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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 matheka.co.ke/blog, new entrant http://mydeardoris.wordpress.com, creative writer and perenial contender bikozulu.co.ke, food blog pikachakula.com and fashion blogger http://nanciemwai.com

Please go and vote for your favourite blog here.

Here is a full list of the shortlisted blogs.

Best Technology Blog
1. http://www.moseskemibaro.com/
2.http://emmanuelchenze.com/
3. http://techtrendske.wordpress.com/
4. http://techmoran.com/
5. http://www.kvrop.com/

Best Photography Blog
1. http://stevekitots.wordpress.com/
2. benkiruthi.com/blog3
3. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog/
4. http://allangichigi.com/star/
5. http://www.gallerymichaelkhateli.blogspot.com

Best Creative Writing Blog
1. http://www.bikozulu.co.ke
2. http://www.mydeardoris.wordress.com
3. http://mkatenusu.wordpress.com/
4. http://www.donotfeedthebloggers.com
5. http://michaelngigi.wordpress.com

Best Business Blog
1. http://www.bankelele.co.ke/
2. http://sokodirectory.com/
3. http://www.kenyamanual.co.ke/
4. http://simplytakeaction.com/business/
5. http://inspiringgreatness001.wordpress.com

Best Food Blog
1. http://leotunapika.wordpress.com
2. http://healthylivingkenya.wordpress.com
3. http://happymealskenya.blogspot.com/
4. http://www.pikachakula.com
5. http://www.yummy.co.ke/

Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog
1. http://emmiekio.blogspot.com
2. http://rockesci.co.ke
3. http://www.panaac.org/blog
4. http://youngagrochampions.blogspot.com
5. http://www.farmingafrika.com

Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog
1. http://www.thisisess.com
2. http://www.kurlykichana.com
3. http://luciamusau.com/
4. http://www.ourstylekenya.com
5. http://nanciemwai.com/

Best Politics Blog
1. http://www.anjeru.com
2. http://kenopalo.com/
3. http://www.brainstorm.co.ke/
4. http://www.shitemi.com

Best New Blog
1. http://confessionsofayoungmummy.wordpress.com
2. http://www.magunga.com
3. http://www.tdsblog.com
4. http://kenyansnapshot.wordpress.com
5. http://www.wendywahito.com

Best Corporate Blog
1. http://crownpaints.co.ke/blog
2. http://www.olivia.co.ke/blog
3. http://storymojaafrica.wordpress.com
4. http://www.ihub.co.ke/blog
5. http://blog.batakenya.com

Best Topical Blog
1. http://www.mummytales.com
2. http://blog.inkedbiker.co.ke
3. http://blog.gigwapi.com
4. http://www.lizlenjo.com
5. http://datascience.co.ke

Best Sports Blog
1. http://futbolchiqa.wordpress.com
2. http://www.michezoafrika.com
3. http://www.superfoota.co.ke
4. http://www.ilfabiano.wordpress.com
5. http://www.futaa.com

Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog
1. http://www.ghafla.com
2. http://www.niaje.com
3. http://www.afritorial.com
4. http://owaahh.wordpress.com
5. http://actors.co.ke

Best Travel Blog
1. http://www.kenyatalii.com
2. http://www.safari254.com
3. http://www.hazelvint.com
4. http://ecotourismdemystified.com

Best Health Blog
1. http://fitnessmovementke.tumblr.com
2. http://wambuiwaithaka.com
3. http://strengtheninghealthsystems.wordpress.com
4. http://sitawa.blogspot.com

Best County Blog
1. http://uasingishudecides.wordpress.com
2. http://www.nairobicityguide.net
3. http://county-411.com/baringonews
4. http://www.mombasahub.net
5. http://www.amazingkisumu.co.ke/blogs

Best Kenyan Blog
1. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog
2. http://mydeardoris.wordpress.com
3. http://bikozulu.co.ke
4. http://pikachakula.com
5. http://nanciemwai.com

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 www.amvcaawards.dstv.com.

