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.
Obudu Conservation Centre was established by Mrs Onari Duke, the former First Lady of Cross River State.
OCC is an inclusive organisation that knows and encourages collaborative efforts to actualise our vision
for this planet.
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.
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.
OCC’S CORE PILLARS
Meet the Team
They are the force behind the success of our initiatives
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 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.
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.