"How About A Nigeria Governed By Omoyele Sowore?"

SHARE:

“Sho Baba!” That is Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, being hailed by his friends and fans. He is “my presido” to those who att...

“Sho Baba!” That is Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, being hailed by his friends and fans.

He is “my presido” to those who attended the University of Lagos at the time he was the president of the student union government (SUG).

Easily identified with his signature looks that shows a pan-Africanist, Sowore, who shares his time between New York and Lagos, is always attired in African made cloth, with the string of cowries and beads worn around his neck.

You may or not like his style, the enigma that is Sowore, over the years, has used Sahara Reporters— his citizen journalism media platform— to expose tens of wrongdoings in the Nigeria polity.

“The looters and despoilers of Nigeria may wish you dead but a lion’s liver is a vain wish for dogs,” Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian public intellectual, wrote about Sowore on March 1, when Sahara Reporters clocked 12. “You are the husband of their mothers, the elephant who used them as carpet when they tried to block its path,” Adesanmi added.

Oh well, presidential election is 11 months away and from the colourful flyers flying around, the publisher of Sahara Reporters may be listed on the ballot paper as a presidential aspirant.

A BOY OF HOPE…


Young Sowore

“A boy of hope, but he should work harder for better future,” Sowore’s class teacher at the Community High School Kiribo, Ondo State made this remark on his result— where he had failed Mathematics, one of the core subjects, in 1984.

At age 9, Sowore, being the first child of a family of 24, fished in the lake for his family every morning before going to school. He would fetch water, wood and later, with his dad’s motorbike, he began making a living off helping women to ferry wares to the market.

By the time he was 13 and in class four, he couldn’t bear the burden anymore. His grades in school were terrible and the school principal had grudgingly promoted him to the next class.

Age 14, he finished secondary school with depressing results.

His father, who took his class teacher’s comment on his result as prophesy, sent him to live with one of his uncles, where he was to start school afresh.

Sowore eventually passed his exams and was offered admission into the University of Lagos.

SOWORE, ACTIVIST AND JOURNALIST


Sowore as journalist

Sometime in 1980, a group of policemen invaded Kiribo community where Sowore was growing as a boy. There had been a clash between the policemen and youths in the community who accused the officers of extorting money from market women.

From where Sowore sat inside his mother’s shop, he watched how people were brutalized by the police officers. Women weren’t spared as these officers took turn on them, and one of the rape victims was Sowore’s cousin.

The young Sowore had wished he had all the powers. He struggled from within, but he was just a little boy. That moment, however, the incident would stir the activism in him.

He once recalled; “as I grew up and realized the implication of what I witnessed, I decided to dedicate my life to the fight for human rights.”

Sowore took on activism in a full scale in 1989 at the University of Lagos. As a student activist, he was fully involved in demonstrations and rallies against the military rule of the time. He was a leading voice in the protests against the conditions of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan of $120 million to be used for a Nigerian oil pipeline. One of the loan conditions was to reduce the number of universities from 28 to five.

In 1992, Sowore was elected president of the SUG, and he continued to lead students in protests against government’s draconian policies. Fighting for students’ rights, he was expelled twice by the university authorities. And, more than five times, for constantly speaking against the government, he was arrested by the police and detained for days.


Sowore as an activist

One would have thought Sowore’s activism would end the moment he graduated, he carried the spirit with him to Adamawa state where he did the one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service. The activist corps member was dismissed from the Adamawa State Broadcasting Corporation, his place of primary assignment. On a socio-political show he anchored, he had criticized the circumstances surrounding the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an environmental activist, and this, the offense that led to his dismissal.

On his last day as a corps member, while others went home, Sowore was arrested by men of the state security service and detained for two weeks. His offense this time? While serving, he mobilized his colleagues against the government.

In 1999, Sowore relocated to the US, and in 2006, he took a different area of activism by starting Sahara Reporters.

“Our mission is to do as much evidence-based reporting as possible. We want to make sure that we consistently shame and make life difficult for the thieves plundering Nigeria and holding down the country’s progress,” Sowore said of his news platform.

He had explained that he did not start Sahara Reporters with that original decision to change Nigeria’s media landscape, but soon he realized that the public trusted and yearned for more of his of reporting, and there, he decided to step fully to the plate and give in his best.

Indeed, Sowore has walked the talk. Sahara Reporters has exposed and shamed a considerable number of corrupt officials in Nigeria. Philip Shenon, a former investigative reporter with The New York Times had called Sahara Reporters the Wikileak of Africa.

