Tuesday, 27 January 2015


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”.

#TheNiteTalk       Kenya -      
#letsnotpretend    Ghana
#choice4life          Nigeria

WINNER: #TheNiteTalk (@Lt_Caesa)

Financial Institution
Stanbic IBTC              Nigeria
KCB Group                Kenya
Access Bank               Nigeria

Brand of the Year
Raha 2.0                      Tanzania  
Jumia-Nigeria              Nigeria
Vodafone Ghana        Ghana

Best Rated Platform
All 4 Women               South Africa
Nigeria Trade Hub       Nigeria
Bizcommunity.com      South Africa
WINNER: @Nigeriatradehub

App of the Year
ICOW             Kenya
Afrinolly         Nigeria  
MPesa             Kenya
WINNER: @Afrinolly


The awards also recognized best use of social media institutionally and here are they:

Private Sector
Informer East Africa               Tanzania
DHL Africa                            Kenya  
Popi Media                              South Africa

Stand to End Rape Nigeria
WINNER: @StandtoEndRape

Government/Public Sector
Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT      Rwanda  
Kenya National Youth Service                                   Kenya
Ekiti State Government                                              Nigeria
WINNER: @myictrwanda

Adforumco        Nigeria  
AIM Group        Tanzania
TVyangu            Kenya
WINNER: @adforumco

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

WINNER @jimitewe 

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
Barefootlaw                            Uganda  
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
WINNER: @big_MIKE_ayooba

Social Media Personality of the Year
Ayari Yassine                          Tunisia  
Japheth Omojuwa                   Nigeria
Luyando Haangala                  Zambia
WINNER: @yassayari

Blogger of the Year
Philip Etemesi                         Kenya
Ogunsaya Jide                         Nigeria
Ben Kiruthi                             Kenya
WINNER: @Benkiruthi 



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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