Tuesday, 4 July 2017

How They Started – Other Bloggers

3. Omoyele Sowore
Family Background
Omoyele Sowore was born into a polygamous family with sixteen siblings, Omoyele Sowore developed his passion for the media in the days of military rule in Nigeria.
His Blog "Sahara Reporters"

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 in Nigeria.
Blogging Career
Based in New York City, Sahara Reporters was founded in 2006 by Omoyele Sowore. Sahara Reporters is supported by grants donated by the Ford Foundation which has donated $175,000 to the organization over the past two years.
Weakness and Controversies
There have been several controversies about the reportage of Sahara Reporters, many claim that Sahara Reporters is a 'strong media tool used by Omoyele to extort money from politicians'. The most popular being that Omoyele received money from sitting President Muhammadu Buhari to ridicule former president Goodluck Jonathan. He also had a case with Senator Bukola Sarki, FUTO VC 2017 (alleged extortion form students) and the rest of them.
Why Omoyele Sowore Was Arrested In Early 2017
The police in Lagos have arrested Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, following an attack on him by a London-based Nigerian journalist
4. Loy Okezie
A Nigerian and Igbo by Tribe, Born On November 12, 1981.
Educational Backgrounds
Okezie started his career right after graduating from the University Of Abuja, Nigeria with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Marketing in 2005.
Earlier work Before Blogging
He has worked at PR & Communications agencies as well as management and recruitment consulting firms based in Nigeria, France and the United Kingdom.
In 2007, Okezie helped start-up CareersNigeria.com, a leading online recruitment portal and was hired in 2009 to help start-up an information search portal for Nigeria similar to Yahoo! Prior to that, in 2008, he was appointed as an industry expert for ITNewsAfrica, a leading independent online publication with the objective of changing perceptions and exposing opportunities around the African continent.
In 2011, he joined NEXT, a revolutionary Nigerian news publication, where he was part of the digital content team and contributed business and technology stories for the news venture.
About His Blog TechLoy
In 2008, Okezie rose to Internet prominence after founding Startups Nigeria, a technology blog about Internet start-ups and products with an international focus on Nigeria.
Why TechLoy Was Shut Down For Some Time
 In 2009, the Startups Nigeria website was shut down over issues about a purported family feud between Loy Okezie and his brother, Vic Okezie (who was the site’s registrar and administrator) following a possible “conflict of interest” involving both parties.
Loy Okezie’s Awards
TechLoy was selected as one of the participating technology media companies at the maiden edition of the New York Forum Africa held in Libreville, Gabon in June 2012.
5. Jide Ogunsanya
In Nigeria, blogging only started gaining popularity between the years 2006 to 2008. And Jide Ogunsanya was one of the first few to jump on the bandwagon.
Educational background
He Graduated as a microbiologist from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ogun state, Nigeria but enrolled in a 6 months weekend course in Java Programming at NIIT, Onitsha during his National Youth Service.  At NIIT, he was able to master some computer skills which have been so helpful to him till this very moment.
Early Blogging Career
He started the blog in 2008 to share his knowledge online especially as regards to solving tech-related issues and also to make legal money online. The moment he started making money from the blog, he started sharing with his blog readers, how they can also make money from the internet especially via blogging.
About His Blog "Ogbongeblog"
A more in-depth look at how Jide Ogunsanya used his tech skills to build his digital business, Ogbongeblog, is today’s Talentpreneur story with Net Worth $66,957 according to freewebsitereport.
How does Jide Ogunsanya Earn from His Blog
 He explore paid advertising in promoting his online products, businesses and services. Remarketing and search advertising are some of the skills he use in increasing sales and creating awareness for his online businesses. He has several tools he use in measuring performance of his online campaigns. He has custom Google analytics dashboards he created to track series of metrics.
Jide Ogunsanya’s Advice to New Bloggers
Start from what you know. Develop it. Then expand, Use your blog to both share your knowledge and promote your work. It’s a content marketing best practice. Seek first to develop trust. Only then will you get sales. It’s not the other way round.
6. Ademola Ogundele
When Ademola Ogunlade started Notjustok on the Typepad blogging platform in 2006, he probably never thought that the music entertainment blog would evolve to become the formidable digital media platform that it is today.
In 2008, Notjustok was well on its way and soon became the music platform of choice for Nigerian music artists and has expanded to cover the African music scene.
