So Monday 30thof June was Social Media Day. It was a day that Mashable decided was to be the day that we celebrate Social Media on the planet. Nairobi wasn’t to be left behind as Kenyans are quite well known for their being tech savvy.
The celebrations happened all day starting with a breakfast hosted by Dennis Itumbi the director of digital communication at State House at the Intercontinental Hotel. This was followed by several Google Hangouts being hosted at the Nailab and other venues. You can see all the events at the official event website here.
The end of the day was a gig at what was turning at the epicentre of the events the Nailab on Bishop Maigua Gardens on Ngong Road. The event was a cocktail which as you would expect in this town had a few speakers like Philip Ogola on his life as a digital humanitarian first with the red cross and then with the UN. His speech make one realise that social media can be a very useful tools in saving lives and should be taken very seriously.
Also speaking was James Wamathai who works with BAKE and his presentation was a report on the state of social media in Kenya. The numbers looked sound to me but as you can expect the people who work with social media seemed catch feelings when their brands were not in the top lists. Work harder guys.
Also speaking were Social Media Awards Martin Muli and a gentleman from Hootsuite. Finally Sam Gichuru the Nailab founder gave a sort of vote of thanks. He also talked about the need to unplug from our devices and try and enforce gadget free spaces to that as humans we can start interacting. This is because this devices have been devised to make you addicts.
Away from the stage there was a good turnout of Social Media enthusiasts like Citizen TV’s Terryanne Chebet, Martin Gicheru famous for his Techweez blog, Kenny Kaburu, Stephen “Syoks” Musyoka the King of Facebook, Solomon Koko (love his column in The Nairobian), Microsoft device’s Lillian Nganda and many many more.
With a better turnout this year for the cocktail that in the previous year I suspect the celebrations in 2015 will be bigger and better.