Sowore, sometimes however, would not want to agree that he is a journalist. Well, he trained as a geographer, and he is more comfortable with the activist badge. He wouldn’t see this as a professional endeavor, and these days, he calls what he does; a continuation of activism.

SOWORE, PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA?


Sowore for president 2019

Sowore’s hatred for corrupt politicians in Nigeria is evident in his decade-long activism, writings and reporting. In his adult life, the 47 year old has continued to fight government institutions, and he cares less about his own safety, he just wants to see a corruption free Nigeria.

“Corruption will not go away if there are no long-term consequences for engaging in corruption,” Sowore would say. “Consequences, consequences, and severe consequences are the only way to curb corruption. There has to be revolutionary justice against corrupt public officers.”

But, who will lead this revolution?



“We may be late to the starting point of the revolution, but we’ll certainly get to the destination sooner than later,” Sowore while addressing his friends in Lagos, recently.

These friends who no longer believe in President Buhari’s ability to fight corruption are now calling on the dogged activist to run in 2019.

Yet to make his intentions known, he, however, recently said, “people are tired of the old order… they no longer want the ODBs and they are moving, we are all moving together!

“There will be no contest, it will be a walkover whenever the people oppressed by the wicked coalition that operates this cruel, inhuman, unjust, unfair and burdensome nation decide to take back their country.”

As his concerned friends wait to see him take up this task, can we imagine a Nigeria under a fearless President Sowore?

COMMENTS

BLOGGER

EMAIL NEWSLETTER$desc=Subscribe to receive inspiration, ideas, and news in your inbox

