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Kenya Photography Awards 2016 nominees announced

Jacques Pitteloud and Njeri Mwangi with another guest as they launch the 2015 edition of the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

Jacques Pitteloud and Njeri Mwangi with another guest as they launch the 2015 edition of the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

The best photographers this year have been nominated as finalists for the Kenya Photography Awards 2016. The announcement of the winners will be made at a gala event in Nairobi on June 19th, 2016.

Organized by PAWA 254 in collaboration with the Photographers Association of Kenya (P.A.K) and sponsored by Canon, the Kenya Photography Awards seek to not only reward excellence in the discipline but also promote and improve photography standards in the country.

The 33 nominees will be running in nine categories: News, Creative, Sports, Nature, Portraiture, Daily Life, Special category (Climate Change), Most Promising Young Photographer and a public voting category for People’s Choice. The full list of nominees are;

  1. News: Phoebe Okall, Kevin Onnoka and Daniel Mwangi Irungu
  1. Daily life: Adam Mower, Georgina Goodwin and Migwi Nthiga
  1. Sports: Thomas Mukoya, Suleiman Mbatiah and Larry Asego
  1. Nature: Sebastian Wanzalla, Mwangi Kirubi, Abdul Rahman Mutuma and Georgina Goodwin
  1. Portraiture: Brian Mwando, John Wambugu, Richard Allela, Selina Onyando, Migwa Nthiga and Joe Were
  1. Creative:Joseph Kyule, Iteba Alloys, Jared Maina and Larry Asego.
  1. Most Promising Young photographer of the year: Kevin Kariuki, Churchill Oele, Peter Ndungu and Patrick Kamau.
  2. People’s Choice Nominees:Adam Mower, Richard Allela, Brian Mwando, Joseph Kyule, Kevin Kariuki and Peter Ndungu
  1. People’s Choice category: the public will vote online for their favorite photo on (

The judging was led by Gary Knight, a British photographer, past chairman of World Press Photo Awards and co-founder of the VII photo agency, who was in Kenya to oversee the judging process.

“This is a key milestone in the photography industry. This year, we have seen a rise in number of entries from photographers, some taken from the simple smartphones to ones taken with high-end professional cameras. This shows that we have a lot of potential in the Kenya photography industry. For the first time, we shall be awarding the single and series entries separately. Category winners this year each take home Kshs. 50,000 and the runner’s-up will take home Kshs. 20,000. The overall winner gets an additional KES. 200,000,”noted  Njeri Mwangi, Chief Organizer, PAWA 254.


On his part, Canon Central & North Africa Managing Director, Roman Troedthandi noted: “It is an honor to be the main sponsor for the Kenya Photography Awards for the second consecutive year. We congratulate all the nominees and we are happy to announce that Canon will be providing workshop for all the nominees and also running a check and clean service for all the photographers on the awards day.”

Kenya’s best bloggers in 2016 awarded in swanky ceremony 

Dr Wandia Njoya with Aisha Ali

Dr Wandia Njoya with Aisha Ali

The best bloggers in Kenya was awarded in a ceremony at the Radisson Blu in Upper Hill, Nairobi on Saturday evening.

It was a full house as bloggers and their families and friends converged at the newest five star hostel in town to see who would emerge the best amongst them in the different categories. The evening where everyone was dressed in African wear (it’s a style) saw the who’s who of the Kenyan blogosphere mill around before the ceremony started on time.

The trophies were handed out to the various categories with the winners going home with trinkets like the Galaxy A5 Phone, Intel Laptop bag, Samsung Gear VR and Mettā membership, Dinner for two at Tatu Restaurant at Fairmont, the Norfolk, two round trip tickets to Mombasa on Jambo Jet, Huawei GR5 Phone, and Samsung Gear VR. They also received large amounts of Safaricom credit.

At the end of the evening, the best blog in Kenya went to Biko Zulu with an overwhelming win over Owaahh, Lyra Aoko, and Techweez. This is not the first time for the popular Biko to go home with the best award as he has been winning the creative category award since the awards were started.

