Banwo & Ighodalo

Chinasa Uwanna

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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property & Technology

Media & Entertainment

Corporate & Commercial Law


Chinasa was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006 and since 2008, she has worked with top Commercial Law Firms in Nigeria like Jackson, Etti & Edu and Aluko & Oyebode. Currently, she is a Senior Associate in Banwo & Ighodalo where she leads the Intellectual Property Law, Technology, Media & Entertainment practice group. She specializes in IP and general Commercial Law practice, assisting local/international clients on IP issues. She has excellent experience in the field and has advised in numerous local, as well as cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions involving brand registration, transfer, commercialization, protection and enforcement particularly in Nigeria and other African jurisdictions. She also advises business owners on regulatory and product registration issues with particular reference to their IP rights. In addition, her experience cuts across Corporate and Commercial Law transactions and advisory.

A serving member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Middle East and Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Sub-Committee, Chinasa has presented several papers on IP both locally and internationally, including at the annual roundtable of the Anti- Counterfeiting Collaboration, Nigeria; the Arizona State University conference on International Aspects of IP Law in Arizona; and the International Trademark Association’s 2018 Middle East and Africa conference in Dubai.

Professional Memberships

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration, (ACC) Nigeria

Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN)

Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

International Trademark Association (INTA)


International Comparative Guide: Trade Marks 2012 (– (Nigerian Chapter)

International Comparative Guide: Trade Marks 2013 (– (Nigerian Chapter)

International Trademark Association (INTA) Country Guides 2018 and 2019 (Nigeria)


Chinasa engages more and more in teaching/ mentoring Nigerian university students and fresh graduates on the importance of IP and Technology in national development. She served as one of the Judges in the 2nd Edition of the Babalola Law Dictionary Competition for Young Lawyers in Nigeria and is a contributor to the Future Africa Forum on Development and Industrialization issues. She is a Faculty member of the Africa Franchise Institute; a 2014 VVLead Fellow of the Vital Voices Global Partnership and the co-founder of the Social & Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (SEDI) Nigeria (a non-profit organization in Nigeria aimed at Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Development, as well as the promotion of Social, Cultural and Economic Development). She is also a Volunteer Facilitator with the FATE Foundation (a non-profit, private sector led organization in Nigeria) on IP issues.

Chinasa has a Master’s Degree in IP Law from the University of Turin/ WIPO and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.