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MediaFuse-Dentsu Nigeria, Pitcher Festival of Creativity empower future creative leaders

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MediaFuse-Dentsu Nigeria, a leading advertising and communications agency network, has announced its strategic partnership with Pitcher Festival, a leading pan-African creative and marketing event.

This collaboration aims to nurture talent, ignite innovation, and shape the future of the advertising industry through the sponsorship of the 2024 Future Creative Leaders Academy (FCLA).


About the Future Creative Leaders Academy


Now in its 17th year, the FCLA has become a beacon for aspiring professionals seeking careers in advertising, marketing, and related fields. This youth-focused program serves as a launchpad into the real professional world, providing them with essential skills, mentorship, and exposure to industry best practices. Notably, successful FCLA participants stand a chance to be selected for the prestigious Cannes Lions Roger Hatchuel Student Academy in France.

FCLA Awards and Recognition


Each year, the FCLA Awards celebrate excellence within the program. The top three performing students in the FCLA competition are honored, along with the distinguished lecturer of the year and the best participating school. These accolades underscore the commitment to fostering creativity and excellence in the next generation of advertising professionals.

Innovative Cultural Exchange Program


In an exciting development, the 2024 FCLA introduces a creative cultural exchange program. Students from Romania will join their counterparts in the academy for a unique experience. The exchange will include presentations on culture, advertising, and marketing communications, as well as a collaborative group activity to create a joint advertising campaign. Additionally, a dynamic creative workshop will empower participants to think outside the box and push creative boundaries.

Participating Schools


Several institutions have already enrolled their brightest minds in the FCLA. These include the Mass Communication departments of the following Nigerian Universities: Ajayi Crowther University, Ebonyi State University, Fountain University, Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Olabisi Onobanjo University, Pan-Atlantic University, University of Lagos, the Redeemers University, and the University of Nigeria Nsukka. The Communication and Language Arts Department of the University of Ibadan has also enrolled its students and they will be joined by the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication students of Red and Yellow Creative School of Business, South African and other tertiary institutions from Ghana and Kenya.

This diverse participation promises a rich exchange of ideas, perspectives, and creative energy. The main session of the 2024 Future Creative Leaders Academy will take place from 19 to 22 March 2024.


Commenting on the partnership, the Group Chief Executive Officer of MediaFuse-Dentsu Nigeria, Emeka Chris Okeke, said, “We believe that investing in young talent is essential for the growth of our industry. Our partnership with Pitcher Festival to sponsor the 2024 Future Creative Leaders Academy aligns perfectly with this mission and core values.”
The Chairman of Pitcher Festival, Dr. Nnamdi Ndu, said, “the FCLA is at the heart of what we do at Pitcher Festival and we’re so excited to partner with MediaFuse Dentsu. Together, we can ignite creativity, drive innovation, and empower the next generation of advertising leaders”. 

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