Omoyele Sowore interviewed by Edmund Obilo Last Week Saturday on Inspiration 100.5 FM Ibadan.
THE OMOYELE SOWORE INTERVIEW
Omoyele Sowore is the publisher of Sahara Reporters an online publication known for the revealing insights of its stories.
He left Nigeria in 1999 for the United States of America (USA) after a brush with death. Cultists suspected to be students of the University of Lagos had attacked him leaving him for death, but he was rescued by fellow students who rallied to his side.
In 2006, he founded Sahara Reporters in New York to cause media disruption in Nigeria in the interest of the common good.
He studied Geography and Planning at the University of Lagos and later bagged a Masters degree from the prestigious Columbia University in the United States.
His life has moved from a childhood of hardship to adulthood of struggle for a better society.
As the Student Union President of the University of Lagos from 1992 – 1994, he led protests to resist the highhandedness of the military in the most dangerous of circumstances. He would have been killed by the blood thirsty juntas that held Nigeria in its throes.
The fisher boy from Kiribo in Ondo State has come of age. He can’t stand the leadership decadence in Nigeria anymore. To all who cares to listen, he says the time for revolutionary leadership is now, the reason on February 25, 2018; he declared his intention to run for president in 2019.
Omoyele Sowore is a pan-Africanist. He believes the recent African Continental Free Trade Area Treaty signed by more than 40 African countries would remove trade barriers and eventually allow free movement, creating a common market across the continent. He frowns at Nigeria’s refusal to sign the agreement.
Is he a boy of hope as his secondary school teacher described him?
Is he inconsequential as a Nigeria’s Minister of Communication called him?
While he attempts the questions, his date with destiny comes with its own worries.
Anyway, the ball’s in your court now.