The Social Media Awards, Africa’s premier awards for social and digital media with nominations spanning four categories and drawn from across the continent took place on the 24th of January 2015 with some of the people that really matter in the Social Media World in attending.
The event which was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria, recognized and rewarded excellence, creativity and impact of social media on human Socio-Economic development, through its tools and various available platforms by individuals and organizations as such across the continent.
There was also a second part which preceded the awards ceremony which obviously was the highlight of the evening, hosted Africa’s best in diverse sectors to discuss, analyze and forge a new development path for Africa through social media.
The awards considered specific social Platforms like; Facebook Page of the Year, Twitter Handle of the Year, Influencer of the Year (Considering LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+ and Instagram.
For the case of individual achievement in social media, the selection boards looked at Blogger of the Year, Social Media Personality of the Year, Social Media Hero. Not forgetting local campaigns and brands, it was obvious Hashtags of the Year couldn’t be taken out. Others earmarked for recognition were Brand of the Year, App of the Year and Best Rated Platform of the Year.
Before I share with you on the various nominees and winners of the various categories, here is a quote from the organizers;
“With 4 major categories and 15 awards, the SMAA is a genuine, timely intervention for promoting distinctive creativity, peerless innovation and pervasive developments on the African continent through the best use of social media platforms and the rest of the social web”.
Now WHO WON WHAT?
HASHTAG OF THE YEAR
#TheNiteTalk Kenya -
WINNER: #TheNiteTalk (@Lt_Caesa)
Stanbic IBTC Nigeria
KCB Group Kenya
Access Bank Nigeria
Brand of the Year
Raha 2.0 Tanzania
Vodafone Ghana Ghana
Best Rated Platform
All 4 Women South Africa
Nigeria Trade Hub Nigeria
App of the Year
|AFRINOLLY - APP OF THE YEAR|
The awards also recognized best use of social media institutionally and here are they:
Informer East Africa Tanzania
DHL Africa Kenya
Popi Media South Africa
Stand to End Rape Nigeria
Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda
Kenya National Youth Service Kenya
Ekiti State Government Nigeria
AIM Group Tanzania
Influencer of the Year (LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Instagram), which had the following gunning for the award,
The Love Tour KE Kenya
Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Nigeria
X-tian Dela Kenya
Had @slumphotography picking up the plaque as winner in that category.
Then came Twitter Handle of the Year
@jimitewe – Jimi Tewe Nigeria
@XtianDela – X-tian Dela Kenya
@omojuwa – Japhet Omojuwa Nigeria
I was actually rooting for Omojuwa to win based on the impact that handle had made over the year but let’s not take it away from Jimi Tewe, some wonderful things came out of that handle. Check out his ThankYou message to the world after being declared winner.
Facebook Page of the Year was won by Barefootlaw from Uganda (@BarefootlawUG ) and if you want to know who its competitors were, find them below
All4 Women South Africa
Comedy Central Africa South Africa
Call them the flagship awards of the night, the following won the top awards of the evening .
Social Media Hero
Japheth Omojuwa Nigeria
Michael Hlatshwayo South Africa
Xtian Dela Kenya
Social Media Personality of the Year
Ayari Yassine Tunisia
Japheth Omojuwa Nigeria
Luyando Haangala Zambia
Blogger of the Year
|BLOGGER OF THE YEAR|
Ogunsaya Jide Nigeria
Ben Kiruthi Kenya
Congratulations to all the winners and the other nominees, wishing you all better luck in the next awards session. Hope you don’t stop being an impact on society and Africa as a whole with all the good things you do with all your social media platforms. Africa no doubt is the future.
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