LONDON, UK – The latest GUINNESS campaign in Africa celebrates how football fans find ingenious ways to make the experience of watching the game accessible for everyone.
Launching this week, “Brothers” celebrates the relationship between Miracle, and his brother, Abidemi, who are united behind their shared passion for football.
The new GUINNESS advert is set in a Nigerian football viewing center. The public viewing centers are an extension of stadiums in many African cities. They are now a popular destination for weekends and some midweek evenings during the European football season to bring people together and share their passion for the game.
This is also the place where Miracle, his brother Abidemi, and their social group make the experience brighter for all through their creative ingenuity, passion and infectious fandom for the football game. Miracle is a fan who uses his enthusiasm and spirit to bring football to life for others, both in a viewing center and pitch side at a street game. At the end of the advert, viewers learn that Miracle is blind but despite not being able to see, he still brings an infectious energy that inspires others. He embodies how football and life is not just about what you see but what you feel.
Created by AMV BBDO, the work is the latest addition to the “Black Shines Brightest” campaign. Since launching in 2021, Black Shines Brightest has resonated locally and led to 1.5 million drinkers new Guinness drinkers across Africa.
Guinness Global Marketing Manager Olawale Adetula said, “It has been a joy and a privilege to work with this group to create a piece of work with such a powerful message. Our lead whose real name is Miracle truly personifies his name and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story inspires everyone that comes across it”.
Creatives Dan Kennard and Ben Smith of AMV BBDO said, “When casting Miracle, we instantly connected with his boundless energy and saw how much that, like us, he wanted to represent the visually impaired community on a much bigger scale. We think his magnetic personality shines through and will resonate with not only football fans, the inclusive community, but with everyone”.
Throughout the creative process, from script to production, members of the blind and visually impaired community were consulted to ensure that the advert reflects an authentic experience.
The 30” and 15” ads will be running on TV, social and OOH across various markets in Africa.
Campaign title: “Brothers”
Client name: Olawale Adetula
Creative Agency: AMV BBDO
CCO: Nadja Lossgott and Nicholas Hulley
Creative Director: Nadja Lossgott and Nicholas Hulley
Creative Team: Ben Smith and Dan Kennard
Agency Planning Team: Joe Smith
Agency Account Team: Ella Dolding and Elana Murphy
Agency Producer: Leo Rowbotham
Media Agency: PHD and OMD South Africa
Production Company: Giant
Director: Paul Ward
Production Co. Producer: Emma Lundy
Edit: Strangelove, Xander van der Westhuizen, and Emily Bussac
Post-production Company: UNIT
Colour Grading: Alex Greory @ No8
Sound studio: Sam Ashwell @ 750mph
Audio Post-production: 750mph
Business Affairs: Maxine Thompson