About the Social Media Awards Africa

The Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA) is created to recognise and celebrate excellence and creativity in the use of social media tools and platforms by individuals and organisations.

With 4 major categories and 15 awards, the SMAA is a genuine, timely intervention for promoting distinctive creativity, peerless innovation and pervasive developments on the African continent through the best use of social media platforms and the rest of the social web.

As the second-fastest growing continent in the world, Africa’s development is networked with its ability to tap into the technological revolution of the 21st century. More than 700 million Africans have mobile phones, over 170 million have access to the internet and over 110 million are on Facebook while the continent’s twitter timeline is ever in restive motion.

This reality of an emerging social continent is what the SMAA stands to celebrate in order to deepen and broaden the sustainable continental developments.

The SMAA is organised by Development Diaries Ltd/GTE with institutional support from leading social media professionals, international agencies and media conglomerates across Africa.

SMAA….Creativity. Excellence. Impact.

Eligibility

The following individuals and organisation will be eligible for nominations for any of the categories for The Social Media Awards 2014:

  • Nationality of any African country or no less than 3 years permanent residency status in any African country;
  • Must be 18 years and above;
  • Organisations will be considered for the award categories if they are owned in full or part by any African with the above-stated categories;
  • Non-profit organisations must also be duly registered and operation in any African country or headquartered overseas with at least one (1) duly registered country office;
  • Individuals or Organisations must own the relevant social media accounts to be eligible; offline nominations of individuals or organisations who are not on social media will not be considered;
  • Campaigns, initiatives et al which have not been circulated or launched or uploaded to any social media network will not be considered;
  • Other similar third party nominations will not be considered;
  • The Social Media Awards 2014 will consider nominations for activities or initiatives in the following period under review: 2011 – 2013;
  • Nominations will only be considered after an Acceptance Form has been signed and the nominee confirms acceptance of nomination;
  • Once the nomination has been accepted and Nominee List published, withdrawals will not be accepted.

Judging process

30th September - 27th October, 2014

Call for nominations
The first phase of The Social Media Awards begins with the call for nominations. Based on the nomination criteria, nominations are requested from individuals and organisations across the world.

October 28 - November 28, 2014

Judging
The Virtual Council and Jury consist of specialized and related professionals who prunes the pool of nominations to ensure each entry is valid and meets the stipulated requirements.

The first level of Judging; sifting of entries, verification and assignments by is done by the Virtual Council. The Council produces an Official Nominees List (150 Nominees: 10 nominees per award) to be further evaluated by the jury based on the judging criteria.The Jury’s evaluation accounts for fifty (50) percent based on five (5) criteria; Influence, Originality, Creativity, Scalability and Impact.

November 8 - 28, 2014

Public voting
At this stage, the Official Nominees List is published and subject to online voting on the Social Media Awards Africa Website. Voting accounts for the other fifty (50) percent of the cumulative scores. Three nominees per category will make it to the final stage.

December 1, 2014

Finalists
Both Jury & Virtual Council will review the voting results and finalists entries (45 finalists: 3 nominees per award). Three finalists will be invited and celebrated at the breath-taking ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’, an evening of rewarding excellence in creativity, impact and influence at The Social Media Awards Africa 2014. Here, 15 winners will emerge and remain a dominant force both online and offline as models for African creativity and innovation.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions, which we are sure provides answers to all your queries and will be helpful to your interaction with the Social Media Awards Africa Initiative.

NOMINATION

Who can nominate?

Anybody can nominate an individual, brand or organization for any of the awards.

How do I nominate?

Click the “Nominate Now” button on the homepage to fill the nomination form.

Can I nominate myself?

Certainly, you can nominate yourself.

Can sponsors/partnering organisations nominate?

Sponsor and partner organisations cannot nominate themselves, their employees, relatives, agents, third party affiliates or other individuals or organisations.

How many categories can I nominate into?

You can nominate into any or all the four (4) Categories. The categories are defined on our page and should be chosen based on the section that best suits the description of your nominee.

JUDGING PROCESS

How are entries judged?

The Judging Panel will judge all entries using the SMAA Judging Criteria

How are judges selected for the awards?

The Social Media Africa Awards judges are selected from diverse industries after extensive consultations with experts and leading figures in Media and Communications, Development, Governance and Institutional sectors.

What are the judging criteria for winning any awards?

Each nomination or nominee will be evaluated by the Jury and Virtual Council using the following: Originality, Creativity, Scalability and Impact.

Is it possible to receive the judges’ ratings and feedback?

Actual comments and scores by the Jury will not be made public but after each phase of the judging process, nominee lists will be published on this website to show progression. Actual evaluations will be made available in response to specific requests after each award cycle.

How do I reach the jury?

