Ephraim Okon

Country Director, Nigeria

Ephraim has worked for PMC since 2008, first as Executive Assistant to the country representative before becoming Country Director in 2019. He is passionate about using media to confront the significant health and development challenges facing Nigeria: extreme poverty, gender inequality, public health emergencies, climate change, and many others.

As Country Director, he oversees the implementation, management, and evaluation of PMC’s programs in Nigeria to achieve cost-effective results. This ensures the continuity and growth of programs and funding. He hires and supervises in-country staff and contractual workers and is part of PMC’s global leadership team, collaborating with colleagues in other countries.


Ephraim enjoys the creative side of program development and working with writers and actors to bring a radio show to life.

  • Baze University, LLB
  • Nassarawa State University, MA
  • Ladoke Akintola University, MSc
  • Nassarawa State University Institute of Strategic and Development Communication, doctoral student
  • Institut Superieur De Management et Technologie, ISMT University, honorary Doctor of Science
  • Attended Marianum Spiritual Year Seminary
  • Institute of Management Consultants-IMC, Certified Management Consultant
  • 2021: Award of Excellence as NANS Icon of Nation-building for outstanding contributions to youths and students
  • 2021: Traditional title of Obong Unwana of Ukana West Clan in Essien Udim LGA, Akwa
  • Ibom State by The Clan Council of Ukana West Clan
  • 2021: Traditional title of Abom Annang by His Eminence, Okuku Cosmas Okon Akpan,
  • Paramount Ruler of Essien Udim LGA and Okuku Ikpaisong Annang the 1st for contributions to the development of Annang culture and language through AFAC.
  • 2020: Ambassador of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 by United Nations Ambassadors of Sustainable Development Goals Sustainable Network
  • 2019: Induction into top 100 tourism personalities in Nigeria at Akwaaaba
  • 2019: Sword of St. John The Baptist by Knights of St. John International, Ikot Ekpene Commandery
  • 2019: Award for 11 years of dedicated service and commitment from Population Media Center
  • 2018: National Merit Award of Change and Good Governance by Independent Newspaper
  • Publishers Association of Nigeria. AIIAS Academic Publications and Presentation Award
  • 2017: Presidential Leadership Award by Nto Annang Foundation, US (NAF) for dedication to the formation of Nto Annang Foundation in Nigeria
  • 2017: National Association of Akwa Ibom Student (NAAKIS), University of Abuja chapter
  • 2017: Patron, Annang Student, Micheal Ukpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  • 2017: Patron, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Chapel;
  • 2016: Merit Leadership Award of Credence as “Icon of Nation-building and Youth
  • Empowerment by Youth Movement for Good Governance.

Ephraim enjoys watching football (soccer), writing, and performing community service. He also works as a farmer and entrepreneur and is a Fellow with the Institute of Management Consultants, IMC. He also founded the Annang Festival of Arts and Culture, which promotes the cultural heritage of Annang Nation in Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. He is President of both the Nto Annang Foundation and the Annang Community Abuja. Ephraim is a traditional Nigerian chief with the title of Abom 1 of Okon, Abom Annang, Ubokudom 1 of Ikot Essien, Mmfa 1 of Akwa Ibom Community Gwagwa in Abuja, among other titles.


Ephraim’s favorites include Tinsel and the Johnsons and PMC’s, Jolokoto (“The Mirror of Life”).