Topic: Africa

Black Men Chase White Woman in Ad That Only South Africans Will Get

Nando's captures hassle of evading 'car guards'

For those of us outside South Africa, the new Nando's restaurant spot below, celebrating one of the "25 reasons we love South Africa," is super awkward on first viewing. A…

VW's Green Print Ad Includes Pre-Paid Mailing Label to Recycle Magazine

Pitches eco-friendly BlueMotion technology

Volkswagen does some of the more interesting print ads around. Following the edible print ad and the test-drive print ad, here's a magazine insert from VW South Africa that embodies…

Sponsored Post Volkswagens Are Great for Not-So-Easy Riders

Can't hack the motorcycle? Get yourself a Jetta

It's the rare commercial that tries to appeal to men by telling them how unmanly they are. Yet that's the basic approach of this 2011 Ogilvy spot for Volkswagen in…

Hugely Popular Viral Video About Uganda Has Its Critics, Too

Activist's film is accused of oversimplifying conflict

An emotionally touching short film about Ugandan violence has become a viral sensation for the nonprofit Invisible Children, racking up a combined 15 million views on Vimeo and YouTube in…

South Africa's Ban of Anti-Atheist Ad Is Truly Brainless

One complaint dooms billboard

I normally wouldn't side with a church that's using ads to mock unbelievers, but it's hard to understand why the billboard above was banned in South Africa. One complaint—one!—was all…

Nando's Ad With Mugabe, Dead Dictators Pulled in Zimbabwe

Chain cites threat to workers there

Zimbabwean strongman funnyman Robert Mugabe cavorts with other reviled world leaders—Mao, Saddam, Gaddafi, Idi Amin, P.W. Botha—in this amusing spot from the Nando's fast-food chain in South Africa. The commercial…

Axe's Fallen Angels Banned in South Africa

After offending one guy

It's been nine months since we wrote about the Lynx/Axe body spray ad in which horny angels fall from heaven, but it's apparently taken that long for South African regulators…

Virgin Mobile's Boob-Flashing Spot Gets Covered Up

Actresses are in their 20s but look younger

Check out this dreck—a Virgin Mobile commercial from South Africa that was just banned for appearing to sexualize young girls. The ad shows four girls flashing their breasts at a…

South African Chain Chides Singer for Flubbing Anthem

Quick response creates PR coup for Nando's

In an unfortunate incident, South African singer Ard Matthews forgot the words to his own national anthem during this week's announcement of the country's Rugby World Cup Squad. To understand…

Ad of the Day: KFC

Is the chicken chain overreaching by trying to be too artful?

It's still a long way from fine dining, but KFC suddenly seems interested in providing an aesthetic experience. At least, in its advertising. At least, overseas. Last month, we took…