OLX Social Media Award trophies
Martin Muli and Peter Ndiang'ui
Martin Muli and Peter Ndiang’ui

Book blog Bellapacebooks.org was voted in as Kenya’s best new blog at Kenya’s Social Media Awards 2016 on 30th September 2016.

Social media is a big deal in Kenya. It is the way that a nation that had been long repressed by a dictatorial regime for quarter of a century have found to communicate with one another and the rest of the world. Because it is so big, the Social Media Awards of Kenya or SOMA is one of the most respected awards in the East African country. The four year old awards founded by Martin Muli and powered by the Peter Ndiang’ui led OLX celebrated those who use social media in the most positive way in the year.

The awards were hosted at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi on Friday 30th September 2016 and this year’s theme was “Transforming Lives.” The event which was emceed by famous journo Jeff Koinange saw individuals and corporations being awarded for their activities online. It was a veritable who’s who in the Kenyan online space everyone showed up hoping to win an award. They were entertainers like boy, sorry, man band Sauti Sol, radio presenter Jalang’o and many more.

OLX Social Media Award trophies
OLX Social Media Award trophies

As awards were being given out, one gong went without much funfair as it was being handed out to the best new blog. The award this year went to Bellapace books a blog that focuses on reviewing and selling books. I suspect our friends from Bellapace books didn’t even anticipate winning on the night as its founder Mercy never showed up to collect her award. When the word came through of the blog win, Mercy posted the following message on their Facebook page;

Yaaaaas! See God you people.
We pulled it through the Soma Olx Awards!Bellapace books is one of the amazing things this year.Nothing beats the feeling of connecting with fellow booknerds,about our clients?No words can describe them,they have become like family and some of them have ended up being great friends from strangers.
Thank you for being our cheerleaders since day1 and we promise to make Bellapace nothing short of greatness.
Booknerds rock,anyday,anytime.
We appreciate your support and we love you.

So there you have it. More evidence that whoever said that if you want to hide something hide it in a book doesn’t apply to Kenya. Congratulations Bellapace Books.