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The Kenyan Blog Awards seeks to reward bloggers that post on a regular basis,
have great and useful content,
are creative and innovative.

These awards represent BAKE’s efforts in the promotion of quality content creation.

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Categories

There are 17 categories in total.

 

1.  Best Technology Blog

Blogs that cover technology matters like social media, internet usage, consumer electronics, mobile phones, tech startups etc.

2.  Best Photography Blog

Blogs that showcase original photos or have photography related content.

3.  Best Creative Writing Blog

Blogs that feature original creative writing in the form of poetry, book reviews, fiction and essays.

4.  Best Business Blog

Blogs that feature business content like business development, entrepreneurship, startups, stocks, investments, banking etc

5.  Best Food Blog

Blogs that focus on food, cooking tips, restaurants, wines and recipes

6.  Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

Blogs that focus on the environment and agriculture.

7.  Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog

Blogs that highlight current trends in fashion, beauty and style.  

8.  Best Politics Blog

Blogs that cover political issues in Kenya.

9.  Best New Blog

Outstanding Blogs that were set up from January 24th 2013 onwards.

10.   Best Corporate Blog

Blogs that are run by brands/companies.

11.     Best Topical Blog

Blogs with a clear niche that is not represented in any of the other categories.

12.   Best Sports Blog

Blogs that feature sports content.

13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

Blog about Kenyan lifestyle and the entertainment industry.

14. Best Travel Blog

Blogs about travel.

15. Best Health Blog

Blogs about healthcare and healthy living in Kenya.

16. Best County Blog

Blogs that are based in a County and that feature content from a specific County.

17. Kenyan Blog of the Year

Best overall blog by a Kenyan.

RULES

  • Only blogs run by people of Kenyan origin, descent or are based in Kenya can be submitted.
  • Only blogs in English and Kiswahili can be admitted into the competition.
  • You may submit your own blog in the submission phase.
  • Blogs submitted must be accessible to the public.
  • Blogs run by the awards organizing team, judges and sponsors will not be allowed in the competition.
  • Blogs that contravene the Kenyan constitution, contain or link to any form of insulting, racist, sexist or in any other way discriminatory or obscene content will not be permitted.
  • To participate in the contest a blog need only be submitted once. The number of times a site is submitted to the contest does not influence its chances of advancing to the next round or its chances of winning.
  • The Blog of the Year nominees will be decided by the judges who will pick the top 5 blogs from the submissions in all the categories.
  • Any submission or vote made outside of the allocated time frames will be discarded.
  • Previous winners can still participate.
  • The judges’ decision will be final.
  • The voting phase begins when the judges name the nominees in each of the contest's categories.
  • Voting is allowed only once per category. Nominated bloggers may vote for themselves.
  • Voting results will decide the winners in all 17 categories.

TIMELINE

1. Submissions

From January 9th 2014 to February 10th 2014, we will be accepting submissions in the competition’s 17 categories.

Update: The submission phase deadline was extended from February 10th 2014 to February 17th 2014

2. Judges Choose the Best 5 Blogs

From February 12th 2014 to February 28th 2014, judges comprised of bloggers and media experts will decide on the 5 blogs that advance to the next round in all 17 categories. These are the blogs that will be in the running to win a BAKE Kenyan Blog Award.

Update: The judging phase will begin on February 19th 2014 to February 28th 2014.

3. Online voting

The ballot box will be opened on March 1st 2014 and it will close on April 30th 2014. We will be limiting votes to one time per category.

Update: Voting will commence on March 3rd 2014 and will close on April 30th 2014

4. And the winner is...

The winners will be announced at a gala event on May 3rd 2014

 

In 2013, the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) had the second edition of the BAKE Blog Awards. This edition had 15 categories with 'Lifestyle/Entertainment', 'Blog of the Year' & 'Travel Blog' being added as categories after removing the two twitter categories i.e. Best Individual Tweep & Best Corporate Tweep. The General category was renamed to ‘Topical’. The public submitted blogs on the BAKE website and we got 500 submissions. A team of judges chose the best five in each category. The list of nominees was published online and our website was then opened for public voting. 50,000 people voted for their favorite blog in each category. The gala event to award the winners was held on 4th May 2013 at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi with media personality Larry Madowo being the host for the evening for the second year. Mutua Matheka and Nancie Mwai once again scooped awards in the Best Photography Blog and Best Fashion Blog respectively. The moment of the night however went to the team at Niaje who scooped 2 awards; Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog and Kenyan Blog of the Year.

Mutua Matheka after scooping his Best Photography Blog Award for the second year

Mutua Matheka after scooping his Best Photography Blog Award for the second year

Safaricom, Samsung and Access Kenya once again sponsored the awards with a few other companies joining them. N-Soko and D-b Agency were among some of the companies who sponsored the awards. Capital FM was once again the media partner for the awards. Christian Bitti, the CEO of the The Db Agency had this to say about sponsoring the awards:  “We are glad to sponsor the Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards to propel the acknowledgement of dedicated information providers through blogs. We believe in supporting this cause as a way of encouraging the adoption of blogs as well as building faith in the credibility and consumption of the same.” The second edition definitely surpassed the inaugural awards gala. You'll just have to see it for yourself.

