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#SMAA: WINNERS EMERGE AS THE SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AFRICA HOSTS NIGHT OF VIRTUAL WONDERS

Last weekend, Nigeria hosted Africa at the maiden edition of The Social Media Awards Africa, #SMAA where fifteen winners emerged from 43 finalists at the event tagged ‘a Night of Virtual Wonders’, representing all the regions of the continent except Central Africa.

The #SMAA Winners include: Ben Kiruthi, Kenya – Blogger of the Year, Michael Hlatshwayo, South Africa Social Media Hero and Jimi Tewe, Nigeria – Twitter Handle of the Year. Others are: Barefootlaw, Uganda – Facebook Page of the Year, The Love Tour, Kenya – Influencer of the Year, Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda, Best Use by Government/Public Sector, DHL Africa – Best Use by Private Sector, Stand to End Rape, Nigeria – Best Use by Non-Profit. In other categories, Adforumco, Nigeria won the Best Use by Start-up/MSME, KCB Group, Kenya – Best Use by Financial Institution, Afrinolly, Nigeria – App of the Year, #TheNiteTalk, Kenya – Hashtag of the Year, Raha 2.0, Tanzania – Brand of the Year and Nigeria Trade Hub, Nigeria – Best Rated Platform.

Jimi Tewe (M) - Nigeria, receiving the Twitter Handle of the Year Award Plaque.

Jimi Tewe (M) – Nigeria, receiving the Twitter Handle of the Year Award Plaque.

BarefootLaw (L) - Uganda receiving the #SMAA Facebook Page of the Year Award Plaque

BarefootLaw (L) – Uganda receiving the #SMAA Facebook Page of the Year Award Plaque

Winners of the award were rewarded with the one-of-a-kind #SMAA plaque, $1,000 USD prize money, all-expense-paid trip to Nairobi for training with the Africa Media Initiative (AMI) amongst other opportunities and benefits.

One of the finalists who was conspicuously absent is currently serving a 1-year sentence for a Facebook post adjudged to be defamatory, Tunisian Blogger and Activist, Yassine Ayari emerged The #SMAA Social Media Personality of the Year at the just concluded awards ceremony tagged, Night of Virtual Wonders; which held in Lagos, Nigeria last weekend.

One of Ayari’s friends contacted the #SMAA Secretariat and Convening team in an email dated December 26, 2014 to formally notify the conveners of Yassine’s inability attend the awards ceremony due to his trial. Ayari was first sentenced to 3-years in prison albeit in absentia, for criticizing the Tunisian Defence Minister through a Facebook Post. His lawyers appealed the judgment but Ayari was later sentenced to a year in prison by a superior court of law.

The #SMAA Conveners, Development Diaries Ltd/GTE; condemn in strongest terms the actions of the Tunisian Government and re-affirm that the Right to Free Speech is a fundamental Human Right which must not be suppressed or stifled.

Ben Kiruthi (L) - Kenya, receiving the #SMAA Blogger of the Year Award Plaque

Ben Kiruthi (L) – Kenya, receiving the #SMAA Blogger of the Year Award Plaque

DHL Africa (M) receiving the #SMAA Private Sector Award Plaque.

DHL Africa (M) receiving the #SMAA Private Sector Award Plaque.

On another surprising note, three of the continent’s favourites earlier tipped to clinch awards, Xtian Dela from Kenya and Japheth Omojuwa from Nigeria; both with 3 nominations and Vodafone Ghana with 2 nominations across different awards did not emerge winners in all nominations despite overwhelming support from fans and followers.

The Social Media Awards Africa, #SMAA is poised to recognize and reward excellence, creativity and impact in the use of social media tools and platforms by individuals and organizations in Africa. This year, 15 awards across 4 categories recorded over 3,000 entries accounting for about 923 nominations from 26 African countries were received From September 30 – November 28, 2014 when the nomination window was open.

The #SMAA judging process follows a set of criteria: Influence, Originality, Scalability, Creativity and Impact and observed a three-step process which commenced with call for nominations across the continent. After this phase, a virtual council reviewed all entries and shortlisted to 10 Nominees per Award. The nominees were adjudged by their responses on the above-listed criteria. To proceed to the final stage, cumulative scores from amassed votes and Jury scores (each accounting for 50%) was collated. The nominee with the highest average cumulative score emerged winner of the corresponding #SMAA Award.

