IP FIRST BOARD
IP First Board is composed of some of the best brains in the industry, who have distinguished themselves in their various areas of calling. These respected individuals share a common passion, which is to channel their energies towards helping to evolve effective IP systems for Nigeria and other countries of Africa. And in this regard they bring their individual wealth of experiences to bear on the activities of the organization.
Abubakar A. Kigo
Alhaji Abubakar Kigo is one of the pioneering members of the IP First Group. He is a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment.
Alhaji Kigo is married with children.
Mr. Afamefuna (Afam) Nwokedi is the Principal Counsel and Group Head of Stillwaters Law Firm, he is also the current Chairman of the IP Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association-Section on Business Law, and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.
Dr. Shafiu A. Yauri
Dr. Shafiu Yauri (Phd) is the current Registrar of the Trademarks Registry of the Commercial Law Department of the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investments. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the IP Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law.
Barr. Femi Olubanwo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, one of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in Nigeria. He is also a director of many companies operating in diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy, and of several not-for-profit organisations.
Dr. Umar Bindir
Dr. Umar Bindir is the immediate past Secretary of the State Government, Adamawa State Government and the former Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion. He is a Chartered Engineer, (CEng), UK and a fellow of the Academy of Engineering.
Prof. S. Bankole
Prof. Bankole Sodipo, is a Senior Partner with the Law firm of G.O. Sodipo & Co. Lagos. He is currently a Professor of Law and Corporate law Lecturer at Babcock University, Nigeria. He is a visiting lecturer at the Nigerian Law School.
Dr. Dan Azumi Ibrahim
Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim is the Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). He is a founding member of the Neem Association of Nigeria and member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria and Fisheries Society of Nigeria.
Barr. Uwa Ohiku is a Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property Department (IP) of Jackson, Eti & Edu Law firm, with over twenty five (25) years specialist experience. Uwa is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Domain Name Panel.
Binta Bello Ismail
Hajiya (Barr) Binta Bello Ismail is a pioneering member of the IP First board, with decades of experience in IP related practice.
She’s married with children.
Abayomi O. Oyelola
Mr. Abayomi Oyelola is a pioneering member of the IP First Group, with over two decades of experience in IP related practices.
He is married with children.