A Book On Oil Exploration In Oloibiri For Launch, ’Morrow


A book written on the oil exploration in Oloibiri in Bayelsa State titled, Language of the Sun written by 29-year- old Okelani Aworabhi will be presented to the public tomorrow.
The book launch which would take place at the Royal Banquet Hall, Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt at 11 am will have Prof. Emeritus E. J. Alagoa, Chief Femi Lawal Asuku and Amb Eric T. Aworabhi as special guests of honour.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide, the Author, Okelani Aworabhi said oil was first discovered in Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1956 in commercial quantity and regretted that since then, Oloibiri Community has not benefitted from its God given resources.
Aworabhi said the book has the fictional town of Efeku as its setting and the story was told from the lens and mouth of a young independent minded queen called Agbama.
According to her, Queen Agbama in her uncanny vision for her land and people, defied any stereotype built around her and the people that would have hindered their progress and pitched her against the custodians and adherents of their traditions and customs of the land.
She disclosed that the encounter eventually cost her life, but it acted as a catalyst to the common struggle for demanding development, a remediated environment and a sense of belonging for people of the Niger Delta.
The author also said that the book was aimed at reaching out to the people of Niger Delta region to encourage them in their struggles and agitations and condemned the use of arms by the youths in making their demands, adding that the God given natural resources which ought to be a blessing have become a curse to the people.
“Oil is a blessing to the Niger Delta and they bear the burden of the blessing but what is happening in the area of environment is a threat to its existence”.
Born on 6th December, 1989 and hail from Oloibiri town in Bayelsa State, she is a graduate of Geology from University of Port Harcourt and holds as MSc degree in Renewable Energy Technology from Granfield University, United Kingdom.