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
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#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 🙂

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*

#OutFilmFestKE: The First OUT Film Festival in Kenya, A Review

I attended the first ever OUT FILM FESTIVAL in Kenya which was held at Goethe Institut, Maendeleo House. Here is a brief review of what was.

The event was held on Friday 2nd from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 3rd the whole day. I only went on Friday and boy was it packed! See a (dark) pic I took:

I was standing at the back! Apparently, according to this story here, the organisers anticipated for a 60pax turnout but lo and behold, 200 came!

Its easy to assume that most peeps who showed up were just curious. I for one was indeed. But my main motivation was that it was the FIRST!

Just having such an event in Kenya for me is a great stride. It means we’re moving somewhere.

I only feel sad that the reporting on that Daily Nation story was done poorly. But that’s a story for another day.

Most of the films on the list I’d already watched. Such as, Kuchus of Uganda, Milk and Transformations. It was unfortunate some of the Kenyan productions wouldn’t be viewed because of stigma and discrimination but that was understandable.

Kuchus of Uganda is a film (not well shot) about the gay people in Uganda, and especially so in Kampala. It  highlights the issues they face day to day, their joys and pains, their ups and downs. It seems it was done by a hand held camcorder but at least it captures the views of the community.

Milk is a famous famous show and I’d only direct you to Wikipedia for more details and tell you that its a MUST WATCH. Seriously.

Milk is a 2008 American biographical film on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, the film stars Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White, another city supervisor who was Milk’s assassin. The film was released to much acclaim and earned numerous accolades from film critics and guilds. Ultimately, it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning two forBest Actor in a Leading Role for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Black.

I recommend also, in case you’ll be looking for other films, to find “Getting Out” a film by Refugee Law Project in Uganda. Its better than Kuchus of Uganda.

Let me know what you think. Post a comment, visit the facebook page, tweet me…. I can even help you, start with: “Me I think…….” 🙂

#Wamathai911: A Review

I attended the much awaited Wamathai Spoken Word for September 2011 (hence the hashtag #Wamathai911, coined by yours truly;)) that was held on 4th this month at Secrets Lounge. Here is a few words about how the event went.

It was a Sunday. It was very cold and rainy. I almost refused to leave my house! But I braved the cold and went, I had promised to be there.

Secrets Lounge is a nice place. When you’re inside there, its very easy to forget what’s happening outside. Reminds me of Steps… but that’s a story for another day!

I went in late, the event had already started as I arrived an hour late. As usual, I did the needful and checked in via foursquare and started tweeting as I enjoyed the poetry and spoken word. I’m a poetry lover so it was very easy to keep me entertained. Sadly, I didn’t have a front row seat so I didn’t see much of what happened. Oh, and again, I didn’t keep track of the titles of the poems performers did but I can remember some of the emotions some of the pieces invoked within me.

The event was hosted by @ItsBUddhaBlaze and he did a stellar job. He kept reminding us to snap our fingers instead of clapping as is the way to applaud a performance in spoken word.

There was a nice funny performance by Nuru Bahati and I like the caption Reumac got here: “The truth is ugly even though you use Fair & Lovely”

Binti Mswahili aka @bintiM wowed us with two pieces. I particularly remember one of her pieces which was inspired by #tittytuesdays, where she poked and prodded at the demeaning nature of the said TT.

And who can forget the amazing piece by @ItsMugambi “Let It Never Be Said“. Powerful piece! He received many clicks during and after his performance. He also performed another piece called Never Let You Down.

I was elated to see @LarryMadowo in the house, and even more when he performed. It was funny to hear people make fun of him performing using his phone. But its still poetry, no? Hehehe!

And interestingly, other TV reporters/anchors were at the event. Apart from Larry, there was Henry Githaiga, who performed, and @bonneytunya.

I missed seeing @Mawazo_Mengi at the event but was happy to see @WanjikuMwaurah there & even perform one of her pieces. I also missed seeing Kevin “Man Njoro” at the event. And I wouldn’t forget mentioning @DaddieMarto.

Another highlight of the afternoon was a performance by the one and only Ngwatilo! She apparently barely made it to the event and even so, was not as well prepared, but having her perform one or two of her own pieces was just as good and no one would complain. Kudos.

