Richard Ali is a Nigerian lawyer and novelist. He was the youngest magazine Editor in Nigeria at the Kaduna-based Sardauna Magazine [2004—2006]. He joined the Sentinel Literary Movement of Nigeria in 2011 and undertook the editorship of fourteen quarterly Sentinel Nigeria Magazine issues.
In 2011, at the International Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors, he was elected as Publicity Secretary [North] and served for four years. He co-founded Nigeria’s third largest publishing company, Parrésia Publishers Ltd, in 2012.
Until this appointment, he was a Technical Adviser on the Ministry Strategy Group (an in-house office of strategy management) to the Minister of Interior, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Committee on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
Obari Gomba (PhD) is an Honorary Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa, USA. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. His poetry collections include Thunder Protocol (Winner of ANA Poetry Prize 2016), Length of Eyes (longlisted for Nigeria Prize for Literature and finalist for ANA Poetry Prize in 2013), and Pearls of the Mangrove (adopted as a ‘Book of the Festival’ in 2011 by the Garden City Literary Festival). For two consecutive years, 1998 and 1999, he won the Best Literary Artiste Award of the English Association of the University of Nigeria. For Every Homeland is his latest collection of poems.
Chief Macpherson C.O. Okpara studied Literature in English at the Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria. As well as being a literary scholar, creative writer and consultant editor, Okpara currently teaches English and Literature in English at the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo. Since 1998, his academic papers have appeared in books of reading in many disciplines, festschrifts, journals of literature, and journals of educational research. Strongly convinced that literature is a boundless mine of knowledge, Okpara has a predilection for inter-disciplinary inquiries that has seen him marrying literary topics with mass communication, psychopathology, historical research, etc in some of his published work.
Halima M. Usman is a career civil servant, presently an Administrative Officer in the Federal Civil Service. She is also a motivational speaker and community activist who has, in the past, advocated for internally displaced children and environmental sustainability through self-help under her Turning Poetry To Action project. She also hosts the annual Gombe Day of Literature and Creativity, as well as the Voices from the Camps and Kabusa Waste to Wealth projects. A noted poet, she has published three collections alongside two children books and a number of academic articles. She won the 2015 Head of Civil Service Award.
Ebika Anthony is a writer, puppeteer and a theatre practitioner who is currently the Public Relations Officer of the African Heritage Research Library & Cultural Centre, Adeyipo Village, Oyo State, Nigeria. His plays have been performed across the country. He also runs the Centre for Poets (CFP), an Ibadan-based literary organization that organizes the annual Ibadan Poetry Festival.
Musa Ibrahim Danmusa was born in Katsina and was educated at the Bala Usman College for Legal and General Studies. He has worded in print and radio journalism as a reporter and presently runs the Dan Musa Photo Gallery. Active in local politics, he was recently Youth leader of the All Progressives Party (APP) inn Danmusa Local Government Area. He spends his time between Katsina and Abuja.
Jack Vincent Fidelis. Born in the 1970s in the disciplinary environment of a military cantonment to a military family. He attended Army Children School, Brigadier Zakaria Maimalari Government Day College and the University of Maiduguri where he studied Mass Communication. He became a broadcaster shortly after graduation and worked with a radio and television (broadcast) outfit. He is currently practising as a stringer for several local and international print and broadcast media organisations. He dabbled in humanitarian work due, primarily, to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the embattled northeast of Nigeria where he resides. He is a United Nations (UN) trained negotiator in humanitarian access and negotiations. Jack, a quintessential bookworm, writes poetry, drama and prose. He is the current secretary of ANA, Borno State Chapter.