Direct contact with jury members is not allowed, however, you can send them a note of concern via jury@smaafrica.com

Who are members of the Jury?

The jury comprises an independent, competent panel of industry experts led by a Monitoring and Evaluation group at OSIWA-Nigeria.

Other Jurors include:

Ken Banks, Founder, Kiwanja.net;

Francis Ebuehi, Vice President, Value Added Services, Airtel Nigeria;

Obi Asika, Chief Executive Officer, Dragon Africa;

Ryan Silberman, CEO, Popimedia South Africa;

Dele Fatunla, Communications Coordinator, Royal Arts Society, London;

Muyiwa Moyela, External Relations Lead, IBM West Africa;

Hetal Shah, Chief Operating Officer, Mara Group of Companies;

And many others. Full list of jury members to be announced soon.

What is the role of the Virtual Council?

The virtual council is a team of professionals with the responsibility to assist the jury with relevant online content in its judging decisions.

Who else is involved with the SMAA?

In addition, there is an Advisory Board of eminent professionals and distinguished individuals who oversee the smooth running of the initiative and lend their goodwill to this cause.

WINNERS AND AWARDS

How many nominees can win?

There will only be one winner for each award.

What do I get if I emerge as a finalist in my category?

All finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony and also recognized as an event finalist.

What do I get if I become an Awardee?

Awardees will receive $1,000 USD cash prize, the prestigious SMAA plaque, outstanding recognition and global exposure, access to thought leaders and opportunities for self-development as well as other institutional benefits like training and internship.

Are winners eligible to enter for subsequent awards?

Winners of any of the SMAA are eligible to enter for subsequent awards organized by the SMAA. SMAA is not a one-time life award.

ATTENDING THE SOCIAL MEDIA AFRICA AWARDS

How can I attend the SMAA?

Attending the SMAA event is pretty easy, although only 300 spaces will be available at the live event, more than 10 million people can attend the 2014 SMAA virtually via smaafrica.com #SMAA2014. Event registration details will be made available on the website in due course.

Where is the venue of the event?

The first edition of the SMAA will be held in Lagos, Nigeria. Venue details will be announced in due course.

Will winners be allowed to attend the event with their guests?

Winners will be allowed to attend the event with a guest.

PRIVACY POLICY

Will the entire list of SMAA entries be published?

SMAA will neither publish the entire list of original nominations nor the list of submissions by the Jury. The conveners respect the privacy of all nominations.

SPONSORSHIPS, PARTNERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

Are there opportunities for sponsorship and partnership with the SMAA?

If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa, send us an email: sponsor@smaafrica.compartnerships@smaafrica.com or call the secretariat on: +234 818 755 2200, +234 808 552 2545

ABOUT THE SMAA

What is the SMAA about?

The Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA) is created to recognise and celebrate excellence, creativity and enterprise in the use of social media tools and platforms by individuals and organisations for development.

With 4 major categories and 15 awards, the SMAA is a genuine, timely intervention for promoting distinctive creativity, peerless innovation and pervasive developments on the African continent through the best use of social media platforms and the rest of the social web.

Who are the conveners of the SMAA?

The SMAA is organized by Development Diaries Ltd/GTE with institutional support from leading social media professionals, international agencies and media conglomerates across Africa.

What organisations are working with the conveners?

The list of organizations working with the SMAA are listed on the homepage. Send us an email to join the list: partnerships@smaafrica.com

How credible are the awards?

As a continental organization with a growing reputation, Development Diaries maintains a track record of institutional forthrightness, credibility and honesty. Our partnership with leading credible industry experts and organisations is to ensure high level of transparency and credibility in the award selection processes.

What informed the SMAA?

As the second-fastest growing continent in the world, we believe that Africa’s development is networked with its ability to tap into the technological revolution of the 21st century. More than 700 million Africans have mobile phones, over 170 million have access to the internet and over 110 million are on Facebook while the continent’s twitter timeline is ever in restive motion. This reality of an emerging social continent is what the SMAA stands to celebrate in order to deepen and broaden the sustainable continental developments.

REACHING THE SMAA TEAM

How do I follow the awards process on social media?

We are everywhere that truly matters! Reach us on

Facebook: www.facebook.com/smaafrica

Tweet at us, @sma_africa Official hashtag #SMAA2014

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/SMAAfrica/

LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Social-Media-Awards-Africa

You can also for Social Media Awards African on; BBM Channel: C003C7D2D, Wikipedia, 9jaBook, Nairaland, Instagram, Mobofree, Google+, Keek and Pheed among others.

How can I reach the secretariat?

Reach us via:

Email: hello@smaafrica.com

BBM Channel: C003C7D2D

Skype Username: smaafrica

Find us on any major social media platform, or

Call: +234 818 755 2200, +234 808 552 2545