About Us

About Us

Our Vision

To create and live in a world that understands human dominance is not to control and destroy but to utilise and grow with a generation who will one day join the fight against animal cruelty, depletion of our natural resources and the destruction of our planet.

Our Mission

To protect, restore and increase awareness of the wildlife and wildlands on Obudu Plateau and the surrounding Cross River National Park and Cameroon’s Takamanda National Park. We aim to generate healthier economic opportunities for local communities and promote care of our natural world.

What We Do

Obudu Conservation Centre (OCC), founded in 2002, is an independent African-based environmental organisation
headquartered in Obudu Plateau, Cross River State, Nigeria, with offices in Lagos and Calabar. While working
with the local communities, OCC seeks to protect, restore and increase awareness of the wildlife and wildlands
in Cross River National Park, which runs into Cameroon’s Takamanda National Park, a biodiversity hotspot.

OCC has launched various community-led initiatives to systematically empower local communities in the region
and restore the natural landscape. Once established, OCC built an education centre in Obudu Mountains, where
they offer children and students hands-on nature experiences to develop their knowledge of the natural world.

We believe in collaborative action and practical solutions. The organisation is community focused and encourages
multi-sectoral actions when addressing conservation.

Our organisation addresses several Sustainable Development Goal(s) including SDG3, SDG 5, SDG 6, SDG 8, and SDG 15.

SDGs

SDG GOAL 3

Ensure healthy lifestyle and promote well-being for all at all ages.

SDG Goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG Goal 6

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

SDG Goal 15

Protect and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt land degradation and biodiversity loss.

SDG Goal 8

Promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth. full and productive employment and decent work for all.

OCC’S CORE PILLARS

EDUCATION

Education is at the forefront of the OCC’s agenda. To educate this generation on the importance of conservation means to save the next. As an education centre. OCC seeks to develop a new generation of environmentalists through advocacy and educational camps

COMMUNITY

OCC believes in community based conservation and operates as a community outreach centre for the local community. The NGO holds programmes to educate and empower the surrouning communities.

RESEARCH

OCC seeks to be a research hub in the region for botany. Omnithology and primatology. We currently assist our partners in the tracking, monitoring and research of the animals in the region as well as the preservation and restoration efforts in Obudu Plateau and surrounding forests.

TOURISM

The NGO strongly encourages tourism and travelling within the region. OCC currently holds guided tours that range from 1-day excursions to expeditions into Cameroon and Mountaineering.

Projects

GO FOR GREEN CAMPAIGN

An awareness initiative, OCC tours schools throughout Nigeria speaking to students about conservation and climate change in Nigeria.

PRIMATE PROTECTION PROGRAMME

OCC Provides useful data to determine conservative priorities and recommendations for the effective conservation of the Preuss’s Guenon Monkey and the Cross River Gorilla.

WOMENS WOODLOT RESERVE

The Women’s Woodlot Reserve is an initiative that is focused on protecting the community’s forest patch while supporting their subsistence needs.

Meet the Team

They are the force behind the success of our initiatives

Nela Duke Ekpenyong

Nela Duke Ekpenyong

CEO

Nela Duke Ekpenyong is a conservationist, humanitarian and social entrepreneur. She believes in systemic change and collaboration to solve Africa's complex, social and environmental problems. She is the CEO of Obudu Conservation Centre (OCC) and the founder of African Nature Alliance.

Dan Aniebiet Emmanuel

Dan Aniebiet Emmanuel

Development Manager

Dan Aniebiet has a background in Geology and Marine Science from the University of Calabar, Cross River State. He has an affinity for the natural world and is excited about increasing awareness of the wildlands and wildlife on the Obudu plateau through ecotourism. His hobbies include swimming and travelling.

Edidiong Abba

Edidiong Abba

Executive Assistant

Edidiong has a background in Economics and Finance and is passionate about the inclusive and sustainable development of Nigeria and Africa. She enjoys experiencing and learning about diverse cultures through travels, books, music, videos/films and cuisine.

Eyos Kevin Acha

Eyos Kevin Acha

Programs Manager

Kevin is an ardent conservationist and field Ornithologist with a wealth of experience working as an Eco-guide and a wildlife educationist to protect the wildlands of Obudu Plateau and its surrounding lowlands. Besides environmental conservation, he is actively involved in supporting the local communities through volunteering in community-based organizations and civil society groups to influence social change.