The Kenyan Blogosphere Still Has Great Talent

If you were blogging back in 2005, it was amazing to see the talent and energy found in the African blogosphere, and Kenya was a leader amongst the countries involved. I’ve spent a lot of today working through 350+ blogs who were nominated for different prizes for the annual Kenya Blog Awards put on by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (@BAKE_ke). It’s humbling to see so much quality. As a judge, certain categories are extremely difficult due to the parity of the entrants.

Who knew that we had such interesting food and fashion blogs? I certainly didn’t, and was happily sending the food links to my wife as I read through them. The photo bloggers are insanely good, but that shouldn’t be surprising to most of us. The Creative Writing category was huge, in both size and number of quality writers, we truly are blessed in this country – people have a way with words.

Kenyan bloggers Sharon of ThisisEss has her photo taken by Steve Kitots (both linked below)

I thought this picture was great, as it takes two Kenyan bloggers – Sharon of ThisisEss and photographer Steve Kitots (both linked below)

Since I can’t name who I’m pegging as my favorite, I thought I’d just throw a couple links here to show you who’s blogging well in different categories. [Note, I’m only throwing down 5 of the 15 categories here, and listing a bunch in each one, in no particular order.]

Photo Bloggers of Kenya

Mwarv
Mutua Matheka
Steve Kitots
Joe Makeni
Louis Nderi
Ben Kiruthi

Food Blogs from Kenya

Healthy Living
Kula Chakula
Delish
Pendo la Mama
Foodie in the Desert
Yummy

Fashion, Beauty and Style Blogs of Kenya

This is Ess
Nancie Mwai
Toi Market
The Vonette Way
K Smith Diaries
The Funshion Mistress

Kenya’s Entertainment and Lifestyle Bloggers

Niaje
Hood Junction
Kimani wa Wanjiru
Mr. Young Scholar

Creative Writing Blogs in Kenya

Even Angels Fall
Cizoe_Poetry
Biko Zulu
AIDEEDYSTOPIA
Kenyan Voice
Potentash
Mwende the Dreamer
Fasihi Arts
deMaitha’s Blog
Minamilist Eric
Do Not Feed the Bloggers

(I told you there was a lot on the creative writing side, this isn’t even all of them…)

To those of you who write these blogs, keep it up. You’re doing an amazing job of capturing the essence of Kenya and providing an open discussion forum for all to take part in. You’ve made my life quite a bit more difficult, having to choose my top picks, but it’s been worth it due to the reminder I received of how the blogging talent is still here in Kenya, still growing and better than before.

See 2012 winners

10 thoughts on “The Kenyan Blogosphere Still Has Great Talent

  1. Michael Shah

    The AIDEEDYSTOPIA blog is incredible. The quality of the writing is fantastic. Amazed to see it’s actually a Kenyan who does this.

  2. jke

    Ah great! Now I can continue blogging in German bila fears of polluting the Keblogosphere with that language selection. (+1 with Peperuka)

    Great to see that people still read blogs and that blogging has now become mainstream – especially with regard to the print sector.

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  4. Magunga

    I was disappointed when deMaitha’s blog didn’t make it to the final list……and I am more disappointed that young upcoming talent like his is going against seasoned and cultured talents like bikozulu who have a huge fan base. Anyway, I still think bikozulu is the best man standing right now and I have voted for him almost five times…..
    ALL THE BEST TO ALL CANDIDATES.

  5. Mike Njoroge

    Great post! Some of these blogs are out of this world.

    I know though that you were not judging on all categories, but if possible, could the other judges write such pieces on the other 10 categories?

    It would be lovely (I think). Of great interest to me would be the political blogs, business blogs, and (with great personal bias) sports blogs.

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