The event, which had as its theme: “Tori Tori of LAIF: Our stories, to the world”, is organized annually by the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) as a platform for the recognition of creativity and innovation in the industry. The awards had seven categories: Outdoor/Poster, Press, Digital and Mobile, Radio, Television, LAIF Campaign and LAIF Grand Prix.
X3M Ideas won three gold, two silver and five bronze medals. The agency was also awarded the overall Grand Prix award for its animated TV commercial, “DStv Step Up and Boost”.
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In terms of the actual number of medals won, Noah’s Ark had 21 medals, comprising five gold, six silver and 10 bronze medals.
Other big winners on the night included DDB Lagos with three gold, four silver and seven bronze medals; SO&U with three gold, five silver and three bronze medals; ISOBAR with two gold, three silver and three bronze medals and BBDO with two gold, one silver and five bronze medals.
Also awarded were Adeptus with one silver, Onewildcard with three bronze, Culture, Fuel Communications and Image and Time got two silver respectively; while Bluebird, Explicit and FCB-DP Partnership won one bronze each.
In his welcome address, Ikechi Odigbo, AAAN President, described the LAIF awards an important event in the advertising industry as its rewards professionals for their ingenuity throughout the course of the year.
He stated that the numerous entries from agencies continue to motivate the LAIF Management Board and the AAAN to organise the award annually.
“LAIF is our own unique way of reporting the paid work we do through the year and it’s also our own way of celebrating the creative heroes behind the great brand stories being told daily on the pages of our newspapers, on TV, online and offline.
“If there is one thing I can say about the LAIF Awards, it’s that the entire ceremony has been about sacrifice, sacrifice and sacrifice. Sacrifice by the agencies who remain dedicated and continue to work hard to churn out these entries, and the LAIF Board, which continues to ensure the awards is held every year,” Odigbo said.