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Social media kingpins to be honored

by Victoria Mukami
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Kenya’s social media bigwigs are set to be honored for positively using the social media to influence lives during this year’s OLX Kenya Social Media Awards (SOMA).

OLX Kenya SOMA

The award giving ceremony comes after the organizers called for nominations at an event hosted recently at the Fairmont in Nairobi.

“Making Social Media Work for You” is the theme for this year’s Awards. It comprises new categories for the Learning Institutions, SMEs (Small and Medium Scale Enterprises) and the National and County Governments.

The chief guest at the event, Dennis Itumbi, who is the director of Digital Media within the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit, stated the government would create a digital advisory council to make more efficient the use of social media by public institutions.

Itumbi challenged social media users to participate in the formulation of a bill that will make sure there is self-regulation to control cases of abuse.

“If abused, social media can break up the social fabric by causing hatred and disharmony among different communities,” said Peter Ndiang’ui, the CEO of OLX Kenya.

The nominations are presently open until 17 August 2014. The award ceremony is scheduled for October 3, 2014.

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