Public Presentation of Ebi Robert's The Creed Of The Oracles: Meet The Panelists And Watch Virtual Panel Session Video



On the 11th day of December, 2022, The Creed of The Oracles, was launched in the city of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. In furtherance of the public presentation of the Book, seven panelists were selected to discuss on the topic, "Worldbuilding in Phantasm and the African Writer's Literary Right to Create Foreign-like Scenes". Four of the panelists joined virtually while three others were present on ground. Below are the panelists and their respective profiles.


 Theresa Ebi Tobuyei 

Theresa Ebi Tobuyei is from Bayelsa State of Nigeria. She is a graduate of the Niger Delta University, and called to the Nigerian bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme court of Nigeria; a human rights' apologist, she also has keen interest in advocating for human rights promotion and protection.
Tessy as she is fondly called, works as a Judicial Research Officer at the Bayelsa State Judiciary. Tessy has passion for research and writing and this has been displayed in a number of works she has done. She is the editor-in-chief of S.t. Theresa's Magazine.
Her first book is titled, Gasp, which basically focuses on the aftermath of the Warri crisis, as it particularly affects three main female characters. Akumoere, another novel of hers is currently in the pipeline.
Tessy's work has been reviewed in BellaNaija, Vanguard News, Acerblog, etc.

 Zadok Gyesi Kwame
Zadok Kwame Gyesi from Ghana, is an award winning Ghanaian journalist with Graphic Communications Group Limited, Ghana's biggest state-owned print media house. 
He has a background in education as, and he has written over 100 feature articles, covering different thematic areas, including fisheries, agriculture, health, science, environment and education. He is a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), University of Cape Coast (UCC), and the University of Education. 
Zadok Kwame Gyesi also has Masters in English.

 Scott Thomas Outlar
 Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a weekly contributor for the Dissident Voice newsletter since 2014, and during that time has published poetry, essays, and articles in more than 300 literary venues around the world. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Dutch, French, Italian, Persian, and Serbian. Of Sand and Sugar is Outlar's sixth collection of poetry.

 James Dennis Casey IV
James D. Casey IV is an artist, poet, author of seven poetry collections, and founder/editor-in-chief of Cajun Mutt Press. His work has been published in print and online by several small press venues and literary magazines internationally.
La Voce Dei Poeti, La Catena Della Pace international poetry contest gave "Warriors of the Rainbow" by J.D.C.IV a critic's choice award in 2016, and his poem "That'll do Pig" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by New Pop Lit in 2019.
James was born in Colorado, grew up in Louisiana/Mississippi, and currently resides in Illinois.

 Dr. Ikiemonye Iniamagha 
Dr Ikiemoye Iniamagha hails from Minibie, Akassa, Bayelsa State Nigeria. A UK trained Media and Development Communication expert, Dr Iniamagha holds a BA in Linguistics and Communication Studies from the University of Port-Harcourt, an MA in International Communication and Development, at Swansea University, Wales in 2012, and a PhD in English and Communication Art at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.
He is a prolific writer with several academic articles published in local and international journals. His critically acclaimed novels--The Day Heaven Slept, Excuse Me I'm not English, A Night on the Sun, Saprilo: the brave Journalist--have been great delights to book enthusiasts. In fact, 'Excuse Me I'm not English' recently received national recommendation from the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council for its usefulness and contribution to knowledge. Prior to this recognition, it has already been embraced by secondary and tertiary schools in Nigeria. 
An award winning radio and TV personality of over 10 years experience, he currently teaches Communication Skills in English at the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, Nigeria. He is married and blessed with children.
Dr. Sophia Obi

Sophia Obi is a Civil Servant and currently the Director, New Media Department, Ministry of Information, Orientation and Strategy, Bayelsa State. She has served as a Press Secretary to top government functionaries, including Chief (Senator) Felix Oboro, Prof. Steve Azaiki and Dr. (Amb.) Boladei Igali, some diplomats and, commissioners, etc. She was the Digital Media Manager in the office of the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Abuja. She also served as a Rapporteur in the 2014 Nigeria National Conference (Confab), Abuja.


Sophia Obi was a member of the Staff Personnel Records Revalidation on the Human Resource Component of the State Integration Financial Management and Information System (SIFMIS), Bayelsa State. March 2019- February 2020. From 2017 to 2022, she has served as a Panelists/Judge in the National Undergraduate Oil and Gas Annual Essay Competition, organized by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).


She is the founder of De Triumphant Sisters (DETRIS) Association, a philanthropic, non-governmental organization that operates on the tenets of Matthew 6:3 “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth,” (KJV). Hence, since 2002, DETRIS has been rendering tremendous assistance to humanity in all sphere of life, to God’s glory.


Sophia Obi is a laudable creative, charismatic and determined personality, who aspires for improvement in all endeavours. She is also endowed with the ability to motivate others achieve set goals. Her drive is to contribute to the development of her immediate community, by acquiring and sharing knowledge. She holds herself to the highest standard of integrity and performance.


Sophia Obi, a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Bayelsa State chapter, was the pioneer treasurer for two tenures. She is the author of Tears in a Basket (poems), Floating Snags (poems), Echoes in the Heart (Poems), Broken Pearls (Short Stories), Small Madam (Short Stories), Maxims on Marble 101 (Inspirational), amongst other articles, stories and poems published online, journals, and anthologies. Tears in a Basket won the 2005 ANA, Bayelsa Poetry Prize, in manuscript and Small Madam (in manuscript) won the 2020 ANA, Melford Okilo Prize for Short stories, and first runner-up, Patience Ama Zuofa-Diri Prize for Women Writing.


Sophia Obi’s literary forte lies in upholding values, love, environmental issues, etc. Some of her literary works are being used at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Niger Delta University, Lead City University, Ibadan and recently Tears in a Basket serves as an experimental piece, by Professor John Kinsella, at the Faculty of Humanities, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Australia. She is also a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalist and other organizations.


Sophia Obi holds a PhD in Dramatic Theory and Criticism Diploma in Journalism, Certificate in Creative Writing, amongst other certificates. She is a Nigerian, from Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.


Dr. Sophia Obi loves baking, dancing, and travelling, she is a Poet, Educator, Dramatist, Journalist, Creative Director and Artiste.



 K. Ceres Wright 


Daughter to a U.S. Army father, K. Ceres Wright has lived in Anchorage, AK; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Frankfurt, Oberursel, and Munich, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and the Washington Metropolitan Area. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double major in economics and finance. She then worked for 10 years as a credit and treasury analyst before deciding to change careers.


K. Ceres Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and her published cyberpunk novel, Cog, was her thesis for the program. She is also the founder and president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF), an educational group for creatives. Her short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in the DWASF Journal, Chosen Realities; Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Locus Award winner; Hugo Award nominee); Sycorax’s Daughters (Bram Stoker Award nominee); Emanations: 2+2=5; Diner Stories: Off the Menu; Many Genres, One Craft (Best Non-Fiction London Book Festival); The City: A Cyberfunk Anthology; The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom; among others. She served as the Director of Science Fiction Programming for MultiverseCon. Ms. Wright works as a publications manager and writer/editor for a management consulting firm in Rockville, MD.


 Click here to watch the visual panel video on the author's facebook page.


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