Dr. Blossom Shimayam Ottoh-Agede holds a Bachelor of Arts’ Degree in Stylistics, University of Calabar, a Master’s Degree in Stylistics, University of Ibadan and a Doctoral Degree in Stylistics and Rhetoric in the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where her thesis was recognised as the best. As an undergraduate at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, Blossom particularly picked interest in stylistics and rhetorical analysis in year three; partly because she loved the way her lecturer Prof Ako Essien-Eyo handled the analysis of texts, and even more, her love for qualitative research. At the end of the semester, in part three, Blossom was the best student in the course; and for over ten years of graduation from the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Calabar, Blossom and Prof Essien-Eyo have both collaborated in research in stylistics and related fields. Her scholarly engagements have earned her the Best Student Award of the Faculty of Arts’ Students’ Association in 2007 at the University of Calabar.
During her postgraduate studies (Master’s) at the University Ibadan, Nigeria, also, Blossom Ottoh-Agede was one of the best students in the course, ENG 776: Advanced Stylistics. And, as a follow-up from Prof Essien-Eyo’s mentoring, she met Prof Obododimma Oha, who taught her stylistics at the advanced level; and she began to carve a career path in this aspect of language study.
Her Master's dissertation was on 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, she explicated the need for mapping identity through the use of Ebonics in African-Americans’ literary experiences.
Her doctoral research was based on contemporary media and social conflict.; with a special interest in the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram and the newspaper reports on their activities. This was supervised by Prof Obododimma Oha and the study was nominated the Best Thesis of the Year, 2019 from the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
She is currently a Lecturer I in the Department of English, Federal University of Lafia. Her other research interest includes gender and development, cultural and semiotics studies, and so on. Blossom has published peered reviewed articles on various subjects in learned journals, both national and international and book chapters. She is a member of different learned societies including the 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.