Omoyele Sowore (born 16 February 1971) is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters, and a Presidential candidate for African Action Congress (AAC).
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCAATION
Omoyele Sowore is an indigene of ilaje, Ondo State in South West Nigeria. Sowore was born in the Niger Delta region of the country where he was also raised in a polygamous home with sixteen children. At 12, he learned how to ride a motorcycle so that he could fish at the lake for the entire family before going to school every morning. Sowore’s passion and desire in media were propelled during the military rule in Nigeria.
Sowore studied Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos from 1989 to 1995 with his academic program extended by two extra years after being expelled twice for political reasons and student activism. He was the President of the University of Lagos Student Union Government between 1992 and 1994 where he was keenly involved in anti-cultism and anti-corruption advocacy.
Sowore holds a Master degree in Public Administration from Columbia University.
In 1989, he took part 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.
Sowore led 5,100 students in protest against the Nigerian government in 1992. The protest resulted in police opening fire and seven being killed. Sowore was arrested and tortured. Omoyele was also involved in the demand for the democratic government taking over military rule on June 12, 1993. This resulted in several arrests, detentions and life-threatening treatment by government officials.
Sowore started Sahara Reporters in a small room in Manhattan 2006 to fight against corrupt and wrong government practices. Sahara Reporters is supported by grants donated by the Ford Foundation and Omidyar Foundation. As part of its policy, the medium does not accept adverts and financial support from the Nigerian government.
On February 25, 2018, Sowore announced his intention to run for president in the 2019 Nigerian general election. In 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, Omoyele Sowore emerged unchallenged as the Presidential Candidate for the party.
VISIT TO OAU CAMPUS
On Monday morning, 10th September 2018, Omoyele Sowore took his campaign train to Osun State as he toured the premises of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Before his arrival at oduduwa hall some of the students mocked him saying, if he gets there he his not going to do anything…even when he arrived, many of the students in the hall welcomed him with a lot of abusive languages (locally known as Aaro) even told him prostrate for them. I really felt sorry for him but this man was not moved at all with all everyone was saying about him.
Only to my surprise when the man was called to the podium to make his manifesto to the audience listening, those students who were still making their bullish language within 10 min after he started his speech became the dump, can’t believe the decorum in the hall and students were listening attentively. Omoleye Sowere delivered a 2 hours plus manifesto speech without reading a single word from a booklet which means he is fit to be a knowledgeable leader who can lead this country and save us the reck of the past.
he said and I quote ” every 1st of October many Nigeria governors travel to New York to celebrate independence but himself and his team willingly do send them out of the state to celebrate independence at home and not in another man’s country.”
When a video about one of his visit to the bacassy peninsula was projected. Sowere wept after seeing the condition of some Nigerians living in a hell called Nigeria
There was one thing he mentioned that caught my attention….he said the last time he visited Oau campus in 1998, Oau was beautiful as Europe but now our Nigeria university today can even go as for as giving school uniform to their students and many private universities don’t even allow the the use of smartphones for their students all in the name of “Private University” owned by churches or mosque which Is a denial of right and restriction from digital research and enlightenment
During his speech, there was a 2-3 min power failure and every student shouted “won momo pa ni” (they intentionally did that) but thank God sowere already fueled the generator.
He went further and said during his own time he his going to encourage the export of cannabis but not legalize it cause he said Nigeria is blessed with a lot of resources most especially with a fertile land the support the growth of cannabis sativa (the purest form can only be found in Nigeria) he said this alone can be generating over N14trillion internal revenue to the Nigeria Government yearly and went deep by talking about agriculture with more infrastructure to aid agriculture and did not even say much about oil cause he said in a few years to come electric cars are going to take over fuel powered cars which may diminish the market value if oil.
On the minimum wage saga. He promised an amount of N100,000 minimum wage cause he said if some country that is not up to Nigeria in the standard is giving over $100 (N38,000) to their workers as minimum wage then it will be a disgrace to be giving our Nigeria worker peanut and also making them fight it…
In addition to what he said, the only way money can flow through the economy is through the workers and an increase in purchasing power. He explained further and said when a worker is paid well the rate at which the spend also goes up.
Our politician is being paid minimum of N10,000,000 monthly which is about 2000 workers salary ( 1 man collecting 2000 workers salary). the next thing for him is to carry the money and travel to Dubai and then the money is being kept there thus making our economy go down cause there will be low circulation of money.
When a government worker is given a good salary of N250k there is going to be an increase in the purchasing power of such worker cause he/she will go to the market, get pieces of stuff he needed to take care of her family within the country. The market women he paid will also have money to care for her needs with that money his being thrown into circulation.
“I won’t go deeper than this but I will just say one more thing” from his speech. He said he is going to provide 5,000,000 Job, at such a student asked him a question during the Q&S section. “How are you going to provide 5M jobs.?”.
He replied there are a lot of projects to be done in this country and there is enough money to do them only that our bad leaders are not ready to do anything. He said electric power which is going to be the first project to be commissioned.he will be improving the power from 3000mw to 23000mw across the country. And that alone will require over 100000 workers and labor.
We are not going to be sitting at the level of electric power but also our mountain will not be useless anymore there will be encouragement windmill for power generation. Solar power system and well equipped and functioning research centers and that alone will require over 1000000+ workers both skilled and unskilled. When there is stable power supply big companies will be encouraged to have a site in Nigeria and that alone will be providing more jobs to the citizen.
I will cut the story short there.
This the Martin Luther King, Jr of our time he has faced death fighting for the right of Nigerians. He was among those who fought against military govt for democracy. He was once kidnapped and injected with substance but of has made him hope for us that is when he still alive for us. He became an activist at age 18.Let join hand together and make Sowere our president in 2019.
It is time we stop voting for the greedy who don’t care for the needy except the time they need your count and deceive us with N5000 and some foolish peanut. Its night time we say no and fight for freedom through our vote. Get your PVC now and vote out bad leadership and bring in the good one. We are tired of being sold into slavery for peanut. It is time we removed the government with an analog brain and make use of those with the digital brain. We want what belongs to the masses and not to the politicians
Remember Rwanda was once one of the poorest country in the world and today the 3rd greenest city in the world with a fast developing economy just because they voted for the right in. South Africa got the right leader from Nelson Mandela and made the city the most visited country in Africa.
We want our dignity back. We must take it back.
Omoleye sowere for president under the ruling party of AAC.