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 blogawards.co.ke/submit 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 JamesMurua.com 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 Nairobiliving.com 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 blogawards.co.ke

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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East Africans for Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards

East Africans for Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards

Peter Nduati

Peter Nduati

If you follow Cynthia Nyamai on Twitter then you have been getting tweets on her timeline that will be of interest to all follow business trends. The tweets are from the regional round of the second All Africa Business Leader Awards that happened at the Serena Hotel in Kigali Rwanda last night. These awards are brought to you by Johnnie Walker together with CNBC Africa.

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards are meant to acknowledge pioneers in several diverse fields of business on the African Continent. The awards that that happened were the nominees for those who would be battling it out with their colleagues from other regions come the awards night on the 8th of November in Durban, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The finalist’s for each category in the East African round are:

  • Business Leader of the Year - James Gatera – CEO, Bank of Kigali
  • Business Woman of the Year 2013- Priya Budhabatti – Head of Human Resources, Craft Silicon Kenya ICT and Craft Silicon foundation Kenya.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 2013Peter Nduati (pictured) – Founder and CEO, Resolution Health East Africa, Ltd.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – The late Dr James Mulwana, former Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Uganda.
  • Young Business Leader of the Year 2013 – Gachao Kiuna – CEO and Managing Director, Trans-Century Group

East Africa Business Woman of the Year - Priya Budhabhatti, Head of Human Resources at Craft Silicon

East Africa Business Woman of the Year – Priya Budhabhatti, Head of Human Resources at Craft Silicon

East Africa Lifetime Achievement Award -The late business leader, Dr. James Mulwana. Mrs Sarah Mulwana and Miss Babara Mulwana received the award in his honour

East Africa Lifetime Achievement Award -The late business leader, Dr. James Mulwana. Mrs Sarah Mulwana and Miss Babara Mulwana received the award in his honour

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

Congratulations on your win and good luck in November folks.

JKIA, Moi International eldoret get African awards

Celebration time.

Celebration time.

It must be so much fun working at a Kenyan airport. On the one part you will see you can see JKIA proudly posted on the CNN 10 of the world’s most hated airports. Then there are the usual shenanigans that go with being the entry point to a random country like Kenya. If it isn’t the former prime minister not getting VIP access then it is the Nigeria football team refusing to leave the airport.

But its not all fun and games. The staff there have to do their jobs like anyone else even if they have been known to pull stunts on their own leaving to them being sacked.

Even with all this the airports continue to function as the main Nairobi hub is remodelled. On-going works at JKIA include construction of a new unit – Terminal 4; renovation of the existing units (Terminal 1, 2 and 3); construction of remote stands for parking aircrafts as well as a second runway.

Thursday was a good day for the Kenya Airports Authority as two of its airports got top African awards. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi was among top winners named in the African heat of the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards 2013; while Moi International Airport in Mombasa was ranked the most improved airport on the continent in this year’s Airport Service Quality Award.

JKIA bagged the award in the ‘Over 4 Million Passengers’ category during this year’s awards that fete airports’ route successes, growth in capacity and marketing activities for the year.

The recognition of Moi International Airport is the first time that a Kenyan airport has received the award by the Airports Council International, which recognizes airports that achieve the highest passenger satisfaction ratings in quality survey – the world’s benchmark of airport excellence.

Announcing 2013 African Awards for Entrepreneurship

Dr James Mwangi: This could be you African entrepreneur.

Dr James Mwangi: This could be you African entrepreneur.

