Omoyele Sowore was the youngest candidate in the 2019 presidential election. The 47 years old Ondo indigene may be young but he is not new to politics. In fact, his political career began during his time t the University of Lagos. He is an activist, a politician, and a businessman. He is the founder of online media platform, Sahara Reporters. He may have lost in this year presidential election but that is not the end of his political career.
Omoyele Sowore was born into a polygamous family of sixteen on February 16, 1971. Surprisingly, he was a fisherman and he managed to combine his education with his fishing activities to help the family. Sowore came to Lagos after his secondary school education. Omoloye Sowore gained admission into the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to study Geography and Plannings. He finished in 1995 and was once the President of the University of Lagos’s Student Union Government (SUG). His days at the University were tough and challenging. He was suspended twice due to his political involvements and anti-management practices. As a result, he spent six years in school. He was actively involved in different activities of activism and this created a lot of attention towards him. He holds a Master’s degree in public administration from Colombia University. In addition, he thought Modern African History at the City University of New York and Post Colonial African History at the School of Art, New York.
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At the age of 18, he has already started showing interest in politics. He started getting involved inthe anti-government protest and political activities. His popularity began to rise during his days in the school in 1992. He led a peaceful protest turned violent against the government of General Ibrahim Babangida. The protest eventually led to the death of seven students after a confrontation with the Nigerian Police. As a result, Omoyele Sowore was arrested and tortured by men of the Nigerian police force for leading the protest.
A year later, he took part in the June 12 protest against the same government of General Babangida as a result of the annulment of the Presidential elections. Furthermore, he suffered a cult attack in 1999 which led to a lot of injuries. Hence, he left the country for the United States and founded an online news platform called Sahara Reporters in 2006. At the end of December 2009, Sahara Reporters was already famous. It became the first platform to publish the identity Abdulmutallab Faruk Umar, the Nigerian Al Qaeda failed suicide bomber. Sahara Reporters is now recognized globally as an African News agency. Omoyele Sowore declared his political ambitions on February 25th, 2018 and took part in the 2019 presidential election.
Sowore net worth may not be known but Sahara Reporters is believed to be worth around $10 million. The online media platform is funded by different multinational foundations
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