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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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#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: 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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#SMAA2014: Closer than you think!

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

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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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SMW Founder, ALA Founder, AMI CEO, others announced as Jury & Advisory Board Members for the Social Media Awards Africa

Toby Daniels, Founder, Social Media Week; Fred Swaniker, African Leadership Academy Founder and Eric Chinje, Chief Executive Office, African Media Initiative (AMI) are amongst eminent professionals announced as members of the Advisory Board and Jury respectively for the Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA).

Upon successful completion of the nomination phase, the planning team for the Social Media Awards Africa has formally announced the members of the Jury and Advisory Board. In a statement from the SMAA Secretariat, ‘We are really pleased with the overwhelming response and enthusiasm of organisations and individuals across the continent’.

Judging the 2014 edition of the awards are: Fred Swaniker, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Leadership Academy; Eric Chinje, Chief Executive Officer, African Media Institute; Ken Banks, Founder, kiwanja.net; Hetal Shah, Director Operations, Mara Group of Companies; Francis Ebuehi, Vice President, VAS, Airtel Nigeria; Dr. Kasirim Nwuke, Chief, New Technologies & Innovation, UNECA and Louis Onyango Otieno, Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Africa.

Fred Swaniker

Fred Swaniker, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Leadership Academy.

Others include: Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder and Chairman, Brand Africa; Abubakar Suleiman, Executive Director, Strategy & Finance, Sterling Bank Plc.; Ryan Silberman, Chief Operating Officer, Popimedia, South Africa; Dele Fatunla, Communications Co-ordinator, Royal African Society, London; Obi Asika, Founder, Dragon Africa; Duncan Onyango, East Africa Director, Acumen; Odo Effiong, Special Adviser Communication Technology Development – Cross River State Government; Muyiwa Moyela, External Relations Lead, IBM West Africa,  and Udo Jude Ilo, Nigeria Director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa.

Ini Onuk

Ini Onuk, Lead Consultant/CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting.

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

Toby Daniels

Toby Daniels, Co-founder and CEO Crowdcentric.

The Social Media Awards Africa initiative was unveiled at a closed event on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 to a cross section of media professionals and social media influencers in Lagos, Nigeria. Nomination into 4 categories opened on October 1, 2014 at smaafrica.com until midnight on October 27, 2014.

A total of 923 nominations were received during the nomination period as follows: Personality Based (468), Platform Specific (266), Institutional (115) and INDIGENOUS (74). Also in the window period, over 5.5 Million Connections, at least 821, 886 Retweets and 29 Million accounts were reached through all 22 social media platforms where the messages were promoted.

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

Each winner will take home a cash prize of $1,000 USD and SMAA Plaque. Other benefits such as: Social Media Training, Access to memberships and attendance of Social Media events, Publications on Social Media and Complimentary advertising on Social Media Africa Portal.

The Social Media Awards Africa is sponsored by Sterling Bank Plc.

AIESEC Africa, West African NGO Network (WANGONET), Beat FM, Fan Milk Nigeria, Zisat and African Media Initiative (AMI)  are also Partners.

For more information, visit smaafrica.com.

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SOCIAL MEDIA DIALOGUE – EVENT REPORT

The Panel during the SocialMediaDialogue. L-R, Tolu Onile-Ere, Ojoma Ochai, Naomi Lucas, Abiola Aloba and Japheth Omojuwa

The Panel during the SocialMediaDialogue. L-R, Tolu Onile-Ere, Ojoma Ochai, Naomi Lucas, Abiola Aloba and Japheth Omojuwa

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Development Diaries Ltd/GTE, supported by Sterling Bank, unveiled a new initiative in response to the growing influence and relevance of social media in Africa and the rest of the world today. Importantly, this new initiative – The Social Media Awards Africa – is inspired by the certain fact that social media will continue to extend its reach and play a primary role in not just shaping conversations, but in making impact in our world in the years ahead.

