful tool and APC wielded it to its own advantage. PDP never saw it coming.

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by idu1(m): 8:05pm On Oct 23, 2015
I like the guy.....

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Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by Richie0974: 8:30pm On Oct 23, 2015
Ok
Re: Omoyele Sowore,The Founder Of Sahara Reporters(photos) by AYOdeji2102: 8:30pm On Oct 23, 2015
Ok

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