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Kenya’s best bloggers to be crowned at Bake Awards

Winners of this year’s Bloggers of Kenya Awards (Bake) will be announced on Saturday at Nairobi’s Crown Plaza.

Voting for the nominated Blogs ended on Tuesday. This year, over 10,000 blogs were submitted to the judging panel for the 23 categories.

“As part of this year’s Bake agenda, we are encouraging more youth to come forth and embrace blogging as a way of creating employment. It has become serious business and people are doing it full time and earning good money from it. Therefore, events such as this award gala will help us drive this agenda,” said Bake Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya.

Two new categories have been introduced this year namely, Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Human Rights Blog.

The two new categories are sponsored by Ford Motors and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) respectively.

The awards continue to grow with submissions increasing every year. Since inception in 2012, competition has grown from 300 submissions and 10,000 votes to 4800 submissions and now 540,000 votes in 2016.

“We are so happy to see the increase of representation of women among nominees. In 2012, it was 68 percent men versus 32 percent women, but in 2016 it improved to 41 percent women versus 59 percent male,” Mr Kachwanya said.

Some of the key sponsors of the awards include Safaricom, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Motors, ShowMax, Xpose, EatOut and Kenya Human Rights Commission.