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By:  Segun Lawal(Iroko)

The Corporate Communications Awards aimed at celebrating outstanding achievements of professionals and brands in the  Nigeria’s Corporate Communications industry was held on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
Personalities from different business sectors attended the event organised by a corporate communications firm, Sesema PR,  to enjoy an evening of fine music, networking and gala.
Speaking at the event ,Managing Director, Sesema PR, Tampiri Irimagha-Akemu, extended his congratulatory messages to the winners and thanked the guests that graced the occasion.

welcome Address by Organiser of the Corporate Communications Awards, Mrs. Tampiri Irimagha-Akemu

According to him, CCAs  is designed to identIfy  and reward the very best in Corporate Communications annually.
Winners emerged via nominations by Corporate Communications professionals, public voting as well as deliberations by members of the Advisory Board. They were presented with an attractive plaque in recognition of their outstanding achievements in Corporate Communications.
Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Communications & External Affairs, Access Bank Plc, emerged corporate communications professional of the year.

Guest Speaker,Dean School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya

Other winners at the individual and brand categories are Jago Milk,“for the winner in you”, best use of video award; Wedding party- Elfike Film Collective, best use of PR in entertainment award; Keex Tribe(Jide Ipaye), best use of PR in SME; Funke Akindele, best use of individual PR award; Union Bank, best rebranding project award, Indomie’s “You Like No Other” campaign won the campaign of the year award.

Guest Speaker,Head of Training Intertional School of Communication, Barbara Bedike 

The CCAS also featured The Corporate Communications Pitch Competition (CCPC) for young graduates. Deniran Oghenemine, a Business Administration graduate and Steve Aghalu,a Mass Communication graduate , both from the  University of Benin emerged winner in the IT/Digital and PR aspects of the CCPC awards respectively. They were presented with cash prizes of N130, 000 each and a 6-months paid internship at Sesema Public relations.
Special media recognition was also given to Guardian, Ebonylifetv, and Bellanaija. Francesca Uriri, founder, Leading Ladies Africa.

MC, Mc Passion

Present at the award ceremony were Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya; Group CEO CMC Connect, Anudeep Sharma; Marketing Head Sosaco Nigeria Ltd, Otega Ogra; Group Head corporate Communications BUA Group, Usman Imanal; Corporate Communications Manager; Stanbic IBTC, Irene Kayoma; Payporte Head corporate strategy, Toyin Egbebi; Corporate Communications; Ericsson, among others.


Keex Tribe winners of Best use of PR in SME,Head of Operations for Keex, Paul Okereke

Jago Milk wins the award for excellence use of PR in making a video viral, Anudeep Sharma,Editor in Chief,TW Magazine, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe & Adeleye Adubi

Guardian Newspaper wins Special Media Recognition Award, Commercial Director Gurdian Newspapers, Jude Ndu presented by GM, Corporate Affairs, MTN Nigeria, Mrs. Omasan Ogisi

Jago Milk Presentative , Anudeep Sharma


Mr. & Mrs. Francis Osaji

Lead Consultant, Habiba Balogun Consult, Mrs. Habiba Balogun with recipients of Young Communications Graduate Award, Oghenemine Deniran & Stephen Aghalu

Francesca Uriri winner of Alima Atta Excellence Award presented by Lead Consultant, Habiba Balogun Consult, Mrs. Habiba Balogun

Founder & Managing Partner at Uburu, Tony Usidamen

Group CEO CMC Connect, Yomi Badejo-Okunsanya

Funmi Eko, Lilian Imoni & Wadiri Jackris

Funke Olaode, Tampiri Irimagha-Akemu & Katherine Lademo

Editor in Chief,TW Magazine, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe & Lead Consultant, Habiba Balogun Consult, Mrs. Habiba Balogun

PR Manager, Weber Shandwick,Founder, Leading Ladies Africa, Francesa Uriri, CEO,Discovery Centre, Mfon Ekpo,Managing Director, Sesema Public Relations,Tampiri Irimagha-Akemu & PR Lead, OLX,Uche Nwagboso

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Avila top distributors get training on essential oils in Dubai



By Manny Ita

Avila Naturalle, Africa’s elite organic skincare and hair products’ manufacturer continues to distinguish itself as the number one organic cosmetic powerhouse on the African continent, entrenching proper standards for organic products’ manufacturing, and thereby giving users the deserved value while also encouraging the usage of organic products for skin and hair in restoring, repairing and ultimately beautifying the body.
In this light, the company recently organised a training in Dubai for its top distributors on the uses of essential oils.
Essential oils are liquid extracts of potentially beneficial plants. People are beginning to use essential oils widely for a variety of common conditions, which according to research, has help relieve symptoms in a variety of cases.
Avila manufacturers have turned dozens of these plant oils into essential oil products, with some of the most popular of them including lavender, tea tree, lemon,eucalyptus, chamomile, ylang-ylang etc.
Speaking on the Dubai trip and why it was necessary, the Managing Director of Avila Naturalle, Temitope Mayegun disclosed that;
“Because the compounds in these oils may have some health effects on the human body, it becomes of prime importance therefore that a fore-knowledge of its uses and application be acquired for proper and correct dispensation.”
“This informed the need for Avila to have its top distributors embark on the Dubai trip to equip them with the requisite knowledge on the product; because as I always say, Avila is not just about making money but adding value to lives. We care about the right standards of products, and of course people should be properly informed about the uses of these products for good well being.” She added.
It is instructive to note that one of the qualities that stand out Avila from the pack of organic cosmetic manufacturers is its passion in ensuring that only the best possible standards are employed in its operations which stems from the desire to give end users real value. Consequently, Avila Naturalle consistently invests massively in research and training.
The company which is set to diversify into health foods and supplements in 2020 believes Avila is a name that resonates with every family’s needs.







