A Legal Icon of High Repute
Chief (Mrs) Nnenna Ejekam is the second child of the Late. Prof. O. K. Ogan, an eminent Obstetrician and Gyneacologist.
She was educated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, studying law at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus. Later in life she obtained her Masters in Law from the University of London. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1980. She then served at the National Assembly (Second Republic) from where she was nominated to attend an intensive programme on legislative drafting at Washington State, the University of Washington, United States of America.
This culminated in a posting to the United States Senate as an intern in the office of a prominent United States Senator. She returned to Nigeria and served as a Legislative Draftsman and Secretary to the Senate Committee on Communications.
With the demise of the Second Republic, She returned to her primary passion the practice of Law under the tutelage of her revered mentor, Mr. A M. Ferguson CBE Senior Partner of Irving and Bonnar. Irving and Bonnar, established in 1917, was then the oldest and most renowned Commercial Law Firm in Nigeria. She rose to become full partner of Irving and Bonnar in 1988.
After the retirement and subsequent demise of Mr. A M. Ferguson, she established Nnenna Ejekam Associates (NEA) in 1996.
Nnenna Ejekam Associates “NEA”) was established to replicate and preserve the same principles of best practice, professionalism and service to Clients and Community as is embodied in the family and professional legacy Mrs. Ejekam inherited.
Please see NEA Website: www.nealegal.com
Mrs. Ejekam exposure to the highest standards of professional practice in a global arena and her personal disposition for highly efficient and structured legal practice, informed her decision to spearhead the establishment of several specialized law firms, consisting of partnerships between Nigerian and international law practices, to provide legal services of the highest standard to both the public and private sectors. In this capacity NEA was part of a team assembled to provide specialized legal support to the Federal Government’s privatization and commercialization agency, the Bureau of Public Enterprises, pursuant to a United Kingdom DFID-financed Legal Support Consultancy contract and in World Bank financed projects for the reform of the Power sector.
She also acted as a Special Counsel for a variety of investment projects for International Finance Corporation (IFC) a member of the World Bank Group and the world’s largest source of direct project financing for private investments in developing countries. She has acted in similar capacities for African Development Bank (ADB) assisted projects, the Danish, German, and Dutch government development financed agencies, the British Export Credits Guarantee Department.
NEA has also teamed up with the prominent Law Firm Perchstone and Graeys to execute critical projects for key Federal Government Agencies and Ministries particularly in the finance securitization debt restructuring sectors, energy and infrastructure.
NEA remains active in the Capital Markets, energy, corporate and commercial law and corporate restructuring and debt recovery, litigation and insolvency sectors.
NEA has played a pivotal role in some of the most successful joint ventures in the Nigeria Market particularly in the fast moving consumer products sector.
In recognition of her efforts and contributions towards the welfare and progress of her local community and many diverse acts of philanthropy, she was been conferred with many awards and two chieftaincy titles.
Chief (Mrs.) Nnenna Ejekam is a Notary Public and member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators.
Chief (Mrs.) Nnenna Ejekam is married to an Architect of International repute, Mr. Martin Chukwuemeka Ejekam, a onetime partner of the renowned architectural firm, Ekwueme Associates. The marriage has been blessed with several children and grandchildren.