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[STORIFIED] Social Media: Where is Africa? #SMDayAfrica

Yes! Digital and social media is growing globally, but where is Africa on the social media map?

This was the focus of the first session – “Social Media: Where is Africa?” of the maiden Social Media Day Africa celebration.

If you missed the session, here is a storified version of the TweetChat with Social Media Consultant, Chioma  Chuka; Winner, #SMAA Twitter Handle of Year Award, Jimi Tewe and the African Media Initiative, AMI. The session was moderated by #SMAA’s Startup of the Year Winner, AdForumCo.

ENJOY…Social Media: Where is Africa? #SMDayAfrica

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#SMDAYAFRICA: HOW AFRICA CELEBRATED 2015 SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

Plugged into the global euphoria of the 6th Social Media Day, which is annually marked on June 30, Africa for the first time celebrated the Social Media Day with continental pulse using the hashtag #SMDayAfrica.

The Social Media Day Africa #SMDayAfrica celebration is a parallel event with the global Social Media Day launched in 2010 by Mashable – a global technology firm. #SMDayAfrica was organized by the Social Media Awards Africa, #SMAA, as an all-day continent-wide virtual event to commemorate the 2015 Social Media Day from an African perspective with global ambience.

The event which featured eight (8) sessions cutting across diverse sectors and countries of the continent had appearances from leading industry experts with a knack for social media such as Maverick Music Producer,  Don Jazzy; HR Expert, Jimi Tewe; Songstress, Simphiwe Dana; Social Commentator, Japheth Omojuwa;  Social Media Denizens, Subomi Plumtre and Chioma Chuka; Representatives of the African Media Initiative, AMI; Social Innovators, Yemi Adamolekun and Seun Onigbinde; as well as winners, finalists and nominees of the maiden Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA from across the continent – Ben Kiruthi, Michael Hlatshwayo, Jimi Tewe, Barefootlaw, The Love Tour,Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT, DHL Africa, Stand to End Rape, Adforumco, KCB Group, Afrinolly, #TheNiteTalk, Raha 2.0, Nigeria Trade Hub; amongst other prominent personalities, social media enthusiasts and users across the continent.

The hashtag #SMDayAfrica which started trending in Nigeria within 2 hours of launch had an all-day penetration across Africa reaching over 30million Twitter users. The celebration also had other events at country-levels with active participations by the online community including #SMAA winners, finalists and nominees in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco.

Opening the conversation on the realities of social media usage and practice in Africa, Chioma Chuka posited that although gradual progress is been made on internet penetration across the continent, yet, more needs to be done on digital penetration and local content generation.

Chioma urged Africans to be conscious to their online existence. HR Expert, Jimi Tewe, explained that social media is a growing component of online recruitment which Africans need to come to terms with.

Don Jazzy and Simphiwe Dana, however had a point of difference on whether or not music artistes need to be signed to a record label, considering the growing popularity of digital collaboration – see conversation here.

Sterling Bank Plc, lead sponsor of the Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA, explained that the future of banking on the African continent is social, which, the bank says it is taking the lead in innovating the path and pattern towards the social media boom. The innovative #Onecustomer financial institution which has clearly set the pace in social banking, participated actively and engaged stakeholders for an hour’s session entitled: ‘The Social Media Story: Me and My Bank.’

Relating governance with social media practice in Africa, Seun Onigbinde of BudgIT and Yemi Adamolekun of Enough Is Enough, agreed that although social media tools are viable in advancing governance and accountability processes in Africa, they however cannot in isolation pull through on the desired social needs of the continent, hence, the need for offline and online convergence.

Citing emerging trends such as digital jobs and cloud computing, experts raised the need for Africans to acquire requite digital skills in order to be effectively relevant in the globalized world. They also challenged the African continent to influence and develop itself through local content production and distribution.

Subomi Plumtre challenged African businesses to be more social, leveraging the power of cost-effective social media tools and platforms

Wrapping the all-day TweetChat, was the relationship session tagged: E-Relationship: Love through the web. Gist, Gossip and Tips, anchored by #TheNiteTalk – @LtCaezar, winner of the 2014 #SMAA hashtag of the year award.

As the maiden continental celebration of the world Social Media Day, #SMDayAfrica has succeeded in establishing an African perspective to social media, through robust virtual engagement, education and entertainment.

#SMDayAfrica: Social Media Day Africa

#SMDayAfrica: Social Media Day Africa

In coming years, it is hoped that the Social Media Day celebration in Africa will be bigger and broader, towards enriching continental good.

Conversations and other activities of the #SMDayAfrica celebration can be followed via: @sma_africa on Twitter or through Storify.

ABOUT #SMDayAfrica

The Social Media Day Africa #SMDayAfrica is to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on Africa’s communication and growth, blending the African perspective with global ambience.

This day is marked annually on June 30th in consonance with the global Social Media Day celebration as launched by Mashable, a global tech and social media firm.