Afrinolly (M) Nigeria, receiving the #SMAA App of the Year Award Plaque

Afrinolly (M) Nigeria, receiving the #SMAA App of the Year Award Plaque

The event lived up to its billing as a Night of Virtual Wonders with a fantastic treat of inspiration, and a glamorous blend of music, dance, comedy, stunts and other artistic displays and competitions. The guests, many of whom were visiting Nigeria for the first time, were thrilled by Award-winning performers such as songstress Yemi Alade; enchanting vocalist Timi Dakolo; Award-winning R&B-turned-Gospel artiste, Obiora Obiwon; South African Best Selling Music Star, Simphiwe Dana; Jazz Star; Kunle Ayo; DVD the Comedia and DJ Jimmy Jatt. The Lead anchors were Beat FM’s OAP, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi and Kelvin Igbodo whilst Award-winning Denrele Edun and Chigolicious MC supported with hilarious stints to promote the #SterlingSelfie Contest.

Yemi Alade giving Africa the Johnny melody at the Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA ceremony.

Yemi Alade giving Africa the Johnny melody at the Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA ceremony.

DJ Jimmy Jatt spinning the African audience to good music. #SMAA

DJ Jimmy Jatt spinning the African audience to good music. #SMAA

Nigerian Gospel Music-star, Obiora Obiwon and the Rebirth Band kick started the event with the powerful #SMAA Theme Song entitled, ‘One Voice’. And in a very rhythmic transition, he sang some popular inspirational songs – all with a gospel undertone. Then, he wrapped his very vocal performance with hit track ‘Testify’ supported by electrifying dance routines from Alien Nation, which left the captive audience begging for more.

Lead Anchors, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi of Beat FM, Official Radio Partner, #SMAA and Kelvin Igbodo of Corporate Communications Unit of Sterling Bank welcomed guests to the Night of Virtual Wonders cracking them up with jokes about Pen Pals, Hi 5 and old social media platforms and the use of social media to verify blind dates or dating interests.

Voice Maestro, Timi Dakolo serenaded the audience with his hit song, ‘Iyawo Mi’ after which he left them spell bound with ‘Great Nation’ to make way for a few remarks from Sponsors, Conveners and Jury. With a short word from the #SMAA Sponsors, Sterling Bank Plc.; represented by Shina Atilola, Group Head, Strategy & Communications; Duncan Onyango, East Africa Director, Acumen Fund shared his experiences and key learning outcomes from the #SMAA Judging processes. Femi Aderibigbe, Project Lead, #SMAA and Co-Founder, Development Diaries Ltd/GTE explained to the guests the inspiration for creating the #SMAA at a time like this for the continent.

Timi Dakolo thrills the award audience to some soulful melody.

After the speeches, the awards came in batches with the first four (4) award presentations. DVD the Comedian thrilled the guests with a few local and African-themed jokes and another round of presentations were made to deserving finalists.

The night’s surprise package emerged when Award-winning On-Air Personality, Denrele Edun and Chigolicious, a fast-rising female compere presented the #SterlingSelfie Segment encouraging guests to take and promote selfies in order to win exciting prizes.

Denerele Edun and Chigo, dominated the stage with exciting audience engagement banters. #SMAA

#SMAA Lead Sponsors, Sterling Bank promoted a competition to find the most exciting selfie using the hashtag, #SterlingSelfie. All through the night, guests took selfies and encouraged their friends to like and promote their images for a chance to win prizes. Two (2) guests emerged winners at the end of the event and each took home a tablet device courtesy the bank.

And then it was time to welcome on stage Simphiwe Dana, South African Award-winning & Best Selling Songstress. She performed songs from her album, Firebrand accompanied by strings from the guitar by Award-winning Jazz Artiste, Kunle Ayo.

With more award presentations to the excitement of the audience as it seemed as though #TeamKenya had clinched many more awards than all other represented countries, it was time to welcome Yemi Alade. Her electrifying performances of hit singles, ‘Kissing’, ‘Johnny’ and ‘Marry Me’, wrapped the performances for the night with many guests singing and dancing along. Yemi Alade showed the visiting guests how to party the Nigerian way.  Immediately after Yemi Alade’s powerful performance, DJ Jimmy Jatt; one of the continent’s most respected Disc Jockeys showed why he is a veteran as he spun hit track after hit track compelling many more guests to take to their feet.

