Board Members

Dr Olakunle Sowunmi

Dr. Sowunmi had a vision; to see his homeland produce show quality dogs on par with the leading breeders around the world. With over 20 years of experience in handling and showing pure bred dogs, international affiliations, and an extraordinary team of partners; he is making this dream a reality.

As a Medical Doctor, Clinical Documentation Improvement and Data specialist, Dr. Sowunmi brings to COBA a wealth of experience in both scientific and cynological advancements and a proven ability in building coalitions around a common vision. Through collaborative partnerships and new initiatives, Dr. Sowunmi saw the need to empower dog owners and breeders throughout West and Central Africa, through education, innovative technology and scientific research. These initiatives, he believes, will reshape and redefine Nigeria’s place in this movement sweeping across the continent.

Prior to founding COBA in 2019, Dr. Kunle was very instrumental in championing the condition of pure-bred dogs in Nigeria and introducing professional dog breeding and showing to the country. He founded the West and Central African Dog Breeders Association in 2016 and has since lead a host of campaigns to help address unmet health needs of both humans and their canine companions in West Africa. Under his leadership, WACADBA organized and established:

1. The West and Central African Canine Genome project in partnership with the United States National Institute of Health in 2019

2. The First German-Style Rottweiler Demonstration Show – in Ghana and Nigeria - 2017

He has also consulted and assisted many Kennel Clubs and Canine Organization across the region.

Presently, Dr. Sowunmi chairs the board of directors for COBA.

Kunle graduated with a Medical Degree from People’s Friendship University of Russia. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Director of Health Information Management at Harlem Hospital in New York City. He is married to his wife, Elizabeth. They have 2 lovely daughters, Bethany and Eden

  

Babajide Ajayi

Babajide is a passionate dog lover and a graduate of Architecture from the University of Lagos.

He's the founder and Head Photographer at Jide Ajayi Pet Photography and the foremost Pet Photographer in Nigeria.
His work with pets and animals range from Pythons, Dogs, Cats, birds etc....

Babajide is also the founder of Ajáajídé kennel which specialises in breeding Rottweilers and Lhasa Apso's

He's also an advocate against sickle cell disease and also a sickle cell warrior . He has created iniatives like " A PAW FOR THE SICKLE CELL CHILD " which he started by visiting sickle cell clubs with a pet to talk to inspire fellow warriors especially the kids.

Babajide is the creator of the "CYNOLOGY WEEK" and the "WORLD PARVO DAY" which was specifically created to enlighten pet owners on how to care for their pet, especially dogs. Also the "WORLD PARVO DAY" was created to sensitize and enlighten the general public on how to prevent their pets from being infected by parvovirus.

He's also a very passionate dog lover who has also invested in time and resources to teaching people how to take better pictures of their pets.

Babajide Ajayi has been a  part of major dog events in Nigeria, especially Lagos where he resides, such initiatives like

-The Lagos Dog Walk

-Walk Against Animal Cruelty

- Lekki-ikoyi link Bridge Dog Walk

-The Annual Canine Seminar

- WACADBA Rottweiler Demonstration Show with renowned Judge and  former FCI/ADRK president Anton Toni Spindler

-HKRKC Rottweiler Picnic

and many more

He has also supported and been a part of Breed Clubs like:

- Boerboel Alliance (BA)

- Boerboel Dog Breeders Association of Nigeria (BDBAN)

- HIS KENNELS ROTTWEILER KENNEL CLUB (HKRKC)

- WEST AFRICAN CENTRAL AFRICAN DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (WACADBA)

Babajide has also worked with veterinary clinic and veterinary association e.g

-Truthmiles Animal Hospital

- Small Animal Veterinary Association of Nigeria (SAVAN) which is associated with the WSAVA ( World Small Animal Veterinary Association)

  

Nkereuwem Umoh


Nkereuwem Umoh is a Lawyer. He graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from University of Albany-SUNY and J.D. from Fordham university He currently practices employment law in New York City.

An avid dog lover, his interests lie in creating a breed standard for the land races of dogs in Nigeria and seeing them become a recognized breed in their own right.

He am married with two  (2) children. Hobbies are falconry, bonsai and reading

  

Ckukwuemeka Agwu Okorie

Chukwuemeka is a Microbiologist,he graduated with B.SC.in Microbiology and Brewing(ESUT),M.SC in Medical Microbiology (IMSU). He is a Lecturer in Abia State Polytechnic Aba and also a dog lover.

He is the Founder and Emeritus President of Aba Dog Breeders/Lovers Association. He is also the founder of Abia State Dog Breeders Association.Currently, he is the Vice President of German Shepherd Foundation of Nigeria (GSDFN) and a third generation breeder of GSD (DDR).

He is married with four (4) children. He is an open minded person, always ready to learn new things.

  

Omoniyi Ewete

Omoniyi is a graduate of Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University of Ibadan. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston U.S.A and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Omoniyi is the co-Founder of several tech companies which include Websoft Ltd founded over 20yrs ago while in his 3rd year in the University and it specializes in developing & deploying Web, Mobile & Enterprise solutions for different sectors including Banking , Insurance , Health , Oil & gas, Education etc etc. He is also a UniFi Certified Engineer for deploying Enterprise grade WiFi networks.  

He served on the Nigerian Software Development (NSDI) committee, a Presidential Committee established by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to develop a blueprint for the growth of ICT in Nigeria.

He also served in the Technical and Auction committees of the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA), the custodian of the .ng ccTLD domain.

Omoniyi is one of the founding Trustees of Boerboel Alliance™ registered as a non-profit organization named Boerboel Breeders Association and part of our aims and objectives is to encourage and promote the Ethical Breeding of South African Boerboels in Nigeria & Africa as a whole and also organize SA Studbook Boerboel Appraisals in and around Nigeria and Africa.