Saharareporters.com, as the name indicates, is an
Africa-focused news website, which caters primarily to
the Nigerian news consumer. According to the site's
About Us page, the online publication is a community
comprising global social advocates and international
reporters who present news reports, features,
commentaries, etc. through a Nigerian lens. Sahara
Reporters not just takes pride in presenting news
without any fear or inhibitions, but also assures all
the news content on its site is accurate and not biased
toward any particular individual or group. In an age
where "lobby" journalism is slowly becoming the norm,
Sahara Reporters stands out on its own.
Sahara Reporters was founded by Omoyele Sowore, a
Nigerian political activist, in 2006. The Daily Beast
has bestowed the site the "WikiLeaks of Africa" title
after recognizing Sahara Reporters' unconventional
reporting standards. The site is frequently funded by
different foundations such as the Ford Foundation, The
Omidyar Foundation, etc. The "health" section of the
site, which we shall talk about later in this review, is
an initiative of Code for Nigeria and SaharaHealth.
A non-profit organization, Code for Nigeria bats for
civic technology movement. This entails a network of
volunteers contributing their skills, talents, community
knowledge, and expertise as technological tools for
bettering public service, making governments answerable,
and promoting data-driven (informed) decision-making.
And these volunteers are backed by a robust team of
When you first visit the site, you feel the credibility
the founders of this site claim to enjoy. The site has
an extremely professional design and layout. Most
similar news sites from Nigeria and other parts of
Africa are not exactly known for their aesthetics,
structure, and ease of navigation. Sahara Reporters
manages to score high on all those fronts. In fact, it
looks more like a global news website than a site that
specifically caters to a niche audience or demographic.
The choice of colors for the fonts and different
sections of the site also scream professionalism.