Dignity and poise supercede status for Congo's Sapeurs in Guinness spot

Congolese field workers return from the pre-harvest torching of the sugar cane crop, scrub off the dirt and soot of the day's graft and attire themselves in colourful, stylish garb before celebrating with their community, in the latest TV ad in Guinness's 'Made of More' campaign.

Dignity surpasses status for Congo's Sapeurs in Guinness spot
Dignity surpasses status for Congo's Sapeurs in Guinness spot

The men are called the ‘Sapeurs’, which stands for "the society of elegant persons of the Congo", a real group of men who after work congregate and carouse in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.

"In life, you can’t always choose what you want to do, but you can choose who you are," the narrator says.

Client: Stephen O’Kelly, marketing director of Guinness Western Europe, Diageo

Brand: Guinness

Agency: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

Creatives: Nicholas Hulley, Nadja Lossgott

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