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Full Name: Omoyele Sowore.
Date of Birth: February 16, 1971, Niger Delta.
Origin: Ondo State.
Nationality: Nigerian
Occupation(s): Blogger, Writer, Lecturer, Human rights activist.
Years active: 2006 – present.

Twitter: @yelesowore
Omoyele Sowore is a human rights and pro-democracy campaigner. He is founder and publisher of the much-cited, website of citizen journalism, supplying videos, photos, news stories and commentaries that expose official corruption and abuse in Nigeria’s government.
Mr. Sowore is an indigene of Ondo State in South West Nigeria. He was born on February 16, 1971 in the Niger Delta region of the country where he was also raised. He studied geography and planning at the University of Lagos and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Colombia University. He teaches Modern African History at the City University of New York and Post Colonial African History at the School of Art, New York.
While in the University of Lagos, he was deeply involved in anti – military demonstrations and student unionism which ultimately culminated in his election as the President of the Student Union Government where he served between 1992-1994. His activism began in 1989, when 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 — the IMF loan conditions were to reduce the number of universities in the country from 28 to just 5.
In 1992 at University of Lagos, Sowore led 2,000 students in protest against Nigeria’s notorious kleptocracy. Police opened fire, killing seven. Sowore was arrested, interrogated and beaten, and later found out his family too had been put under pressure. But he refused to back down in the struggle for decent education in his country. He was an active participant in the June 12 pro-democracy struggle.
For his vociferous anti – government campaigns, he was harassed, arrested and detained for about 8 times in various detention centers. He almost lost his life in Abacha ‘ s gulag. Since that tragic baptism of fire, Sowore has remained consistent in his struggle to emancipate his country from the clutches of the racketeers and plunderers. He fled the country to the United States in 1999 from where he has continued to launch his anti – corruption missiles against the corrupt Nigerian ruling class using his website – SaharaReporters.
SaharaReporters, the scion of the Nigerian establishment and nemesis of the corrupt, was birthed in 2005 but became operative from 2006. It 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.
Omoyele Sowore represents different things to different people depending on ones social, economic and political leaning. To the corrupt politicians, the ruling class and their paid and unpaid apologists, Sowore is a tool in the hands of the opposition – a wild, unsubstantiated and indefensible charge that is yet to be proven with cogent and verifiable evidence. However, to the incorruptible and liberated victims of misrule, corruption and dictatorship, he represents the audacious candle that brightens the scars inflicted on the soul of our nation.
Like other conscientious activists, Sowore has suffered myraids of mundane lacerations and mischievous recriminations. He has lived with vain, unabated and hate inspired labelling, principal of which are that he is; a rouble rouser, an attention seeking activist, blackmailer, opposition propagandist, etcetera. Despite this seeming desperation by his adversaries, he remains unperturbed. At the risk of being accused of engaging in sanctimonious glorification of Mr. Sowore, I dare say that he is a respectable part of the microscopic cast of mind that constitutes the ‘Conscience of the Nigerian Nation’.
How can we expect a man whose medium endangers the monstrous elements ravaging our collective patrimony and aspirations to be live without enemies and attacks? How can we expect those whose murderous, scandalous and criminal activities have been exposed by SaharaReporters to wish Omoyele Sowore well? Such expectation can only be induced by crass naivety. Indeed, if it were possible, our successive government would have silenced him for taking them to the cleaners.
It was SaharaReporters that forced an associate of convicted ex Delta State governor Mr. James Ibori, Emmanuel Enaboifo, out of his exalted position as finance director of a bi-national commission that oversees the oil-rich zone owned by Nigeria and Sao Tome & Principe. No sooner had the Nigerian President appointed Mr. Enaboifo to the post than Sowore unmasked him as a fugitive who fled the United States, after a U.S. District Court convicted him of bank fraud. Two weeks after the publication, Mr. Enaboifo stepped down.
Earlier in January 2008, the site exposed Mrs. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, a former senator and daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as a hunted fugitive wanted in the U.S. over a child custody case. Even former head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption organization, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, did not escape Mr. Sowore’s searchlight. In series of articles, mostly backed by documentary evidence, he accused her of pilfering her agency’s funds and receiving bribes from governors and ministers, in exchange for ignoring their own looting of public funds. In the end, she was fired with corruption offered as one of the reasons.
Born Oluwafeolami Durotoye on May 12, 1971 in Ibadan the Capital City of Oyo State, Nigeria to Sisi Addy and Bros Toks. Oluwafeolami means God has enlarged my territory.
From Ibadan, Fela Durotoye’s family moved to Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria in 1972. It was at Ile-Ife, still in the South-Western part of Nigeria that Fela grew up. Ile-Ife prides itself as the cradle of the Yoruba race and it is a university town. His family lived on the campus staff quarters and Fela would be educated there.