Name

#bbnaija,2,2018 Scholarships,4,2019,1,2019 elections,3,2face idibia,7,About Us,1,accident,21,Action,1,Adeboye,1,Africa,19,africa news,37,Africam News,1,African Beauty,12,African history,1,african news,5,African Students,2,africatourism,1,Agriculture,17,Almajiri,1,ambode,24,Android,3,Animals,1,anthony joshua,3,APC,30,Apostle Johnson Suleiman,7,Apostle Suleiman,1,Apple,1,Arsenal FC,3,Art,1,article,7,Articles,1,Arts and Culture,4,Assurance Davido,1,ASUU,7,autos,1,Award,31,Ayo Fayose,4,Ayodele Fayose,1,bangladesh,1,barcelona fc,14,basketball,1,bb naija,1,bbcyoruba,1,BBnaija,41,BEAUTY,24,bet awards,1,Beuty,1,beyonce mass,1,biafra,28,Bitcoin,1,Black Panther,3,Blackberry updates,3,Blackpanther,1,blog,2,Blogger,3,Bloggers Hit,22,Blogging,1,bobrisky,1,Boko Haram,86,Boko Haram Crisis,32,Boko-haram,19,Boko-Haran,1,BOKOHARAM,8,Bolo Haram Crisis,5,Bovi,1,boxer,6,boxing,1,Brain Teazer,1,Breaking,133,Breaking News,1593,Breakinh,1,Brealing,1,BREXIT,2,Bruno Mars,1,budget,8,Buhari,196,Buratai,1,bursaries,2,BUSINESS,163,Business Breaking,1,Bussiness,1,CAC church,1,Calabar,1,cambridge exams,3,CAN,2,Cancet,1,career,4,Cars,1,Ceelebrities,1,Celebrities,627,Celebrity,11,Celebs,10,Celerities,8,chamions league,8,champion's league,28,Champions league,2,Champions' League,1,CHEATS,27,chelsea fc,85,chemistry,1,chibok girls,3,Chioma,1,christiano Ronaldo,43,Comedy,10,Commonwealth,2,Corruption,5,Crime,107,Crisis,134,Crisis in Nigeria,57,Culture,1,daddy freeze,1,daily devotion,1,dangote,7,Dansuki,4,Dapchi Girls,1,dapchigirls,1,Dasuki,3,Davido,40,Dbanj,1,Diezani Alison Madueke,1,dino melaye,7,disaster,4,diy,8,dk odukoya,2,DK Olukoya,1,dollar,1,Don Jazzy,1,Donald Trump,82,drug abuse,1,Drugs,7,Earth Science,6,earthquake,1,Easter,3,ecowas,4,Education,270,EFCC,94,Eid-El-Kabir,6,Ekiti,2,ekiti decides,27,Ekiti Elections,2,Ekiti States,1,el rufai,1,ELECTION,51,Election 2019,1,emenuella,1,Emir Kano,4,Employment opportunities,3,En Son Dakika haberleri,1,enter,1,Entertainement,1,Entertainment,1081,Entertainment Latest News,1,Entertainments,3,Entetainment,2,environment,1,EpicGames,2,epl,5,Ese,1,Essay Competitions,1,EU,1,euro2024,1,Europeaun Commission,1,evans,1,event,4,Events,11,Facebook,7,FACEBOOK TRICKS,5,facebook update,28,fani Kayode,3,Fashion,46,father's day,1,Fayose,5,featured,2,federal government,83,Fellowships,1,femi adesina,1,fight,1,finance,74,Finances,1,fitness,3,flavour,1,flood,1,Folorunsho Alakija,1,football,290,football Europa League,1,Foreign,156,Fraud,39,Fuel Scarcity,13,fulani herdsmen,23,Funny,48,FUTURE TECH,16,game,3,gay pastor,2,gist,68,goo,1,Goodluck Jonathan,1,Google,13,google i/o 2018,1,Google9ja,41,google9ja news,997,google9jaNews,3,gossip,28,Gov. Amosun,1,Gov. Fayose,28,graduate jobs,1,Graduates,2,Grammy Award,2,Guinness Book Of Record,1,hack,1,HACKERS,6,hajj,1,Headlines,1,Health,132,healthy food,1,Healthy Living,23,hemp,1,herdsmen,5,Hilarious,2,Hip hop,2,history,1,house of reps,2,hushpuppi,1,Ibadan,3,independence,7,INEC,8,inspirational,6,International Scholarships,3,internet,7,interns,1,Internships,6,interview,2,interviews,1,iphone,17,iphones,2,ipob,1,IS,1,isis,1,israel,2,Israel Palestine crisis,1,JAMB,3,jenifa,8,Jerusalem,2,jibrin,1,Jobs,67,John Terry,1,Jokes,1,Jonathan,1,Jose mourinho,13,justin Timbalake,1,kaduna,20,Kanu Nwakwo,1,Kanye west,1,Kardashian,1,kardashians,1,Kardeshian,1,Kardeshians,1,kelvin hart,1,kelvinhart,1,Kemi olunloyo,1,kidnap,21,kim kardashians,9,kingship,7,Lagos,5,lagos state,49,Lagos train project,1,lai mohammed,3,Lassa Fever,3,Lastest News,2,lat,1,Latest News,956,latest Nigerian jobs,1,Latests News,1,lawyers,3,league,2,Life,2,Life style,96,Lifestyle,35,Lifstyle,1,Linda versus Wizkid,1,Linda vrs Wizkid,1,Linda vrs Wizzy,1,Live Update,1,Live Updates,5,lol,13,London,1,Love,18,Manchester United,28,market place,2,Masters Scholarships,1,mbaka,1,mecca,1,mercy Aigbe,3,Mercy Johnson,1,messi,26,mfm prayer points,8,MFM Prayers,14,MFM Sermons,2,mimiko,1,minimum wage,1,miracle prayers,12,MKO Abiola,2,MMM,3,Mobile Phone,1,Model,1,Model United Nations,2,moji olaiya,1,Money,1,monkeys,1,motivation,4,Movie,52,Movies,3,MTN,1,MTN