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A few weeks ago, we told you about the Social Media Awards Africa which has been organized by Development Diaries Ltd. The nominees list is finally out and we’re pleased to see Kenyan bloggers, as well as other influential personalities made it on to the list.

Xtian Dela leads the Kenyan pack with 4 nominations. Fashion blogger Sharon Mundia, Photography Blogger, Ben Kiruthi and Business Blogger Bankelele are also among the Kenyans nominated.

Winners will be announced at the ‘Night of Virtual Wonders’ on 6 December 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Each winner will take home a cash prize of $1,000 and SMAA Plaque. Other benefits include social media training, access to memberships and attendance of social media events, publications on social media and complimentary advertising on social media Africa portal.

Having a Kenyan bring home the tile is quite easy. All you have to do is go to www.smaafrica.com/vote

Below is the full list of nominees form across the continent.

A. PERSONALITY BASED CATEGORY (Awards for individual achievements in social media):

(I) Blogger of The Year

1. Xtian Dela – Kenya
2. Joubert Botha – South Africa
3. Ogunsanya Jide – Nigeria
4. Tosin Ajibade – Nigeria
5. Linda Ikeji – Nigeria
6. Ben Kiruthi – Kenya
7. Philip Etemesi – Kenya
8. Yomi Adegboye – Nigeria
9. Kenyan Stylista – Kenya
10. Sharon Mundia – Kenya

(II) Social Media Personality of The Year

1. Luyando Haangala – Zambia
2. Japheth Omojuwa – Nigeria
3. Ayari Yassine – Tunisia
4. Adesola Adesimbo Idowu – Nigeria
5. Amet Tsikata – Ghana
6. Chude Jideonwo – Nigeria
7. Blosom Nnodim – Nigeria
8. Sharon Mundia – Kenya
9. Mattie James – Liberia
10. Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi Ola – Nigeria

(III) Social Media Hero of The Year

1. Xtian Dela – Kenya
2. Japheth Omojuwa – Nigeria
3. Dele Momodu – Nigeria
4. Oluseun Osewa – Nigeria
5. Mattie James – Liberia
6. Collins Nabiswa – Kenya
7. Bankelele – Kenya
8. Strive Masiyiwa – Zimbabwe
9. Michael Thandukwazi Hlatshwayo
10. Chris Kirubi – Kenya

(B) INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY (Best Use of Social Media by):

(I) Best Use of Social Media by Government/Public Sector

1. Kenya National Youth Service – Kenya
2. Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT – Rwanda
3. Ekiti State Government – Nigeria
4. SouthAfrican Tourism – South Africa
5. Lagos State Government – Nigeria
6. Department of Public Service And Administration, Republic of South Africa – South Africa
7. Federal Ministry of Information, Nigeria – Nigeria
8. State House Uganda – Uganda
9. The Ministry of Foreign Affair Ethopia –E thopia
10. African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Cote d’ivoire

(II) Best Use of Social Media by Private Sector

1. DHL Africa – Kenya
2. Demo Africa – Nigeria
3. Orgella Entertainment – South Africa
4. Information Nigeria – Nigeria
5. Smart Tanzania – Tanzania
6. Informer East Africa – East Africa
7. Channels TV – Nigeria
8. Morroco/Canadian School – Morroco
9. Jumia Kenya – Kenya
10. Popi Media – South Africa

(III) Best Use of Social Media by Non-Profit

1. The Future Project – Nigeria
2. Partners for Possibility – South Africa
3. Network of African youths for Development – Uganda
4. Stand to End Rape – Nigeria
5. Hope Foundation Cameroon – Cameroon
6. Tonu Elumelu Foundation – Nigeria
7. Red Cross Uganda – Uganda
8. DEMO Africa – Nigeria
9. Daystar Christian Centre – Nigeria
10. Sahara Reporters – Nigeria

