Friday, January 30, 2015

Leading Africa Entertainment/Fashion PR Firm JMK Publicist Blasts Foreign/African Artists For Underrating Their Liberian Counterparts

The Liberia Music industry has been infiltrated by foreign/African content, leading to low income for Liberian musicians.

The Liberian GSM companies and media has also helped to enhance this by paying big dollars for one day concerts and giving too much airplay to foreign music at the expense of the local content.

Liberia top music producer Cornelius Wright in his studio in Liberia
This explains why Liberian artistes are a disgruntled lot who are not taking anything for granted.
Junda Morris-Kennedy of JMK Publicist a leading Africa Entertainment/Fashion PR Marketing Firm and a Liberian blast Foreign/African artists for underrating Liberian artists when they come to perform in the country or when these artists reach out for collaborations.

JMK Publicist thanks brands like the Spinlet, Africori, Channel O, Radio LIB, Liberia Music Awards, Liberian Observer, Hot FM 102.9 and I RepLIB, for recognizing and giving Liberian artists the respect they deserve.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Save The Date: Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Festival World 2015

#SaveTheDate; Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival 2015 World

Fashion is seen differently everywhere from the denizens of the streets of London, always distinctively dressed, with personalities expressed before you’re even close enough to greet them. In Europe fashion is shorthand for sophistication and grace, Milan is provocative and ‘molto sexy’, and New York style is renowned for being sleek yet powerfully with daring. In Africa, fashion is equally distinctive. Aside from a palate of playful colors and prints that Africa is known for, the regal African silhouette is becoming more and more recognizable.

Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival 2015 (Accra-Ghana) is the best place to see the world’s most innovative fashion brands, under a meticulous set up with an unprecedented media coverage and more within just four days. With the idea of the ‘global community’ in mind , the 2015 edition of the event is tagged “The World edition’’ where fashion designers from across the world will be converging in Accra to celebrate fashion on a global platform. Visitors will enjoy first looks at the most exclusive collections, catwalk shows, and style advice from the best fashion insiders and brands in the business. There will also be talks and demonstrations, along with a selection of exclusive pop-up shops from over 50 world’s best-loved labels.

According to  Gideon Raji ,(C.E.O, Global Ovations Group) ‘we the organizers of  Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival ) seeks to make the African fashion festival brand  a leading global trade event and milestone for the international fashion community. Recognizing the immense talent rising from all corners of Africa, we strive to provide new opportunities for the global fashion industry, leading and upcoming fashion designers’.  Judith Yorm Aggor  Global Ovations  PR. also added , the fact that we intend to reach the entire continent and impact the industry’s expansion opportunities, we also hope to raise awareness for social and human development by supporting societal projects with 30% of our earnings on tickets sold. The theme for the 2015 edition of the festival is ‘’celebrating women, eradicating breast cancer ‘’ 30% of tickets sold would be channeled through the project .

With the event running from 28th to 31st may 2015, the Mercedes Benz African fashion festival will have live telecast  on fashion channels across the continent with special press partners on board,buying companies on board, and other exclusive packages .

The business of fashion just got better in Africa enjoy our exclusive world edition. We are indeed the global voice of fashion.

Issued  by
Gideon Raji
(Executive Producer )

Friday, January 16, 2015

10 Things Young PR Should Stop Doing

1. Not making mistakes. Time and time again, you hear some of the most successful people talking about what they learned from making mistakes. Yet-we’re all afraid of making them. The truth is, we should make plenty of long as they’re not the same ones. By making a lot of different mistakes, we understand what works and what works better, and learn a lot.

2. Playing it safe. Most successful PR campaigns, and ideas in general, come from being bold and innovative. If you work at an agency, it’s what clients hire you for. If you’re in-house, it’s what your colleagues rely on you for. Just because you’re the most junior person on the team, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t speak up with creative ideas or a different way to tackle a challenge. It may give you, and your client or company, an advantage.

3. Not speaking up. Part of having a successful career is knowing when to listen and when to speak up. More often than not, young PR professionals don’t speak up when they have a great opportunity to. If you have a different idea or approach, want to question an idea or have valuable insight, speak up! If there’s an event or project you’re interested in, take the opportunity to say you’re interested. If there’s a skill you need to improve, volunteer for a project that allows you to do that. The worst someone can say is no...and then keep you in mind for future opportunities. And there are certainly worse things.

4. Treating media relations like transactions. A pitch does not always result in coverage. Most of the time, it ends up in the trash can. Media relations is not transactional; it’s based on relationshipMany young PR pros don’t take a chance to build a relationship that can lead to a career-long partnership. It all starts with a cup of coffee.

5. Ignoring the numbers. I’ll admit it: one of the reasons why I started working in communications was because I thought I wasn’t a “numbers person.” A lot of young PR pros feel the same way. But here’s the reality: you can’t do PR well if you don’t understand business or finance. You don’t need to be an expert, but you do need to understand how communications improves the bottom line. It takes some time, but it’s possible and worth it (I can attest to both those things!). Public relations always needs to have a business value, and if you don’t get “the numbers,” you can’t talk to its value.

6. Monitoring for stories, not trends. Almost every young PR pro starts with media monitoring and media clips. It’s really a necessary evil. But what i’ve learned is that media monitoring is really media trends monitoring. Picking up the patterns and interests of reporters, publications and blogs and identifying opportunities is one of the most valuable skills in the industry. Start this practice early and you’ll be a real pro before you know it.

7. Thinking everyone else works as fast as you do. Not every professional, partner or client works as fast as the PR pro does. At times, the same urgency does not apply to others as much as it does to us. Take this into consideration and plan in advance: build in more time for approvals and responses, and it’ll save a lot of stress in the end!

8. Being a generalist. Because there are so many facets to PR, it’s good to know how to do everything (from pitching to social media to event planning). But part of developing a personal brand is choosing one or few strengths and playing to them. Being the go-to person for knowledge, information or input is extremely valuable, so identify those strengths early on and perfect them throughout your career.

9. Accepting the existing process. There is always a better or more efficient way to do things, especially with evolving technology. Too many times, we accept the current process as is, when improvements can be made that save time or money. Young professionals bring that knowledge and an outsider’s perspective to a project, so make sure you’re always looking for ways to improve.

10. Ignoring the work/life balance. It’s very easy to work all the time when you work in PR. With the many projects and deadlines and the 24-hour news cycle, it’s easy to get caught up in work. But the more you enjoy life outside of work, the better you are at work. And remember: there will always be things to do...but we’re only young once!

Julia Sahin works in corporate communications at a top New York PR firm. A version of this article originally appeared on Muck Rack, a service that enables you to find journalists by searching their bios, tweets and articles, and pitch them to get more press.

My Complexion Is Beautiful: The Plight of Women of Colour

On Monday 19th January the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will be premièring the documentary Light Girls in which actresses such as Raven Symone and Erica Hubbard reveal the reasons why many women of a lighter complexion in the industry feel obligated to result to darkening their skin.