The award seeks to reward organisations and individuals who have showcased strategic and creative use of social media across all platforms in Kenya.
The nominees have been drawn from the county’s social media landscape including blogger Dennis Itumbi, Hot Secret blog, Safaricom’s chief executive officer (CEO) Bob Collymore and media personality Larry Madowo.
Controversial blogger Robert Alai has not been nominated.
Marvin Tumbo, speaking on beehalf of the SOMA Judging Committee, said that “the awards will not only identify and celebrate the best of the best in social media, but will highlight its influence on brand building and encourage companies to intensify their online presence”.
SOMA Judge James Murua further added the “awards will be an avenue to positively influence and streamline the use of online platforms and ensure that the Kenyan community use these for social, economic and political development that will help our country achieve Vision 2030”.
Leading companies who respond swiftly and conveniently to their clients queries on social media have also been nominated in the Corporate Twitter Account and overall Corporate Award. They include Kenya Airways, Safaricom and Samsung.
The online community can now vote online until August 8, with the overall winners being announced at a gala dinner at Laico Regency Hotel on August 9.
The inaugural edition of the SOMA Awards will be hosted in partnership with OLX , Public Relations Society of Kenya, Deloitte, Trinc Media, Valentine Cake House, Niaje and Bloggers Association of Kenya.
For the full list of nominations click here.