ABOUT #SMAA

The Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA is a premier continental initiative poised to recognise and reward excellence, creativity and impact in the use of social media tools and platforms by individuals and organisations.

The Social Media Awards Africa is an initiative of Development Diaries and sponsored by Sterling Bank Plc.

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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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#SMAA: WINNERS EMERGE IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AFRICA

15 nominees have emerged winners of the maiden Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA.

At the award ceremony tagged, ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ in Lagos, Nigeria,  15 winners – from the 43 finalists representing all the 5 regions of the African continent except Central Africa – emerged at the maiden edition of The Social Media Africa Awards.

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Finalists just before the Award ceremony.

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

Ben Kiruthi(L), Kenya, being presented with the 'Blogger of the Year' Award by Rich Simmonds and Ini Onuk #SMAA

Ben Kiruthi(L), Kenya, being presented with the ‘Blogger of the Year’ Award Plaque by Rich Simmonds and Ini Onuk #SMAA

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.

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

Denrele Edun and Chigo, dominated the stage with exciting audience-engaging banters. #SMAA

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 featured 15 awards across 4 categories which recorded over 3,000 entries accounting for about 923 nominations.

DJ Jimmy Jatt spinning the Africa to good music at the Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA ceremony..

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

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

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Here They Are: Winners of The Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA

1. Blogger of the Year

Ben Kiruthi @Benkiruthi Kenya

2. Social Media Personality of the Year

Ayari Yassine @yassayari Tunisia

3. Social Media Hero

Michael Hlatshwayo @big_MIKE_ayooba South Africa

4. Facebook Page of the Year

Barefootlaw @BarefootlawUG Uganda

5. Twitter Handle of the Year

Jimi Tewe @jimitewe – Nigeria

6. Influencer of the Year (LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Instagram)

The Love Tour KE @slumphotography Kenya

7. Government/Public Sector

Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda @myictrwanda

8. Private Sector

DHL Africa @DHLAfrica Kenya

9. Non-ProfiT

Stand to End Rape @StandtoEndRape Nigeria

10. Start-up/MSME

Adforumco @adforumco Nigeria

11. Financial Institution

KCB Group @KCBGroup Kenya

12. App of the Year

Afrinolly @Afrinolly Nigeria

13. Hashtag of the Year

#TheNiteTalk @Lt_Caesa Kenya

14. Brand of the Year

Raha 2.0 @rahaFIBER Tanzania

15. Best Rated Platform

Nigeria Trade Hub @Nigeriatradehub Nigeria

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#SMAA: SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AFRICA HOLDS TOMORROW

All is now set for the maiden Social Media Africa Summit and Award events in Lagos – Nigeria.

The two-in-one event billed to hold on Saturday 24, 2015 will during the summit session host Africa’s best from various sectors to discuss, analyze and forge a new development path for Africa through social media while the award event will recognize and reward excellence, creativity and impact of social media on human socio-economic development – through its tools and platforms – by individuals and organizations across the continent.

According to the Project Lead, Social Media Awards Africa, Femi Aderibigbe ,  ‘The reality of advancing sustainable development through digital and social media in Africa is been established whilst we recognise and reward the productive usage and best practices on the continent’s social space’.

SMAA_Speakers

With the theme ‘Social Media for Leadership, Governance and Development’, the summit  represents a unique opportunity for participants to discuss social media impact and applications at the highest level, and produce strategic recommendations and action imperatives for the future of the social media sphere for continental development.

During the Award ceremony tagged ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ 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.

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 summit starts at 9.00am while the Award Ceremony starts at 6.00pm.  Both events will be streamed live online via www.sterlingbankas well as covered online using the hashtag, #SMAA

The Social Media Awards Africa is an initiative of Development Diaries and sponsored by Sterling Bank PlcAIESEC AfricaWest African NGO Network (WANGONET)Beat FMFan Milk NigeriaZisat,Trace TV and African Media Initiative (AMI)  are also Partners.

For more information on SMAA: ProcessJuryAdvisory Board; visit smaafrica.com

 

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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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#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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Africa’s online brands compete for glory…

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA), to be presented in December 2014.

The SMAA is a premier continental initiative to recognize and celebrate excellence, creativity and impact of social media on human socio-economic development – through its tools and platforms – by individuals and organizations across the continent. The SMAA features 4 categories and 15 awards targeted at personalities, platforms, institutions and indigenous initiatives that have demonstrated sheer creativity, excellence and impact in digital and social media practice in Africa.

Nominations by individuals and organisations can be made at smaafrica.com/nominate between September 30 and October 27, 2014.

After the nomination phase, the virtual council will screen all entries to establish reach and online influence of the nominees, after which official nominee list of 10 nominees per category (150 nominees) will be released for Public Voting and re-verification. Further judging by a Jury will see only 5 entries and then, 3 final entries competing for the coveted titles.

Winners will be announced and awarded at the ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ holding on December 6, 2014.

To nominate now, click the ‘NOMINATE’ Icon on the top right-hand corner of this website.

 

 

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