The 2014 Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA2014 is just a few days away and we are more than excited as we #Countdown 20 days from today January 3, 2015 to the maiden edition of the premier continent-wide social media cum social impact reward system billed to hold in Lagos-Nigeria on January 23 and 24, 2015.

Fifteen (15) out of the Forty-three (43) Finalists from across the continent will be rewarded with award prizes for the featured 15 Awards across 4 Categories for the 2014 edition of the awards which opened with a continent-wide call for nomination and recorded over 3,000 entries accounting for about 923 nominations.

Received entries were screened by the Virtual Council leading to the emergence of 150 nominees for the continent-wide voting stage of the award. The 150 nominees were also evaluated by the SMAA the Jury which comprises of Fred Swaniker, Founder & Ex. Chairman, African Leadership Academy, Ken Banks, Founder, kiwanja.net, Abubakar Suleiman, Executive Director, Strategy & Finance, Sterling Bank Plc., Ryan Silberman, Chief Operating Officer, Popimedia, South Africa, amongst others; will judge the entries using the following criteria: Influence, Creativity, Scalability, Originality and Impact. The nominees votes account for Fifty per cent (50%) of the cumulative scores and Jury scores account for the remaining Fifty per cent (50%).

The Award Summit will hold on Friday January 23, 2015 while the Award presentation event tagged ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ will hold on Saturday January 24, 2015 both in Lagos-Nigeria. Events will be streamed live for our virtual audience.

Winners of the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa will be rewarded with US$1,000, SMAA Plaque, Institutional Trainings, Access to relevant social influencers amongst other benefits.

Check out the list of finalists here

So, join us in the #Countdown to Africa’s premier Social Media Summit and Awards by using the hashtag #SMAA2014 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and other plaftorms as Africa celebrates and rewards creativity, excellence and impact in the usage of social media tools in Africa by Africans.

The Social Media Awards Africa is an initiative of Development Diaries and sponsored by Sterling Bank Plc. AIESEC Africa, West African NGO Network (WANGONET), Beat FM, Fan Milk Nigeria, Zisat, Trace TV and African Media Initiative (AMI)  are also Partners.

For more information on SMAA: Process, Jury, Advisory Board; visit smaafrica.com