We are always hearing of leaders winning awards and then being interviewed on the news media and wondering how they got there. The most notorious of these serial winners has to be James Mwangi the Equity Bank boss who in the last two years has won everything that could be won.
We at NairobiLiving.com understand your plight and need to win awards and be feted continentally so we look for opportunities for those who come to this blog. Why don’t you try for the African Awards for Entrepreneurship 2013 kind sir/madam? What awards are these you wonder?
These awards are brought to you by the African Leadership Network and the Omidyar Network. The awards see folks being asked to nominate their favourite African company for the awards which are open until July 18th, 2013.
The awards are currently in their 5th year and have grown into the biggest and most prestigious business and entrepreneurship awards in Africa. The awards have given over USD 1.5 million to 30 impressive African companies selected from over 30 000 applicants. So you get an award and some handy cash to do what you must. Not bad.
Seeing as you are already drooling over the chance of getting your mitts on some awards and cash the categories you want to find yourself nominated are;
The five categories featured in this year’s programme are:
•    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Awarded to a senior African business leader who has served as an entrepreneurial icon for several decades and has left an enduring legacy of success in Africa
•    TRANSFORMATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD – Citation and trophy awarded to a notable business leader who has had a major socio-economic impact in Africa by building a business with revenues greater than US$50 million

•    OUTSTANDING MATURE BUSINESS AWARD – US$100 000 prize to a business leader who has built a company with revenues between US$5Million and US$50million
•    OUTSTANDING SMALL AND GROWING BUSINESS – US$50 000 prize to  young, remarkable African business with revenues between US$500k – US$5Million
•    SOCIAL ENTPREPRENEUR AWARD (NEW) – US$50 000 prize awarded to an outstanding enterprise that has a demonstrated socio-economic and environmental impact, while blending profitability and sustainability in its business model. To be eligible, companies must demonstrate revenues of between US$ 150 000 and US$2.5 million in the last financial year.
Sounds like something you want in on? Well then you want to fill in the application form on www.africaawards.com.
Good luck.

You can also nominate a company that has impressed you by sending us their name, and contact details to aaeATafricanleadershipnetwork.com.

Dr George Okello Abungu gets French commendation

 

Dr. George H. O. Abungu: All I do is win.

Dr. George H. O. Abungu: All I do is win.

You will remember Dr George Okello Abungu from a previous blog where he was being commended for his work in defending African art. It looks like the man is on a roll as he is also given a French order of the knight of arts and letters.

Dr Okello has a resume in the arts that is comparable to that infamous CV that was unleashed by the Nairobi governor aspirant Jimnah Mbaru a few months ago. In Kenya he was director-general of the National Museum of Kenya and the Chairman of the Kenya Cultural Centre. Internationally he has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities, including Gothenburg University, in Sweden, and the University of Western Cape in South Africa. He has been appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida Gainesville in the Applied Anthropology Department for 2013.

Dr Abungu’s was awarded for his long years of dedicated service and commitment to the
heritage sector in Africa and around the world. His sacrifice in the face of fierce opposition to decisions which in retrospect have been wise and purposeful has not gone unnoticed.

 

Cartoonist Victor Ndula Wins UN prize

Victor Ndula

Victor Ndula

It doesn’t happen often enough but Victor Ndula one of Kenya’s top editorial cartoonists was the winner of the 2012 United Nations/Ranan Lurie International Political Cartoon Competition.

Its not easy being a cartoonist in Kenya. First there is the issue of telling someone your job is drawing things like a child would do in kindergarten which cant be that great when you seek a serious spouse. Then there is the issue with the amount of work required to remain at the top of game of giving commentary by drawing with one’s bare hands and a pen and paper. Then there is the complaint I have heard from more than one cartoonist trying to break in about the cliques preventing folks trying to break in from doing so.

Off course as a person who couldn’t draw to save my life I wouldn’t know cartoon politics if they came and bit me on the behind. In spite of it all I did come into close contact in the last five years (is it 5 years already?!) with a very good cartoonist. I have been running a column in the Star called Nairobi Living and in the Print Version it comes with a caricuture based on my musings. It has been done for five years until only recently by Ndula who has a humour that would compete with the best Mad Magazine creators.

So it wasn’t suprising to learn that the man was a big winner this December as he was awarded the top prize at the 2012 United Nations/Ranan Lurie International Political Cartoon Competition. His entry was about the international women’s day and the cartoon is on this page with his permission.

The man is to be congratulated.

 

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