15 nominees emerged winners of the maiden Social Media Awards Africa #SMAA on Saturday, 24th of January 2015. At the award ceremony tagged, ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ at Landmark Event centre in Lekki 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.
I was one of the three finalists for the Blogger of The Year Award. Unfortunately for me, @BenKiruthi, a great Blogger from Kenya, emerged the winner of the award. 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.
List of #SMAA 2014 Winners
Blogger of the Year
Ben Kiruthi @Benkiruthi Kenya
Social Media Personality of the Year
Ayari Yassine @yassayari Tunisia
Social Media Hero
Michael Hlatshwayo @big_MIKE_ayooba South Africa
Facebook Page of the Year
Barefootlaw @BarefootlawUG Uganda
Twitter Handle of the Year
Jimi Tewe @jimitewe – Nigeria
Influencer of the Year (LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Instagram)
The Love Tour KE @slumphotography Kenya
Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT Rwanda @myictrwanda
DHL Africa @DHLAfrica Kenya
Stand to End Rape @StandtoEndRape Nigeria
Adforumco @adforumco Nigeria
KCB Group @KCBGroup Kenya
App of the Year
Afrinolly @Afrinolly Nigeria
Hashtag of the Year
#TheNiteTalk @Lt_Caesa Kenya
Brand of the Year
Raha 2.0 @rahaFIBER Tanzania
Best Rated Platform
Nigeria Trade Hub @Nigeriatradehub Nigeria
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.
The #SMAA was presented by Sterling Bank and supported by: African Media Initiative (AMI), AIESEC Africa, West African NGO Network (WANGONET), Beat FM, Fan Milk Nigeria, Zisat,Trace TV, and ONTV.
What do you think? Worthy winners..right?
Recommended: My Photos from Social Media Africa Awards