Sell to Bless Campaign ditches Uchumi for Tuskys

Size 8 shows how Uchumi was kicked to the curb.

Size 8 shows how Uchumi was kicked to the curb.

In December, I noted for a while that they had these celebrity types starting as the adverts on my YouTube when I was getting my fix of Honest Reviews and Ron Charles your hip book reviewer online. These are those adverts that are at the bottom right hand of your YouTube screen that were counting down as they said, “Skip advert in 5, 4, 3, 3, 1….”

It was an innovative campaign which involved entertainers in the gospel industry like Dj Mo, Size 8, Dk Kwenye Beat and others I couldn’t quite recognise as I don’t follow that scene as keenly as I should. I will probably die in hell with that attitude. I know. I know. So the campaign asked you to sell your unused items like furniture, clothes, shoes & electronics on OLX. Then from the cash you make you are asked to visit any Uchumi supermarket countrywide and shop for dry foodstuffs or buy a shopping voucher. It was a very good campaign as it allowed for one to help those who are in actual need as opposed to spending money where you are unsure where it will end up.

An interchangeable Kenyan celebrity support Sell to Bless.

An interchangeable Kenyan celebrity support Sell to Bless.

The Bless to Sell campaign seems to be back for Easter. And just like during Christmas they have gotten celebs to support the campaign like Willis Raburu, Abel Mutua of Hapa Kule, Njugush of real househelps of kawangware, Dk Kwenye Beat, Size 8, Willy Paul, Bahati, Djs Mo, Johnie Celeb, Sanch, Krowbar, Touch, Gee gee, Njugush, Kambua. Jackson Kamau aka DJ Soxxy who heads the celeb campaign says, “It is more rewarding to bless a child with what they need than what they don’t need. In the past, people have donated a lot of unnecessary stuff to needy homes just because they want to clear the clutter in their homes. That is why we came up with the idea to sell the stuff to someone who needs it more through OLX and use the money to buy dry food stuff to needy children’s homes”.

tuskys-gift-voucher-500x500This time the campaign has ditched Uchumi and decided to work with Tuskys Supermarkets. It was not immediately clear why the change of the partners although there have been quiet grumblings about Uchumi and how it has been operating in the last year or so. Apart from the change of supermarket partner, the procedure is the same; sell your unused items like furniture, clothes, shoes & electronics on OLX. Then from the cash you make you are asked to visit any a Tuskys supermarket countrywide and shop for dry foodstuffs or buy a shopping voucher. So there you have it. Another way to give back this Easter. Nifty.

Tasted Budweiser. Still hate it. #NairobiDrinking #AfricanDrinking

Thanks but no thanks.

Thanks but no thanks.

So I’ve just come back from the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi, one of our swankiest at the moment. I came from there because I had heard that there was to be a tasting of the world famous Budweiser beer from the… USA! USA! USA! Budweiser is coming into the Kenyan market to get its share of the burgeoning imported beer market.

Budweiser has been called the King of Beers in some spaces. The problem with those spaces is that it is called this in places which don’t know jack about beer. There was a period in my life I was out of the country and I would drink different types of beers regularly. In that period, I came to learn that there are three which most people tend to hold in high esteem that I could not stand; Budweiser, Calsberg and Fosters. These are beers which one would consider the “pop stars” in the beer industry; those who know good beer can’t stand while the masses love them.

So there I was at the Sankara hoping that maybe those many years ago when I was still learning to drink beer were a fluke. I drunk it and I can confidently state that this is not a beer I will be drinking whenever I am out on the town. No siree bob.

I guess Budweiser will have to do for me like Barclay’s Bank does. Bud sponsors the oldest cup competition in the world The FA Cup which my favourite football team Arsenal won last season. So just like I will not be darkening the doors of Barclays any time soon even though I love the Barclays Premier League this applies to the Bud. Support its football tournament sponsorship; never been caught drinking that stuff again.

Airtel Kenya are gold sponsors of the Kenya Blogger Awards 2015

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya with Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi at the signing ceremony

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya with Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi at the signing ceremony

Kenya is said to have the third highest number of blogs in Africa with an estimated 15,000 created Kenyan blogs. The biggest aggregation of them is the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) with over 7,000 registered blogs. This association has bagged the gold sponsor for the 2015 edition of their showcase event the Bloggers Awards in May; Airtel Kenya.

