By Bob Aston
The Kenyan Blog Awards has been a journey that kicked off with the launch of the submission phase on January 8, 2016. Kenyans online were required to submit their blogs or those of their favourite bloggers for consideration in the award. With the close of the submission phase on February 10, 2016, a group of judges sifted through 4,899 blog submissions in 19 categories. The judges then selected five blogs per category.
Voting for the five blogs per category then started on 1st march and concluded on 1st May. The culmination of the awards will be a gala event, which will also see the winners announced on May 14, 2016 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi.
|The 2016 Kenyan Blog Awards Logo|
Since 2012, the Kenyan Blog Awards has annually recognized and awarded exceptional Kenyan bloggers and good content creation in the Kenyan blogosphere. The award is unique as it is one of its kind in the Country.
The Kenyan Blog Awards is an initiative of Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE). The award recognizes the efforts of exceptional bloggers by rewarding those who post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovation.
Usually when people hear of bloggers in Kenya, the first impression is always of controversial people who are supporting different political parties and are using the online space to further their parties agenda. Unknown too many, there are Kenyan out there who are creating content on different areas and sharing knowledge with the general public.
Next Saturday will see 19 bloggers representing best technology blog, photography, creative writing, business, food, environment/agriculture, politics, new blog, corporate, topical, sports, education, travel, health, County, religious/spirituality, and best Kenyan Blog of the Year, rewarded for the quality of the content that they create.
The Kenyan Blog Awards has helped to enhance professionalism as well as build the Kenyan blogosphere. Among the blogs vying for the Awards include Laikipia Rural Voices. The blog is among the best five blogs under the County category.
The nomination itself is an achievement as it indicates that many people appreciate the work that Laikipia Rural Voices blog is doing in sharing information on agriculture, particularly on successes and issues faced by the youth engaged in agriculture.
The blog has also been highlighting the role and importance of family farming as well as issues pertaining to climate change, environmental conservation, sustainable land management, and natural resource management.
Many youth have been joining farming because of trainings, reading and consulting the various articles posted on the blog. They have been able to learn from what their peers are doing, as well as gathering information about different crops and farming practices.
Whether the Laikipia Rural Voices wins the Kenyan Blog Awards under the County category or not, this year is already, proving to be a great year as number of blog visitors has increased while feedbacks from readers indicate that the information shared is helping many people.
Mr. Bonney Tunya, CNBC Africa (East Africa) will host this year’s award. Safaricom are the title sponsors for this year’s awards. Other sponsors include EatOut Kenya, Xpose, Samsung, Coca Cola and Kenya Bankers Association (KBA).