The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is has unveiled the list of BAKE Awards 2018 winners who were awarded at a Winners’ Gala Event held at the Crowne Plaza Nairobi, Hotel. Among the attendants in the gala included by some of the top Kenyan bloggers and influencers.
The competition began on January 11th, 2018, where BAKE Kenya accepted submissions in the various categories for close to one month. Thereafter, a panel of judges selected the best 5 nominees from the successful submissions in each category as well as the best top 5 for the Kenyan Blog of the year. This was followed by the public voting phase which closed on May 7th, 2018.
This year, the new categories added are Best Environment Blog, Best Beauty and Hair Blog and Best Video Blog (Vlog). The total number of categories being 23 in 2018.
Among the winners were first timers like Bonnita Aluoch (aluochbonnita.com) ,Elizabeth Wanjiru (lizmazingira.com), Luke Mulunda (www.businesstoday.co.ke), Over Twenty Five YouTube Channel and Tabitha Tongoi (cravingyellow.com). Women continued to impress at the awards with a record 15 awards going to them. Tatiana Karanja (tatianakaranja.com) made history by being the first woman to ever win in the photography category.
“While the digital landscape has largely remained free & fair, there has been challenges especially from the state and powerful people, that has seen many bloggers and internet users arrested and charged. We have remained at the forefront of protecting this space through policy, advocacy, and when called upon, litigation,” said BAKE chairman Kennedy Kachwanya.
Jane Muthoni, the General Manager at BAKE paid homage to all the women who create content online. She added, “These awesome women have to sometimes overcome various challenges including discrimination, the patriarchy, and cyber-bullying to create content.”
Among the Sponsors this year were Microsoft, EatOut Kenya, Nomad Magazine, National Youth Council, CDI Gadgets, Xpose, Media Pal and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Here is the complete list of winners in the BAKE Awards 2018.
1. Technology Blog
2. Photography Blog
3. Creative Writing Blog
4. Business Blog
5. Food Blog
6. Environmental Blog
7. Fashion and Style Blog
8. Agricultural Blog
9. New Blog
10. Best Corporate Blog
11. Topical Blog
12. Sports Blog
13. Entertainment Blog
14. Education Blog
15. Travel Blog
16. Public Health Blog
17. County Blog
18. Religious or Spirituality Blog
19. Lifestyle Blog
20. Beauty and Hair Blog
21. Video Blog (Vlog)
Over Twenty Five – youtube.com/channel/UChKyC8GgChB5_JEW7p8nkFA
22. Social Issues and Active Citizenship Blog
23. Kenyan Blog of the Year
The awards which began in 2012 has seen BAKE recognize and award exceptional Kenyan bloggers in different categories every year. So far, over 18,000 blogs have been submitted in the competition and over 1 million people have voted.