Its been quite the journey for the folks at the Bloggers Awards of Kenya and this year looks to be the biggest one of them all. The association of people who deal with blogs in the country has fought its way to the centre of the online narrative slowly but surely. Initially they were more of a fluff organisation with little talks being given about blogging and its general habits. We have been seeing them going around the country spreading this message.

In recent times, the offering from Bake seems to have shifted slightly. They recently hosted a meet and greet for bloggers with officials of the Communications Authority over the most talked about topic of them all last month Digital Migration. Then they also did a discussion on Twitter on The Law & Internet in Kenya which was appreciated as it helps to know if you have been following the rules. And you won’t be going to court because you tweeted about a private developer who turns out to have actually been a big fan of the “private” part of their name.

Even with these things happening, the biggest event by Bake every year is the Blogger Awards which have happened every year since 2012. The event fetes the best bloggers in the country in a night of glory that is rarely seen again until the next year.

This year the awards themed “Content is King” will bring together various online content creators including corporate organizations, celebrities, SMEs, county governments, and national government agencies for an evening to celebrate the growth of the Kenya blogging space.

Want your favourite blogs to win? Then go to the blogawards.co.ke/vote and have at it.

Disclosure: This blog Nairobiliving.com has been nominated in the Entertainment /Lifestyle category. Please vote for me.

Kenya Photography Awards 2015 now in judging phase

Kenya-Photo-Awards-2015-homepageThe Kenya Photography Awards is an annual event organized by the Photographers’ Association of Kenya and PAWA254 to recognize skill, talent and hard work among professionals and rising photographers in Kenya.

Photographers will submit their work in nine main categories, selected to cover diverse areas of interest, from which one shall be crowned the Photographer of the Year 2015. They include;

1. Creative
2. News
3. Sports
4. Nature
5. Portraiture
6. Daily Life
7. Young Photographer of the Year
8. Special Category – Climate Change
9. People’s Choice (online vote)

The awards which closed receiving entries on Saturday February 28th is now in the judging phase. The winners shall be awarded in a swanky gala on Sunday, May 10th 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Bloggers Awards 2015: list of nominees out

blogawardsThe list of nominees for those in the running for the Blog Awards to be announced later in the year have been unveiled by the Bloggers Association of Kenya. You can vote for them here. Without further ado here they are

