All roads today lead to the palatial residence of His Royal Majesty, Etinyin Dr. & Ekanyin Dr. Mrs. Asuquo Ekpenyong (OON, NPOM), the Clan Head of Bukong Clan in Eniong Abatim, Calabar, Cross River State as the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch Secretary Nta Ekpiken weds her heartthrob in a traditional marriage ceremony.

The lucky groom is a Nigerian-British computer engineer based in England. The lovebirds were recently joined legally via a private Registry ceremony in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Nta Ekpiken is an Intellectual Property expert with over 10 years of experience. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007, she holds a Master’s Degree from Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom and is an alumna of the United States of America International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

She is a Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), United Kingdom, and has a certificate in CopyrightX from the Berkman Klein Center of Harvard Law School.

Nta started her career in the Legal Department of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Upon her return from her Master’s degree programme, she joined the law firm of Ken Ahia & Associates before joining the IP Department of Aluko and Oyebode in 2012 until January 2020. Nta headed the IP and Technology team of The New Practice (TNP), an Andersen Collaborating Firm, from March 2020 to January 2021.

She has a wealth of experience in the legal framework for the protection of intellectual property rights, brand protection, anti-counterfeiting, copyrights, image rights, licensing & franchising, technology transfer, and product registration. Nta has been involved with many campaigns/advocacy initiatives including a committee working on the review of the IP laws in Nigeria and the United States Consulate Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) against fake malaria drugs. She now focuses on building her boutique IP firm.

Nta is passionate about career development and gaining expertise in specific fields of law. She mentors a number of young lawyers. A fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI), Nta enjoys travelling and volunteering in capacity building projects. She was elected Secretary of NBA Lagos Branch in July 2021 for a tenure spanning two years. The branch is the largest branch of lawyers in Nigeria.

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