AAAN Unveils LAIF Awards Jury



By Tunji Faleye

LAIF awards jury
Julia Oku-Jacks, Chairman, 2017 LAIF jury.

Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN, on Tuesday morning unveiled jury for this year’s Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF).

The Jury is to be chaired by Mrs. Julia Oku-Jacks a graduate from the University of Calabar with a first class honours degree in English and Literary Studies and received her Master’s degree in Development/Area Studies from the School of Oriental Studies, University of London. She is also an alumnus of Lagos Business School (now Pan African University).

Oku-Jacks has had a varied working experience in academics, advertising, and corporate marketing. She lectured African American and Caribbean literature at the University of Calabar, from where she made a career shift to marketing communication with Insight Communications, one of the foremost advertising agencies in the country.

After leaving Insight Communications, she worked as Programme Officer, Media, Arts and Culture in the West Africa office of Ford Foundation, a leading international philanthropic organisation. She is founder of Cue Media, a content development organisation which developed content for the acclaimed MNET “New Directions” initiative. Currently, Mrs. Oku Jacks heads the Corporate Strategy and Development Department of Moni Pulo Limited.

Mrs. Oku Jacks served for several years on the training committee of Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) and ran its Creative Training and Writing Courses for five consecutive years. She was a member of the Re-branding Nigeria Project and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ).

Other members of the jury include, Pastor Doyin Oluwwole, Mr. Pascal Anyanso, C/O Prima Garnet; Mr. Tayo Ken Sulaiman, C/O Insight; Mrs. Omowunmi Owodunni, STBMccan; Mr. Yomi Omotehinwa, Mr. Kanni da-Silva, Dayo Adefila and Yash Deb, MD, Isobar, Kenya.

Speaking on the composition of the jury for LAIF, an elated Mr. Kayode Oluwasona, President of the association said, “the calibre of the people that make up this year’s jury for LAIF Award is impressive” and charged them to bring their professionalism, experience and integrity to bear as they judge the entries for the awards.

Similarly, Steve Babaeko, chairman of LAIF Board, expressed his confidence in the members of the jury. He said that he has no doubt in his mind that members of the jury will carry out their assignment without fear or favour for 2017 LAIF Awards.

This is the first time that a woman will be appointed as the chairman of the LAIF Award Jury in its many years of existence. Last year’s LAIF Award raised some issues about the credibility of the awards, and the composition of the high-calibre members of the Jury is meant to correct the anomaly.


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