1. Best Technology Blog

a. http://techmoran.com/

b. http://tommakau.com/

c. http://www.droid254.com/

d. https://olooesqr.wordpress.com/

e. http://techtrendske.co.ke/

2. Best Photography Blog

a. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog/

b. http://www.victorpeace.com/blog-4/

c. http://buoart.com/

d. http://benkiruthi.com/blog3/

e. http://mwarv.click.co.ke/

3. Best Creative Writing Blog

a. http://bikozulu.co.ke/

b. http://crazynairobian.com/

c. http://www.mydeardoris.com/

d. http://www.magunga.com/

e. https://wordedveil.wordpress.com/

4. Best Business Blog

a. http://www.sunwords.com/

b. http://bankelele.co.ke/

c. http://kenyabusinessideas.com/

d. http://liliankaivilu.com/

e. http://moneyacademy.co.ke/

5. Best Food Blog

a. http://pikachakula.com/

b. http://pendolamama.co.ke/

c. http://leotunapika.com/

d. https://healthylivingkenya.wordpress.com/

e. http://thewineandfoodreview.com/

6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

a. https://dannyfarm.wordpress.com/

b. http://www.farmingafrika.com/

c. http://graduatefarmer.co.ke/

d. https://conservationatheart.wordpress.com/

7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog

a. http://www.thisisess.com/

b. http://mskibati.com/

c. http://stylesketches.com/

d. http://silvianjoki.com/

e. http://ourstylekenya.com/

8. Best Politics Blog

a. http://info.mzalendo.com/

b. https://kanalispeaks.wordpress.com/

c. http://www.brainstorm.co.ke/

d. http://gathara.blogspot.com/

e. http://agachiri.blogspot.com/

9. Best New Blog

a. http://pendotalk.co.ke/

b. https://chanyado.wordpress.com/

c. http://building.co.ke/

d. http://nyatichiy.com/

e. http://kenyabusinessideas.com/

10. Best Corporate Blog

a. http://community.ihub.co.ke/blogs/

b. http://chasestories.chasebankkenya.co.ke/

c. http://blog.batakenya.com/

d. https://storymojaafrica.wordpress.com/

e. http://www.pivoteast.com/blog/

11. Best Topical Blog

a. https://inkedbiker.wordpress.com/

b. http://www.oilnewskenya.com/

c. http://owaahh.com/

d. http://www.lizlenjo.com/

e. http://www.kenyaweddings.co.ke/blog

12. Best Sports Blog

a. http://www.futaa.com/

b. http://www.michezoafrika.com/

c. http://superfoota.co.ke/

d. http://www.osbke.com/

e. http://www.ragahouse.com/

13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

a. http://www.ghafla.co.ke/

b. http://www.v3rcity.com/

c. http://www.nairobiliving.com/

d. http://www.jaytakeapic.com/

e. http://www.africacelebritynews.com/

14. Best Education Blog

a. https://cipitlawstrath.wordpress.com/

b. https://okachformusungu.wordpress.com/

c. http://francophonie-at-daystar.blogspot.com/

15. Best Travel Blog

a. http://nyatichiy.com/

b. http://www.safari254.com/

c. http://www.travelstart.co.ke/blog/

d. http://zurukenya.com/

e. http://adventure254.com/

16. Best Health Blog

a. http://healthkenya.co.ke/

b. http://ask-thenutritionist.com/

c. http://sitawa.blogspot.com/

d. http://janemukami.com/

17. Best County Blog

a. http://kakamega411.com/

b. http://county-411.com/baringonews/

c. https://uasingishudecides.wordpress.com/

d. http://northriftpolitics.com/

e. http://www.nepjournal.com/

18. Kenyan Blog of the Year

a. http://www.mydeardoris.com/

b. http://silvianjoki.com/

c. http://www.thisisess.com/

d. http://zurukenya.com/

e. http://pikachakula.com/

(A version of) Mardi Gras is coming to Kenya

What I expect at Mardi Gras dear organisers

What I expect at Mardi Gras dear organisers

Mardi Gras is a familiar concept to you au sio? Well around the world the term refers to the celebrations that happen that culminate on Ash Wednesday. This is the day that starts the period of Lent which leads to Easter fourty days later.

In other markets people are currently doing their fourty days of preparing the annual rekilling of that Jesus Christ. Don’t worry, he will be rising up from the dead again after three days a major narrative of the Christian faith.

If you aren’t Christian don’t try and get it; I’ve been doing Catholic thing for years and I still have issues with it. For instance, this Ash Wednesday I announced on my Facebook what I would be giving up for Lent; Tusker Lager. While some supported my declaration, there were a lot of voices casting aspersions about my ability to stay away from that brew for 40 days. Those in the latter turned out to be right as I was off the wagon four days later at the Safaricom Jazz Festival. Ah well.

For those of you who want to join us in tearing up the Christian religious calendar boy do I have a gig for you. Mardi Gras in Nairobi at the Tree House from March 7th. Its promises to be an epic splash of colour, music, food and art wity two stages jamming tunes from some of Kenya’s most notorious and wild DJs and bands.

Mardi Gras Nairobi

Mardi Gras Nairobi

And there will be floats too. Imagine that. It might not be Brazil or even Seychelles but its a good start as art collectives and organisations such as PAWA254, AFRA and Up Magazine try their hand at float building. So you want in? Well Tree House at 7th March is where it starts. You might just see Boniface Mwangi in a bikini and gaudy make-up as he gets to with the mood. Here is where you get tickets.

Orange Kenya treats fans at Orange African Nations Cup

Sophie Katsengah and Rex Aholi

Sophie Katsengah and Rex Aholi

It was the Orange Africans Nations Cup, the biggest football event on the continent. With Cote D’Ivoire going against Ghana for the bit trophy Orange here in Nairobi had a great night at the K1 Club House.

