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English and Literally Studies, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Blossom Shimayam Ottoh-Agede

Research Interest

Stylistics, Composition and Rhetoric, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics  and Creative Writing, Pragmatics, Teaching English as a Second Language .

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Biography

Dr. Blossom Shimayam Ottoh-Agede holds a Bachelor of Arts’ Degree in English, and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, a Master’s Degree in English Studies, University of Ibadan and a Doctoral Degree in Stylistics and Media Rhetoric, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. As an undergraduate in the University of Calabar, Nigeria, Mrs. Ottoh-Agede particularly picked interest in stylistics and rhetorical studies in her year four; partly because she loved the way her lecturer Prof Ako Essien-Eyo handled the analysis of texts, and even more, Blossom’s unflinching love for qualitative research. At the University Ibadan, Nigeria where Blossom was pursuing advanced studies in English Language, she also met and was mentored by Prof Obododimma Oha, who taught her Stylistics at that level; and then it became easy for her to carve a career path in this aspect of language study. Prof Oha eventually became her supervisor where Dr Blossom Ottoh-Agede examined language and identity in two African-American literary texts: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. From these texts, Blossom explicated the need for mapping identity through a distinct language (Ebonics) in African-Americans’ literary experiences. She has published works archived on google scholar and other world data bases from this study. Her doctoral research which was supervised by Prof Oha at the University of Ibadan was based on war rhetoric with special interest in the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram and the newspaper reports on their activities. The study was nominated for the Best Thesis of the Year, 2019 award from the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Ottoh-Agede is currently a Lecturer in the Department of English, Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria, where she enjoys teaching. As a Stylistics and Rhetoric scholar with interest in media narratives, feminist discourses, cultural and semiotics studies, among others, Ottoh-Agede has a way of relating language studies to everyday communication: from theory to practice with her students. She has published articles on various subjects in learned journals, both national and international, a member of different learned societies including English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN), Linguistics Association of Nigeria (LAN), Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), Womanist-Feminist Theorists and Common Ground Research Community, among other of such professional bodies. With more than 8 years cognate experience in teaching and collaborative research in Stylistics, Blossom has garnered the credentials needed in her field. Blossom is a good Christian, married to Jesse Agede, blessed with a son, Bezaleel-Great Agede.

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals