Just In: Over 40 AAAN Members Escape Plane Crash As 46th AGM is Postponed


What could have been a major disaster for the creative advertising sector as well as the integrated marketing communication industry in Nigeria was yesterday averted when members of Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN, escaped a near plane crash on their way to Asaba, the Delta state capital for the 46th AGM/Congress of the association scheduled to hold between yesterday, 11 July to Saturday, 13 July.

The flight, operated by Air Peace Airlines, had on board over 40 members of the Association, including industry leaders and other stakeholders when it took off from Lagos on Thursday. Attempt to land the plane at the Asaba Airport proved abortive due to the weather and other logistic issues, compelling a return to Lagos. The airline subsequently cancelled flight operations to Asaba on Thursday.

Our Senior Reporter, Azeez Disu who was on ground to cover the AGM had earlier reported that all arrangement in Asaba had been concluded to host a successful AGM before information came in on the near air mishap.

Following this development, AAAN has postponed the AGM/congress to a yet-to-be announced date. In a press release received from the association, AAAN President, Ikechi Odigbo said, that line of action was necessary as available members in Asaba did not form a quorum for the AGM to hold. He added that more than half of the expected delegates were on the flight, adding that the postponement of the AGM/Congress was unavoidable because the Association’s Constitution stipulates that two-thirds of members must be present for an AGM to hold. In addition, he said members had been traumatized by their experience during the aborted flight.

According to our Reporter, Lekan Fadolapo, Executive Director of AAAN disclosed that the board will meet soon to pick a new date. However, some advertising practitioners are of the opinion that the AGM is likely going to hold in Lagos before the end of July because the Business Session is constitutional and the constitution stipulate it holds in July.

Delta State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa was expected to be the special guest of honour at the AGM while Jimi Awosika, Vice Chairman, Troyka Holdings is to speak alongside panelists which includes Steve Babaeko, Group CEO, X3M Ideas; Chizor Malize, CEO, Brandzone LLC and Igbo Amadi-Obi, CEO, BBDO on the theme “The war Within: Solutions for Survival”.

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