A symbol of hard work, resilience and professionalism, 11 female advertising trailblazers have been inducted as Fellows of the Advertising profession in Nigeria. This was at the just concluded APCON induction ceremony which held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.
The inducted amazons expressed that the newly donned Fellowship hat is a representation of their quest to be at par with their global counterparts, to enable them for strategic positioning in building an outstanding and sterling career amidst male dominance and gender stereotypes in the advertising industry.
Some of these amazing and accomplished practitioners who have made notable contributions in the industry include:
Temitope Jemerigbe, Chief Executive Officer, DKK Nigeria; Betsy Iheabunike, Chairman/ CEO Betex Communication Ltd & MISHAB IDEALS Ltd; Margaret Olele, CEO/Executive Secretary, American Business Council;Ifeyinwa Onukwuba, Managing Director, Nigeria Advertising Service, NAS; Julia Jacks, Head Consultant, Julia Jacks Consulting; Hannah Oyebanjo, Managing Director, Redwood Consulting; Ijedi Iyoha, Director at APCON; Ifechukwude Kagho Manages Customer Loyalty Programme for MTN; Martha Onyebuchi, Deputy Director, Sourthern Region, APCON; Funke Nwankwo, General Manager, Human Resources, NDPHC; Omowunmi Owodunni, Chairman of APCON’S Advertising Standards Panel, (ASP).
The ad experts agreed, that the mantra to succeed in the highly competitive space is through constant up-skilling and upgrading of career status in the industry to help reach the top of the corporate ladder.
Sharing the happy news of elevation of status, Temitope Jemerigbe, Chief Executive Officer, DKK Nigeria, one of the leading lights who have carved a special place for herself in the hallowed portals of advertising, said she is glad to be reckoned with APCON’s highest industry status, as an inductee, describing it as a thing of honour.
“It is recognition of the experience and contributions of individuals who are being conferred with the induction of which I am one, and I am really glad for this.”
Hannah Oyebanjo, Managing Director, Redwood Consulting, with pride and prestige over the new feather placed on her cap, said it will go a long way in promoting Nigerian advertising’s brand positioning.
“With a lot of changes currently occurring within the industry both locally and internationally, Nigeria must be at the forefront of leading change. Attaining this for me is like saying: hey! Get up again and see how much you want to add to the industry to grow generally”, she proudly stated.
Betsy Iheabunike, CEO, Betex Communication Ltd & MISHAB IDEALS Ltd, a passionate advertiser and marketing expert, applauded APCON for creating such a recognizable industry platform that places emphasis on women’s contribution. “I am happy that I am one of the people inducted by the highest regulator in the country, APCON. It is a great honour which will continue to speak well for the industry both home and abroad.”