Meet Our Team

David Antia - Founder of Rayofthought.com

David Antia

FOUNDER, RayOfThought

David Antia is the founder/CEO of ‘Ray Of Thought’ a collaborative platform intended to connect thinkers and writers around the world to shine their thoughts on contemporary issues and also create Impact. He is a Physicist and have studied particle physics(non credit course) at University of Geneva, Astronomy (non credit course ) at University of Arizona. He has also studied ‘Understanding research method'(non credit) at London University SOAS and his currently doing his Bsc in physics at University of Uyo. He is a passionate writer who writes on personal development, business strategy, and on issues of public interest .

 

Bassey Bassey

Bassey Bassey is one of the writers for Ray Of Thought. Her work, A Soldier's Story won an award in January as the best literary work on Fallen Heroes organized by Sir Udo Udoma Chambers of Faculty of Law, University Of Uyo.

When she isn't writing, she listens to music and reads novels especially the works of Ted Dekker, Francine Rivers, Kenneth Hagin and the likes. Currently, she is focused on illumonating the minds of beings concerning the legal loopholes in the country. She can be reached at her Facebook Handle, Bassey Bassey.

Thomas Outlar - Rayofthought

Scott Thomas Outlar

Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys spending time with the trees alone in silent thought, and also loves attending festivals where the voice of humanity can be heard in full throat.

 

He has been a weekly contributor for the Dissident Voice newsletter since 2014, and during that time has published poetry, essays, and articles in more than 330 literary venues around the world.

His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His poem “Kingdom of Chaos” won the 2016 Nibstears Poetry Cave Contest in Nigeria. He was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Mag Award for Excellence in the field of literature.

Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Dutch, French, Italian, Persian, and Serbian.

He guest-edited the 2019 Western Voices special edition of Setu Mag. He began hosting a radio podcast, Songs of Selah, in the fall of 2018, and welcomes weekly guests onto the program to discuss their work and life. His speech “Of Songs and Dreams: How Words Take Shape” was delivered for the Atlanta Writers Club at Georgia State University in March of 2019.

He has also been invited to read at literary events such as: Voices from the Crowd at The Poetry Society in London, England; Free Times Café in Toronto, Canada; Thirty West Publishing House Presents at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Alien Buddha Invades Erie at Ember + Forge Coffee Shop in Erie, Pennsylvania; A Novel Idea at Peach & the Porkchop in Roswell, Georgia; UUCA’s Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word in Atlanta, Georgia; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia; Good Acting Studio in Marietta, Georgia; and City Lights Café at Church of the Holy Comforter in Gadsden, Alabama.

His books include:
Of Sand and Sugar (Cyberwit, 2019)
Abstract Visions of Light (Alien Buddha Press, 2018)
Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017)
Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016)
Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016)
Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015)

Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, radio podcasts, and books can be found.

Joan- RayOfThought

Joan Mcnerney

Joan McNerney is the recipient of three scholarships. She has read her work at the National Arts Club Gramercy Park, State University of New York at Oneonta, University of Texas in Houston and The Mc Nay Art Institute in San Antonio, Texas. 

Her poetry has been included in over two hundred print literary magazines, journals and anthologies. The internet has provided an even wider platform for her work and she has four Best of the Net nominations. Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available for sale.

David Francis, Rayofthought

David Francis

David Francis is a research consultant, a professional editor, a teacher, a musician, a scriptwriter, a registered car dealer @dahelcarservices, Abuja, a philosopher, a performance poet, and a Nigerian writer.