The full list of winners is;

  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. Best Religious or Spirituality Blog –
  19. Kenyan Blog of the Year –


Kenya Photography Awards 2016 launch

KPA Call for entries Poster (2)Photographers Association of Kenya (PAK) jointly with PAWA 254 have today launched the 2016 Kenya Photography Awards.

Now in its third year, the awards will see photographers submit their photos on the Kenya Photography Awards website between March 24th, 2016 to April 30th, 2016 under 8 different categories.

The categories are: News, Sports, Nature, Daily Life, Creative, Portraiture, Most Promising Young Photographer and People’s Choice.

The awards seek to recognize skill, talent and hard work among professionals and rising photographers in the country.

“We are glad indeed to be launching this edition of the awards this year. So far, we have seen significant growth in the photography industry in the country through collaborative efforts from various partners. There is a lot we need to do to bolster the sector. The awards will go a long way to ensure that we not only appreciate photography as an art but also support and motivate young and upcoming photographers to pursue excellence in this trade,” noted Stephen Nderitu, Chairperson, Photographer’s Association of Kenya.

He added: “I would like to encourage all photographers to come all out and share their best photos under the various categories and together let us celebrate talent.”

On his part, chief judge, Gary Knight, noted: “Last year, we got some really impressive shots and so this year, we will be looking for much more. We encourage all photographers – young and old to participate in this contest and let us see more and more amazing photos this year.”

Below are the timelines for this year’s awards:

Submissions: March 24th, 2016 – April 30th, 2016

Judging: May 2016

Announcement of Nominees: May 30th, 2016

Winner’s announcement: June 2016

In 2015, the awards attracted over 1200 entries. Past winners of the Kenya Photography Awards include: Thomas Mukoya (News and Sports), Alice Oldenburg (Daily Life and Nature), John Wambugu (Special Category “Climate Change”), Peter Ndung’u (Portraiture and People’s Choice), Siegmund Kamau (Creative and Most Promising Young Photographer). The overall winner for 2015 was Alice Oldenburg.

The Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 enters voting phase

kenyablogawardsThe Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) has announced the nominees in this years’ Kenyan Blog Awards. The unveiling will also see the opening of the third and most active part of the awards; the online voting phase.

This follows a grueling exercise, by judges, who sifted through a hopping 4,899 blog submissions that were received. The judges who were tasked with selecting the best 5blogs in each category are:

  1. Mikul Shah, Director at EatOut
    2. Ahmed Salim, GM at Qube Ltd
    3. Terryanne Chebet, Senior Anchor & Associate Editor at Citizen TV
    4. Muthoni Maingi, Digital Manager at Safaricom

The nominees for this year’s awards include,,  and Voting in the awards begin today and will close on 1st May 2016.

To vote for their favourite blog in the Kenyan Blog Awards, Kenyans should visit Votes will be limited to one vote per person.

The Kenyan Blog Awards were launched on 8th January, which also coincided with the launch of the submission phase. Blogs were submitted in the competition until 10th February 2016. The judges then took over and selected their best 5 in all the categories.  Winners of the competition will be announced at a gala event on 7th May 2016.

And the nominees are…

  1. Best Technology Blog
  1. Best Photography Blog
  1. Best Creative Writing Blog
  1. Best Business Blog
  1. Best Food Blog
  1. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog
  1. Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog
  1. Best Political Blog
  1. Best New Blog
  1. Best Corporate Blog
  1. Best Topical Blog
  1. Best Sports Blog
  1. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog
  1. Best Education Blog


  1. Best Travel Blog
  1. Best Health Blog
  1. Best County Blog
  1. Best Religious/Spiritual Blog
  1. Kenyan Blog of the year


Kenyan Blog Awards 2016: make your submissions

BAKE2016Its that time of the year. The Kenyan Blog Awards 2016, an initiative of the Bloggers association of Kenya (Bake), is now open for your submissions.

The awards which were born in 2012 are in 19 categories. They 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 Political Blog

Blogs that cover political issues in Kenya.