”What key roles and changing influence will social media have in Africa in 2015?”

The launch of The Social Media Awards Africa took place in Lagos, Nigeria and attracted an array of Thought Leaders, social media managers and influencers, as well as online, prints and broadcast journalists. The event compere and Co-Founder, Development Diaries Ltd/GTE, Emilia Asim-Ita, set the ball rolling with a brief welcome remark. According to her, “So much will happen in 2015, not just because of the general elections but in various sectors across the continent. What key roles and changing influence will social media have in Africa next year?”

The launch, a 2-hour event, comprised of two segments: a Social Media Dialogue and Unveiling of The Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA). The Social Media Dialogue kicked off with a Lead presentation and conversation starter by blogger and social media expert, Japheth Omojuwa; after which there was a panel discussion on the topic, “Outlook: Influence of social media in 2015″.

Social Media Dialogue

Prior to the panel discussions, Omojuwa explained the fundamental role of Social Media asserting that it was no longer a question of whether or not social media is required for individuals and business but how well both groups utilised social media to achieve their objectives. He alluded to social media presence as proof of existence and declared that any individual who has no social media presence on any platform should be presumed dead. Arguing that social media has become so important and functional to be ignored.

“…social media has developed way beyond connectivity – it is neither more than just socializing nor is it just about registering an online presence in other to appear relevant”.

After an insightful presentation on the theme, Omojuwa moderated a panel discussion featuring: Ojoma Ochai, Deputy Country Director, British Council; Naomi Lucas, CEO, Eclat; Jokotolu Onile-ere, CEO, Playhouse Communications; and Abiola Aloba, Head, Brand Management and Communications, Sterling Bank. The panellists were all in agreement that social media – use, acceptance and impact – have changed over the years, not just in these ways, but also in the strategies employed by brands include those they represented.

Naomi Lucas started on an interesting note explaining how she evolved from just being on social media as a “stalker”, monitoring developments in order to get a good grasp, to now being a content creator. “The brand I represent trains people. We now use social media to train individuals and it even helps us to design content,” she enthused. Speaking further, Lucas stated that for social media, just as with traditional media, “content is still king.” According to her, “When I have a new client or brand owner, first thing I ask is: What value are you bringing? I can’t say it enough – content is king.”

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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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SOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS AFRICA UNVEILED IN LAGOS

Development Diaries, a Pan-African media-for-development (Media4D) initiative has unveiled The Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA) in Lagos-Nigeria. The SMAA is a premier continental initiative established 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.

Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, Project Lead of the Social Media Awards Africa, Femi Aderibigbe explained that with over 700 million mobile phones active and over 200 million internet users – with more than 110 million on Facebook – Africa’s twitter timeline in restless motion – development may be hinged on its ability to explore the technological revolution of the 21st Century.

With nomination opportunities into 4 categories of 15 awards, interested individuals and organizations can nominate from October 1 till 27, 2014 for a chance to win any of the already coveted awards. All entries will be judged on influence, originality, creativity, scalability and impact. The judging process will see winners emerge through an open and credible system involving the general public, a virtual council and jury.

Award prizes include: $1,000 USD, professional and institutional trainings on social media, access to mentorship opportunities among other benefits for excellence and impact in social media practice.

The Social Media Africa Initiative is supervised by an Advisory Board of respected individuals such as: Toby Daniels, CEO, CrowdCentric & Founder, Social Media Week; Tunji Lardner, Executive Director, West African NGO Network (WANGONeT), Ini Onuk, Lead Consultant/CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting; Abdul Tejan-Cole, Executive Director, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) among others.

Leading the judging process is a Jury which consist of: 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 more.

The Social Media Awards Africa is sponsored by Sterling Bank, Africa Media Initiative, AIESEC and WANGONeT.

For more information about the Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA), follow @sma_africa on twitter and find SMAAfrica on all major social media platforms.

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