Below are the winners of the 2013 BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards 2013 which took place at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel. 1 Best Business Blog Sokodirectory.com 2 Best Political Blog 057siasa.blogspot.com 3 Best Sport Blog superfoota.com 4 Best Technology Blog Techmoran.com 5 Best Topical Blog Thinkm-pesa.com 6 Best Travel Blog Kenyatalii.com 7 Best Corporate Blog Letsgotravelkenya.blogspot.com 8 Best Creative Writing Blog Bikozulu.co.ke 9 Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog Niaje.com 10 Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog Rockescientist.blogspot.com 11 Best Fashion Best Nanciemwai.com 12 Best Food Blog Pikachakula.com 13 Best New Blog Kenyaweddings.co.ke 14 Best Photography Blog Mutuamatheka.com 15 Kenyan Blog of the Year Niaje.com

The nominees for the Kenyan blog awards have been selected by our esteemed panel of judges from the submissions received from the public. Web Voting is now live on www.bloggers.or.ke/voting and will close on midnight on the 1st of May 2013. The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held on the evening of the 4th of May 2013 at the Southern Sun Hotel in Westlands. May the best blogs win!   1. Best Business Blog http://kariobangi.wordpress.com http://www.sokodirectory.com http://fenesi.com   2. Best Corporate Blog http://pambaboma.com http://blog.batakenya.com http://letsgotravelkenya.blogspot.com   3. Best Creative Writing Blog  http://www.bikozulu.co.ke http://mwendethedreamer.wordpress.com http://crazynairobian.com   4. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog http://niaje.com http://hoodjunction.wordpress.com/ http://knoxnation.com/blog   5. Best Enviromental/Agricultural Blog http://rockescientist.blogspot.com http://emmiekio.blogspot.com http://yagrein.blogspot.com/   6. Best Fashion Blog http://nanciemwai.com http://www.thisisess.com/ http://ksmithdiaries.blogspot.com   7. Best Food Blog http://pikachakula.com http://yummy.co.ke http://www.pendolamama.co.ke   8. Best New Blog http://kenyanmom.com http://www.kenyaweddings.co.ke/blog http://eafricaenergy.blogspot.com   9. Best Photography Blog http://mutuamatheka.com/blog http://mwarv.click.co.kehttp://stevekitots.wordpress.com   10. Best Political Blog http://kenopalo.com http://057siasa.blogspot.com http://oleshitemi.wordpress.com   11. Best Sports Blog http://superfoota.com http://katamiwrites.wordpress.com http://www.michezoafrika.com   12. Best Technology Blog http://emmanuelchenze.com http://techmoran.com http://tommakau.com   13. Best Topical Blog http://mummytales.com/ http://actors.co.ke http://www.thinkm-pesa.com   14. Best Travel Blog http://kenyatalii.com http://www.enchanted-landscapes.com/el_travelogue/ http://outwetembea.wordpress.com/   15. Kenyan Blog of The Year http://megaprojects.co.ke http://niaje.com http://therarechamp.wordpress.com http://www.bankelele.co.ke

The inaugural BAKE Blog Awards feted bloggers in 14 categories; best technology, photography, creative writing, business, food, agriculture, fashion, politics, sports, general and corporate blogs. There were also awards for the “tweeps” of the year. Bloggers submitted their blogs on the BAKE website and we got 300 submissions. A team of judges chose the best five in each category. The list of nominees was published online and our website was then opened for public voting. 10,000 people voted for their favourite blog in each category. The winners were then announced at a gala dinner with a twist at the Nairobi Serena Hotel on the 5th of May 2012 that was hosted by media personality Larry Madowo. The awards attracted sponsorship from Safaricom, Google, Samsung, Access Kenya, Microsoft, Virtual City and Serena Hotels. Capital FM were our media partners. In announcing their sponsorship the Safaricom CEO, Mr. Bob Collymore had this to say:

“Safaricom as a leading player in the communications field recognises the growing importance of the digital community in disseminating information, and promoting dialogue and innovation in Kenya. We believe that these awards are an important tool for developing content, excellence and best practice amongst bloggers to gain a broader acceptance and credibility amongst Kenyans”

His sentiments were echoed by Serena Hotel’s Managing Director, Mr. Mahmud Janmohamed who added:

“Serena Hotels are pleased to be one of the sponsors of the BAKE Blog awards. The excellent initiative by the Bloggers Association of Kenya in recognizing talent, encouraging innovation and promoting quality content within the Kenyan Social Media community is to be commended and deserves support”

The ceremony itself, well, you’d have to see it to believe it! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=355596497831809&set=a.355595881165204.85207.167837049941089&type=3&theater

Below is the list of winners in the different categories: 1. Best Business Blog bankelele.blogspot.com 2. Best Agriculture Blog emmiekio.blogspot.com 3. Best Creative Writing Blog www.crazynairobian.com  4. Best Fashion Blog www.nanciemwai.com 5. Best Food Blog healthylivingkenya.wordpress.com 6. Best General Blog muruginjehia.blogspot.com/ 7. Best New Blog www.my254.com 8. Best Corporate Blog blog.batakenya.com 9. Best Photography Blog www.mutuamatheka.co.ke 10. Best Politics Blog www.dennisitumbi.com 11. Best Sports Blog www.michezoafrika.com 12. Best Technology Blog www.moseskemibaro.com 13. Best Tweep – Corporate @KenyaRedCross 14. Best Tweep – Individual @KoinangeJeff

1. Best Agriculture Blog
2. Best Business Blog
3. Best Creative Writing Blog
4. Best Fashion Blog
5. Best Food Blog
6. Best General Blog
7. Best New Blog
8. Best Photography Blog
9. Best Politics Blog
10. Best Sports Blog
11. Best Technology Blog
12. Best Tweep Individual
13. Best Tweep – Corporate
14. Best Corporate Blog

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