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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.


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: or send an email to:

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 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

Public Relations Awards 2014 on the way

prskomegaThe PRSK Awards has continuously endeavored to recognize and reward PR practitioners who have showcased successful delivery of strategic, creative and professional public relations campaigns. The awards are open to members and non – members drawn from business enterprises, associations, private and government bodies as well as students pursuing pr/related studies. The PRSK Awards reflect the level of competitive services offered in the Kenya PR industry and are aligned with the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Awards. The 2014 awards are divided into three sections namely PR Campaign Categories, Supplementary Categories and Honorary Categories:-

PR Campaigns categories

  1. Media Relations Campaign of the Year
  2. Consumer Relations Campaign of the Year
  3. Public Affairs Campaign of the Year
  4. PR Event of the Year
  5. Social Responsibility Campaign of the Year
  6. Internal Communication Campaign of the Year
  7. Sponsorship Campaign of the Year
  8. New Media PR Campaign of the Year
  9. Public Sector Campaign of the Year
  10. Not for Profit Campaign of the Year 

Supplementary categories

  1. Corporate Publication of the Year
  2. Young Communicator of the Year

Honorary categories

  1. PRSK Golden Honours
  2. PRSK Sheppard Honours.

Winners of the awards will be announced on 5th December, 2014 at a gala dinner hosted at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

OLX Social Media Awards nominees list out

OLXSOMA2014The nominees of the awards ceremony for users of social media are out and voting is welcomed from you the voting public until the day of the Awards ceremony will be held on October 3rd . The theme for this year’s OLX Social Media Awards is “Making Social Media Work For You.”

All these nominees are already winners as they will all get a course by Hootsuite University that will help build capacity of nominees and further enhance the impact of social media on our society. The Hootsuite University Program is designed for professionals seeking to increase skills in Hootsuite and other social media tools and tactics. The Hootsuite is a web-based social media management tool.

The judges have shortlisted five nominees under each category of the Awards, which include the National and County Governments, Learning Institutions, and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). Other categories are Social Network Personality of the Year, Large Corporation, Traditional Media, Best use of Social Media and the Best of the Best.

To vote for the nominees, social media users will be required to visit the Awards website: OLX Kenya has been the title sponsor of the Awards for two consecutive years.

The full list of the nominees are;


Most Influential Facebook personality

  • CabuGah
  • Stephen Musyoka
  • Rita Oyier
  • Dennis Maladit
  • XtianDela

Most influential twitter personality

  • Boniface Mwangi
  • Xtiandela
  • Sitawa Wafula
  • Chief Kariuki
    Sunny Bindra

Most influential Instagram personality

  • MutuaMatheka
  • ThisIsEss
  • Misskihoro
  • Vera sidika
  • Benkiruthi

Most promising new blogger

  • -


Corporation with best customer care

  • Chase Bank
  • Safaricom
  • Airtel
  • Jambo Jet
  • Orange

Corporation with most creative campaign

  • Open your eyes – by Safaricom
  • Aromat – Unilever
  • Tembea Kenya – KWS
  • Chasepreneuer – Chase Bank
  • Hands off our elephants

Most influential corporate personality

  • OryOkolloh
  • Bob Collymore
  • Peter Nduati
  • Gina Din Kariuki
  • Mohammed Hersi

SME Category

SME of the year

  • Buy Rent Kenya
  • Eat Out Kenya
  • PikaChakula
  • Ma3Route
  • SandStorm Kenya

Most Influential SME personality

  • Aly Khan Satchu
  • Sunny Bindra
  • Eric Kinoti
  • Ahmednasir Abdullahi
  • Gatwiri Murungi

National and County government Category

Most active State Corporation

  • Kenya Airports Authority
  • Kenya Tourism Board
  • Kenya Power
  • State House
  • KWS

Most active county government

  • Kiambu
  • Nairobi
  • Meru
  • Elgeyo Marakwet
  • Mombasa

Most influential government personality

  • Amb. Amina Mohamed
  • Alfred Mutua
  • Mike Sonko
  • Jane Waikenda
  • Sakaja Johnson

Traditional Media Category

Television show

  • NTV – The Trend with Larry Madowo
  • KTN – Jeff Koinange Live
  • NTV – Tujuane
  • Citizen TV – Sunday Live
  • NTV – Churchill Show

Radio show

  • Capital FM – The Jam
  • HBR – G money in the Morning
  • Milele FM – Bangaiza
  • Radio Jambo – Teketeke with Mbusi na Lion
  • One FM – Drive

