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Book launch: author pledges to use 50% of earnings to help victims of violence

Yenagoa—A legal practitioner and author based in Yenagoa, Theresa Ebi Tobuyei, has advised perpetrators and sponsors of violence to think about the effects of their actions on the lives of their victims.

She gave the advice on Thursday during the launch of her new book “GASP” at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The author revealed that she was inspired to write the book because of the negative impact of social vices in society.

Speaking with a Mangrovepen.ng reporter at the event, the author pledged to use 50% of the earnings from the book to help victims of violence, hinting that she is ready to partner with organizations that share her vision.

According to her, “people should think about the impact of violence, especially on the victims. Gasp is all about the victims.

“They should consider how their acts can affect those little ones, who are not aware of what is happening. The impact is what I am concerned about.

“We shall work with other like minds who are willing to collaborate with us on this. We shall work with them to ensure that we are able to impact the lives of the victims.

“I am willing to partner with organizations and foundations that are willing to key into this vision of mine to see what we can do.

“We will channel 50% of the proceeds from Gasp to the victims because I really want those who are in despair to see light.” 

In his opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion and President of the foremost Ijaw National Congress (INC), Prof. Benjamin Okaba, applauded the author for a successful publication of her book.

According to him, “we have seen intellectualism take a new dimension. With a legal background, she has demonstrated linguistic artistry. She combined several stylistics and conveyed a simple message to end conflict, embrace peace.”

Notable personalities that attended the book launch include HRM, King Bubaraye Dakolo, Agadah IV, Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, Chief Lambart Ototo, Chairman, Local Government Service Commission and Stanley Damabide.

Others are Tariere Egbegi, immediate past Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Bayelsa Chapter, Barr. Collins Boleigha, Barr. Somina Johnbull,
Mr. Emmanuel Ayakpo, who represented the special guest of honour, Barr. Dennis Otiotio, among others.

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