The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) this week announced the launch of the annual Kenyan Blog Awards which are in their fourth year now.
These awards recognize exceptional Kenyan bloggers with excellent content and has been lauded for launching the careers of various Kenyan online content creators and more and more Kenyans go online for news and information.
The 2015 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards will have 18 categories. This comes after the addition of one new category, a “Best Education Blog” category. This category will reward blogs about education matters and those run by educational institutions.
How it all started
The inaugural BAKE Blog Awards was held in 2012 and it had 14 categories; best technology, photography, creative writing, business, food, agriculture, fashion, politics, sports, general and corporate blogs as well as giving out awards for the “tweeps” of the year. 300 blogs were submitted and 10,000 people voted. The gala event to award the winners was held on 5th May 2012 at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.
The second edition of the awards which were held in 2013 and had 15 categories. The ‘Lifestyle/Entertainment’, ‘Blog of the Year’ & ‘Travel Blog’ were added as categories and the two Twitter categories i.e. Best Individual Tweep & Best Corporate Tweep. Over 500 blogs were submitted and 50,000 people voted. The gala event to awards the winners was on 4th May 2013 at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi.
In 2014 the awards were held at Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi and it had 17 categories. 2 new categories “Best County Blog’ and ‘Best Health Blog” were added. Over 800 blogs were submitted and more than 50,000 voted in the 2014 awards. The 2014 awards produced a tie on the Best Sports Blog category which was a first for the awards.
Blog Awards timelines
The timeline for the awards will be as follows:
1. Submission phase – January 9th 2015 to February 18th 2015
2. Judging phase – February 19th 2015 to February 28th 2015
3. Online voting – March 2nd 2015 to April 30th 2015.
4. Winners Gala Event – May 2nd 2015.
This year, the awards will have 18 categories with the addition of ‘Best Education Blog’.
To submit blogs into the competition, bloggers and fans of bloggers should visit blogawards.co.ke/submit
Our hats in this race
We are throwing our hat in this year’s race for the ‘Best Topical Blog’ category.
If you like what we do and would like to nominate us, head on over to this page and type www.afromum.com in the number 11 category of Best Topical Blog then wait till March 2nd to start voting.