Celebrating 45 years of The Loeries – Blood, Sweat and Tears


Brand Communicator, Nigeria’s serial award-winning brands and marketing communications publication, has been the media partner of the Loeries in Nigeria for years. In this captivating piece, the focus is on the 45-year journey of the creative mundial – the blood, sweat and tears.

This year Africa and the Middle East’s premier creative awards, the Loeries celebrate 45 years of creative excellence and innovation. The campaign theme for 2023 – ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ – embodies the tough conditions that the brand communications industry has weathered over the past few years.

No stranger to The Loeries, having won many Loeries over the years, the agency also rebranded the Loeries a few years ago. 

“Grid’s idea to recognise the strength of this industry – no matter the challenges – was insightful and we are honoured to have them support the Loeries through the gift of this campaign,” says Loeries CEO, Preetesh Sewraj.

For Adam Byars, Joint CEO of Grid Worldwide, The Loeries is the pinnacle of creative excellence in Africa and the Middle East. “It pushes agencies, clients, and creatives to dig deep, put in the hours and craft their work with such skill and passion.” 

The campaign manifesto reflects this, as it asks: “How do we elevate our creativity? We break beneath the surface. We collaborate. We interrogate. We push harder. We push back. We push through. We put in the hours no matter the hour. Setbacks become our greatest comebacks. 

Summing up the intention of the theme, Jineil Kandasamy, Creative Director and Partner at Grid Worldwide says: “It is important to ensure a high standard for work across the industry and this will require nothing less than blood, sweat and tears.”

Or as the manifesto further states: “We cut out mediocracy. We bring in precision. We craft, and craft. Then craft some more. We do it with passion. With perseverance. And most of all, with purpose. And when we’re finally done, we start all over again. Because creating better than the best takes blood, sweat and tears.”

Conceptualised and designed by Grid Worldwide’s agency in Cape Town, the theme embraces the time, talent & tenacity it takes to find the best idea and create the best work, while reinforcing the unwavering creative drive and craft needed to find new levels of innovative excellence.

The Loeries, a non-profit company, is Africa and the Middle East’s premiere initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry. As the highest accolade for creativity and innovation across our region, the Loeries promotes and supports creativity by helping marketers, agencies and consumers appreciate the value of ideas and fresh thinking.

Our region’s creative economy is world-class and has great potential to grow and to offer employment both to our talented youth. The growth occurring throughout Africa and the Middle East is very exciting, and a major focus of the Loeries is to increase the standard of brand communication in the region.

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