SOMA Awards, Social Media Awards, OLXSOMA Awards, OLX Social Media Awards

Ababu Namwamba accepts the Social Legislator Award during the OLXSoMA Awards in 2015.

This year’s OLX Social Media Awards Gala will be held on Friday, September 23rd at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

SoMA Awards are the most prestigious digital award coveted by both individuals and organizations in Kenya, and is in the fourth year.

OLX SoMA Awards process was launched on June 30th 2016 at this year’s Social Media Day. Nominations closed officially on July 30th 2016, and the nominees were shortlisted between July 31st 2016 and August 22nd 2016. Voting for the nominees started on August 23rd and will go on until the eve of the event, September 22nd 2016, at midnight. Winners will be announced in real time at the Safari Park Hotel.

In addition to the 25 sub-categories up for nomination, there are three new sub-categories, making them 28. They are under the Social Network Category, Social Corporation Category, Media Category, Government Category, Education Institution Category, Sports Category, Entertainment Category and the Best Use of Social Media Category.

We have once again partnered with SoMA and we are sponsoring the New Blogger Personality Award which falls under the Social Networks category. The blogs nominated in this category are:

The winner of the New Blogger Personality Award stands to get the following:

•Mentorship for a year
•Free domain registration and hosting for 2 years.
•Free professional blog design

The 2016 theme is Transforming Lives, which seeks to create conversation on how social media has directly impacted lives through platforms, organizations and influential individuals.

This is an endeavor to highlight how social media can transform the community if all stakeholders continue to champion for a better society through social media.

With this year’s theme, the OLX SoMA seeks to build capacity to positively influence the society through personalities and organizations, highlight how social media has transformed lives in the society and encourage good use of the internet to enhance online safety and above all, recognize and award the best of the best in social media.

Martin Muli says, “Our growing love of social media has not just changed the way we communicate – it’s changing the way we do business, the way we are governed, and the way we live in society. And it’s doing so at breakneck speed that those who dare step out of the bandwagon even for a day may end up lagging behind forever.”

The 2016 OLX SoMA will be hosted by Jeff Koinange.