Holmes Report founder and SABRE Awards chairperson Paul Holmes (right) presents the Africa Event campaign award to MultiChoice Kenya Corporate Affairs Manager Philip Wahome and Engage Burson-Marstellar Managing Partner, Desire Gomes and Account Executive, Maria Nkumba. Looking on is Africa Public Relations Secretary-General and Public Relations Society of Kenya chairperson, Jane Gitau. MultiChoice & Engage-BM won for their joint execution of Disney’s Roar of the Lion Guard PR campaign held in Morocco on Thursday this week.

Kenya Public Relations agencies won four continental honours the inaugural African SABRE Awards held last month, cementing their leadership among corporate peers in Africa. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the Holmes Report, as part of the African Public Relations Association’s (APRA) annual conference in Morocco on 11th May 2017.

This year’s theme was “Competitive Africa: Effective Positioning Through Integrated Communication,” which examined six intervention areas. Among them were economic integration, infrastructure development, tourism, good governance, health and e*******n.

Engage Burson-Marsteller Kenya led the pack locally with two awards while Levanter and Ogilvy Africa scooped one award each.

The SABRE Awards, akin to the Oscars of the PR world, are sponsored by leading industry trade publication The Holmes Report. The Awards have a 25-year heritage, with separate competitions in North America, EMEA, the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, South Asia, and now Africa.

The winners from these regional competitions are eligible for the Global SABRE Awards, which recognise the best PR campaigns from more than 5,000 entries around the world.

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Below are the categories Kenyans received awards in:

Special Event: Gold WinnerLion Guard Return of the Roar, MultiChoice Kenya with Engage Burson-Marsteller (Kenya).

Eastern Africa: Gold Winner – My #ColgateSmilefie campaign, Colgate-Palmolive with Burson-Marsteller Africa (Kenya and South Africa).

Non Profit Campaign: Gold WinnerHelp, Hope, Life campaign, Faraja C****r Support Trust with Levanter Africa

Marketing to Consumers: Gold WinnerCoke Studio Africa campaign, Coca-Cola with Ogilvy Africa

Certificates of Excellence

Social Media Campaign of the Year – Kenya R*******s Society

Special Event of the Year – Kenya R*******s Society

Marketing to Consumer – New Product, Kenya R*******s Society

“We are honoured to have won in two categories of continental awards which demonstrates the capability of our local team in-country in producing top international quality work for our clients like MultiChoice Kenya and Colgate-Palmolive,” said Desiree Gomes, Managing Partner at Engage Burson-Marsteller Kenya, while receiving her Awards.

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MultiChoice Kenya, Corporate Affairs Manager Philip Wahome thanked APRA and Holmes Report for working to raise the standards of PR in the continent and advocated stronger agency-client relationships to improve the quality of work.

“We thank all teams in-house and agency that were involved in creating award-winning work that has been recognised at an African level. Multichoice Kenya remains committed to enriching the lives of our consumers by making great entertainment accessible and delivering it innovatively,” said  Mr Wahome.

Public Relations Society Chair and current APRA secretary-general, Jane Gitau said Kenya Public Relations practice is world-class.

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