Nigeria and Africa Shine in Emirates New Pan-African Campaign

March 28, 2019

 

The talent, energy, creativity and global appeal of Nigerian and African artistes are being celebrated by Emirates in its new pan-African brand advertising campaign.

 

The world's fastest growing airline is taking the message of ‘New Africa’ to the world. The campaign video highlights the achievements of  Nigerian born Abiola Oke and amplifies the energy and rich potentials of Africa.

 

The campaign also features an original song with energy-filled music and inspiring lyrics that reflects the beats of contemporary African electronic club music. Produced by Blinky Bill, the song has popular sounds and rhythms that are currently dominating the radio, blasting out of taxicabs and on the dance floors across the continent.

 

Music is a unifying language not just across Africa, but around the world. The song does away with cultural clichés and instead celebrates the vibrant energy of contemporary Africa.

 

Abiola Oke left New York and a career on Wall Street at the age of 31 to return to his hometown Lagos, Nigeria, as the CEO and Publisher of OkayAfrica – a digital media platform. His business is dedicated to African music, film, culture and entertainment.

 

Paying tribute to a new generation of African disrupters who are making their mark globally across music, fashion, literature and the arts, the campaign celebrates the cultural renaissance taking over Africa.

 

The short films produced by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) for Emirates, tells the stories of unique individuals from different parts of the continent. Poised to become cultural ambassadors for Africa to the world, they share a common passion to bring their global exposure and influences to their own local journeys, as they discover what it means to be ‘home’.

 

Nairobi-based "Blinky" Bill Sellanga - Kenyan musician, producer and DJ is the embodiment of a renaissance in African music. As part of the Kenyan art and music collective ‘Just A Band’; he has been redefining the modern African musical identity and has performed his music all over Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

 

Shanelle Nyasiase is a 21-year-old South Sudanese model who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Kenya. She had dreamt of becoming cabin crew but her journey took her to international catwalks in Milan and New York instead, where she has worked with some of the biggest international fashion brands.

 

View the Emirates new pan-African brand campaign here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZhWy4ZnWoY

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