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Communications professionals, brands shine at CCA 2017


The Corporate Communications Awards, first of its kind in the country aimed at celebrating outstanding achievements in the communications industry, held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.

The event brought together high networth guests for an evening of good music and networking.

In attendance were industry players such as Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya; Group CEO CMC Connect, Anudeep Sharma; Marketing Head Sosaco Nigeria Ltd, Otega Ogra; Group Head corporate Communications BUA Group, Usman Imanal; Corporate Communications Manager; Stanbic IBTC, Irene Kayoma; Payporte Head corporate strategy, Toyin Egbebi; Corporate Communications; Ericsson, Dooyum Okwong; Marketing communications and Customer Experience Manager, Letshego amongst others.

Winners emerged via nominations by industry professionals, public voting, as well as deliberations by members of the Advisory Board made up of Mrs. Habiba Balogun – Lead Consultant, Habiba Balogun Consult, Omasan Ogisi – GM Corporate Affairs MTN NG, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe – Editor in Chief, TW Magazine, Emeka Oparah- Director, Communications and CSR Airtel NG, international partner: Jennifer Hardie – CEO, International School of Communication/ Pinnacle PR (UK&UAE), Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, Dean School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University and organiser Mrs. Tampiri Irimagha Akemu – Managing, Director, Sesema Public Relations and from various industries including the media, academia and corporate communications.

Winners were presented with plaques in recognition of their outstanding achievements in corporate communications.

According to Irimagha-Akemu, “The CCAs identified and rewarded the very best in Corporate Communications. The award event will be an annual feature of Nigeria’s corporate communications industry.”

Winners at the CCAS 2017 include, Jago Milk, “for the winner in you”, best use of video award; Wedding party- Elfike Film Collective, best use of PR in entertainment award; Keex Tribe (Jide Ipaye), best use of PR in SME; Funke Akindele, best use of individual PR award; Union Bank, best rebranding project award, Indomie’s “You Like No Other” campaign won the campaign of the year award.Special media recognition was also given to The Guardian, Ebonylifetv, and Bellanaija. Francesca Uriri, founder, Leading Ladies Africa and PR Manager at Weber Shandwick, won the Alima Atta Excellence award.

Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Communications & External Affairs, Access Bank Plc, emerged corporate communications professional of the year.

The CCAS also featured a competition for young graduates- The Corporate Communications Pitch Competition (CCPC). Deniran Oghenemine, a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin emerged winner in the IT/Digital aspect of the CCPC, while Steven Aghalu, a graduate of Mass Communication, also from the University of Benin emerged winner of the PR aspect of the CCPC. The winners were presented with cash prizes of N130, 000 each and a six-months paid internship at Sesema Public Relations.

To cap the event, Sesema PR marked its 15th anniversary with the cutting of its celebration cake.

The award celebrates successful reputation management and corporate communications campaigns of organisations in all sectors, whilst acknowledging the different personalities behind them. The CCA is a yearly event. The Corporate communications award is an initiative of Sesema Public Relations.

The CCA 2017 was supported by The International School of Communication and the School of Media & Communications, Pan Atlantic University.

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