The Bayelsa State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Akpos Adesi, has said that the publication of ‘ANA Bayelsa Review’ was motivated to prove sceptics and detractors wrong that publishing a full fledged academic journal of international standards to replace the moribund Mariner, was a mirage.
Adesi stated this during the formal unveiling of the annual journal christened ‘ANA Bayelsa Review’ over the weekend to mark the state chapter’s 19th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the national body.
He described the journal as a masterpiece of academic excellence put together to replace the obsolete ANA Mariner Magazine which lost touch with time.
The journal which raked over half a million naira during the book launch for ANA Bayelsa had over fifty contributors.
The editorial team was led by Professor Ogaga Okuyade, as Editorial Advisor, Ebipreye Egbenpere, as Editor-in-Chief, and Amatare Mozimo, as Managing Editor.
The guest reviewer of the journal, Professor Blessing Igwesi, of the Niger Delta University, described the new look edition of the ANA Bayelsa Review, as an imprint of intellectual prowess by the executive and editorial team whom she lauded for their ingenuity and creativity.
Professor Igwesi maintained that journals serve as veritable tools for academic research articles which contribute greatly to the nations educational advancement.
Prof Igwesi commended the Dr. Akpos Adesi-led executive of ANA Bayelsa for surpassing the expectations of members through robust literary programmes.
While unveiling the ANA Bayelsa Review Journal, Chairman of the occasion, who is the Executive Chairman of the Bayelsa State Post Primary Schools Board, High Chief Millionaire Asangba, charged writers not to relent in their enthusiasm but keep the flames of literature burning so as to make the issue of reading and writing a front burner.
Comrade Julius Laye, who is the Bayelsa State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), described the journal as timely considering the in-depth research articles therein as it has the potentials of developing ANA members and the society at large.