The 14-year-old Ekpenyong, bidding for a first ITF Junior title, produced a solid performance to beat Abdulraheem Isa 6-3, 6-3 and set up a second round meeting with Musa Sani, who defeated Rubi Toba 6-4, 6-3.
Dawariye, who is also aiming for a maiden ITF Tour title, sped past Azeez Similoluwa 6-2, 6-1. Dawariye will have Emmanuel Jebutu, the tournaments 3rd seed, to contend with in the second round.
Elsewhere, Elisha Olowogbile put together a good display to wear down Bulus Bulus, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, while lucky loser, Uche Emeruwa recovered from a slow start to beat Ghanas Ivan Wularu 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
US-based top seed, Marylove Edward, would be in action today as she confronts Joy Samuel for a place in the quarterfinals.
In other matches, Bouhoutou Minet of Cote d’Ivoire the second seed will take on Omolayo Bamidele while third seed Naa McKorley of Ghana battles home-girl Toyin Asogba.
The likes of Oyinkansolami Durowoju, an Austrian of Nigerian descent will square off with Rebecca Ekpeyong.
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