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Chain Reactions Africa winds down 2023 with multiple industry awards

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One of Africa’s leading public relations and integrated communications consultancies, Chain Reactions Africa, has once again demonstrated its industry prowess in the public relations and integrated marketing communications space by emerging winners of a quintuplet of awards at the recently held Lagos Public Relations Industry Gala & Awards (LaPRIGA) 2023.

The 8th Edition of the LaPRIGA Awards, tagged ‘The Game Changers’ and organized by the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), had its podium of lights and colours welcoming the distinguished delegation of Chain Reactions Africa five times to receive five deserving awards at a colourful ceremony held on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos.

Chain Reactions Africa emerged as the winner of the ‘PR Agency of the Year’ for the firm’s admirable professionalism, management of key accounts, employing global best practices and processes for a bouquet of communications campaigns, and most importantly, delivering some of the most exciting PR-led campaigns in the year under review.

The firm also scooped the ‘Best in Risk and Crisis Management’ category for effective use of public relations to manage crises at the highest levels of the corporate sphere and public governance, just as its mastery of framing political campaigns, where it came in the ‘Best in Political Communication’ category for skillfully engineering consent and influencing political choices on behalf of clients, which included the “Greater Lagos Rising Re-election Campaign” for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State in the last governorship elections.

Chain Reactions Africa further showed versatility and class by clinching the ‘Public Sector PR Campaign of the Year’ for the firm’s outstanding campaign to promote the launch of the Lagos Blue Line for the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).

The highlight of the LaPRIGA awards night was the crowning of the Managing Director and Chief Strategist of Chain Reactions Africa, Israel ‘Jaiye Opayemi, who doubles as the President of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN), as the ‘PR Practitioner of the Year’ for his enviable leadership of a dynamic organization with impeccable profile and quality. Over the years, Opayemi has consistently pushed the limits of what is possible in the industry through grit, passion, professionalism, and a consistent industry clarion call to practitioners to consistently raise the bar of excellence in public relations practice to gain the respect of clients.

The ceremony had twenty award categories, with Chain Reactions Africa unilaterally leading this year’s collection with five. Others are ‘Special Honorary Awards’ and ‘Lifetime Achievements Awards’ bestowed on individuals and institutions who have distinguished themselves through their contributions and support to the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
Commenting on the LaPRIGA Awards recognitions, the MD/Chief Strategist of Chain Reactions Africa, Israel, ‘Jaiye Opayemi, noted the importance of these honours to the firm as a brand, the industry, and the nation. “The award recognitions are evidence of our hard work, commitment, and discipline in the public relations and integrated marketing professions, where we have a brave brand of consulting.”

“The greatest honour any professional can receive is the honour bestowed by your own peers. It is a true reflection of where and how you stand in the fierce game. As a consulting firm, Chain Reactions Africa is sincerely grateful to the leaders and members of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the LaPRIGA Awards Committee, and all stakeholders in the public relations and integrated marketing communications space who recognize the brave work we are doing for our clients. To all winners, I congratulate you, and to all nominees, being nominated is evidence of the fact that the great work you are doing got onto the measuring scale in the first place. I celebrate you, and I am proud to be in your community, Mr. Opayemi said.

“Being audaciously strategic is at the heart of all we do. It is etched in our DNA. We love those clients who allow us the space to do extraordinary work and give expression to our brave thinking to be different in managing their brands. These awards are for you. To my amazing tribe of creative rebels at Chain Reactions Africa, these awards are the gratifications your souls need for all your hard work and sleepless nights. These awards are, however, reminders that we need to be relentless and do more, Opayemi added.

The LaPRIGA is a prestigious, high-profile award that recognises excellence and celebrates practitioners in public relations practice in Nigeria. LaPRIGA has evolved into what public relations practitioners fondly refer to as ‘the Oscars of the Public Relations Industry in Nigeria’, adding new colours, dimensions, and values by recognizing the best accomplishments in public relations and reputation management in Nigeria.

With these awards, Chain Reactions Africa has demonstrated admirable industry dominance. Earlier in the year, in faraway Lusaka, Zambia, Chain Reactions also scooped the SABRE Africa Award’s ‘Corporate Image Certificate of Excellence’ recognition for its ‘Momentum Campaign’, a campaign executed for Cellulant, a flagship payment solution company in multiple markets across Africa. The same recognition was earned by Chain Reactions Africa for its contributions to ‘The Naija Highland Challenge #TNH’ by William Lawson’s, a Scotch Whiskey brand, in the ‘Marketing to Consumers’ session. Chain Reactions Africa also earned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State the ‘CEO of the Year’ in the SABRE Africa Diamond Category for his use of the tools of public relations in his 2023 re-election campaign. This category is for corporate or political CEOs who allow the use of public relations to communicate their work.

In September 2023, Chain Reactions Africa also emerged as the Outstanding PR Agency of the Year, and its MD/Chief Strategist, Israel Jaiye Opayemi, won the Outstanding Leadership Award in Public Relations at the 2023 edition of the prestigious Marketing Edge Brands and Advertising Excellence Awards held in Lagos.
Recently, the firm again won BrandCom’s ‘Award for ‘Most Outstanding Agency in Political and Public Sector PR’ while its MD and CEO won the award for ‘Most Outstanding CEO of Year—Public Relations’.

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