His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 approved the appointment of Mrs. Justina Ovat as the General Manager, Tinapa Lakeside Hotel. Similarly, the governor also appointed the immediate past Ikom council chairman, Hon. (Pst.) Ojong Ayiba Ayiba as Managing Director, Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort.

“Dynamite comes in small packages “is definitely a characteristic of Justina Ovat, the newly appointed General Manager, Tinapa Lakeside Hotel.

Justina Ovat is the founder of Calabar Hospitality House Limited, a firm that consults for the tourism and hospitality industry to ensure international best practices and manpower development.

She’s a seasoned, creative and passionate Tourism & Hospitality expert with experience spanning over five years, a Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) and a Certified Guest service Professional with the American Hotel Lodging & Educational Institute (AHLEI) and also a Certified Hospitality Establishment Grading Assessor with Proserve South Africa, an alumnus of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and currently a masters student of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Justina started her career at the Cross River State Tourism Bureau where she gathered a lot of experience working as an assessment and enforcement officer responsible for ensuring that all tourism and tourism related enterprises operate within the provisions of the regulations and laws governing the industry.

She is a one-time manager of Unical Hotel and Conference Centre and also served as the Head of Hospitality Ventures at the University’s Entrepreneurship Development Center.

Justina has also served as the consulting General Manager of the Marina Resort Calabar under Tandem Integrated Services Company Limited, concessioners of Marina Resort Calabar.


  • Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators – Member
  • Institute for Tourism Professionals –                                             –   Member
  • Hotelier Association, Cross River –                                             –   Member
  • Commonwealth Institute for Leadership & Management –         –   Fellow
  • Hospitality Ambassador Award for Industry Support         –   Hoteliers Association Cross River
  • Culture Ambassador –         –   Miss Culture, Akwa Ibom State

She’s happily married to Mr. Raymond Ovat and they have 3 three children.

We wish Justina the best of luck in her new role and we are confident she will bring on-board her wealth of experience in the hospitality industry.

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