BY ELi CHEP & EVE CHEGE
The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) awards the best bloggers each year in their specific niche of writing. The BAKE Awards happened this past weekend on Saturday 3rd May at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi. The winners in all 17 categories were picked through a process that involved blog submissions by all bloggers, and readers and these nominees were then further trimmed down into 5 blogs per category bringing the entire list of nominated blogs to 85.
This time round, there were 17 blogs up for nomination. The Best County Blog and Best Health Blog were the new additions. The winners were picked through a process that started with submissions by bloggers, readers and virtually any person who has access to the internet in 17 categories.
The submissions were then taken through a phase of trimming and pruning by independent judges who then gave us a list of 5 blogs per category for which readers would vote for. Larry Madowo was the MC at the event. The sponsors of the event were Hiros, Safaricom, Samsung, Nokia, Intel, Multichoice, Xpose, Kenya ICT Authority.
The shock for the evening came up when the winners for the Best Sports blog were announced. For the first time since the inception of the awards there was a tie; michezoafrika.com and futaa.com emerged victorious.
Another interesting highlight at the awards gala was indeed favorite winner, the ultimate ‘Disney Tangled’ recently wed couple & also beautiful couple of 2014, Ben & Gathoni Kiruthi who took home the Best Photography blog of the year.
‘Internet people’ then voted for these and winners were announced on Saturday evening and the winners are:
1. Best Technology Blog Award went to Techmoran (techmoran.com). He wrote an interesting piece on technology and gadgets.
2. Best Photography Blog – Ben Kiruthi who does a lot of wedding photography. Check out his blog http://www.benkiruthi.com.
3. Best Creative Writing Blog was won by Jackson Biko. He’s an intelligent writer who’s blog has a lot of satire and humour. Check him out here.
4. Best Business Blog was won by Limo Taboi with his blog bankelele.
5. Best Food Blog was won by pikachakula.com.
6. Best Environmental (and Agricultural) Blog was won by farmingafrika.com
7. Best Fashion, Beauty, Hair and Style Blog was won by Sharon Mundia. She runs a blog called thisisess.com.
8. Best Politics Blog Award was won by Brenda Wambui and Michael Onsando with their blog brainstorm.co.ke
9. Best New Blog Award was won by wendywahito.com
10. Best Corporate Blog Award was won by the iHub. They were represented by Daudi Were (@mentalacrobatics), and others from the iHub.
11. Best Topical Blog Award was won by mummytales.com
12. Best Sports Blog Award was a tie between michezoafrika.com and Futaa that latter of which is incubated at 88MPH run by Nikolai Barnwell.
13. Best Entertainment and Lifestyle Blog award was won by ghafla.com run by one Samuel Majani. No one from Ghafla! was present to pick up the award though.
14. Best Travel Blog Award was picked up by Safari254. The blog is mainly consistent of well taken pictures done by Rachael Muthoni. You can read this interesting piece she wrote on Why she loves Watamu.
15. Best Health Blog Award was picked up by wambuiwaithaka.com
16. Best County Blog Award was picked up by county-411.com. This blog is run by 2 guys who come from Baringo County and they source content from all over the counties.
17. and finally, Best Kenyan Blog of the Year Award went to Jackson Biko again. You can read his blog www.bikozulu.co.ke .
The Kenyan Blog Awards is a reward to bloggers who post on a regular basis, ‘have great and useful content, and are creative and innovative’. The inaugural Awards were held in 2012 where 14 categories were awarded. That increased to 15 categories in 2013 and improved to 17 after the addition of ‘Best Health Blog’ and ‘Best County Blog’ in 2014.
We at replay254 take this opportunity to congratulate the winners, the other nominated blogs and also thank the event organizers as the food was well cooked and we were glad to be part of the team that was covering the event. Next year we promise to be on the winning list and other Kenyan blogs will write about us.
Photos courtesy of Eye-Con Photography © http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eye-con-photography & replay254 ©