Far into the night, it was time to deliver the vote of thanks and Emilia Asim – Ita, Co-Founder of Development Diaries Ltd/GTE did justice to her note of gratitude to the admiration of all guests. She thanked #SMAA Lead Sponsors, Partners, Event Vendors, Performers, and key individuals who were outstanding in upholding the vision of the #SMAA to its successful birth.

As the Lead Anchors returned to bid farewell, guests were waiting to continue the treat from the wheels of DJ Jimmy Jatt as the Night of Virtual Wonders climaxed.

Prior to the awards ceremony, finalists, Jury Members and other Social Media professionals had converged for the maiden edition of the Social Media Africa Summit with the theme: Social Media for Governance, Leadership and Development. The event featured inspiring presentations by many speakers and experts Rich Simmonds, Author, Mug & Tweet and Communications Expert; Thebe Ikalafeng, Chairman, Brand Leadership South Africa & Brand Africa and Ojoma Ochai, Arts Director, British Council.

The #SMAA was presented by Sterling Bank and supported by: African Media Initiative (AMI), AIESEC AfricaWest African NGO Network (WANGONET)Beat FMFan Milk Nigeria, Enplug Africa, Zisat, Trace TV, and ONTV.

#SMAA Jury: Founder and Executive Chairman, African Leadership Academy, Fred Swaniker; Chief Executive Officer, African Media Institute, Eric Chinje; Founder, kiwanja.net, Ken Banks; Director Operations, Mara Group of Companies, Hetal Shah; Vice President, VAS, Airtel Nigeria, Francis Ebuehi; Chief, New Technologies and Innovation, UNECA, Dr. Kasirim Nwuke; Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Africa, Louis Onyango Otieno; Founder and Chairman, Brand Africa, Thebe Ikalafeng; Executive Director, Strategy and Finance, Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman; Chief Operating Officer, Popimedia, South Africa, Ryan Silberman; Communications Co-ordinator, Royal African Society, London, Dele Fatunla; Founder, Dragon Africa, Obi Asika; East Africa Director, Acumen, Duncan Onyango; Special Adviser Communication Technology Development – Cross River State Government, Odo Effiong; External Relations Lead, IBM West Africa, Muyiwa Moyela and Nigeria Director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Udo Jude Ilo.

#SMAA Advisory Board: Executive Director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Abdul Tejan-Cole; Co-founder and CEO Crowdcentric, Toby Daniels; Lead Consultant/CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting, Ini Onuk; Executive Director, West African NGO Network, Tunji Lardner and Head of Social Anthropology University of Cape Town, Prof. Francis Nyanmojoh.

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HERE THEY ARE: 2014 SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AFRICA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

After many weeks of palpable excitement, the finalists for the Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA) are finally unveiled.

The 43 finalists represent the successful entries received from over 26 countries for the maiden edition of the continent-wide recognition and reward platform which features 15 awards across 4 categories.

The SMAA journey began with the call for nominations over a 27 day period. On November 18, 2014, the voting stage commenced with the hashtag #SMAA2014 garnering over 92.91 million cumulative impressions on twitter in about three months. This was simultaneously conducted with the judging by an eminent Jury of experts and professionals (Fred Swaniker, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Leadership Academy; Eric Chinje, Chief Executive Officer, African Media Institute; Ken Banks, Founder, kiwanja.net; amongst others) drawn from various fields across Africa. The rigorous voting process and evaluation by the SMAA Virtual Council and Jury were based on five criteria: Influence, Originality, Creativity, Scalability and Impact. The nominees’ votes accounted for Fifty per cent (50%) of the cumulative scores and Jury scores accounted for another Fifty per cent (50%).

Here they are, the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa Finalists:

A. PERSONALITY BASED (Awards for individual achievements in social media):

– Blogger of the Year
1. Philip Etemesi Kenya
2. Ogunsaya Jide Nigeria
3. Ben Kiruthi Kenya

– Social Media Personality of the Year
1. Ayari Yassine Tunisia
2. Japheth Omojuwa Nigeria
3. Luyando Haangala Zambia

– Social Media Hero
1. Japheth Omojuwa Nigeria
2. Michael Hlatshwayo South Africa
3. Xtian Dela Kenya

B. PLATFORM (Specific Social Platforms):

– Facebook Page of the Year
1. All4 Women South Africa
2. Barefootlaw Uganda
3. Comedy Central Africa South Africa

– Twitter Handle of the Year
1. @jimitewe – Jimi Tewe Nigeria
2. @XtianDela – X-tian Dela Kenya
3. @omojuwa – Japhet Omojuwa Nigeria

