All Notable Facts You Should Know About Sahara Reporters

Websites You Should Know: Sahara Reporters

Saharareporters is an online news source that gathers reports on corruption, human rights abuse, political misconduct, and other vices in Nigeria. Based in New York City, the Sahara Reporters agency was founded by Omoyele Sowore.

Omoyele Sowore’s passion for the media began in the days of military rule in Nigeria. Seeing how actively involved the media was in criticizing the then ruling government inspired him to pursue a career in journalism. With this desire to expose the ills in society, Sowore began his fiery activism in the University of Lagos where he led the Student Union Government.

He studied Geography and Plannings while engaging in activities to cub cultism in the University. As expected, his role as SUG president earned him some enemies. It is alleged that he survived a cultist attack which made him leave Nigeria to the United States for proper medical care.

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In spite of this, Sowore continued in his quest for active journalism. In 2006, he founded Sahara Reporters in a small room in Manhattan. Sahara Reporters would later transcend to become one of the biggest news sources in Nigeria. It got its big break in 2009 when it became the first news source to identify and publish the photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – a Nigerian man who at the age of 23 was convicted of attempting to blow-up Northwest Airline Flight 253 on Christmas Day in 2009 – also known as the ‘’Underwear Bomber’’. Since then Sahara Reporters has gained great achievement in the Journalism sphere by becoming a respectable news Source.

Few Facts About Omoleye Sowore’s Website Sahara Reporters

• Sahara Reporters was founded by Omoleye Sowore in 2006

• Based in New York, Sahara Reporters is protected by the first amendment.

• Sahara Reporters is supported by the Ford Foundation which donates grants to it. The Ford Foundation has donated over $175000 over the past two years.

• In December 2009, Sahra Reporters gained worldwide publicity by being the first news source to identify and publish the photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, also known as the ‘Underwear Bomber’. Umar Farouk is a suspected terrorist accused of attempting to blow-up Northwest Airline Flight on Christmas day by detonating a bomb that exploded in his underwear.

• Sahara Reporters has gained a large following both in Nigeria and amongst Nigerians in Diaspora.

• Sahara Reporters has received various threats from individuals whose illegal activities have been exposed on the website.

• Sahara Reporters was dubbed the ‘’Wikileaks of Africa’’ by The Daily Beast.

• Since its inception in 2006, Sahara Reporters has published over 5000 stories.

• Omoleye Sowore declared interest to run for president in the 2019 elections.


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