BAKE Awards 2018 launched, entry submission deadline is March 6

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) has announced the launch of the BAKE Awards 2018. The launch coincides with the submission phase of the competition.

The annual blogging competition, which is in its 7th year, celebrates the best of Kenyan blogging.

(TOP: Mugambi Nthiga, winner of ‘Best New Blog 2017’ category and Naomi Mutua, Deputy Managing Partner, Ogilvy PR).

The competition begins today – January 11th 2018 – with accepting submissions in the various categories. Thereafter, judges will decide the best 5 nominees from the submitted blogs which will then be announced to the public to be voted for. Thereafter, the winners will be awarded at a gala event on May 12, 2018. The timeline this year is as follows:

  1. Submissions phase – January 11 to March 6, 2018
  2. Judging phase – March 7 to March 27, 2018
  3. Online voting – March 28 to April 30, 2018
  4. Winners’ Gala event – May 5, 2018

“We have introduced 3 categories this year, i.e. Best Environment Blog, Best Beauty and Hair Blog and Best Video Blog (Vlog). The total number of categories is 23. The rule that makes three-time (or more) winners in the awards ineligible to compete, still stands,” stated BAKE in a post on its website.

Last year’s contest saw 10,000 blogs being submitted and 800,000 votes being recorded. Women did well last year with bloggers such as Jamila El-Jabry (, Maryann Waweru (, Rachael Muthoni (, Diana Kaluhi (, Rayhab Gachango (, Dr Wandia Njoya (, Nyawira Mumenya (, and Tabitha Mwangi ( emerging winners.

The awards also witnessed first time winners – Magunga Williams ( and  Owaahh ( – clinching the ‘Kenyan Blog of the Year’ and ‘Best Topical Blog’ respectively.

Submissions will be accepted in 22 categories and a blog can only be submitted in one category that it fits best. There is an exception however, for new blogs (blogs set up in January 2017 onward) which can be submitted in the New Blog category and in another category in which they fit.

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