Tom Block, founder of the Institute of
Prophetic Activist Art, Sowore Omoyele
and the painting by Tom of Sowore, at
the inaugural opening of the Human Rights
Painting Project in Washington DC, 2003.
Sowore Omoyele to visit the
Institute of Prophetic Activist Art
Sowore Omoyele will be visiting the next session of the Institute, to discuss his activist beginnings in Nigeria, as well as the inspiration for his beginning "Sahara Reporters," an online newsmagazine which gives the real story about what is going on inside of his native country.
I first met Sowore when he spoke at the inaugural exhibition of my Human Rights Painting Project, at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington DC in April 2003. I was deeply impressed with him then - he was, at the time, a student at Columbia University - and have followed his career since. I'm excited and honored that he will be visiting the Institute to share his experiences with the participants.
Sahara Reporters is an online news agency based in New York City that focuses on promoting citizen journalism by encouraging everyday people to report stories about corruption, human rights abuses and other political misconduct inNigeria. A frontier news source for advocacy journalismSahara Reporters has been referred to as the “Wikileaks of Africa” by The Daily Beast.
|Sowore Omoyele by Tom Block|
grant from The Omidyar Foundation.
Sahara Reporters has gained a significantly large following both in Nigeria and amongst Nigerians abroad as no other Nigerian news agency could operate with the same level of transparency for fear of government action. Although Sahara Reporters report from New York and are protected by the First Amendment, both Omoyele Sowore and the organization have received various threats from individuals whose illegal activities have been exposed on the Sahara Reporters website, as well as the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government has also placed Sahara Reporters on the top of a “security watch” list at all points of entry and exit in Nigeria.