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OLX SoMA 2016 nominees revealed, here’s the full list

The nominees’ list for the OLX SOMA 2016 awards is out. Social media enthusiasts can now vote for their preferred individuals and organizations who have used the digital space to positively impact the society.

The list cuts across the social and economic spheres, features some of the athletes who won medals at the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, government and media personalities, corporates and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The Awards Gala for the OLX SoMA 2016 will be held in September. The gala, now in its fourth year is sponsored by online classifieds company OLX as the title sponsors and organized by Eyeballs Africa Ltd. Other sponsors include Safaricom that has taken up Gold sponsorship and ICT Authority, Vintage, Expose etc.

The list of the nominees for the first time includes Best use of Social Media in Agriculture category which will be fought for by Rodgers Kirwa, Shamba Shape Up, Mkulima Young, Amiran Kenya Ltd and Smartfarmer magazine.

OLX Kenya country manager, Peter Ndiang’ui, noted that the list reflects the vibrancy of the social media landscape and urged the Online Community to vote for those who have contributed to social transformation through the creative and positive use of the social networks.

The annual OLX social media awards recognize and rewards individuals who have made good use of social media to positively impact society. Below is the full list of the nominees.

Social Network Category

Facebook personality award

  1. Wanja Kavengi
  2. Jaymo Ule Msee
  3. Pauline Njoroge
  4. Lucia Musau
  5. Israel Robert Burale

Twitter personality award

  1. Ory Okolloh: Kenyan Pundit
  2. Kresearcher
  3. Coldtusker
  4. Boniface Mwangi
  5. Sokoanalyst

Instagram personality award

  1. truthslinger – Mutua Matheka
  2. Jalango
  3. sowairina – Grace musalame
  4. dianaopotipr – Diana Opoti
  5. Carol Radull

New blogger award


Youtube channel award

  1. Caroline mutoko
  2. This is ess
  3. Kangai Mwiti
  4. Craving yellow
  5. Trending Newsroom

Corporation Category

Financial Services

  1. NIC Bank
  2. Britam
  3. Cooperative bank
  4. Equity bank Kenya
  5. Kenya Commercial Bank


  1. Bidco Africa LTD
  2. Crown Paints Ltd
  3. Unga wa Dola
  4. Mabati Rolling Mills
  5. Menengai Oil refineries


  1. Jumia
  2. Kilimall
  3. Nakumatt Holdings
  4. Naivas Supermarket
  5. Tuskys Supermarkets

Consumer Product

  1. DurexKe
  2. Nivea
  3. Uber Kenya
  4. KFC Kenya
  5. Tusker lager


  1. Villa rosa kempenski
  2. Serena Hotel
  3. Sarova Hotels Kenya
  4. Bonfire adventures
  5. Heritage Hotels


  1. Zuku official
  2. Airtel Kenya
  3. Safaricom
  4. InfinixKE
  5. TECNO Mobile

Government Category

State Corporations

  1. Higher Education loans board
  2. Kenya Revenue Authority
  3. Kenya Power
  4. National Transport and Safety Authority
  5. Kenya Police

Government Personalities

  1. Amina Mohamed
  2. Ali hassan joho
  3. Johnson Sakaja
  4. Alfred Mutua
  5. Joyce lay

Media Category

Most social TV show award

  1. Mseto East Africa
  2. The Trend
  3. Churchill Live Show
  4. Kubamba TV Show
  5. The XYZ Show

Most social radio show award

  1. HomeboyzRadio: MwalimuRachel show
  2. Jambo Radio: Alex na Jalas
  3. Capital FM: Hits Not home work
  4. Hot 96 FM : Drop Zone
  5. Kiss 100 FM : 10-3 with Adele Onyango

News channel award

  1. Citizen TV
  2. Capital FM Kenya
  3. k24 TV
  4. kTN kenya
  5. NTV kenya

Most influential media personality award

  1. Larry madowo
  2. Adelle onyango
  3. Willis Raburu
  4. Alex chamwanda
  5. Terryanne chebet

Learning Institutions

Student Leaders

  1. Victoria N. Mbugua: USIU
  2. Babu Owino – Nairobi University
  3. Anyungu Wanyungu – Jomo Kenyatta University
  4. Were Were : Kenyatta University
  5. Teddy Aboka – Zetech University

Learning Institions

  1. Daystar University
  2. Kenyatta University
  3. Moi University
  4. Nairobi University
  5. Zetech University

Sports Category

Most social sports personality

  1. Collins Injera
  2. David Rudisha
  3. Julius Yego
  4. Vivian Cheruiyot
  5. lornah kiplagat

Most social sports club/team/Association

  1. AFC Leopard
  2. Gor Mahia
  3. Kenya Sevens
  4. Mwamba rugby club
  5. Kenyan riders downunder

Entertainment category

Most social Entertainment Personality

  1. Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill
  2. DJ Joe Mfalme
  3. Sauti Sol
  4. Rabbit King Kaka
  5. Mercy Masika


Social Responsibility

  1. Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation
  2. Beyond zero Campaign
  3. Fatumas voice
  4. She blossoms
  5. Ibua Africa

Agriculture Category

  1. Rodgers Kirwa
  2. Shamba shape up
  3. Mkulima young
  4. Amiran Kenya ltd
  5. Smartfarmer magazine


  1. Tricomke
  2. Expeditions Maasai Safaris
  3. Bizna Kenya
  4. Fitkenyangirl : JaneMukami
  5. Marini Natural

To vote, visit Voting closes on September 21st, 2016.

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