Ghana Health Nest (Ghanahealthnest.com), Ghana’s leading health news and information source, has emerged as the second best public health blog in Africa.
Organizers of the annual continental event, African Blogger Awards (http://www.africanbloggerawards.com/), announcing the 2016 winners on Friday 3rd June, said the competition received over 2,000 entries from across the continent, more than doubling the number of entries from 2015. The awards saw particularly strong growth in entries from West Africa, it said.
The 2016 African Blogger Awards which was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, saw the addition of three new categories – Women and Girls Empowerment, Public Health and Social Issues and Active Citizenship.
The winners and runners up in these categories came from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, organizers said, emphasizing the importance online and social media play in highlighting social issues across the continent.
Winners in the three new categories are:
Women and Girls Empowerment: Mummy Tales from Kenya, followed by Araba from Nigeria
Public Health: Nigeria Health Watch from Nigeria, followed by Ghana Health Nest from Ghana
Social Issues and Citizenship: Africa on the Rise from Nigeria, followed by Circumspecte also from Ghana.
”The work you are doing to highlight both the great successes and continuing challenges facing African development is highly commendable. Your work has sparked conversations around sensitive issues and you have helped increase accountability in critical sectors like public health,” said Dr Ayo Ajayi, Africa Director for the Gates Foundation remarked in a congratulatory message to the winners.
“Perhaps the most powerful role that a medium like blogging plays is that it provides a platform for a diversity of voices. People on this continent are now actively sharing their own stories and that’s a very positive and powerful thing.” Dr. Ajayi added.
Winners in each category is expected to receive a commemorative trophy and a web banner announcing their achievement that they can leverage on their winning platform and across their personal social networks.
About the African Blogger Awards
The African Blogger Awards acknowledges top African talent in the world of bloggers, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram influencers, providing an opportunity for the most successful online influencers in Africa to be recognised for their hard work in growing and keeping their communities active and engaged.
The awards aim to recognise and honour the best blogs/bloggers on the continent in the fairest way possible by measuring their actual influence and traffic.
The African Blogger Awards provide an impartial measure of the reach, resonance and relevance of an influencer channel, and winners are chosen based on scientific metrics, rather than through peer nominations and voting.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.