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ICCO Next-Gen PR World Cup Finalists – Onyeka Iyoha & Hameed Olanrewaju

Last week, it was announced that Modion Communication’s Onyeka Iyoha and Hameed Olanrewaju won the PR World Cup regionals in Africa and are set to compete globally against 10 other teams from October 13th to October 18th, in the ICCO’s Next Generation PR World Cup. Now it’s time to get to know our finalists!

Onyeka Iyoha, Research Executive/Data Analyst at Modion Communications & ICCO Next-Gen PR World Cup Finalist

Onyeka Iyoha

Research Executive/Data Analyst at Modion Communications

 

What’s your favourite PR campaign that you’ve been involved in or have seen?

For me PR is essentially a storytelling and image-shaping tool and the best campaign I have had the opportunity to be a part of is the disruptive #Gokada2.0 campaign by Modion Communications. Our team successfully reshaped the image of the Gokada brand and re-instated public goodwill. The campaign also elevated and repositioned the brand as safe for commute, tech led and customer first. #Godaka2.0 was not only impactful but clenched a Diamond Sabre Award as best Crisis Comms Campaign in 2020.

 

What does being creative mean to you?

Being creative means executing a concept that has never been done or developing a campaign in a different approach from the norm.

Favourite social media account to follow?

Food Network on Instagram

 

Hameed Olanrewaju, Head of Innovation & Insights at Modion Communications & 2021 Next-Gen PR World Cup finalist

Hameed Olanrewaju

Head of Innovation & Insights at Modion Communications

 

What’s your favourite PR campaign that you’ve been involved in or have seen?

I love the very talked about See Finish teaser campaign for Leadway Assurance, but my all-time favourite campaign is #DeterminedDele also by Modion Communications. The determination of Dele Fathia a schoolgirl who was pictured doing her homework at night with the illumination from an ATM facility exemplifies the Nigerian can do spirit and is worthy of reward. It is pure genius by Modion Communications to have conceptualised an award-winning PR strategy for Lumos Nigeria to improve Dele’s living conditions by installing a free solar power system in her home in less than 48 hours. The campaign is very touching, highly relatable and depicts the power of using one person’s story to illuminate a broader social issue.

What does being creative mean to you?

Creativity for me is an idea or concept that improves the way we live our lives. One of the core reasons I find #DeterminedDele campaign creative and alluring.

Favourite social media account to follow?

Mercedes-Benz on Instagram

 

The outcome of the finals will be announced on October 21st.

To read more about the competition, click here.

Inaugural PR World Cup Finalists Announced!

Eleven countries will compete for gold in the first ever ICCO Next Generation PR World Cup Final later this month.

To qualify for the global final, contestants had to win a national or regional competition, overseen by their local ICCO PR association. In each national competition, participants fulfilled a brief set by a local charity in less than 48 hours. The winning pitch was then determined by a panel of judges.

The final will take place virtually between 13th and 18th October. Answering a global charity’s brief, participants will have five days to put together a five-minute recorded video pitch, which will then be judged by a panel comprised of PR experts from around the world.

Rob Morbin, ICCO Deputy Chief Executive said:

“One of ICCO members’ priorities is to ensure the pipeline of PR talent is nurtured and that we support the next generation of global creative thinkers and internationally minded PR professionals. Winners from different associations across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East have done incredibly well to win, and the next stage will be even tougher!”

The winner being announced on 21st October.

The full list of finalists:

Name Agency Team/ Country ICCO Association
Nina Kenakkala Novart Oy Finland MTL
Vilma Suokko Lehto Group Ojy Finland MTL
Maria da Silva Agence Proches France SCRP
Vasileios Vrakas (learn more about team France here) Omnicom PR Group France France SCRP
Gerda Scheirlich Opencom Hungary HUPRA
Csenge Miller (Lear more about team Hungary here) Opencom Hungary HUPRA
Iknoor Kaur SPAG Asia India PRCAI
Neha Chandra (Learn more about team India here) SPAG Asia India PRCAI
Flavia Perricone Omnicom Italy Italy UNA
Ludovica Marchese Omnicom Italy Italy UNA
Jessica Openheim Porter Novelli Mexico Mexico PRCA Americas
Leticia Villegas (Learn more about team Mexico here) Porter Novelli Mexico Mexico PRCA Americas
Hameed Olanrewaju Modion Comms Nigeria APRA/ PRCA Africa Network
Onyeka Iyoha (Learn more about team Nigeria here) Modion Comms Nigeria APRA/ PRCA Africa Network
Valeriya Yudina Elefante Porter Novelli Russia PRCA Russia
Julia Kurbatova (Learn more about team Russia here) Elefante Porter Novelli Russia PRCA Russia
Heather Seet Mutant Communications Singapore PRCA Asia Pacific
Victoria Brown (Learn more about team Singapore here) Mutant Communications Singapore PRCA Asia Pacific
Sweta Fernandes (Lear more about Sweta here) Golin MENA UAE PRCA Middle East and North Africa
Hazem Beshr Golin MENA UAE PRCA Middle East and North Africa
Elliot Payne Boldspace UK PRCA UK
Sophie Webster (Learn more about Team UK here) Boldspace UK PRCA UK

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Next Generation PR World Cup – Nationals and Regionals

The Next-Generation PR World Cup is back!
National and Regional competitions are set to run from 18th July to 28th October, 2022.

Winners of the local and regional PR World Cup competitions will advance to the global finals (The ICCO Next-Gen PR World Cup) where they will compete with PR talent from all over the world.

Who can compete in the finals?

To qualify to compete in the finals, participants must have either won at the national/ regional level of the Next Generation PR World Cup competition or have been nominated by a national/ regional association through existing competitions and other merits.

Please note, participants must be 35-years-old or younger to compete.

When is the ICCO Next-Generation PR World Cup finals?

National and Regional competitions are currently running from 18th July to 28th October. The deadline for teams to be submitted into the finals is 31st October, 2022. The finals will run from 7th – 10th November.

To find out about PR World Cup national and regional rounds happening in your country or region please ask your local PR association or contact ICCO directly at support@iccopr.com.

Here are some additional resources to learn more about last year’s inaugural ICCO Next Generation Competition:
Learn more about the Finalists 
Winners 
Winners and Finalist Submissions

For more details about the global competition scheduled for 7th – 10th November, including the eligibility criteria, competition format and submission guidelines, click the link below.

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