About His Blog "NotJustOk"
Notjustok was founded in 2006 as a personal lifestyle/philosophy blog, but changed to a full time music site in June of 2008. Ovie joined in December 2008 because he was starting his Master’s program in 2009.
NotJustOk is a Nigerian music download website created in June 2006 by Ademola Ogundele.
NotJustOk Monthly Traffic Hits
It has over 1.2 million viewers per month, from 183 countries, NotJustOk is one of the most visited websites in Nigeria.
7. Seun Osewa
Oluwaseun Osewa is a Nigerian internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of Nairaland, a popular internet forum launched in March 2005, which was projected as the biggest African forum by Forbes.
Educational background
Osewa was admitted into Obafemi Awolowo University, but dropped out of school to concentrate on internet business.
About His Blog, Nairaland
Nairaland is an online community created by Seun Osewa in March 2005. It is targeted at Nigerians.
Nairaland currently has over 1,860,000 registered accounts (March 2017), and is ranked as the 7th most visited site in Nigeria (and the most visited indigenous site) according to Alexa.com. Nairaland reportedly has over 55 million Internet users, corresponding to 32.9% of the entire population.
Why Nairaland Went Down For Three days
Following a successful hacking attempt, Nairaland went offline briefly on the 22 June 2014. The hackers were able to get access to the website's host server and backup, and maliciously deleted all its content. Three days later, it was back online after some data had been recovered from a remote backup.
Why Google Adsense Rejected Nairaland
As time goes on, Seun kept enjoying his money gotten from Google ads until year 2012 when Google removed his website because nairaland has too many sexual topics. Which made seun start selling his own ads space on nairaland just like other sites like facebook.com, linkedin.com and etc.
How Much Does Nairaland Earn Monthly?
Seun was said to be earning as much as 5-6million naira per month when he still works for Google ads but as at 2014 selling ads space was calculated to be generating him as much as 3-4million naira he never confirmed that though.
In 2011 seun was approached by a group of company who wants to buy nairaland for 1 million dollars which is 155million naira but he rejected the approach, and even nairaland’s estimated worth by a site ranker for the year 2011 was 512million naira making it the most expensive nigerian site.
Seun Osewa's Weaknesses
He was rumored to have been involved with a criminal named Seun Noibi back then in 2011 when Sahara reporters published the news.
He was said to have been uncool with one of his most hardworking moderator on nairaland, ever which are Sexkilz and Ogugua as he was said to have been unappreciative of their free services for Nairaland.
Seun Osewa's Lifestyle
Fame, power, and money we all love and seek to have. But as someone that knows Seun quite well -even if not physically yet, and may never – the guy just doesn’t appear to like the celebrity status.
Some people use money to buy fame, Seun uses money to run away from it! There are people that will pay to meet Seun Osewa in person, but he has refused to show himself.
 With the largest African online forum under his control, more than half a million people that depend on his online website to make their day, Seun can easily wield power. But all those appear not to be his style.
 A case in point: when he was listed by the organizers of The Future Awards in the controversial “Nigeria’s 100 Best” list, which presented him with an opportunity to dine with the celebrities in Aso Rock (what some people will pay millions to get), it didn’t even freak the Ota-based geek.
8. Amakor Vitalis
He hails From Anaocha LGA of Anambra State Nigeria, Currently Studying Computer Engineering at the Federal University Of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. (As At 2017). The youngest of them all, started blogging at the age of 14. That’s me, am not actually a blogger per say, but a blog experimentalist.
About His Blogs
Amakor Vitalis Has No One stop Blog, He is good at doing And Undoing with Several Blogging Platforms, As a Web developer and Blog Tutor. He has experimented on several Blogging Platforms. His is The CEO of three Popular Websites in Nigeria, Ngstudents, BlogNigeria and Gurusland, Who know which is next? Am just not stable, so don’t call me a blogger yet.
As at 2017, NGstudents Remained the Top Hit for JAMB Candidates seeking Admission into Various Institutions in Nigeria.
BlogNigeria Was Chosen as the Platform to Host the First ever "30 days Online Blogging Tutorial", with the title "30 Days in The Blogosphere", this is the First of Its Kind on the Internet.
Why BlogNigeria Went Down for 48 Hours

On the 24th of june 2017, Blognigeria was shut down for two hour by a representative of Drake’s Record Label. Yes, One of BlogNigeria’s member posted a newly released Music by Drake. The music was copyright protected so blognigeria have to answer to the legal query.

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