The ads we grew up with, some we remember fondly (number 1), some which helped us pass exams (See number 10), and some that were just so terrible we can't forget them (see number 9). Here's my list. All of them are TV ads, except for one special radio ad. (see number 11).
1. PIONEER NAILS - Dadowa Pa
Dadowa pa akɔ atwee
Ma nkyɛ nyipa reyɛ
W'aapa aba wo n'edwuma yɛ'm
Na pioneer nails
Adaworo ma nti
Mprɛgoo apapa na yɛ dze reyɛ edwuma
Ma ɔyɛ enyigye w'om kɛse mpo nyedɛ
mprɛgoo yi yɛ dzen
na ɔwɔ mu asɔɔtoo
ɛdzɛ hammer bɔ do so a,
na ɔrekɛ hyɛm bum bum
No curve, no bend
Pioneer Nails o
Papa pa pa pa
2. ARIEL WASHING POWDER - Nu nu scent
Nu nu scent scent scent
3. GSMF - Abstinence from drugs
Akɔlaa wo kɔ he?
Me de me nwoma no kɔ library
sɔ bi hwɛ
5. CHOCOLATE SPREAD
Chocolate spread, spread, spread
Spaceship with chocomilo in it?
Chocomilo inside yeah!
Choco choco choco chocomilo
7. NATIONAL LOTTERIES
Dabi dabi ebeyɛ yie
Ama otanfoɔ afere
The lotto doctor has made thousands of people rich
Why is the lotto doctor not rich?
He's a good samaritan that's all
Do you want my sure numbers?
I've picked my own numbers
Akobalm miti yɛ me ya
Me nan yɛ me ya
Akobalm sasabrɔ no , sasabrɔ no, ekorɔ no
korɔ no, korɔ no
tu tu mirika
Akobalm! Akoo tetebɛtɔda ointment.
9. MERCY CREAM
Mercy cream, mercy cream, mercy cream,
ɛyɛ eduro paa
10. UNICAP M
I have vitamin A
I have vitamin A too
Together we we give you good vision
And help the children have a longer growth?
We have nicotinic acid
convertible to energy
Vitamin C protect your body against diseases
We have Vitamin D
And our nervous system disorders
We give you healthy skin
Every nutrients are essential for the human metabolism
We have UNICAP.
11. INTERPLAST PIPES - Even Space
Conversation between Atongo and Hotman
Wherever you are, we make sure water reaches you
12. DOMOD -
Domod nkɛnsee dze
sɛ ɛnua'm na sɛ ɔkyew a
nna ɔno wala o, walaaa
What have I left out? Which ads do you remember most? Are there any new ads (past few years) that you think should make the list of memorable ads? Of all the ads that you like or remember, which do you think is the best all time? Why? My vote goes to Pioneer nails -dadowa pa. Because nails are not inherently cool. Anyone could argue that nothing catchy could be done with a product like nails. I mean there is no reason why anyone would remember a nails ad to the detail that we do. And yet the ad was so fun and so memorable that we're talking about it, 10 years on. Very cool.