Brand Africa to announce Africa’s top 100 brands

Brand Africa is set to announce Africa’s top 100 most admired and most valuable brands at the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands at Sandton Convention Center Johannesburg on 22 October.
The scope and sample countries have been vastly expanded from a base of eight countries in the past years to 22 countries covering every leading African economy.
The rankings, first launched in 2011 at the second Brand Africa Forum, have been held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011 in partnership with Brand South Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014 in partnership with the Kenya Securities Exchange and in New York in 2013 partnership with African Business on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
This year, the scope and sample countries have been vastly expanded from a base of eight countries in the past years to 22 countries covering every leading African economy, all 5 political regions and economic zones – making it the only and most representative and comprehensive pan-African study on brands in Africa.
Brand Africa 100 is a proprietary approach developed by Brand Leadership Group in partnership with Brand Finance plc, the world’s leading independent valuation consultancy, TNS, the globally respected consumer knowledge and Information Company and Geopoll, the leading mobile survey platform with a database of nearly 200m users in emerging markets.
In the words of the founder and chairman Brand Africa, Thebe Ikalafeng, “these rankings are an important metric of the progress Africa is making in building made in Africa brands and challenging the dominant non-African brands in Africa which over the years have accounted for 80percent of the most admired brands in Africa and a dominant 99percent share of the value of the Top 100.
Ikalafeng explained further that: “While non-African brands dominate Africa because of their sheer volumes, historical admiration and investment, it is important for Africa’s ultimate economic independence that it competes for a larger share of its own consumer base, which is estimated will reach a population of 2bn by 2050 and achieve consumer expenditure of $1 trillion by 2020. Equally, the license for non-African brands to thrive in Africa will be determined no longer by history and economic might, but by how they adapt to the evolving and increasingly assertive African consumer who demand brands that reflect their needs, conditions and ambitions.”
The Gala will be hosted by Brand South Africa and supported by Brand Finance, TNS, Geopoll, SA Mint, Fresh RSVP, SA Mint, African Business, CNBC Africa, M&G Africa, African Media Agency, Blue Media and Fresh RSVP.
Simphiwe Dana, a multi-platinum-selling award-winning South African Afro-Jazz-Soul singer and songwriter and Congolese-born Tresor, a multi platinum selling DRC born singer-songwriter will entertain the guest, who will be feasting on the pan-African culinary delights of award-winning and international culinary star and Food network host, Siba Mtongana.
The Brand Africa 100 results will be published by African Business magazine on sale globally from the 26 October 2015 and online by Mail&Guardian Africa post the awards, and broadcast on CNBC Africa in an awards highlights special.
Brand Africa is a brand-led pan-African inter-generational movement to inspire a great Africa through creating a positive image of Africa, celebrating its diversity and driving its competitiveness.

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