News channel

  • Citizen TV Kenya
  • Capital FM Kenya
  • K24 TV
  • KTN Kenya
  • NTV Kenya

Most influential Media personality

  • Adelle Anyango
  • Daniel Ndambuki AKA King’ang’i
  • Jeff Koinange
  • Julie Gichuru
  • Maina Kageni

Best use of Social Media

Best use of social media for entertainment

  • Sauti Sol
  • Buni.TV – XYZ
  • Ghetto Radio
  • Pulse Magazine
  • Kiss TV – Live on Blast Club AfterBurn

Best use of social media for charity

  • Eddah Hope Cancer Foundation
  • Beyond Zero Campaign
  • Hands off our elephants
  • Kenya Red Cross
  • Safaricom Foundation

Best use Social media by learning institution

  • ZetechCollege
  • USIU
  • UON
  • Kenyatta University
  • Strathmore University

Best of the best

Overall personality of the year

  • Amb. Amina Mohamed
  • Daniel Ndambuki AKA King’ang’i
  • Xtiandela
  • Mike Sonko
  • Paula Kahumbu

Overall organization of the year

  • Chase Bank
  • Safaricom
  • Eatout Kenya
  • Kenya power
  • Kenya Tourism Board

Bloggers Awards 2014: Best blogs now ready for voting

vote300pxThe Bloggers Awards 2014 shortlist is out. Please go vote

The Bloggers Awards, a production of the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE), is one of the most important events where the Kenyan blogging community is concerned. It is the one space where people can get to know what blogs they need to check out and the new stuff coming out.

The Bloggers Awards short lists are out. This came after a rigorous process starting with nominations from fans of blogs followed by judges sitting and shortlisting those that most fill the criteria. The categories in this years awards are best in Best Technology Blog, Best Photography Blog, Creative Writing Best, Business Blog, Food, Environmental/Agricultural Blog, Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog, Politics Blog, New Blog, Corporate Blog, County Blog, Best Health Blog, Best Travel Blog, Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog, Best Sports Blog and Best Topical Blog.

The best overall blog goes under the Best Kenyan Blog and the list includes photo blog Mutua, new entrant, creative writer and perenial contender, food blog and fashion blogger

Please go and vote for your favourite blog here.

Here is a full list of the shortlisted blogs.

Best Technology Blog

Best Photography Blog

Best Creative Writing Blog

Best Business Blog

Best Food Blog

Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog

Best Politics Blog

Best New Blog

Best Corporate Blog

Best Topical Blog

Best Sports Blog

Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

Best Travel Blog

Best Health Blog

Best County Blog

Best Kenyan Blog

Why I’ll be voting for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

Oyunga Pala with Dorothy Ghettuba up for for Best New Media - Online Video.

Oyunga Pala with Dorothy Ghettuba up for for Best New Media – Online Video.

I’m not a big fan of online voting as such. However, when I find a decent reason I will always be there voting. There couldn’t be a better reason to vote than the Africa Magic Viewers Choices Awards. These are awards in TV for cinema, TV and other categories making 27.

So why am I voting? Well there is quite a healthy representation of Kenyans in the awards. Here is a list all Kenyans or Kenyan based nominees and their category.

Best Movie Drama
Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life

Best Movie Director

Tosh Gitonga – Nairobi Half Life

Best Actress in a Drama
Veronica Waceke – Higher Learning
WacekeBest Supporting Actress
Valerie Kimani – Higher Learning

Best Supporting Actor
David Mulwa – Higher Learning
Ian Mbugua – House of Lungula

Best Documentary
David Campbell – Shamba Shape Up

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Swahili)
Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life

Njoki Muhoho – Mama Duka

Best Online Video
Dorothy Ghettuba, Oyunga Pala – Next Big Host

Best Cinematographer
Christian Almesberger – Nairobi Half Life

Best Art Director
Barbara Minishi – Nairobi Half Life

Best Lightning Designer
Mohammed Zain – Nairobi Half Life

Best Make-up Artist
Elayne Okaya – Nairobi Half Life

To vote please go to

Kenyan Blog Awards 2014 submissions now on

AwardsWe all know the Kenyan Bloggers Awards no? Well the submissions for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2014 are now on. The awards now in the third year reward bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.

So if you have a regularly updated blog or know of one please go and give then props at From January 10th to February 10th.