In attendance were Orange top management members that included Vincent Camadro, Chief of Marketing and Strategy, Isaac Muthama, Chief of Mass Market and George Mlaghui, Chief of Corporate Communications.

Here are a couple of images from the event.

Isaac Muthama, Mrs. Muthama and George Mlaghui

Isaac Muthama, Mrs. Muthama and George Mlaghui

hadrack Gacengeci and Anne Kanyiri

hadrack Gacengeci and Anne Kanyiri

A call for Media Council Journalism Excellence Awards 2015

Scene from last years awards.

Scene from last years awards.

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) will hold its Fourth Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) on 2nd May 2015 to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day held annually on 3rd May.

The awards ceremony is an annual event organised by the Council to recognise and uphold excellence and professional journalism in Kenya.

The Council invites all accredited journalists working in Kenya to submit work published or broadcast in local media within last year (March 2014), including and up to 8 th March 2015.

A. 2015 AWARDS CATEGORIES

i. ICT and Telecommunications’ Reporting Award

ii. Children and Youth affairs Reporting Award

iii. Gender Reporting Award

iv. Environment Reporting Award

v. Sports Reporting Award

vi. Tourism Reporting Award

vii. Health Reporting Award

viii. Arts and Culture Reporting Award

ix. Business Reporting Award

x. Good Governance Reporting Award

xi. Cartoonist of the year Award

xii. Photographer of the Year Award

xiii. Young Journalist of the Year Award

xiv. Cameraperson of the Year Award

xv. Free Press Kenya Award

xvi. Television and Radio News Bulletin Award

Submission deadline for entries is 8th March 2015. For more details and the application form visit: www.mediacouncil.or.ke or send an email to: awards@mediacouncil.or.ke

And then there were awards for Kenyan designers of all shades

Designers of marvels like this one for Konza now have their award

Designers of marvels like this one for Konza now have their award

There have been many award ceremonies in the recent past. My personal favourite are the Social Media Awards that are now in their third year. Then there are our Bloggies or Blogger of the year awards (you can still nominate me here folks) where the best blogs are feted.

Today information on one of the coolest award concepts was unveiled; the DXD- Disruption by Design award. These awards are aimed at rewarding innovative elements in Kenyan society like Architecture Design, Communications Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Interactive Design- focusing on web design, gaming and mobile interfaces, Tech Design, Product Design- useful human based designs that improve life, Green Design- Covering de­signs that improve or enhance the environment.

I think that the name kinda sucks, Design Awards Kenya are simpler and tell me what I am look for, but the execution so far is looking good. The guys doing the project are our friends from Up Magazine in association with Airtel Kenya.

If you want to know more about this upcoming gig for purposes of submitting something the I recommend you go to its official website at http://dxd.co.ke/ which tells you the deadline; 18th February.

The gala to celebrate the winners will be in November.

Good luck, my designer people.

Kenyan Blog Awards 2015 submissions now open

Sharon Mundia was a big winner in 2014

Sharon Mundia was a big winner in 2014

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is a community organization that represents a group of Kenyan online content creators and that seeks to empower online content creation and improve the quality of content created on the web.

BAKE has today announced the launch of its fourth annual Kenyan Blog Awards. These awards recognize exceptional Kenyan bloggers that have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.

The inaugural BAKE Blog Awards were held in 2012 on 5th May at a gala at the Nairobi Serena. The ceremony gave awards in 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 second edition of the awards were held in 2013 on 4th May 2013 at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi 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.

Last year, the third edition of 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 . The 2014 awards produced a tie on the Best Sports Blog category which was a first for the awards.

The awards this year will have 18 categories 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. The full list of award categories includes;

1. Best Technology Blog

2. Best Photography Blog

3. Best Creative Writing Blog

4. Best Business Blog

5. Best Food Blog

6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog

8. Best Politics Blog

9. Best New Blog

10. Best Corporate Blog

11. Best Topical Blog

12. Best Sports Blog

13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

14. Best Education Blog

15. Best Travel Blog

16. Best Health Blog

17. Best County Blog

18. Kenyan Blog of the Year

The time line 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.

To submit blogs into the competition, bloggers and fans of bloggers should visit blogawards.co.ke/submit.

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