Since 2012, The Bloggers Association Of Kenya (BAKE) has organized the BAKE Awards to award amazing bloggers in different categories. Over the years the number of bloggers submitted has grown together with the total number of votes cast. This is a true testament to the fast-rising numbers of creatives in the blogosphere and the creative space in general. This is also in turn to an increase in readership and following with bloggers recognized as influencers in the community.
This year, the Winners Gala event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi. There were 33,000 blog entries in all 23 categories. Three categories were added; Best Video Blog, Best Environmental Blog and Best Beauty and Hair Blog. They were added to incorporate the different types of blogs with niches not represented in the existing categories.
One of the biggest highlights of this year’s awards was the clear dominance of women in the blogging industry. Out of the 23 categories awarded, 15 awards were given to the women. Photographer Tatiana Karanja emerged the winner in the Best Photography Blog category becoming the first woman to win that award since 2012. Travel blogger Alouch Bonita also won the prestigious Kenyan Blog of The Year Award. Our blog www.potentash.com also won an award for the best Lifestyle blog and Rayhab Gachango, our Managing Editor, picked the award on behalf of Potentash.
Some other highlights included the win by Magunga in the Best Creative Writing Blog category. After 4 previous nominations, he finally got the award. It just affirms the value of persistence in this industry not only bagging awards but also in creating quality content. There were also some first-time winners such as aluochbonnita.com,izmazingira.com, Over 25, businesstoday.com and cravingyellow.com.
To further affirm the growing influence of the blogging space in Kenya this year was the vote tally in the individual categories. A closer look into the number of votes cast and you can tell that there was very stiff competition. The Kenyan Blog of The Year category had the closest margins with the winner, Alouch Bonnita leading with less than 50 votes. Other hotly contested categories included Best Agricultural Blog, Best Topical Blog,Best Technology Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Fashion and Style Blog. Find the pictures of the awards here.
Here is a list of the rest of the winners along with their vote tally.