NIGERIA,10,mugabe,1,MUNPlanet,2,Music,131,NAFDAC,1,Naija,496,Naija News,1,Naija Entertainment,1,Naija New,4,Naija Newa,1,naija news,1170,naira,1,Naira devaluation,3,Naira evaluation,2,nano technology,1,NBA,3,ncc,1,NCCF,1,new,5,New music,19,New Nigeria,2,News,3358,News Nigeria,34,NewsMusic,1,newspapers,4,Niageria,1,Nicki Minaj,1,Niger Delta Avengers,37,Nigeria,17,Nigeria Air,1,Nigeria Latest News,3,Nigeria Latest News online,1,Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper,38,nigerian,21,Nigerian Breaking News,551,Nigerian history,3,Nigerian Jobs,1,Nigerian Latest New,1,Nigerian Latest News,1223,Nigerian Latest News online,15,Nigerian Music Entertainment,1,Nigerian Newpapers,1,Nigerian News,5,Nigerian Newspaper,3,Nigerian Newspapers,1,Nigerian police apptitude test,4,Nigerian politics,6,nigerian senate house,13,Nigerian Students,2,Nigerian Super Eagles,29,Nigerians in south-Africa,3,Nih,1,nlc,1,NLC updates,2,nnamdi kanu,8,NNPC,22,Nollyhood,17,Nollywood,3,NOUN,1,NY crash,1,NYSC,19,NYSC updates,15,Obadanjo,1,Obama,5,Obasanjo,20,October 1st,3,OculusRift,1,oil and gas,1,Olamide,3,Olamide baddo,1,Olusegun Obasanjo,1,omg,1,ondo state,3,ONLINE BIZ,5,Online money,1,only in Nigeria,320,Ooni of Ife,6,ooni-ife,1,opinion,1,Orphans,1,orubebe,1,Osinbajo,2,Osun decides,10,oyo state,8,palestine,1,Pastor E. A Adeboye,1,pastor E.A Adeboye,7,pastor T.B joshua,3,paul pogba,1,PDP,4,phon,1,Phones,35,POLICTICS,1,POLITICS,1646,POLİTİCS,1,POLOTICS,2,PoOLITICS,1,Postgraduate,1,power,1,Power holding,10,prayer,16,prayer points,5,Prayers,3,premier League,79,president,1,Products,1,proud marry,1,Public hearing,1,quiz,1,quotes,4,rat,1,RCCG,2,recruitment,4,Relationship,29,Relationships,129,Religion,112,Reviews,1,Rihana,2,rio olympics,7,ronaldinho,2,Russia 2018,17,russia2018,4,Samsung galaxy s6,1,Samsung updates,3,Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,1,Saraki,1,Satanists,1,Saudi Arabia,1,Schilarships,1,Scholarahips,1,Scholarship,43,Scholarships,68,Scholarships 2018,1,Scholarships for Aricans,1,science,6,Security,71,Senate,2,sex doll,1,Shekau,1,shiites,1,short girls,1,short people,1,sijaona,1,smart phones,23,smartphones,2,snake,1,socal media,1,soccer,2,social,47,Social media,1,South Africa,1,spanish league,17,Sport,17,Sporta,1,Sports,803,stolen mace,1,stolenmace,1,Stories,56,Story,1,Strategy,1,student internships,2,STUDY ABROAD,101,Style,3,Success tips,1,Super Eagles,2,Tech,29,Tech matters,156,Tech News,1,Technology,1,Techs,2,Telecommunication,11,Telecommunications,1,tennis,1,terrorism,1,Test your brain,1,therock,1,TimSweeney,1,tithe,1,tompolo,1,tonto dike,3,Traineeships,1,Travel,6,Trump,3,Turkey,2,Turkieh embassy,1,turkish visa,1,Twitter,2,twitter attacks,14,uganda,1,UK,1,UK News,1,Uncategorized,4,Undergraduate Scholarships,1,Underprivileged Students,1,unemployment,6,United Kingdom,2,Updates,1,US,110,USA,1,usain bolt,1,Useful Hacks,1,UTME,3,vacancy,2,valentine,1,valentine'sday,1,Video,1,Videos,10,viral,1,virallink,4,VirtualReality,2,VISION 2020,7,vr,1,Weird,3,WEIRD NEWS,640,WEİRD NEWS,1,WEIRS NEWS,1,Whatsapp update,2,windows,1,Wired news,2,wizkid,22,wizkid in california,1,world,321,World cup,7,World News,28,World Record,2,World's statistics,1,Yahoo Tech,1,Yaya Toure,1,yemi osinbajo,21,Yobe Girls,1,Yola Girls,1,Yoruba News,1,Youth,7,Youth Opportunities,2,zimbabwe,1,
ltr
item
Google9ja News|Entertainment|Naija News|Nigerian Latest News: "How About A Nigeria Governed By Omoyele Sowore?"
"How About A Nigeria Governed By Omoyele Sowore?"
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-16QzJegbvmc/W8nJtIKGfvI/AAAAAAAAFm4/ZCz0f-7xt3k63BnIlRYsv6afP7mg9GaEgCHMYCw/%255BUNSET%255D
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-16QzJegbvmc/W8nJtIKGfvI/AAAAAAAAFm4/ZCz0f-7xt3k63BnIlRYsv6afP7mg9GaEgCHMYCw/s72-c/%255BUNSET%255D
Google9ja News|Entertainment|Naija News|Nigerian Latest News
https://www.google9ja.com/2018/10/how-about-nigeria-governed-by-omoyele.html
https://www.google9ja.com/
https://www.google9ja.com/
https://www.google9ja.com/2018/10/how-about-nigeria-governed-by-omoyele.html
true
8173235409350904551
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy