Gogo Anyanwu Jr

Gogo Anyanwu Jr


My PhD journey started in February 2022. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (painting) and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. I have attended HR and leadership courses at the Harvard University, Boston and the United States Labour College, Maryland, US. My career spans over 20 years’ work experience across different departments of commercial banks - corporate services, branch management and HR. I have managed employment relations and HR projects of an international bank for over a decade. Due to my passion for employee voice and rights, I facilitated the establishment of the Ecobank senior staff union – the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) and became its founding President (2008 – 2016). I initiated and facilitated the implementation of HR policies such as the policy that authorized the union to represent the interest of employees as a member of the Ecobank Disciplinary Committee and facilitated its implementation in other Nigerian banks. 


Research interests

My research interest is in Work and Employment Relations, particularly employee relations, voice and trade unions - union effectiveness, union influence and stakeholder management. My PhD focuses on ‘employee voice’ via trade unions, which stems from my experience as a bank manager, trade unionist, HR professional and advocate for employee voice and rights. The research investigates the extent and form of how employee voice operates in the Nigerian financial sector with focus on the role of trade unions as a vehicle for effective voice.     


  • MSc HRM & Employment Relations, Merit, University of Warwick, UK
  • BA Fine Art (Painting), 2:1, University of Uyo, Nigeria
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD)