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OAAN To Decorate Veterans At Nite Of The Legends

The Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN) has concluded plans to honour the veterans and forerunners of the out of home advertising practice in Nigeria at the maiden edition of Nite of the Legends coming up on the 9th of December, 2020 at the banquet hall of Lagos Country Club, Ikeja by 5pm prompt. 

This is part of the association’s effort to recognise the immense contributions of its past leaders who have contributed to the growth of the association and the practice of out-home in Nigeria. To be honoured at the nite of legends are three important personalities who’s contributions to the out of home advertising industry and Outdoor Advertising Association cannot be ignored.

These personalities to be honoured at the event are Chief Babu Akinbobola – a former president and the immediate past BOT Chairman of the association, Late Pa. Simeon Olaghere – the first president and first BOT Chairman of the association,  and Late High Chief Jas Kolawole Oyekan equally a former president and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the association until his death (a posthumous award for the late veterans).

The Nite of the Legends will be presided by one of the most decorated advertising industry icons, Sir Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman TROYKA Holdings and the guest speaker will be Mr. Babajide Ogunsanwo, a renowned Economic/ Data Analyst who will speak on the theme: Economic Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic: Coping and Surviving its Effects in OOH sub-sector.

To grace the occasion the association has sent out official invite to the registrar of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), all the heads of advertising sectoral group and the Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency, (LASAA) is expected to give a keynote address as a partner at the event.

Industry watchers believe that the current OAAN executive council have further cemented her performing strides with such a commendable event that would not only decorate veterans of the profession but share memories of early years of the practice in Nigeria, such as when the association was known as Outdoor Advertising Contractors Association of Nigeria (OACAN).

OAAN President, Mr. Emmanuel Ajufo while speaking with Outdoor Republic said the award is a reward system to encourage people to serve. He said: “We believe that anybody who had worked and worked very hard should be appreciated. The association is about a hundred years old and if we have not had people in the past who held on to the practice, we probably won’t have anything call OAAN today.”


He further explained that in the past the association have been having poster award in which they reward outsiders who had helped the sector and who had been excellent in whatever they have done.

“But now we feel we should have an internal award system for ourselves and that is what we are doing.”

He added that, “We hope the association will be able to tie this to the poster award, so that as we are rewarding outsiders, we are also rewarding ourselves. After this, the association is going to have a standard and a check list for people to reach before they can be rewarded.”

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