41 top regional brands recognised at Tribute Awards gala

Superbrands East Africa celebrated 40 of the region’s top brands at a Tribute Awards Ceremony held on Thursday March 31, 2022 at the Trademark Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The evening was a celebration of the leading brands that persevered and broke boundaries despite the COVID19 pandemic. Brand representation came from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

This year, and for the first time since its 2006 inception in East Africa, the program introduces the ‘Superbrands Personality of The Year Award’The accolade was presented to leading Kenyan sporting hero Kipchoge Keino.

(TOP: Vimal Shah, Superbrands council member; Kipchoge Keino, Superbrands East Africa Personality of the Year; and Jawad Jaffer, Superbrands East Africa Project Director).

Receiving the award, the esteemed Keino noted that his hard work and focus made him a world-class competitor and urged brands to come together and support sports in the country.

“Let us work and improve sports in this country. Sports unite the youths of this country and the world and I’m sure we have a lot of talents in this country. Let us prepare and build facilities in various schools to support our youth. We can do it if we’re united and build facilities for our youths”

Amongst the many brands awarded with the Superbrand 2022 seal of excellence: Safaricom, Betika, Elgon-Kenya, Kenya Red-Cross, Supaloaf, The Guardian (TZ) and Bank of Baroda (UG). 

Brands recognised in the 7th edition were derived from a 100% consumer insights survey conducted by TNS Kantar. Insights from the survey reflect current consumer sentiment of:

  1. Opting for more affordable brands because of budget constraints brought about by job losses or pay cuts related to COVID19. More than 60% opting to go out of their way in search of best prices.
  2. 77% of consumers were driven towards brands ‘with purpose’. Those that were committed to supporting communities in a meaningful capacity.
  3. Gravitation towards betting and gambling in search of ‘quick money’ despite local industry turmoil and crackdown.

The sixth bi-annual Tribute Awards ceremony hosted over 150 captains of industry, CEO’s, decision makers and influencers. Amongst those attending included: Dr Vimal Shah of Bidco, Patricia Ithau of WPP Scangroup, Abbas Gullet of Red Cross and Darshan Chandaria of Chandaria Industries. The evening was hosted by MC personality Sheila Mwanyigah.

Speaking on the 2022 awards Jawad Jaffer, Project Manager, Superbrands East Africa, noted: “The brands we pay tribute to in this 7th East African edition have shown resilience and fortitude through the uncertainty of the pandemic. They have found focus in these extraordinary times to emerge as industry and category leaders through the lens of their consumers. They evolved with their customers without getting left behind and today they stand as examples of best practice. Superbrands is glad to recognize those embracing change. We salute you.”

The 2022 Listing 

Country Company
UGANDA Bank of Baroda (Uganda) Limited
UGANDA Rene Industries
TANZANIA The Guardian
KENYA Alliance Media
KENYA Betika
KENYA Bidco Africa
KENYA Butterfly
KENYA Capwell Industries
KENYA Chandaria Industries
KENYA Comply
KENYA Dairyland
KENYA Dune Packaging
KENYA Elgon Kenya
KENYA Elliots
KENYA Festive
KENYA Fresha
KENYA Kenya Red Cross
KENYA Kingsway Tyres
KENYA Kitchens & Beyond
KENYA Malbros
KENYA Mara Sugar
KENYA Melvins Teas
KENYA Mombasa Maize Millers
KENYA Royal Mabati
KENYA Safaricom
KENYA Supa Loaf
KENYA Techno Tanks
KENYA Thika Cloth Mills
KENYA Tuffoam
KENYA Unga Wa Dola
KENYA Uzuri Foods
KENYA Whitedent

The research was conducted in 2020 in compliance with MoH guidelines. Participants in the survey were scientifically selected at random with an emphasis on an urban population. The survey featured 49% female and 51% male respondents with over 70% under the age of 44. Conducted independently. 

Superbrands is a renowned independent arbiter on branding and currently identifies and pays tribute to exceptional brands in over 88 countries globally. Superbrands is running its programme for the seventh time in East Africa.

When voting on the brands, both the expert council and consumers consider the following definition of a Superbrand: “A Superbrand has established the finest reputation in its field. It offers customers significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over other brands, which (consciously or sub-consciously) customers want and recognize.”

Besides, audiences are asked to judge brands against the following three factors:

Quality. Does the brand represent quality products and services?

Reliability. Can the brand be trusted to deliver consistently against its promises and maintain product and service standards at all customer touchpoints?

Distinction. Is the brand not only well known in its sector but suitably differentiated from its competitors? Does it have a personality and values that make it unique?


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