As a research consultant, his clients are found in many regions of the world. He has consulted for students with long essays, ghostwritten articles, projects, assignments and term papers for clients in Nigeria, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and America. While a teacher, he taught literature in English language, History, English language, Civic Education and the arts. As a writer, his works and poems have been published in “The Plateau State University (PLASU) Journal,” Plateau State, “The Periscope Magazine,” Abuja, “The Seeker’s Delight Magazine,” Kaduna, “Community Voice Magazine,” Ogun State, as well as in elsieisyblog, bismarkcave, naijapeek, Medium, his blog, www.reasonchapel.com, and in other places.
David Francis is an expert in personality assessment and human development. He had an enneagram workshop for the National Youth Service Corp members, St Mulumba, wetheral road, Imo State, and St Anthony’s, Iraokhoar, Edo State. He was a presenter at the St Augustine Major Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, with topics addressing the Fulani herdsmen crisis, and the crisis of African identity. He was a presenter at the Human Rights Day, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, which saw students, academics, invited guests, some members of the Human Rights Writer’s Association of Nigeria, and some police officers in attendance. He was also the moderator, 300 level philosophy students’ debate in Albertine Institute, Fayit-fadan Kagoma, Kaduna State. David is an author in the ‘Ray Of Thought’ platform (www.rayofthought.com), the Vice-President of the Anti-Suicide Global Initiative, Abuja, Nigeria, a writer and editor at YouTV media, the Editor-in-Chief of Sapientia African Leadership Foundation, Spinnestre, Germany, and the African Home Reintegration, Hanover, Germany.
As a performance poet, he has performed a couple of pieces at Ozidu House, Maitama, Abuja, at Eke Memorial Schools, Nassarawa State, at the Poetry Hangout with Anastasia (sponsored by the Abuja City Tourist), Wuse, Abuja, at the International Suicide Prevention Day, the Veritas University, Abuja, and in other places. David Francis is also the Founder of "The Expressionist" - a growing movement that sponsors students to grow in their love for the arts.
Since her inception, “The Expressionist” movement has sponsored a few performance poetry competitions, including the first-ever poetry competition and spelling bee at the University of Abuja, and the spoken word competition at Sarah Eke Memorial schools, Nassarawa State. Music is one of David’s opium. He is a trained pianist and violinist with teachers and instructors from the Masters Music Academy Calabar, and the Hope Waddell Society of Music, Calabar. He played on stage as a member of the “De Avon Chorale,” orchestra, and sang with a few other groups including “The Paradise Chorale,” Calabar, and NAMISEM choir, Abuja. He is the author of an unpublished collection of songs titled “Music For the Soul,” which received a lot of reviews from choristers and musicians like Dr Tobe Nnamdi, and Godwin Akpowho. David worked with the Temple Master TV, Nassarawa State, as a scriptwriter and assistant director. He wrote ad scripts for the Sapientia African Leadership Foundation, Germany, as well as the youth group at Iroakhoar, Edo State.
David Francis is passionate about empowering young people to be financially independent, and to think as global citizens. He was present at the Decipher Solution resume writing workshop, Wuse, Abuja. He was a guest/resource person at the Genius Genii International, with over 400 young people administrated by Sandy Walker from Australia. He was present at the International Leadership Summit organized by the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, courtesy of Inbuilt. He participated at the Inspire Youth Leadership programme, at the University of Lagos, which saw in attendance, founders of NGOs, actors, and CEOs of top executive companies in and out of Nigeria, including N. Ofili of Okadabooks, Kunle Afoyalan of Golden Pictures, and Joy Isi Bewaji of Happenings Radio.
Additionally, he received lots of trainings including: Certificate in Helpdesk/Data Publishing, Microsoft Nigeria, Certificate in Computer Programming from the Hardcastle Institute, Calabar, Certificate in the English Language grammar and phonetics from the King Ifey Academy (Distinction), Port Harcourt, Certificate of Participation in Ebook Creation/Content Creation from Citadel of Life, and a Certificate of Participation, National Theology Seminar on Same-Sex Union, Department of Pastoral affairs/ethics unit, DRACC, Abuja, among others.

David has also been trained by top Nigerian writers, poets & entrepreneurs like Dike Chukwumerijie, Bash Amuneni, Sueddie Agema, Samson Kukogho, Shittu Fowora, Jonathan Damilola, Emeka Nobis,Emily Wale-Koya, Dami Ayayi, etc, as well as James Cummings of the Daily Posts, United Kingdom, M. Marylee, Shannon authors, Dorie Clark, Dave Schools, etc. He tweets @Davidfrancisef and take the following courses as lecturer and principal instructor at the I-Strac Digital Resource Center, Gudu, Abuja: e-book creation/online publishing, business writing, professional/master editing, research consultancy, content writing and copy-writing.
David believes in the human capacity to think beyond boundaries. His only philosophy of life is that there is no philosophy that is as important as eating fufu with a touch of heavy, yet delicious afang soup with a virgin Universe dancing inside it.

Thomas Outlar - Rayofthought

Loveday Mcjolly

Loveday Mcjolly is a writer, content creator, researcher, an avid reader and an innovator. He is into academic research, editing of articles and books, ghost writing, reviewing of books and magazine.

He's been the chief editor of Faculty of Arts Students Editorial Board; Chief Editor of Annang Student Editorial Board; Press Secretary of National Association of Student of English and Literary Studies, Uniuyo. He has reviewed several books and magazines as well as songs. He also writes for several websites including Voice of the Poet Africa, Tales from our Mother Land, etc.

Joan- RayOfThought

Joan Mcnerney

Joan McNerney is the recipient of three scholarships. She has read her work at the National Arts Club Gramercy Park, State University of New York at Oneonta, University of Texas in Houston and The Mc Nay Art Institute in San Antonio, Texas. 

Her poetry has been included in over two hundred print literary magazines, journals and anthologies. The internet has provided an even wider platform for her work and she has four Best of the Net nominations. Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available for sale.