9. Best New Blog

Outstanding Blogs that were set up from January 2015 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

Blogs about the Kenyan entertainment industry and Kenyan lifestyle.

14. Best Education Blog

Blogs about education matters and those run by educational institutions.

15. Best Travel Blog

Blogs about travel.

16. Best Health Blog

Blogs about healthcare and healthy living in Kenya.

17. Best County Blog

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

18. Best Religious or Spirituality Blog

Blogs that feature content on religion and/or spirituality.

19. Kenyan Blog of the Year

Best overall Kenyan blog.

You have until February 10th, 2016 to submit your favourite blogs as we are now in the awards submission phase. You can submit here. This will be followed by a judging phase from 11th to 28th February, 2016. The judges will select the nominees and the public voting will open on March 2nd– April 30th followed by the Awards gala on May 7th 2015.

Thoughts on the recently ended Soma Awards 2015

Special Award winner Zawadi Nyong'o

Special Award winner Zawadi Nyong’o

The Social Media Awards of Kenya of 2015 popularly known as the OLX Soma Awards happened at the indoor arena of the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani this Saturday evening.

People came in droves to see who would be going home with the title of best in social media in Kenya. It didn’t disappoint with large number of people at that indoor arena hanging out on that red carpet taking photos for the paparazzi. Truth be told it wasn’t filled to the brim, this wasn’t President Barack Obama who would be addressing them, but the floor was filled. Those there were mainly nominees who would be expected to win the offered categories.

The evening was filled with humourous comedians, yelling winning folks and meeting friends old and new. The biggest winners on the night were Sauti Sol, Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill and Babu Owino. You can see the list of winners here.

A few things bothered me though. The sound was not on. The emcee, Mwaniki Mwageria one of the best in town, sounded like he was yelling the winners names which made us a bit irritable by the end of the evening. Perhaps the organisers could source that dude that does the sound during the Thursday Nite Live gig that happens at Choices every Thursday?

The corporations that had been slotted to give prizes failed to show up. Actually corporations seemed to given this event a wide berth generally whether handing out or receiving prizes. I know that people were busy but how difficult was it to send a manager to represent you at an award ceremony where you can gain mileage? We were forced to watch a comedian in what seemed to be pajamas handing out a very big award which was not on.

The most glaring thing for me was when a special award for crowd funding for social good was handed out to Zawadi Nyong’o for the #amilliforjadudi campaign. This campaign was started to help raise a million shillings to help fund the health care for Emmanuel Otieno who is known as Jadudi. As Zawadi went to receive her speech she was accompanied by Jadudi himself who declined to go on stage. I assume it may not have worked for him going up the stairs as he seemed to be limping a bit.

Zawadi Nyong’o then went on to give her experience in crowd funding from a few years ago with her 100 twitters followers to date when she was involved with this current successful campaign. She explained how crowd funding could be used to save lives and she thanked all those who tweeted to ensure that the message Jadudi was kept at the top of social media charts for a number of days. She then took her chance to take photos and left the stage. Job done.

The thing is this Jadudi campaign didn’t come to be known to us via Twitter. We all knew about it because of a blog that was written at Bikozulu blog titled That Thing In Jadudi’s Head. The blog told us of this young man struggling with cancer over the last few years and it touched many to contribute to the campaign. So for a person to acknowledge the people who were tweeting and failed to mention whoever was the biggest influencer in this can only be seen as shocking at the very least. That speech disappointed on so many levels.

So there you have it. A few thoughts from what is turning out to be a big awards ceremonies in town.

What’s the value of a prize?

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

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya and Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi trying to figure the right gift to appease Biko

The Short version

The value of an award is not the value of the prizes that come with it. If Bikozulu decides that the little gifts are the reason folks are attending an award ceremony then he doesn’t get the whole point. You’re better than this Biko. Seriously.

The Long version

I was one of the many folks who attended the Bake Awards that was hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel the other weekend. I went to these awards because I always attend these events; this is the third year of the awards and I am yet to miss one. This year I had an added incentive. This blog had been nominated in the Lifestyle/Entertainment category; this was the first time it was up for an award.