– Influencer of the Year (LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Instagram)
1. The Love Tour KE Kenya
2. Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Nigeria
3. X-tian Dela Kenya

C. INSTITUTIONAL (Best Use of Social Media by):

– Government/Public Sector
1. Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda
2. Kenya National Youth Service Kenya
3. Ekiti State Government Nigeria

– Private Sector
1. Informer East Africa Tanzania
2. DHL Africa Kenya
3. Popi Media South Africa

– Non-Profit
1. Stand to End Rape Nigeria
2. Nil
3. Nil

– Start-up/MSME
1. Adforumco Nigeria
2. AIM Group Tanzania
3. TVyangu Zimbabwe

– Financial Institution
1. Stanbic IBTC Nigeria
2. KCB Group Kenya
3. Access Bank Nigeria

D. INDIGENOUS (Local Campaigns and Brands):

– App of the Year
1. ICOW Kenya
2. Afrinolly Nigeria
3. MPesa Kenya

– Hashtag of the Year
1. #TheNiteTalk Kenya
2. #letsnotpretend Ghana
3. #choice4life Nigeria

– Brand of the Year
1. Raha 2.0 Tanzania
2. Jumia-Nigeria Nigeria
3. Vodafone Ghana Ghana

– Best Rated Platform
1. All 4 Women South Africa
2. Nigeria Trade Hub Nigeria
3. Bizcommunity.com South Africa

Fifteen (15) Awardees will be recognized and rewarded at the ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ award presentation event billed to hold on January 24, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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.
The SMAA Secretariat will publish a Jury Learning Report and breakdown of scores a week after the awards ceremony.

The Social Media Awards Africa is 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, visit smaafrica.com

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VOTING CLOSES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AFRICA, NEW EVENT DATES ANNOUNCED

The Social Media Awards Africa has formally announced the close of the voting window for the continent-wide initiative on social media development, #SMAA2014 and the new event dates for the Summit and Awards tagged, ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ which is now billed to hold in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday through Saturday, January 23 and 24, 2015.

The voting phase is part of the process leading to the emergence of 15 Finalists for the 4 Categories and 15 Awards for the maiden edition of the Social Media Awards Africa – a premier continental initiative which seeks to recognize and reward creativity, excellence and impact in the usage of social media across Africa.

With the theme: “Social Media for Governance, Leadership and Development,” the award summit will hold on January 23, 2015 and bring together social media influencers, experts, enthusiast and policy makers in exploring and forging new developmental paths for Africa.

In what turned out to be a ‘quest’ for social media dominance, individuals and brands rallied for votes in various languages and using different strategies to deliver a unique engagement and increase in interaction, traffic to initiatives and networking across platforms. The SMAA secretariat also expressed its commitment to ensuring that the new connections are solidified through well-engaging events that will involve a large spectrum of the brands and individuals active on social media in line with the SMAA vision to build sustainable socio-economic and political development in Africa.

In a review of the voting phase which spanned 20 Days; SMAA recorded impressive statistics. According to the Conveners, “The highest day reach on Twitter was 13.8 million. Apart from Twitter, SMAA has active presence on 15 out of 22 social media platforms, reaching several millions of Africans.”

After the voting phase, 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. Nominations were made for a 27-day period for 15 awards across four categories: Personality, Platform-Specific, Indigenous and Institutional. The nominees votes account for Fifty per cent (50%) of the cumulative scores and Jury scores account for the remaining Fifty per cent (50%).

According to the Group Head, Strategy and Communications, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Shina Atilola “The level of interest and participation has been very heart-warming and the organisers must be commended for a job well done. We at Sterling Bank would continue to provide the required support to aid the achievement of the objectives of the Award.”

Project Lead, Femi Aderibigbe; expressed delight that the Social Media Awards Africa 2014, had since its launch on September 30, 2014 expanded both inside and outside of Africa. “The awards have trended globally and became the second most talked about subject on Twitter in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. During the same period, the SMAA website has climbed to the 535th website in Kenya and 703rd in Nigeria amongst other statistics accrued on national virtual spaces,” he said.

The Social Media Awards Africa is 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.

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#SMAA2014: NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR VOTING STAGE

One hundred and fifty nominees (150) have been announced for the voting stage of the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA2014. The voting window will run from November 18–28, 2014 at smaafrica.com/vote

Announcing the list of successful nominees and the commencement of the voting stage of the awards at a Press Conference in Lagos-Nigeria, Femi Aderibigbe, Project Lead, SMAAfrica, expressed the delight of the conveners at the overwhelming turnout in the nomination process which lasted for 27days.

