Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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 initiatives 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)



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)


Emmanuel Adegunle

Emmanuel Adegunle is a dynamic young Mechanical Engineer and Breeder, with good customer relationship management background.

He has been involved with dogs all his life.

His father had a German Shepherd Dog Imported back when he was a kid. He took up interest in Rottweilers after he worked voluntarily as a veterinary Assistant and fell in love with the Clinic Rottweiler.

His breeding program started in 2002 under the Kennel Prefix Ma Mere Kennels and has been involved in canine activities ever since then, below are some of his roles and involvement,

  • Active COBA member

-Rock City Rottweiler Breed Warden.

Member of the Rock city Rottweiler Club (RCRC) and Association of Ogun Dog Breeders Lovers


- Served as a Ring Steward in 2018 and 2019 for KUG NATIONAL DOG SHOW under (Judge Svelana Kitaeva, Russia),  Judge Antoan Hlebarov, Bulgaria) respectively.

Participated in the KUG Dog Walk in 2017.

Organized Participated in WACADBA Rottweiler 2017 Under Judge Anton Spindler.

He was also privileged to  serve as a Ring Steward for Boerboel Alliance Appraisal under Senior Appraiser Adre Steenkamp in 2018.

Show Observer at BDBAN Appraisals

He successfully took the Following courses.

*The Kennel Club Requirement of a show Judge Exam (Certified) in 2020

*The Kennel Club Ring Steward Exam (Certified) 2020

*Kennel Club of Ghana (KUG) Judges Training Course Seminar 2021

*Canine Owners and Breeders Association(COBA) Judges Training Course/Seminar 2021.

He spoke as an invited speaker at ADOBLO Seminar 2016.

He Spoke as invited speaker at The Rottweiler Timeout with Ondo State Akure Breeders, 2016.


He also hosted the first ever dog work in Ondo State which eventually led to formation of Ondo Dog Breeders Association

Bred the show winners and Best in show winner at IVMS DOG SHOW with Father and son winning consecutive years.


Gbenga Olaojoyetan

Gbenga is a graduate of Accountancy from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, and most especially a strong dog lover; who has been involved in some past dog events in Nigeria, also willing and ready to be involved in any canine event whenever the chance arises. He has been involved in the following events:

-WACADBA Rottweiler Demonstration Show with renowned Judge and former

FCI/ADRK president Anton Toni Spindler

-HKRKC Rottweiler Picnic

-PRC Dog Walk

-RCRC Dog Walk

-BDBAN Appraisals...Observer

-BA Appraisals…Observer

-Rottweiler Timeout with Ondo State/Akure Breeders

-Ijebu-Ode Dog Show (Winner, Rottweiler Category)

…and many more...


Apart from being a member of COBA, Gbenga is also a member of the following Breed


  • PRC (Pacesetters Rottweiler Club)
  • RCRC (Rock-City Rottweiler Club)


Gbenga is the founder of Cornerstone Kennels which specializes in breeding Rottweilers.