By Princewill Ekwujuru
Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) has concluded plan to hold the 2009 editionÂ of itâ€™sÂ Creative Awards tagged â€œLagosÂ AdvertisingÂ and Ideas Festivalâ€ (LAIF),Â fourth in the series, as it holds creative awards seminar and exhibition this week
The Creative Awards was initiated in 2005Â to fill a critical gap in the dearth of creative ratings and rewards for the Professionalism.
The intention is to continue to encourage practitioners to greater heights in the development of strong and original ideas as well as the execution of such ideas. In lineÂ with global practices, the Association hasÂ invited eminent senior practitioners as members of the 2009 Jury.Â The Jury will be led by Mr. Hulley Nicholas, the Creative Director of TBWA/ HUNT/LASCARIS.Â A South African, Hulley was the most awarded Creative Director at the just concluded 2009 edition of theÂ Cannes Award, held in France.Â HeÂ will be joined by Mr. JeanÂ NkenpsaÂ ofÂ Bates from Cameroun.
TheÂ Nigeria Jury led by Mr. Stevie Laoye, former Vice Chairman of STB_McCann Lagos,Â and Managing Director/CEO of Dencil Limited and others. In another development, the association said that before the award proper,Â it will hold the annual creative awards seminar and exhibition by 18 September, 2009 in Lagos.
The association also stated that the objectives of the seminar is toÂ connect advertisers, agencies and the service providers, parade of the newest creative technology in town, improve the local content of marketing communication materials. In addition to create opportunity to build/improve its customer base, create an avenue for regular exchange of new ideas, quicken the local industry pace of development, attract investment to the marketing communication industry and align with global practices.
While discussant includeMr. OluÂ Akanmu, Director, Retail Banking-Bank PHB, Mr. Kelechi Nwosu, CEO, TBWA/Concept, andÂ Mr. Kola Oyeyemi _ General Manager _ MTN and others..