The categories to submit include:

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. – Consider people…

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. – Consider people…

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.

For more information on the Blog Awards, kindly visit

Retrospective: Social Media Awards 2013

Every year I take on a challenge that stretches me. One in which I am familiar with a topic but I am forced to learn a new thing about what I consider to be part of who I am.

In 2012 , my new challenge was the Amakula Film Festival in Kampala. I was selected to be one of the judges of that Ugandan film festival and I was forced to bring my A-game where the whole film thing is concerned. I sat down and watched dozens of movies and wrote myriad notes about them to decide which is the best feature film, best short film et al. The Kenya winners for those awards were David Tosh Gitonga’s Nairobi Half Life for best Feature Film and Andrew Kaggia’s Wageuzi for best Short Film.

The experience allowed me to meet some really cool people and the sad part is that this year the festival will not be running. I would have loved to head out to Kampala at the end of the year to try it out again but is not to be.

This year my big event was the Social Media Awards 2013. The awards were being hosted in Kenya for the first time and I was in a group of excellent people who understand Social Media presently and how it evolved and who is doing what in Kenya called “judges.”

The awards were hosted at the Laico Recency in Nairobi on 9th August and many folks went home with trophies some which include nice fat cheques. The event was really nice and with rave reviews from attendants (including sponsors and media) you can be sure that this is one award ceremony that we shall be seeing again.

The striking part for me wasn’t the “awards.” After all, we are getting award loaded in this town. PR guys awards. Insurance guys awards. Marketers awards. Lawyer awards. Journos awards. You want awards we have them all. What interested me was that the awards cut across so many industries. It showed how people in so many parts of our society are using their Facebooks and Twitters (In Kenya for some reason only these two are considered social media; you try and mention to a guy about using Pinterest (here’s mine) for instance and prepare for blank looks) for their communication needs.

Once upon a time, social media was a bother to HR departments because people were too busy was “wasting time” on Facebook and IT people were asked to block the offending websites. Now people are encouraged to talk about the companies they work and promotethe products to their friends. Talk about a complete turnaround.

For me however it was a true eye opener to how the communications in Kenya has changed and grown. Once upon a time many folks in offices were known to merrily work on their few computers delivering on their deadlines. Today however, when the big Internet providers Safaricom and Access Kenya go down for an hour you will hear an almighty scream on the interwebs from frustrated workers. They will off course have stopped using their office computers but will now be using the internet on the phone to show their displeasure.

Even more is how important social media is a job that people are considering to do as a career choice. Five years ago if your child/nephew/niece mentioned that they want to do social media, you would have first scrunched your face up as you try and figure what on earth they were talking about before banning them. It was clearly a phase you thought. Now major colleges in Kenya, Daystar quickly comes to mind, are offering it as courses for those who want to specialise in it.

The social media is growing first. Is it about to peak any time soon? I doubt it. Its set to grow until it becomes the standard. I will be happy in a decade or so to have been counted as one of the many pioneers. This was what this judging experience gave me this year.

Away from the awards I met some really cool people who are at the top of their game that challenge me to be better not just at my social media but at life. Do better. I accept the challenge.

Transcentury’s Gachao Kiuna is Young Business Leader of the Year

Young Business Leader of the Year - Mr Mumo Mathengi received the award on behalf Dr. Gachao Kiuna, CEO and Managing Director of the Trans-Century Group

Young Business Leader of the Year – Mr Mumo Mathengi received the award on behalf Dr. Gachao Kiuna, CEO and Managing Director of the Trans-Century Group

Africa’s titans of industry were named and celebrated in the glittering grand finale of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on the 8th of November.

Paying homage to the pioneers who have shaped Africa’s business landscape in 2013, earlier this year the Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards held three regional rounds – in West, East and Southern Africa – to select the most impactful business game-changers across five categories.

There was a Kenyan interest as Gachao Kiuna won the Young Business Leader gong. Here is the full list;

Business Leader of the Year: Michael Jordaan of Southern Africa, CEO of First National Bank.

Business Woman of the Year category: Southern Africa’s Mzinga Melu, Managing Director and CEO of National Bank of Commerce.

Entrepreneur of the Year:Francis Grogan, the CEO of Zambeef.

The Young Business Leader of the Year: Gachao Kiuna, the CEO and Managing Director of the Trans-Century Group.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Pascal G. Dozie for his invaluable contribution to the African business landscape in his role as Founder and Former Chairman/ CEO of Diamond Bank.

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