I’ve Moved!

Hey beloved readers,

I’ve moved to my very own personal website-slash-blog at Barbra’s World!

Hoping y’all move together with me!

p.s. Some of the posts here will be migrated one by one as the days go by; giving you the chance to read them all over again! :-)

So change your subscriptions, change the url link on your reader, on your blogroll and lets do this!

Love,

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Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) announces The BAKE Blog Awards

Nairobi. March 14th, 2012


Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) announces The BAKE Blog Awards

In a bid to reward exceptional bloggers and to also promote content creation in Kenya, BAKE will be organizing bloggers awards this year under the moniker ‘BAKE Blog Awards‘.Image

The idea is to recognize bloggers that post consistently, have great and useful content, and are creative and innovative.

There will be a submission phase starting March 15th where blogs will be nominated in 14 categories as below: 

1. Best Technology Blog

Blogs that cover tech matters like social media, internet usage, consumer electronics, mobile phones, tech startups etc.

2. Best Photography Blog

Blogs that showcase original photos or have photography related content.

3. Best Creative Writing Blog

Blogs that feature original creative writing in the form of poetry, fiction and essays.

4. Best Business Blog

Blogs that feature business content like business development, entrepreneurship, startups, stocks, investments, banking etc

5. Best Food Blog

Blogs that focus on food, cooking tips, restaurants, wines and recipes

6. Best Agriculture Blog

Blogs that focus on Farming, marketing of agricultural produce, and environmental impact of climate change

7. Best Fashion Blog

Blogs that highlight current trends in Fashion as well as personal grooming, fashion shows

8. Best Politics Blog

Blogs that cover political issues in Kenya.

9. Best New Blog

Outstanding Blogs that were set up from March 24th 2011 onwards.

10. Best Corporate Blog

Blogs run by companies.

11. Best General Blog

Blogs that features content that is exceptional but doesn’t don’t fit into any of the other 13 categories.

12. Best Sports Blog

Blogs that feature sports content.

13. Tweep of the Year – Individual

The best individual twitter user in Kenya.

14. Tweep of the Year – Corporate

The best corporate twitter user in Kenya.

 

 

The submission phase will run until March 29th and then judges will choose their best 5 in each category. The judges will be drawn from the media and the blogging community. 

After the judges pick their best 5 in each category, they will then be voted for by the public from April 10th. The winners in each category will be announced at a gala event on April 28th.

For more details about the BAKE Blog Awards visit http://bloggers.or.ke , the awards website, or email awards@bloggers.or.ke.

 

More information about The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE)

BAKE is a body that promotes content creation on the web in Kenya and represents a group of content creators who are of Kenyan origin, descent or are based in Kenya and want to:

  • Syndicate their content
  • Network among other fellow content creators
  • Get legal and communal representation from the Bloggers Association of Kenya

#WamathaiMarch: A Review

Poetry in Kenya is becoming big. Big in business, big in followers, big in content too. Anyone who’s into poetry knows that nowadays they’re spoilt for choice when it comes to which gigs to go to, who to keep an eye out for and so forth.

The Wamathai.com hosted Spoken word events started happening as far back as June 2010 and has been going strong. By far yesterday’s event was the best yet!

The Wamathai Spoken Word – March 2012 Edition was held at the beautiful Michael Joseph Centre at Safaricom House along Waiyaki Way. It started at 4pm and ended just past 7pm. The event was proudly hosted by Wamathai.com and Safaricom Ltd. Below is an account of what happened.

The event, hosted by Wanjeri ‘Mawazo Mengi’ Gakuru and Marcus Olang began with an opening act by SLAP – Sounds Like A Plan – a group that promotes East African House. Quite something! They were followed by Nuru Bahati performing some conscious messages on society and its ills. One couldn’t help but listen and ponder.

Quickly scanning the beautiful room, I saw screens with a slide show of SamiKhan’s beautiful photography. He was also moving around taking shots of the people around as well as the performers. The smooth @dwanzi_ gave us two poetry pieces.

Sentimental Floetry (Namatsi Lukoye, Carol Njenga & Vivian Wambui) are another group that really caught my eye. Their first piece went something like “…calling her mama pima, saying she obeys your thirst, and gives you daima….”! Then they did yet another beautiful piece mixed with some music that was about love and a broken heart, with accusations here and there. I almost shed a tear!

Michael Kwambo graced us with two pieces, and I couldn’t help remember the one he opened with: Seventh Heaven. Right after was this guy with an extraordinary way of playing the guitar! You had to be there to see this! The kind of music he produced was out of this world!

Kahawa came on stage and performed several pieces, starting with their rendition of Wakawaka. I particularly loved their own compositions. Very original!

As usual, KennetB came with exemplary performances, beginning with a short film, produced and directed by him, on nature. It was brilliant. A spoken word piece with imagery and sound effects. Bravo! His friends also didn’t dissapoint.

The beautiful talented Wanjiku Mwaurah performed next a piece by Mutabaruka known as “Dis Poem” .. it caught the attention of everyone with its witty, crafty lines such as “dis poem is not a poem”!

