Campari: Creating Legacies as 2Baba steps into Cruz, Hudson Shoes
Like they say attracts likes. Similarly, a deliberately differentiated brand worth its weight in gold will exert a pull effect on outstanding brands’ deals and endorsements. In such situation, each party is always the better for it.
The above truism is being played out in the Tuface Idibia endorsement deal with the leading liquer brand, Campari as the relationship blossoms to previously unimagined proportion. The fact remains that before the deal no African has had the opportunity of being chosen as the Campari Brand Ambassador and so the unique benefits of the tour of the Campari legacy home in Italy among others have eluded Africans not minding the fact that the region especially Nigeria’s teeming population and upscale lifestyle provide enviable opportunities for the brand.
This was to be altered on April 20th, at the 4th edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference, when Campari announced Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba as the new brand ambassador for Nigeria. A first of its kind, not a few gathered there punched their calculators to determine the worth of the endorsement deal.
Known all over the world as a premium liqueur, the deal is a continuation of Campari’s commitment in creating legacies with its signature products. In its over 150 years of existence, the brand has made monumental leaps in the entertainment industry with notable names in Hollywood. From Penelope Cruz to Kate Hudson, these celebrities have participated in the liqueur’s signature activities.
While it has been in Nigeria for many years, no African celebrity have been given the opportunity to represent the brand on a global scale. Therefore, when it was revealed that the iconic ‘African Queen’ hit maker was the preferred choice in a list of robust African celebrities, it was indeed received with heavy applause.
The Head of Marketing Campari, Abayomi Ajao disclosed the unique traits that made 2Baba the best choice at the unveiling. “2Baba is a wonderful gentleman who is a great brand in his own right. We were particular about partnering with him because he embodies the values that the Campari brand represents – originality, passion, maturity and universal appeal. It is a mutually beneficial relationship and we can’t wait to start working with each other,” he said.
Of course, they have been working together since the deal was announced. From a lavish bash to honour the singer’s latest academic prowess to a promotional campaign that saw lucky winners go on an all expense paid safari trip with the artiste in Kenya as well as witnessing his laudable concert Buckwyld and Breathless.
A vintage brand, Campari’s deal goes beyond the red carpet photos and publicity photo sessions. Its mascot must embody the brand which is why most of its ambassadors are taken to Milan, where its history lies.
It is against this background that Campari took the giant stride to make 2Baba the first African ambassador to visit the historic summer home recently.
Founded by Gaspare Campari in the 1860s, the Campari’s legacy is buried in the colossal property which serves as the Campari’s global headquarters and houses corporate offices, a multi-purpose venue, first-class museum, and an academy. Before its modern transformation, the site was a home to the locales as it was Gaspare’s famous Caffe Campari. The bar was the first in the city and drew tourist attractions. Gaspare, a humble bartender innovated the signature Campari bitters at a very young age. The success of his own bar led to the creation of other cream liqueurs and bitters in the confines of his basement.
Today, Campari has gone beyond its local production in Italy to a global brand with presence in over 190 countries in the world. It has also acquired major drinks brand across the world, positioning itself a major competitor in the liqueur industry. These efforts are part of the vintage brand to maintain its relevance as a classic stylish drink.
Accompanied by his friend and manager of many years, Efe Omorogbe, Campari Head of Marketing Abayomi Ajao and public relations expert, Ayeni Adekunle, the trip had all the embellishments of classic style. The group were given a tour round the historical landmarks. From the galleria that houses iconic designs of the Campari’s bottles to a masterclass in the Campari Academy. The singer also got a chance to make his own signature cocktail ‘Implication Shekarito.’ Perhaps, the peak of the trip was having lunch at the founder’s summer home where two generations lived.
For 2Baba, the trip is a historical one and a continuation of his relationship with the brand. It is another first for the artiste whose stardom is marked with splendid firsts.
1. 2Baba at Home of Campari, global headquarters and production facility
2. 2Baba and Campari Materclass trainer, Tommaso Cessa at the home of Campari
3. Abayomi Ajao, Head of Larketing, Campari; Ayeni Adekunle, CEO, BHM (PR Consultants) and 2Baba at Home of Campari
4. Ndubuisi Onyenanu, 2Baba, Thadeus Abugu and Okonkwo Chukwunonso at the home of Campari