Ni Nyampinga – The Girl Effect Rwanda

Ni Nyampinga’s first brand campaign, we took stories of girls who have smashed preconceptions and surpassed all expectations – to inspire and connect girls across the nation.

TURAMURIKA – Together we rise

Throughout Rwanda, girls are denied opportunities afforded to their male siblings – their path, their destinies are often pre-defined: from good daughter to good wife to good mother. We wanted to change this and enable every Rwandan girl to choose their own path.

The first youth brand in Rwanda

Ni Nyampinga

Ni Nyampinga is made for girls, by girls. Positive, inspiring, educational and entertaining, it’s a multimedia editorial platform spanning magazine, radio and mobile.

By challenging set perceptions and showcasing female role models, Ni Nyampinga offers new skills and advice that girls cannot get elsewhere about education, sexual health and violence. Focusing on girl-led creation has driven the brand’s cultural resonance and impact: it has directly reached more than one million girls, helping to unlock their true potential.

The more our girls prosper, the more our country prospers.

From Rwanda’s first female airline pilot, to pop-stars, designers, radio DJs and community saving clubs – we celebrated their achievements and the people that had helped them get there. Our headlines echoeing the Togetherness that underpinned our approach; each highlighting an area specific to the story: ‘Together we soar’ for our pilot, ‘Together we create’ for our designers, ‘Together we make it’ for our sewing and saving club…

How do you reach girls in an 87% rural country, where SIM ownership is illegal for girls under 16 and where internet penetration is limited to 8.7% of the nation? We built a community the old fashioned way – press, poster and spoken word.

Beginning the conversation with an all-encompassing out of home and poster campaign celebrating the achievements – large and small. Using long-form radio adverts our heroes told their stories, we crossed the ‘Land of a thousand hills’ spreading the word. Deploying the largest distribution network in the country – Ni Nyampinga’s own ambassadors – we took the campaign to every community talking to over 77,000 girls, bringing parents, elders and school leaders on-board as we went. Stories began pouring in unprompted from girls and boys, telling of more inspiring girls and proud supporters from around the nation.

Within the first two weeks we received over 600 calls and texts from girls wanting to share an inspiring story of their own – and that was before we had even asked!

It’s not just a few women who are changing their course but girls in your village, community and district.

The final phase further celebrates, connects and ignites ambitious girls with the success of our heroes – celebrating them on the walls of the schools where they studied.

Cannes 2018 calling…

We are currently working with tech companies in UK and Rwanda to digitally connect girls to Ni Nyampinga and each other; progressing education, conversation and the nation at the same time.