‘After rigorous evaluations and background checks, we are excited to present the list of 150 successful nominees for the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa. Beyond our initial entry target of 700, we received about 923 entries for the 15 Awards featured for this year’.

The voting window is part of the process leading to the emergence of 15 Finalists for the 4 Categories and 15 Awards for the maiden edition of the Social Media Awards Africa – a premier continental initiative which seeks to recognize and reward creativity, excellence and impact in the usage of social media across Africa.

Voting accounts for only fifty (50) percent of cumulative scores while the Jury evaluation accounts for the other fifty (50) percent based on five (5) criteria; Influence, Originality, Creativity, Scalability and Impact. 15 finalists will be announced and honoured at the award’s event ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ slated for December 6th, 2014.

According to the Executive Director, Finance and Strategy, Abubakar Suleiman, Sterling Bank – sponsor of the awards; the bank is committed to advancing human and social development across Africa with focus on the growing relevance of social media around the world with Africa in particular.

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.

The Social Media Awards Africa is 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.

The Social Media Awards Africa is an initiative of Development Diaries. Twitter – @Dev_Diaries, Email: info@developmentdiaries.com

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Full List of Successful Nominees for #SMAA2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, please see the list of successful nominees for the voting stage of 2014 Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA2014 as delivered by the Virtual Council and Jury

  1. PERSONALITY BASED CATEGORY (Awards for individual achievements in social media):

 

  • Blogger of The Year

 

  1. Xtian Dela Kenya
  2. Joubert Botha South Africa
  3. Ogunsanya Jide Nigeria
  4. Tosin Ajibade Nigeria
  5. Linda Ikeji Nigeria
  6. Ben Kiruthi Kenya
  7. Philip Etemesi Kenya
  8. Yomi Adegboye Nigeria
  9. Kenyan Stylista Kenya
  10. Sharon Mundia Kenya

 

  • Social Media Personality of The Year

 

  1. Luyando Haangala Zambia
  2. Japheth Omojuwa Nigeria
  3. Ayari Yassine Tunisia
  4. WIERD MC (Adesola A Idowu) Nigeria
  5. Amet Tsikata Ghana
  6. Chude Jideonwo Nigeria
  7. Blosom Nnodim Nigeria
  8. Sharon Mundia Kenya
  9. Mattie James Liberia
  10. Mo’Cheddah (Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola) Nigeria

 

  • Social Media Hero of The Year

 

  1. Xtian Dela Kenya
  2. Japheth Omojuwa Nigeria
  3. Dele Momodu Nigeria
  4. Oluseun Osewa Nigeria
  5. Mattie James Liberia
  6. Collins Nabiswa Kenya
  7. Bankelele Kenya
  8. Strive Masiyiwa Zimbabwe
  9. Michael Thandukwazi Hlatshwayo
  10. Chris Kirubi Kenya

 

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(B) INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY (Best Use of Social Media by):

  • Best Use of Social Media by Government/Public Sector

 

  1. Kenya National Youth Service Kenya
  2. Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda
  3. Ekiti State Government Nigeria
  4. SouthAfrican Tourism South Africa
  5. Lagos State Government Nigeria
  6. Department of Public Service And Administration, Republic of South Africa South Africa
  7. Federal Ministry of Information, Nigeria Nigeria
  8. State House Uganda Uganda
  9. The Ministry of Foreign Affair Ethopia Ethopia
  10. African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Cote d’ivoire

 

  • Best Use of Social Media by Private Sector

 

  1. DHL Africa Kenya
  2. Demo Africa Nigeria
  3. Orgella Entertainment South Africa
  4. Information Nigeria Nigeria
  5. Smart Tanzania Tanzania
  6. Informer East Africa East Africa
  7. Channels TV Nigeria
  8. Morroco/Canadian School Morroco
  9. Jumia Kenya Kenya
  10. Popi Media South Africa

 

  • Best Use of Social Media by Non-Profit

 

  1. The Future Project Nigeria
  2. Partners for Possibility South Africa
  3. Network of African youths for Development Uganda
  4. Stand to End Rape      Nigeria
  5. Hope Foundation Cameroon Cameroon
  6. Tonu Elumelu Foundation Nigeria
  7. Red Cross Uganda Uganda
  8. DEMO Africa
  9. Daystar Christian Centre Nigeria
  10. Sahara Reporters Nigeria