So let’s talk about the Bloggers Awards. It’s now in its third year; in the first year it was in a small room at the Southern Sun in Parklands before last year it made the triumphant entry to the Intercontinental. The awards are evolving before my very eyes from not existing to being a serious awards evening.

So what is the point of the awards anyway? The blog scene in Kenya has blown up in the last few years. Now there are thousands of blogs putting out Kenyan content out there; we are punching above our weight on the continent where this is concerned. With so many blogs we need a system to give a nod to the people doing a great job for our blogosphere; enter the Bake Bloggers Awards. These awards have been good for me for the last three years. It is because of them that I have discovered so many cool new blogs that I would otherwise never have heard of. For the consumers of blogs, the awards are an opportunity for you to find new content.

It’s not only the consumer like myself who benefits from these blogs. The bloggers get to know who are in their category and sometimes meet them for collaborations if needed. They also know that they are on the right track as someone has vetted and shortlisted them.

Then there are the people who in the recent past have cottoned onto the fact that there is something big happening online in recent times and they need to be a part of that narrative; corporations. They won’t necessarily want to work with the Bloggers Association but they will know what is considered to be a great blog when they are planning.

On the award ceremony day I was excited to be at the Intercont meeting folks that I only meet via their social media timelines. These are the folks who you keep planning to meet for coffee/beers/spliffs and as you merrily live your life realise that it’s been a year already since you last met them. So it was a hallos and hugs and all that and more as I met people like Steve Biko, Mr Majani, Mwirigi aka #PoleKwaMwirigi, Magunga, Dear Doris, Potentash… Actually bloggers if you use that sample have very weird names. I’m just saying.

Then there was the nomination for the awards. What was very cool as far as I was concerned was that I was up against in my category so I wasn’t too worried about winning it. Ghafla is the big bruiser in the Kenyan entertainment scene when blogging is concerned. These guys came to a scene that was owned by the legacy media and caused a revolution with pithy posts filled with innuendo and girls with big booty. The model has been so successful that it has inspired a string of copycat blogs that have enriched the Kenyan blogosphere with their “ratchetness.” I am quite happy with this state of affairs as for many years the only content that we would get from Kenya was very prim and proper politics, business and sport. We were inundated with what editors in newsrooms thought was important and not what the people might have wanted.

I wasn’t even sure why I was in the category with them but I knew that I would not be winning this it. All I hoped was that I was not beaten so bad that I wouldn’t be able to show my face in public again. won; of course. I came a respectable third behind another showbiz site.

At one point as I was drinking copious amounts of Tusker at the event bar, Bake official James Wamathai came by and said to me as I complimented him and the team on another successful event, “thanks. But sorry about the awards in your category, we’ll try and do something better next year.”

That struck me as odd. We are at an award ceremony, why would be concerned about the extras given IF I was to win the big gong when that was not part of the program announced in advance. After the awards a blog post was written by the winner in the creative category Biko Zulu (told you they have weird names) with the title I got the Shirt. In it the usually hilarious Biko gives the middle finger to the people who organized the awards for giving him the following prizes; a cheap phone, a T-shirt (wrong size), a notebook and a pen. You could read from the text that this was a man who was pissed off at being handed such worthless baubles. Many of the people who commented supported his charge that they need to give more. Predictably.

Let’s look at the prize thing. What is the value of some of the most famous prizes in the world? You win the Nobel Prize you go home with over one million US dollars. When you win an Oscar you go home with a gold plated trophy, no cash. When you win a Grammy you go home with a trophy, no cash.

Let’s come closer home. What are the prizes that you are eligible for? The richest one out there is the Mohammed Ibrahim Prize. If you are an African president and you run your country properly without stealing or burning it to the ground you get US$5 million when you retire.

For the literati, if you win the Caine Prize for African literature, a prize for a short story, you win 10,000 UK pounds. When you win the Etisalat Prize for African literature, a prize for a debut novel, you go home with US$15,000.

