The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) will be holding the 8th blog awards on June 1st 2019. The competition that has already begun has introduced podcast as the a new category bringing the number of categories to 24.
Currently, BAKE awards 2019 is on the submission phase where items will be accepted in 24 categories and a blog can only be submitted in one category that it fits best. There is an exception, however, for new blogs (blogs set up in January 2018 onward) which can be submitted in the New Blog category and in another category in which they fit.
Thereafter judges will decide the best 5 nominees from the submitted blogs and then they will be voted for by the public. The winners will be awarded at a gala event on June 1st, 2019. The rule that makes three-time (or more) winners in the competition ineligible to compete, still stands among other rules.
The timeline this year is as follows:
- Submissions phase – February 12th 2019 to March 29th 2019
- Judging phase – April 1st 2019 to April 30th 2019
- Online voting – May 1st 2019 to May 30th 2019
- Winners’ Gala event – June 1st 2019
Last year’s contest saw 15,000 blogs being submitted and 1 million votes being recorded. The winners included first-timers like aluochbonnita.com, lizmazingira.com, businesstoday.co.ke , Over 25 and cravingyellow.com. Women continued to impress at the awards with a record 15 awards going to them. Tatianakaranja.com made history by being the first woman to ever win in the photography category.
The Awards were started in 2012 as a reward mechanism to recognize exceptional Kenyan bloggers. Each year in January, Kenyans get a chance to submit blogs to participate in the awards.