At Ile-Ife, Fela had his primary and secondary education. He attended the Staff Children’s School between 1974 and 1981, and Moremi High School between 1981 and 1986.
After his primary and secondary education, Fela Durotoye proceeded to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with Economics. He later bagged a Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) as well as a Master of Philosophy Degree (M.Phil) in Strategic Management.
Fela Durotoye also studied and graduated at the Kennedy School of Government at the world famous Harvard University, Boston (Massachusetts).
He also attended High impact Leadership for a better society Program at the world class Yale University, New Haven (Connecticut) and The Leadership Institute, Arlington (Virginia) all in the United States of America. Fela is also a certified leadership coach of the John Maxwell Team.
In 2015, Fela completed the Executive Seminar program on Strategy, Innovation & Governance with specific focus on Sustainability for NGOs and Corporate Organizations at the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan-Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
In 2015, Fela Durotoye completed the supernumerary police training program at the Nigerian Police Training College situated in Ikeja, the Lagos State Capital and received the Distinguished Student Award at his graduation and passing out parade.
Fela Durotoye Career
Fela currently lectures Ethical Leadership at Stanford University| Seed Program to CEO’s of businesses with operations across Africa.
His professional career began in 1992 as a Project Finance Analyst in Ventures and Trusts Limited. He would later join Phillips Consulting Limited (PCL) in 1998 where he did very well and rose to head the Customer Service Group.
As head of the Customer Service Group at Phillips Consulting, Fela designed and facilitated several customer service and personal mastery training programs and retreats.
Fela founded V.I.P CONSULTING Limited in 2000 and did not take long to gain reputation as one of the leading experts in the area of Customer Management and Workforce Activation in Nigeria.
In 2007, V.I.P Consulting was transformed to Visible Impact Limited. This successfully turned what used to be a management consulting firm into a social enterprise.
This transformation or re-branding of the company added to its existing Consulting group, four other divisional groups comprising the Project Management group, the Multimedia group as well as the Investment Management and Foundation groups to the new Visible Impact corporate structure.
Fela Durotoye is now a sought-after Business Strategist and has over a decade hands-on industry experience in the facilitation of Management Retreats across financial banking system, multinational & indigenous firms.
He has a unique command of inspirational leadership that enables even the most successful executives aspire to greater things beyond their perceived boundaries of possibilities.
Fela’s clients in the Banking & Investment sector include Access Bank, GTBank, First Bank, Zenith Bank, First City Monument Bank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, ARM Investment Management, Vetiva Asset and Management Ltd, Cordros Capital.
His clients in the Oil and Gas sector include Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, Oando, Total, Addaxx Petroleum, Masters Energy, Bell Oil and Gas and Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company NLNG.
In the telecommunications sector, his clients include Airtel, MTN, Etisalat and Multichoice Nigeria.
In the Manufacturing and FMCG space, his clients include, Peugeot Automobiles, Printserve, Lafarge, Procter and Gamble, Unilever, Nestle, Sanofi Aventis and Pfizer.
In the multilateral and public sectors, his clients include Eko Electricity Development Company (EKEDC), Benin Electricity Development Company (BEDC), African Finance Corporation, The European Union (EU Nigeria office), The Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) as well as the state governments of Lagos, Oyo, Kwara, Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Rivers, Ondo and Ekiti. He is also a board member of several companies in our dear country, Nigeria.
Fela is presently the chairman of the boards of Directors of some of Nigeria’s leading companies which include House Of Tara International, a leading beauty company in Nigeria with over 4,000 beauty representatives, 22 beauty studios &and 12 make-up schools; Homebase Mortgage Bank Limited, a foremost mortgage institution led by Mr. Femi Johnson who is also the president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria; I-ASPIRE Media, Operators of Nigeria’s premier inspiration and leadership radio, and ORBRA ICT, manufacturers of cutting edge smartphones, tablets, smart devices and accessories.
Fela is also on the advisory board of Nigeria Canada Forum (NCF) based in Regina Canada.
Fela Durotoye Personal Life
Fela is married to Tara, one of Nigeria’s celebrated make-up artists. She is a beauty entrepreneur and the CEO of House of Tara International and together, they have three children, all boys: Mobolurin, Oluwademilade and Morolaoluwa.
Fela Durotoye Net Worth
As at the time of writing, the net worth of Fela Durotoye is currently unknown but it is believed that he’s very well to do, seeing that he has greatly risen to the top from humble beginnings.
Credits: Sowore Omoyele's profile culled from Nigeria Galleria
Fela Durotoye's profile culled from Nigerian Infopedia