What is the value of the prize that was given to him and eighteen other categories? The fact that you are winning these prizes today doesn’t mean that you will keep winning them. Sharon Mundia came for a coronation as best Blogger and best fashion Blogger and was upstaged by someone very few who are not blogging had heard about. Bankelele who has won the last two years was upstaged by another newcomer. Winning previously doesn’t guarantee future winning in this game.

You rant about an award ceremony that YOU DIDN’T SEE THE VALUE OF ATTENDING. If it was not worth your time to leave your house and join other bloggers and see what prize you were winning then why would you complain at the prize on offer? Is the value of the award only the prize you get? Should the organisers tell you in future what is accompanying the prize and will they need your approval on what you might possibly get before entering your hallowed name? What if next year they decide that the winner gets vouchers for dinner for two at Nairobi West’s West Mall would you withdraw your blog if shortlisted? I think that the pork there is to die for but maybe you aren’t a fan. Would I as a nominee have to forfeit that tasty pork because you do not approve?

Here is the thing. These awards are a platform. If you feel that the prize is the goodies that you get alongside the recognition then you really don’t get the point. Your blog is happy to post a “Bloggers Award 2015 Winner” image because you know that people who aren’t in your high school gang know that there is value in it.

I am in the High School Gang for a reason; I agree with many of your opinions. I was with you on your blast at the British High Commission at denying you a visa. I was with you on those Mothers Union underthings. On this one I am squarely on the other side.

One on one with Njeri Mwangi: the woman behind the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

Njeri Mwangi

Njeri Mwangi

The Canon Kenya Photography Awards will be happening this Sunday at KICC in Nairobi and we shall be selecting the best photographers in the country. As we build to it we talk to the founder of the awards Njeri Mwangi. Mwangi is the Co-Founder PAWA254, Nairobi’s first unique social enterprise through which innovative creative professionals from diverse artistic fields exploit their creative genius to foster social change. A graduate of Daystar University with a degree in Public Relations, Njeri has experience in event planning and management, and organized the first Kenya Photography Awards in 2013.

Photography is an art that is slowly picking up in Kenya, tell me more about that?

With the wave of mobile phones with cameras, Kenyans have taken on to photography in a big way and have also come to appreciate it some more because with it they are capturing memorable moments. We are having more of exhibitions and Kenyans are also going to see these exposures. Others have even taken to it as a tool of communication/ information/empowerment. Better still it is a source of livelihood for many that are making it be for them.

What potential do you see in the art?

There is really no limit to photography as an art. Like I said we have taken to art as a tool of communication and you can use it to evoke all kinds of emotions and well done, it can arouse all the common senses.

Compared to other countries, how well are we doing in photography as a full time career?

Truly we are lagging behind in that area. Few of our photographers are making a decent living from photography (and I mean as freelancers without having to supplement their incomes). We have come along way as most of our photographers are self-taught and graduates of YouTube.

You started the Kenya Photography Awards in November 2013, how did that come about?

We did. Photographers are seen to deliver a service, something that people seem not to understand and as such they do not see why they need to pay well for this since it seems quite not quantifiable. Photography is also a medium that opens the world by way of taking us closer beyond the borders, sort of like books do. So we thought that we needed to acknowledge how much time, and trouble, and risk that photographer’s take to show us the things that we can only imagine. They give us a taste of reality in a dose that moves us to action on so many levels. We also really wanted to celebrate our own piece of work since it rarely happens. Other countries celebrate and acknowledge their creative and we want to encourage this culture here in Kenya.

It’s now over one year since you started the initiative, what changes or achievements have you seen over time?

We have seen photographers’ come together to realize what they can do and they have become even more aware of their trade. They have taken into sharpening their skills and have invested in getting better and learning from each other. They also have also learnt to package themselves and do business in a way that they do not need side hustles to make ends meet- and this is work in progress. They are getting better pay and are starting to put themselves out there to be acknowledged for what they are doing.