 

  • Best Use of Social Media by Start-up/MSME

 

  1. ListMe Nigeria
  2. MegasMag
  3. BudgIT Nigeria
  4. Afrobouguee Ghana
  5. Adforumco Nigeria
  6. AIM Group Tanzania/Kenya
  7. TVyangu Kenya
  8. Style Sketches Kenya
  9. Grumi         Nigeria
  10. Mothers Aura Foundation Ghana

 

  • Best Use of Social Media by Financial Institution

 

  1. GTBank Nigeria
  2. Access Bank Nigeria
  3. KCB Group Kenya
  4. Stanbic IBTC Nigeria
  5. Zenith Bank Nigeria
  6. Diamond bank Nigeria
  7. Standard Bank South Africa
  8. Finance Trust Bank Uganda
  9. Safaricom Kenya
  10. Fidelity Bank Ghana

 

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 (C) INDIGENOUS CATEGORY (Local Campaigns and Brands):

  • App of The Year

 

  1. iRokotv Mobile App Nigeria
  2. Okadabooks Nigeria
  3. Efiko Nigeria
  4. Afrinolly Nigeria
  5. MPesa Kenya
  6. ICOW Kenya
  7. MFarm Kenya
  8. Channels TV Nigeria
  9. Paga Nigeria
  10. GT Bank Mobile App Nigeria

 

  • Hashtag of The Year

 

  1. #ThisIsAfrica Nigeria
  2. #TheNiteTalk Kenya
  3. #CITSCarnival Kenya
  4. #letsnotpretend Ghana
  5. #NHBi Nigeria
  6. #AskKirubi Kenya
  7. #Ogaatthetop Nigeria
  8. #choice4life Nigeria
  9. #somebodytellkenya Nigeria
  10. #ProtectOurCorpers Nigeria

 

  • Brand of The Year

 

  1. GTBank Nigeria
  2. Vodafone Ghana Ghana
  3. BigEye Uganda
  4. Jumia-Nigeria Nigeria
  5. Raha 2.0 Tanzania
  6. Gloworld Nigeria
  7. MPesa Kenya
  8. Konga Nigeria
  9. VenturesAfrica Nigeria
  10. DSTV South Africa

 

  • Best Rated Platform

 

  1. com South Africa
  2. com Nigeria
  3. Nigeriafilms Nigeria
  4. Nairaland Nigeria
  5. Nigeria Trade Hub Nigeria
  6. Sahara Reporters Nigeria
  7. Naija247News Nigeria
  8. Bella Naija Nigeria
  9. All 4 Women South Africa
  10. The Independent Uganda

 

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(D) PLATFORM BASED CATEGORY (Specific Social Platforms):

 

  • Facebook Page of The Year

 

  1. Nigeria Wedding Nigeria
  2. All4 Women South Africa
  3. Actor Kenya Kenya
  4. Jumia Kenya Kenya
  5. matci morroco morroco
  6. Barefootlaw Uganda
  7. Comedy Central Africa South Africa
  8. Airtel Uganda Uganda
  9. Kenya Wedding Kenya
  10. Kawowo Sports Uganda

 

  • Twitter Handle of The Year

 

  1. @GoToSouthAfrica – SouthAfrican Tourism South Africa
  2. @XtianDela – X-tian Dela Kenya
  3. @jimitewe – Jimi Tewe Nigeria
  4. @HomeboyzRadio – Home Boyz Radio Kenya
  5. @VictorMochere – Victor Mochere Kenya
  6. @omojuwa – Japhet Omojuwa Nigeria
  7. @itsPLAYtimebaby – PLAYtime EntertaEntertainment Ghana
  8. @GlobacomLimited – Gloworld Nigeria
  9. @ComedyCentralAF – Comedy Central Africa
  10. @AndrewMwenda – Andrew Mwenda Uganda

 

  • Influencer of The Year

 

  1. X-tian Dela Kenya
  2. The Love Tour KE Kenya
  3. Demola Detona Nigeria
  4. Victor Mochere Kenya
  5. Badmus Bukola Mikail Nigeria
  6. Child Birth Survival Africa/Int
  7. Olori Supergal Nigeria
  8. Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Nigeria
  9. Nigeria Trade Hub Nigeria
  10. @AndrewMwenda – Andrew Mwenda Uganda

 

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