(IV) Best Use of Social Media by Start-up/MSME

1. ListMe – Nigeria
2. MegasMag
3. BudgIT – Nigeria
4. Afrobouguee – Ghana
5. Adforumco – Nigeria
6. AIM Group – Tanzania/Kenya
7. TVyangu – Kenya
8. Style Sketches – Kenya
9. Grumi – Nigeria
10. Mothers Aura Foundation – Ghana

(V) Best Use of Social Media by Financial Institution

1. GTBank Nigeria
2. Access Bank – Nigeria
3. KCB Group – Kenya
4. Stanbic IBTC – Nigeria
5. Zenith Bank – Nigeria
6. Diamond bank – Nigeria
7. Standard Bank – South Africa
8. Finance Trust Bank – Uganda
9. Safaricom – Kenya
10. Fidelity Bank – Ghana

C) INDIGENOUS CATEGORY (Local Campaigns and Brands):

(I) App of The Year

1. iRokotv Mobile App – Nigeria
2. Okadabooks – Nigeria
3. Efiko – Nigeria
4. Afrinolly – Nigeria
5. MPesa – Kenya
6. ICOW – Kenya
7. MFarm – Kenya
8. Channels TV – Nigeria
9. Paga – Nigeria
10. GT Bank Mobile App – Nigeria

(II) Hashtag of The Year

1. #ThisIsAfrica – Nigeria
2. #TheNiteTalk – Kenya
3. #CITSCarnival – Kenya
4. #letsnotpretend – Ghana
5. #NHBi – Nigeria
6. #AskKirubi – Kenya
7. #Ogaatthetop – Nigeria
8. #choice4life – Nigeria
9. #somebodytellkenya – Nigeria
10. #ProtectOurCorpers – Nigeria

(III) Brand of The Year

1. GTBank – Nigeria
2. Vodafone Ghana – Ghana
3. BigEye – Uganda
4. Jumia-Nigeria – Nigeria
5. Raha 2.0 – Tanzania
6. Gloworld – Nigeria
7. MPesa – Kenya
8. Konga – Nigeria
9. VenturesAfrica – Nigeria
10. DSTV – South Africa

(IV) Best Rated Platform

1. Bizcommunity.com – South Africa
2. YNaija.com – Nigeria
3. Nigeriafilms – Nigeria
4. Nairaland – Nigeria
5. Nigeria Trade Hub – Nigeria
6. Sahara Reporters – Nigeria
7. Naija247News – Nigeria
8. Bella Naija – Nigeria
9. All 4 Women – South Africa
10. The Independent – Uganda
(D) PLATFORM BASED CATEGORY (Specific Social Platforms):

(I) Facebook Page of The Year

1. Nigeria Wedding – Nigeria
2. All4 Women – South Africa
3. Actor Kenya – Kenya
4. Jumia Kenya – Kenya
5. matci morocco – Morroco
6. Barefootlaw – Uganda
7. Comedy Central Africa – South Africa
8. Airtel Uganda -Uganda
9. Kenya Wedding – Kenya
10. Kawowo Sports – Uganda

(II) Twitter Handle of The Year
1. @GoToSouthAfrica – SouthAfrican Tourism – South Africa
2. @XtianDela – X-tian Dela – Kenya
3. @jimitewe – Jimi Tewe – Nigeria
4. @HomeboyzRadio – Home Boyz Radio – Kenya
5. @VictorMochere – Victor Mochere – Kenya
6. @omojuwa – Japhet Omojuwa – Nigeria
7. @itsPLAYtimebaby – PLAYtime EntertaEntertainment – Ghana
8. @GlobacomLimited – Gloworld – Nigeria
9. @ComedyCentralAF – Comedy Central Africa
10. @AndrewMwenda – Andrew Mwenda – Uganda

(III) Influencer of The Year

1. X-tian Dela – Kenya
2. The Love Tour KE – Kenya
3. Demola Detona – Nigeria
4. Victor Mochere – Kenya
5. Badmus Bukola Mikail – Nigeria
6. Child Birth Survival – Africa/Int
7. Olori Supergal – Nigeria
8. Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo – Nigeria
9. Nigeria Trade Hub – Nigeria
10. Andrew Mwenda – Andrew Mwenda – Uganda