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Gap between ‘town and gown’ will create future crisis for any industry – Fadolapo

ARCON beams searchlight on entrepreneurship education among varsity students

Any industry that does not bridge the gap between town and the gown will run into crisis, Lekan Fadolapo, the director general of Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria, ARCON has said.

‘Bridging the town and the gown’ ordinarily refers to creating a strong relationship between the academia and industry professionals with aim to ensure mutual growth especially for the industry.

Fadolapo who spoke recently in Lagos at the unveiling of the second edition of annual Advertising Industry Colloquium for academics and professionals in the marketing communications industry said the primary purpose of the engagement and conversation is to ensure that academics and the professionals are on same pedestal.

He said “it is extremely important to us as an industry that is challenged with many factors to ensure we bring everybody to the table and this is to interrogate the body of knowledge of advertising as the definition of advertising several years ago is not same today”.

According to him, “technology is causing a major disruption in ways we practice in the industry and tools are being introduced in advertising that have become critical aspect of the profession”.

He believes that strong town-gown relationship can provide students with real world learning experiences which will ensure sustainable future of the industry.

He believed that such convergence of the academia and core business practitioners will profitably motivate an industry like the advertising and marketing communications, especially the young generation whose talents and skills are at the early stage.

Rotimi Olatunji, chairman of the advertising industry colloquium and academic journal committee who also spoke on the event scheduled this week Thursday in Lagos said this year the colloquium will address “Harnessing Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Advertising Education and Professional Excellence in Nigeria”.

On justification of the theme, Olatunji said emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), human-machine interactivity, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), are significantly impacting communication and media, particularly in advertising and marketing communication education and professional practices.

Global advertising community tasked on DEI, as Babaeko, others lead conversation at Cannes

The global advertising community has been urged to “Stay the course on diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) and sustainability,” in the years ahead to deepen international practice, research and collaboration.

Five top practitioners, drawn from various continents of the world, including the President of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Steve Babaeko, who led conversation at the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS) session in Cannes, on diversity, equality and inclusion in Advertising, unanimously agreed on this and promised to increase their efforts to drive progress together with members and stakeholders to enhance effective collaboration closely with the Unstereotype Alliance.

The speakers, who shared their thoughts based on experiences and backgrounds, according to a stetement gave analytical and thought provoking scenarios that were meant to shape and deepen knowledge of participants on issues related to diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI).

The session, hosted by the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS), featured new research exposing problematic stereotyping in global ads along with perspectives from industry leaders on driving meaningful change.

Madeline Di Nonno, President and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute, presented sobering findings from their latest research analyzing representation in advertisements across the world, to set the stage for what would become an interactive and important discussion on concrete actions for achieving meaningful DEI progress in advertising.

Representing Africa on the panel and speaking to pertinent issues, Babaeko, who doubles as the Chief Creative Officer at X3M Ideas, described the session as an evaluating forum that was initiated to sustain the relationship among practitioners, regardless of where he or she was practising from.

Other panelists who lent their voices to the focus of the session include President of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS) & Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, Guy Parker; Senior Product Manager at Google, Komal Singh; Director of Brands and Impact, Union des marques, Sophie Roosen and President and CEO of Geena Davis Institute, Madeline Di Nonno, the statement said.

Reacting to the relevance of the session to the year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the CEO of WFA and Vice President of ICAS Stephan Loerke, commended the speakers on their positions.

He said, “the industry could not agree more and were delighted to have a discussion in Cannes with a diverse set of experts on the current state of #diversity, #equity and #inclusion in advertising, addressing the biggest problems, looking at progress made and discussing the role of technology,” he said.