@Ngwatilo on stage

Dan Number 8 also made it to the event, in a cast & crutches! If that is not dedication to your passion then I don’t know what is! Did he perform? I can’t remember. I don’t think so, correct me if I’m wrong.

I particularly enjoyed the performance by @Jemedariflows, @Xhosie & the other guy, “the human beat box” Checkmate!

Some of the quotes on the twitter hash tag #Wamathai911:

Any girl can make a man come bt only a woman can make a man stay

All men are CHEETAHS cause all women are DEERS

With a banana,2 eggs and mayonnaise a man can keep a woman’s tummy full for 9 months

All in all, Wamathai September 2011 was really good. I was happy that there was less booze so less noise and more spoken word entertainment. I even enjoyed Pozi’s performance, despite peeps leaving while he performed. I like his music.

For a visual presentation, click away onto Reumac’s Blog. I love the way he’s done a slideshow of all the pics he took. Amazing work! Great clarity, well captured.

And that, was Wamathai911!

The Odd Young Bus Preacher

I use City Hoppas on my route. And one thing that’s not a surprise on our route is bus preachers. For me, they’re annoying. Very very annoying! I mean, if I want to hear the word of God I will go to church, right? Why do these preachers assume that everyone on the bus is a) interested in what he has to say and b) is a christian? Why? SMH!

Worst of all is that at the end of the sermon, they ask for an offering! This is the most annoying part of the whole annoyance! It is veeery easy to claim that this is their ultimate goal anyway.

But this particular bus preacher was different. He was a regular young man, probably in his mid-twenties and didn’t have that look that many bus preachers have. When he stood up, I immediately placed a mental block against him and started sleeping. Unfortunately I was seated in front and he was talking right above me so it was very difficult to ignore him. He was talking about the usual stuff about Jesus and being born again.

The odd things? He was young. The bus preachers I’ve seen aren’t young guys.

The striking thing: he never asked for cash! People did give him something here and there but that was it. He didn’t ask. I waited to hear “haya sasa tutoe sadaka tusaidie mtumishi wa mungu aeneze habari hii yake….” but nothing! That was what striked me the most. He asked listeners to pray a prayer for being born again, gave his number and name (Evans) and left!

I remember telling myself I can’t wait to see one bus preacher who only gives the word for the sake of giving it and doesn’t have a sadaka angle. He came. That was something!

A Little Something About Corruption

Most of the stuff I would like to write about I think about them in the shower. Yes, the shower!

Corruption in Kenya is a topic I and many a Kenyan can go on and on and on about. I just thought I’d throw in a word or two of what I feel about the issue.

To me, corruption is not of the leaders or heads of departments or workers in government only, it is a thing that all of us suffer from.

We usually say “Oh that politician is so corrupt…” bla bla bla, then when we go to City Council we tell the person serving us, “Aki I can’t wait a whole three months for this to go through, si you take this 5k and sort me out eh?” *wink-wink*.

To add insult to injury, the city council guy just takes it and uses it to bribe more guys huko ndani so that it can pass.

I think its a high time we as Kenyans say no to corruption, and mean it! We say it but we never mean it. We always want the easy way out, the lighter load. But we need to make this a country that we are proud of. We need to shun bribery and shame those who condone it. It is us who can make this a better place for ourselves.

It is said that impunity is “Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action”. It is us who propagate impunity, and worse, we do it on a daily basis! Yea, we don’t realise it, but…

When you throw a banana peel on the streets instead of into a rubbish bin, that’s impunity.

When you run a red light, impunity.

When you sit hapo kwa conductor and you’re four instead of three, impunity.

I could go on, but you get my point. I’m also not saying I don’t do some of these things, but I endeavour daily to eliminate impunity from my life. It is a rot that needs to be dealt with. Some may say that some of these things are nothing and they wouldn’t hurt, but if you look at the bigger picture, there is more to them than meets the eye.

Lets make Kenya a place we truly want to live in. Lets eliminate the number of times we complain daily. Remember what I always say,

Its up to you!

Kenyans for Kenya (photo: linked)*Over & Out*

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