Njeri Mwangi with guest as they launch the 2015 edition of the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

Njeri Mwangi (R) with guests as they launch the 2015 edition of the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

You will be recognizing top photographers in the country on Saturday, tell me more about that?

So, we recently completed the 2015 competition. We got a total of 1166 entries, 34 short of the first competition. This time we had fewer ladies participating and even worse is that we got only one lady making it to the shortlist. I hope that the lady photographers can come forth boldly and take their place in this space. We will be recognizing top photographers in the country on May 10th, 2015 at the Kenyatta International Conference and through this we hope to inspire young photographers to take the space.

What categories are there under the rewards model?
This year we had 9 categories namely News, Daily Life, Sports, Nature, Portraiture, Creative, Most Promising Young Photographer, People’s Choice and The special category courtesy of Alliance Françoise, of a theme chosen to converge with the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in December 2015.
We are seeing more and more young people in the country venturing into full time photography? What do you think has led to this?

I like to believe is because people have become more aware of Photography being a skilled art. Even though there are so many cameras around us, people are still looking for professionals to get some jobs done and this is where these young people have found relevance. It is also an adventure and a risk to find something that you love to do and go for it. They say do something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life.

What is your advice to young photographers as you prepare to crown top photographers in the country?

We have just scratched the surface with photography. We know Kenyans who are making a decent living out of Photography. If this is something you want to do, then take time and learn all there is to learn. Invest your time in shooting and working closely with those that do what you would like to do. Take classes. Invest in good equipment. A website, or a blog and go all out. You are young, you have time on your side so take your chances and go for it! You can change your world with that camera in your hand.

What is the future of photography in the country?

At the rate we are going, I hope to see Kenyan corporates supporting Kenyan photographers’ by giving them work and paying them well. It takes two to tango and there is great and amazing talent here at home. I hope we can also support and participate in local competitions and make room for local exhibitions so that we can empower both the aspiring photographer and the public on the power of a single camera. A single shot.

Are you working with any partners for the upcoming awards night?
We are very fortunate to have Canon (a leading brand of cameras) as the main sponsor this year round. This is a show of how serious they take photography and are keen on putting even Kenyans on the international scene of photography. We also have the Swiss embassy as supporting sponsors and the support of the Kenya International Conference Centre. Besides that we have Lightbox Production’s, Let’s Talk Kenya and Pinkfoot Consult.

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards open

CNNJournos2015CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards, welcoming entries from all African nationals based in Africa and creating content for an African audience.

“It’s with immense pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Twenty years of encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent has made these the very best awards honouring the journalistic profession in Africa. I’ve witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in stature and prestige of the competition, and 2015 promises to deliver another year of outstanding work,” said CNN international executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox.

MultiChoice Africa chief executive officer Tim Jacobs added that they continue to be amazed by the extraordinary talent of the continent’s journalists and remain committed to contributing to the development of media in Africa.

“These awards have reached the remarkable milestone and are recognised as the most prestigious media awards on the continent; this celebration parallels our own celebration of 20 years of MultiChoice operations in many countries. We look forward to another year of great stories which showcase journalistic excellence,” Jacobs said.

The competition, which has grown in size since its inception in 2005, saw Kenyan journalist Joseph Methenge walk away with the top prize for 2014 for work ‘Images of Terror’, which appeared in Kenyan daily The Standard, selected from entries from 38 nations across the African continent.
‘Images of Terror’ documented the moments of terror experienced by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by unidentified gunmen in September 2013.

This year’s competition, open to all journalists working in any medium, will recognise excellence in a list of categories. An independent judging panel will then choose an overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 winner.

The categories are:
Culture Award, Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award, Economics & Business Award, Features Award, Francophone General News Award, GE Energy & Infrastructure Award, Mohamed Amin Photographic Award, MSD Health & Medical Award, Portuguese Language General News Award, Press, Freedom Award, Sport Reporting Award, The African Development Bank Environment Award, The Coca-Cola Company News Impact Award.

Finalists in the 2015 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.

The overall winner of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 award will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

Submissions for this year can be done via the entry form on the website

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 and have at it.

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

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