Staff

Andrew Dunn
Country Director
Andrew Dunn has a MSc from Edinburgh University in the UK and has been working in Africa since 1989, initially on large mammal surveys of the rainforests of West Africa. His current interests are protected area management and planning and he has written a number of park management plans, species action plans and guidebooks. He is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes and is also the Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa for the IUCN Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group. In recognition of his conservation work in West Africa a butterfly was named after him in 2003: Lepidochrysops dunni.
Chidiogo Perpetual Ibenyenwa
Oban Education Manager
Chidiogo Ibenyenwa completed her B.Sc. in Animal and Environmental Biology from the University of Benin, and has a MSc in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Lagos. She is currently working as the WCS Oban Education Manager. Her focus is largely on imprinting conservation consciousness in school children and awakening local support for natural resource conservation. She also enjoys travelling.
Egot, Etta Lucky
Socio-Economic Assistant
Lucky Egot completed his bachelor's degree in environmental education with specialization in Environment and Community Service at the University of Calabar. He worked with various local and international NGOs before joining WCS as the Socio-economic Assistant for the Okwangwo Division of Cross River National Park.
Emmanuel Bassey
WCS Project Manager-CRNP (Okwangwo Division)
Emmanuel Bassey has a BSc. Degree in Zoology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education both from the University of Calabar. He has worked for WCS as the Afi Cybertracker Project Coordinator since 2011. His main interests are football and nature conservation.
Grace Edet Okon
Junior Accountant and Admin Officer
Grace Edet Okon completed her M.Sc. in Accountancy at the University of Calabar and has a B.Sc. in Accountancy at the Cross River University of Technology. Grace previously worked as an accountant in the private sector before joining WCS as a Junior Accountant and Admin Assistant in Calabar.
Hillary Chukwu
Cross River Gorilla Campaign Manager
Hillary Chukwu holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Theatre Arts from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (2005), a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2012) and Master of Arts degree in Social and Behavior Change Communication from the University of Calabar Cross River State Nigeria. He previously worked as a Media Producer, Presenter, Writer and Director with sundry Broadcast and Print Media outfits in Nigeria; spanning a period of 10 years. Hillary is currently the Cross River Gorilla Campaign Manager in Nigeria; a joint PCI Media Impact and WCS initiative aimed at promoting the conservation of the endangered Cross River gorillas in Nigeria and Cameroon. Here, Hillary leads in the campaign program design which includes the production of a Radio Drama, Linda’s Joint as well as a Radio Magazine program.
Inaoyom Sunday Imong
Director, Cross River Landscape
Inaoyom Imong has a PhD in Primatology from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany and a MSc in Conservation Biology from the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Nigeria. His interests are ecological monitoring, protected area management and planning, and community-based conservation. He received the WCS Graduate Scholarship Award in 2009, the GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award in 2013, and the Whitley Award in 2015. He is a member of the Scientific Commission of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), and a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group. He joined WCS Nigeria in 2004.
Janet Uche Awah
Junior Accountant and Admin Assistant
Janet Awah has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Calabar in Nigeria and a BSc in Accountancy from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt also in Nigeria. She has worked as Office Manager, Programme Administrator and Admin Assistants with Private Organizations and INGOs intervening in Nigeria. Her interest is in building a career in accounting for international organizations. To this end, she is working on completing an MSc degree in Accountancy.
Jonathan Obi Eban
WCS Project Manager-Mbe Mountains
Jonathan O. Eban holds a master degree in Environmental and Resources planning and a first degree in Geology from the universities of Calabar 2004 and Jos 2011 respectively. Jonathan trained as a master trainer on reproductive health and HIV & AIDS prevention by UNICEF, as a business farmer by GTZ, and as a conservation cocoa farmer by IITA. His love for conservation of nature especially wildlife and wild places began in his secondary school days where he served as president of the school conservation club in the early 1990s. He is currently working for Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as Project Manager Mbe Mountains-a community conserved forest in Cross River State Nigeria.
