The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) yesterday announced the nominees in this years’ Kenyan Blog Awards. The voting phase which starts from 1st March to 1st May will see bloggers battle it out in various categories with the newest category – best religious/spirituality blog being added to the number this year.
The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is a community organization that represents online content creators in Kenya and seeks to empower online content creation and also improve the quality of content creation created on the web. Before the introduction of BAKE in 2011, most content done about Kenya and Africa in general was done by foreigners. As much as this is good publicity for the country, most of them do not have the first-hand experience in what goes on here, thus the inception of BAKE, a platform where local content is promoted online.
BAKE has also managed to bring bloggers together. In a world where most of us on the social space do not even know each other, they have managed to create a family within the blogger circles. They have also helped bloggers create a living from blogging. Long gone are the days where it was mandatory for one to get an office job; with the existence of blog sites like wordpress.com, blogger.com and squarespace.com, people have been able to earn a living by blogging. Lives have been changed, writing talents have been put into good use, businesses have been set up and young people have been employed as writers all because of the blogging possibilities that we have seen come up over the years.
They are also involved in digital training where they have workshops to train bloggers on the various basics of blogging and have a project called the Kenya Monitor whose main aim is to report on important stories form all the counties in Kenya through the use of bloggers and other online content creators.
With its inception in 2012, the BAKE Awards recognizes the efforts of exceptional bloggers through the Kenyan blog awards. It has been a one of a kind event where we get to celebrate bloggers around the country. The awards have been a catalyst for blogging growth and they seek to reward bloggers in their efforts in the promotion of quality content creation. This comes about from posting content on a regular basis and having great content that is not only creative but also innovative.
The unveiling of this year’s nominees which saw the opening of the most active part of the awards; the online voting phase, had had judges go through a grueling exercise of sifting through a whopping 4,899 blog submissions that were received. The judges who were tasked with selecting the best 5 blogs in each category are:
1. Mikul Shah, Director at EatOut
2. Ahmed Salim, GM at Qube Ltd
3. Terryanne Chebet, Senior Anchor & Associate Editor at Citizen TV
4. Muthoni Maingi, Digital Manager at Safaricom
The nominees for this year’s awards include: magunga.com, bizna.co.ke, lyraoko.com and pendolamama.co.ke. Voting in the awards begin from 1st March 2016 and will close on 1st May 2016.
The Kenyan Blog Awards were launched on 8th January, which also coincided with the launch of the submission phase. Blogs were submitted in the competition until 10th February 2016. The judges then took over and selected their best 5 in all the categories. Winners of the competition will be announced at a gala event on 7th May 2016.
To vote for their favorite blog in the Kenyan Blog Awards, Kenyans should visit blogawards.co.ke/vote. It is also very important to note that votes will be limited to one vote per person.
We are very proud to announce that we have been nominated for this year’s awards under the Best Entertainment/Lifestyle blog. To vote for us, go to blogawards.co.ke/vote, kindly enter your name and email address and pick www.potentash.com under the Best Entertainment/Lifestyle blog and remember that you can only vote once.