The second annual African Blogger Awards were announced on the 5th of May 2015, setting social media ablaze. The competition doubled the amount of entries from last year with over 1,000 entries this year from across the continent. The Awards aim to acknowledge talented African Bloggers, Tweeters, YouTubers, Facebookers, and Instagrammers while providing an opportunity for them to be recognised for their hard work in growing and keeping their communities active and engaged.
Entries were open in five main categories including Best African Blog, Best African YouTube Channel, Best African Instagrammer, Best African Twitter profile and Best African Facebook page, as well as across 36 sub-categories. Please click here for the full list of category winners.
Winners were chosen in four of the five main categories:
- The best blog about Africa is The African Hip Hop Blog from Zimbabwe
- The best Instagrammer in Africa is Gareth Pon from South Africa
- The best Twitter personality in Africa is Xtiandela from Kenya
- The best YouTube channel in Africa is Theodora Lee from South Africa
Commenting on the growing number of entries and buzz around the Awards online, co-founder of the African Blogger Awards, Murray Legg, said:
“The extensive growth in the number of entries we received this year shows that the African social influencer and blogging scenes are not as far behind the rest of the world as many people think. Even though blogs created and built in Africa may be slowed down by irregular connectivity, it’s clear that content is being spread across social networks like wildfire, as people across the continent use social media to connect and share their stories.”
It is always amazing to see the power of social media, especially in telling a good news story about Africa, take center stage in the digital age. No one can dispute that the continent is taking charge of its own narrative and the African Blogger Awards is another tool to share and tell authentic African stories, for Africans by Africans. The next African Blogger Awards will be held in February 2016.hg