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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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