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L-R; Mr. Akinola Dosu, Prof. Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, Chief Emma Ajufo frpa (OAAN President), Mrs. Susan Agbo & Mr. Babs Fagade frpa.

The need to get out of about 7 years hiatus and to re-introduce the vibrancy and vigour that were the hallmark of the various advertising components of the Nigerian economy as well as to engender healthy competition have all propelled the Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN) to gather a set of advertising eggheads to form a panel that will handle the next OAAN Awards hitherto known as the Poster Awards. The awards are going to be part of the inaugural OAAN Conference scheduled to hold in November at the prestigious Marriotts Hotel in high brow Ikeja GRA this year.

The preparations for the maiden edition of the OAAN Conference alongside the rebranded Exhibition and Awards of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria is gathering steam as the sectoral body of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria yesterday inaugurated a 10-man jury panel for the prestigious and highly coveted industry awards.

Speaking to us at the inauguration of the 10-man Award Committee, the chairman, Mr. Babs Fagade said that the event is slated for the 23rd of November and has been an annual event which is now rechristened the OAAN Awards and that this hopefully will mark the beginning of an unbroken long chain of consisitency in the organisation of the Award. He said that the entry opened on the 1st of October to close on the 31st of October and that they look forward to a very credible and well organised event and also that the committee members put in their best with “The highest level of integrity”.

The members of the OAAN Award committee are drawn from the Academia as well as the Advertising industry and the members of the 10-man Jury Panel inaugurated at Ikeja, Lagos are: Prof. (Mrs.) Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika from University of Lagos (Department of Mass Communication), Mr. Edidi M. Babatunde, Yaba Tech, Mr. Yemi Lofindipe, AAAN (Executive Creative Director of Brand Believers Limited), Mr. Ondaje Ijagwu, FCCPC (Deputy Director, Public Relations), Mr. Banji Julius Idowu, OAAN (MD Grand Stride Limited), Mr. Obumneke Okoli, ADVAN, Mrs. Clara Chinwe Okoro, BJAN (National Chairman), Mrs. Susan Agbo, ARCON, Mr. Pius Negbenose MIPAN and Mr. Akinola Dosu as the Secretary (Akinsec Consulting).

The president of OAAN, Chief Emmanuel Nmaduaburochukwu Ajufo who performed the swearing-in ceremony told us that “The very best of persons within and outside the industry have been selected to handle the Awards and so we should expect the very best of standards”. Chief Ajufo noted that the Award is embedded within the activities of the OAAN Conference where critical issues that affect the industry one way or the other will be discussed. He also hinted that the Outdoor the Advertising Association of Nigeria will soon experience a rebirth with an accompanying name change, but that he will not disclose the new name until it has become imperative that he reveals it.

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