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Avila Naturalle 2019 Awards, a Celebration of Excellence, Commitment and Loyalty



By Cyril Omenamein

All is well that ends well, as it is commonly said; and so it was with the 2019 Avila Naturalle Distributors Summit and Excellence Awards (ANDSEA), which came to a successful end at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos on Saturday, November 9, 2019.
This year’s awards was in every conceivable way a big improvement on the last edition of the annual event where over 300 distributors of the organic skin and hair care manufacturer were feted to the finest hospitality and rewarded for their loyalty, hard work and commitment to the brand.
The red carpet of the event kicked off at pm as guests and distributors to the prestigious event livened up the venue with photo shots and interviews before the main event.
Glowing in different shades of white attires with a touch of green, distributors of the company filled in the seats of the hall which was exquisitely decorated by Mo Events Company, excitedly exchanging pleasantries.
An hour on, the event was kick started with an opening speech by a staff of the company Oluwakemi Fafiyebi, just after the opening prayer by Pastor Ayobami.
There were four categories of awards on the night with the first category for commitment and loyalty, anchored by diamond partner Mrs Orji who handed out awards to deserving recipients.
Keeping the guests reeling in bouts of laughter as the event bore on was MC of the event Ajele Adeyemi and his partner, who did a great job coordinating the event.
After the second category of awards, guests were on cue for a sumptuous buffet, after which the third and last categories of the awards were made.
After the awards presentation, distributors of the company from the different states and climes, in a bold show of solidarity and appreciation for the MD of the company presented her with several beautiful gifts, for which she was genuinely thankful.
There was also awards for staff of the company and this year, the best staff of the year award was carted home by Oluwakemi Fafiyebi.
The high-point of the event was cutting of the event cake, as MD of Avila Naturalle, Mrs Temitope Mayegun, looking resplendent in a flowing dress, complete with a fascinator, executed with her husband and few other guests beside her.
In her closing remarks, Mrs Mayegun, humble, unassuming but a very practical person, thanked God for his kindness and mercies, for seeing the company through another glorious year, appreciating everyone the Almighty has brought her way in the course of Avila Naturalle and by extension Top Confectionery Limited; including the diamond partners, the various classes of distributors, staff, and of course her family; notably her husband, who is also the Chairman, board of Directors of the company, for the encouragement, support and understanding given her.
Appreciating God for having brought Avila Naturalle this far in two years, Mrs Mayegun expressed confidence that the company would soon become a household name, not just in Nigeria but all over Africa and the rest of the world.













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Avila Naturalle Holds Training Sessions for Distributors Ahead of Awards Ceremony



By Olujimi Sesan
The Avila dinner and awards (ANDSEA) 2019 rolled off to a blistering start from November 6 with a number of activities lined up to mark this year’s edition of the awards.
Distributors of the organic skin and hair product arrived Lagos from different parts of the country as well as from several other countries in Africa and Europe to attend the prestigious event, numbering up to 300. The Virgin Rose hotel on Victoria Island Lagos buzzed with excitement and expectation as distributors converged for the annual lecture and training, where practical insights, invaluable information about the company and its products as well as strategies for sales were provided them.
Resplendent in Avila branded T-shirts on blue jeans with fez caps to match, the distributors, glowing in attestation of the products they market, found the lecture quite illuminating.
Speakers at the event came from diverse industry backgrounds but had innate knowledge about the beauty industry and Avila products, bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on the training which was segmented into different sessions.
The themes of the training which covered virtually every concern about the skin and hair, included; Skin Anatomy, delivered by Mrs Hafsat Balogun Omotosho, ‘The Effects of Common Ingredients in Cosmetics’ delivered by a director of research at Avila Naturalle, Motayo Bolaji, ‘Increasing Sales Within your Territory’ was taken by Mrs Odumosu, legal practitioner Ofure Oaikhena handled’ Hair Care and Aloepecia’ while dietitian Mrs Amarachi’s class dealt on ‘Anti-Aging’. Other speakers at the event were Mrs Adedibora Olufemi and Mrs Adeyemi who spoke on ‘Dark Under-eye Circles and Dark Knuckles’ and ‘Maintaining a Healthy Work Balance’ respectively.
Unveiling “Sales Booster”- a compendium of sales strategies for distributors of Avila products and other information about the company’s products, author of the book, Temitayo Adewole charged the distributors to build a mindset of purpose, have passion and empathy for customers.
In-between lectures were fruit breaks, when attendees were treated to the delight of nature with an assortment of fruits, as well as the main course which followed after the training.
Thanking the distributors for their passion and effort, director of the company, Mrs Temitope Mayegun, urged them to keep the flag flying, assuring that there were even brighter days ahead as Avila would soon diversify.
The day culminated in a fun-time at the Landmark private beach in Oniru, Victoria Island, where the distributors wounded down to the cool refreshing ambiance and savory delights of the beach.
The Dinner and Award night is expected to hold today at The Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, where outstanding distributors of the company will be rewarded.









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