Juliet Akpang Etta-Ntui
Socio-Economic Coordinator
Juliet Ntui has a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the University of Calabar, and she is undergoing an M.Sc. program in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, United Kingdom. She has worked with some NGOs including the African Research Association Managing Development in Nigeria (ARADIN), Farming World and Rural Development Services, on sustainable livelihood and has coordinated the implementation of several livelihood projects in Cross River State. Juliet started working with WCS in September 2017 as the Socio-Economic Coordinator and is also the Gender Focal Person.
Leonard Lawo Akwo
Field Assistant
A lover of nature and an ardent conservationist, Leonard Akwo completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry Education and is currently working as a Field Assistant for WCS in the Oban Division of Cross River National Park.
Louis Nkonyu
WCS Conservation Education Coordinator-Okwangwo Project
Louis Nkonyu is the WCS Conservation Education Coordinator working in the Okwangwo Division of Cross River National Park, Nigeria. Louis established the Okwangwo Conservation Society in 2004 and has been working for WCS since 2006. Louis holds a Nigerian Certificate in Education and in 2008 Louis completed an advanced training course in conservation education with WCS at the Bronx Zoo through the WCS Conservation Education Fellows Program. In 2010 Louis completed the first ever WCS online course in Conservation Biology. He is currently studying for his B.Ed. in Environmental Education at the University of Calabar. The main focus of his work is encouraging support for conservation among local communities.
Murtala Yahaya Bamalli
Operations Room Project Manager
Murtala Bamalli completed his B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from Al-Qalam University Katsina. He is currently working as the WCS Operations Room Project Manager in Yankari. His hobbies are watching football, nature conservation and supporting the work of the Yankari rangers.
Nachamada Geoffrey
Landscape Director-Yankari
Nachamada (Nacha) Geoffrey was awarded a merit scholarship at the American University of Nigeria where he completed a BSc in Natural and Environmental Science. In 2011 he was awarded the Primate Habitat Country scholarship at Oxford Brookes University in the UK where he completed a MSc in Primate Conservation. In 2013 he received an award from the Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) to work as an intern with the WCS Nigeria Program at Yankari Game Reserve. His interests include human-wildlife interactions, as well as the conservation of primates, elephant and lions.
Ogechi Nwachukwu
Financial Manager
Ogechi Nwachukwu completed her B.Sc. in Accountancy at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria. She obtained her professional certification in 2011 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She previously worked for a private ICT company for four years as the chief accountant/administrator before joining WCS in 2010 as the Financial Manager. Ogechi completed the WCS online course in conservation biology in 2011.
Onajite Okagbare
Socio-Economic Assistant
Onajite Henrietta Okagbare has a B.Sc. in Forestry and Wildlife Management from the University of Port Harcourt and an M.Sc. in Wildlife Management from the University of Ibadan. She is currently working as the WCS Socio-economic Assistant in the Oban Division of Cross River National Park and is also studying for a Ph.D in Wildlife Management at the University of Ibadan. Her hobbies are reading and bird watching.
Peter Abanyam
WCS Project Manager-CRNP(Oban Division)
Peter Abanyam completed his MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. He has worked for WCS since 2011 and is currently the Program Coordinator in the Oban Division of Cross River National Park. He is a member of the IUCN Red Colobus Specialist Group, IUCN Primate Specialist Group, IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, and the IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas.
Sunday Ova
Project Manager
Sunday Ova completed his Higher National Diploma in Agriculture Extension and Management from the Nasarawa State College of Agriculture and has a National Diploma in Agricultural Science from the former College of Agriculture in Obubra. He worked with many different NGOs before joining WCS as the Livelihood Officer for the Oban Division of Cross River National Park.
Vincent Akam Ayang
Project Manager
Vincent Ayang completed his Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management and Climate Change from the Bayero University Kano, and a bachelor degree in Environmental Resources Management from the University of Calabar. He also holds a post graduate diploma in Education from the Federal Collage of Education Kano. Currently he is the WCS Project Manager for Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. Vincent hobbies are studying, watching Arsenal FC. matches and spending time with family.
Yohanna Saidu
Illegal Wildlife Trade Project Manager
Yohanna Saidu completed his B.Sc. degree in Zoology from University of Sokoto and has a MSc. in Environmental Biology from University of Ibadan. After 30 years with the National Park Service he is currently working as the Project Manager for the WCS Illegal Wildlife Trade Project