In a month long investigation conducted by our network members in major cities in Nigeria, Mr. Sowore got the highest number of votes for his work at Saharareporters to emerge, ahead of two other persons on the shortlist, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, former Chief of Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), presently, a politician and Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian born novelist based abroad.
Mr. Sowore, a Nigerian, former student unionist at the University of Lagos and civil liberties campaigner was prominent in the agitations against the iron-fist regime of late General Sani Abacha.
He subsequently relocated to the United States of America(USA) on self exile from where he founded Saharareporters in 2006 after a stint at Elendureports.
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