I left shortly after, my mind, heart and soul filled with warmth, questions, thoughts, love and peace all intertwined together. Truly I was glad I didn’t miss it.

And that was #WamathaiMarch! Check the link for tweets on the day :)

#WamathaiMarch: Wamathai Spoken Word – March 2012

Wamathai Spoken Word March, a poetry, music and photography showcase, is on Saturday 10th March 2012 at The Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way.

The event will be hosted by Sam Buggz and Wanjeri Gakuru.

There will be Poetry Performances by: Wanjiku MwaurahMwende NgaoMike KwamboKuni MbichiKennet BNuru Bahati, Tear Drops, Kaffy MwangiGathoniLe ClericAsali, Sentimental Floetry [Namatsi Lukoye, Carol Njenga & Vivian Wambui], Ben Tena, KayKay, Amos,  Luki and many more.

Music by: Sounds Like A Plan [SLAP] and Kevin Mbulaa

The event will feature a photo exhibition by photographer Sami Khan [Check out his work here].

Other Details

Time: 4pm – 7pm
Charges: Kshs. 300 in advance & Kshs. 400 at the gate

Buy advance tickets by sending cash via MPESA to 0704 090471 [a confirmation message will be sent to you with a ticket number once payment is received] or at the Michael Joseph Centre Reception.

Contact info: Email: hello@wamathai.com Call: 0704 090471

Seesmic Assigns Male Gender to All?

So I’m busy working & tweeting at the same time (attempts at multitasking, futile me thinks sometimes) and I notice something….

I check on a tweep’s data and Seesmic tells me “Relationship: This user is following you but you are not following him” yet the user in question is a “Caroline”. So I wonder, is this an anomaly? I check another tweep:

Again the same thing!

Question is, how come Seesmic is giving people a ‘him’ for everyone? (This is so even for tweeps with a male name) And two, why is it even necessary to assign a gender to a tweep?

I know one or two people will tell me that its useful for market stuff and bla bla bla, to me, it isn’t. If we are all for equality, then why not use other variables to gauge our likes and dislikes aside from the gender marker we have/choose to use? We can already see that there are so many people who dance around the grey area of the black and white gender spectrum than we think are there. If anything, the so called ‘strict’ gender binaries have fewer populations than is known or claimed!

Thought I should give you a heads up. Think about it. FYI, I have nothing against Seesmic. Maybe they have their reasons. This particular item just made me wonder. I hope it makes you wonder too.

Thoughts and comments are welcome. Comment below!

*Over & Out*

Twitter: Add ‘Kenya’ as a Trend Location on Twitter

For the longest time I’ve been singing this song: Africa is NOWHERE on the list of trend locations on Twitter Web. Question is, why? Consider this:

Kenya is the second most active country in Africa on the social networking site Twitter, with 2,476,800 tweets posted in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to new research released on Thursday.

South Africa led the pack with 5,030,226 tweets in the same period as revealed by the new study dubbed How Africa Tweets that analysed over 11.5 million geo-located Tweets across the continent.

Other countries evaluated were Nigeria that came in third with 1,646,212 tweets followed closely by Egypt at 1,214,062 and Morocco with 745,620 tweets.

Youth tweeting on mobile phones were also found to be the main drivers of Twitter’s growth in Africa, with 60 percent of the continent’s most active tweeters between the ages of 20 and 29. (Read More on Capital News)

Now. My good friend Evans Gichomo has decided to put up a petition asking Twitter to put, not just Africa, but KENYA as a trend location. This is big! This means that anyone who wants to know what KOT are saying, will just click on the location ‘Kenya’ and voila! They have it. Here is an excerpt:

eGichomo from Nairobi, Kenya. with 2,640 followers started this.
Blogger | Loves Traveling, Sports, Tech, Art & Photography | Social Media Enthusiast. Be assured of interesting tweets. http://egichomo.wordpress.com/

Kenya is the second most active country on Twitter in Africa with 2,476,800 tweets posted in the fourth quarter of 2011. Within the past two years, Kenyans On Twitter ( #KOT ) have managed to start Worldwide trending topics among them:
#KCPE2010
#Uhuru
#RutoPlaylist
#Ocampo6
#NyeriTVShows ..etc

This has been a norm since September 2010 after the promulgation of the new constitution presumably around which time the first worldwide trending topics by Kenyans have been constantly among the Top 10.

We request Twitter to include us in the trend locations [IMAGE: http://twitpic.com/8md5a9] This will enable Kenyans on Twitter to easily track & participate in local trends as well as switching back to other international trends.
Thank you.

Ref: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/lifestyle/2012/01/26/kenya-is-africas-2nd-most-active-on-twitter/

There does exist websites such as Trendsmap.com which will go even further in telling you what is trending in Nairobi. But this dream has never been realised in Kenya by Twitter.

I think that Africa needs its recognition and I wonder what the criteria is for getting Africa on the map.

A teeny bit of me has the audacity to think they are deliberately ignoring us, thinking “aii.. sasa hawa ma-savages ati wanatweet?” But that’s me. Ignore that!

In the end, I believe #KOT, #KenyansOnTwitter need their deserved recognition, if not African tweeps in general.

#Thatisall.

*Over & Out*

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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