FULL NAME: Omoyele Sowore
DATE OF BIRTH: Born 16 February 1971 [ currently 48 years old]
PLACE OF BIRTH : Ondo State, Nigeria
STATE OF ORIGIN : Ondo State [Ese-Odo, Ondo State]
NET WORTH 2017 : His network will be decleared if he wins
WEBSITE : saharareporters.com https://aacparty.org/
OCCUPATION: POLITICIAN: Human rights activist, blogger, writer, lecturer,
MARITAL STATUS: Married
EDUCATION: University of Lagos and Columbia University
This article is going to be focusing on Omoyele Sowore , the a owner of Sahara Reporters, and Nigeria presidential candidate for 2019 election under the platform of African Action Congress (AAC). Yes! Omoyele Sowore has become one of the most talked about man in the country Nigeria today , it’s not for a bad reason ; it’s because he is a Presidential candidate for African Action Congress (AAC).
Almost everyone knows this man now and if you don’t know him but you must have heard of him. This is his official biography where you all shall be getting to know everything about the reporter turned politician.
Sowore is leading a political movement with the slogan #TakeItBack and he’s aspiring to be the President of Nigeria. He is a man of his word and he is presently representing and engaging Nigerians anywhere and everywhere he can find them on the surface of the earth — public places, markets, town hall meeting, social media and live call in programmes etc .
This young man with a big dream to take Nigeria to a better place has been able to win heart with his dreams for Nigeria and there has never in the history of Africa’s politicking has a presidential aspirant traversed the globe to spread his message of hope and prosperity. He is winning more hearts as we speak and there are indications that he might come out in 2019 presidential election with a flying colors.
Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters, and currently fighting for the seat of Nigeria president under the umbrella of African Action Congress (AAC).
Early life, Background and Education
Omoyele Sowore was born on February 16, 1971 in Kiribo village (a rural setting with agrarian lifestyle) in Ondo State, South West of Nigeria. The man with a big dream is from Ese-Odo, Ondo State in South West Nigeria. Contrary to popular belief, Sowore is of Ijaw Apoi tribe and not the Ilaje tribe in Ese-Odo.
He was raised in a polygamous home with 16 children. He is a man who has always aspired for great thing from his childhood years, he learnt how to ride a motorcycle at 12 so that he could fish at the lake for the entire family before going to school every morning.
He is a patriotic Nigeria who has consistently supported social justice and fairness for all. Omoyele Sowore is a 47-year-old Nigerian, he graduated from the prestigious University of Lagos where he majored in Geography and Regional Planning and was President of the Students Union Government during his time in the school.
Just few years into his education in the University, he quickly became a model of leadership that reverberated across the University campuses in Nigeria at the time. A lot of Nigerian student can testify to this , he has been a very hardworking and spirited man right from the age of 21.
He studied Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos from 1989 to 1995. His academic program extended by two extra years after being expelled twice for political reasons and student activism. This didn’t stop him from completing his education because he tries as much as possible to do what is right irrespective of what awaits him as his detriment.
Throughout Sowore adult life till present, he has consistently supported social justice and fairness for everyone in the country. Even in the most difficult circumstances that include threat to his life and his family, Sowore never relented and testimonies abound of his doggedness.
Career [Activism And Sahara Reporters]
The whole thing started in 1989 when he participated 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. The bold and dogged man led fine thousand , one hundred students  in protest against the Nigerian government in 1992. The protest resulted in police opening fire and killing seven people.
He was subsequently arrested and tortured because he participated in the demonstration that lead to the killing of seven people. He has also be involved in the demand for democratic government taking over military rule in June 12, 1993. This fight led to the arrest of several people who were detained and threatened.
He founded his news platform Sahara Reporters in a small room in Manhattan 2006 . According to him, his major intention for starting his website was to fight against corrupt and wrong government practices. Sahara Reporters is supported by grants donated by the Ford Foundation and Omidyar Foundation. The portal has been widely applauded for not accepting any form of advert or financial support from the Nigerian government.
Sowore announced his intention to run for president in the 2019 Nigerian general election on February 25, 2018. This came as a shock to everyone because nobody saw this coming. Despite the fact that he has also stood against oppression and expose corrupt politicians in the country, nobody knew he would want to participate in politics.
Fast forward to August 2018, he founded a political party, the African Action Congress (AAC), for which he will run for in 2019. On October 6, 2018, following successful primary elections at the AAC’s national convention, he emerged unchallenged as the Presidential Candidate for the party.
He has toured many states in Nigeria, he visited many dignitaries such as the Emir of Kano. He also embarked on fundraising tour around the world including Australia, the United States of America and the UK. He was in Luton (London) on the 10th of November, 2018.
This man is now a Nigerian politician and he’s practising politics differently. From observations, Nigerians want him as their new president and we hope he come out successful.