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Sowambe announces nominees for the first-ever “Sowambe Awards” for Social Media



The nominees for the first edition of the Sowambe Awards have just been announced. The Sowambe Awards aims to recognize the best social media adopters, talents and professionals as well as social media-based web platforms in Nigeria.

Sowambe is simply an acronym for – Social Web Addicts in Media, Business and Entertainment.

In the Yoruba language, ‘sowambe?’ means “are you there?”. So we’re asking: Are you there? Are you in the social media space? Are you a social web addict?

The Awards will allow participants and the public to nominate and vote online for their favourites, based on a clear understanding and good judgment on activities in the social web.

The Sowambe Awards ceremony would gather people interested in lifestyle and trends in social media, web startups, technology & software developers, enterprises, investors, industry watchers, broadcasters, celebrities and students in order to celebrate social media excellence in Nigeria.

To vote, head over to the Sowambe website –

Best Social Media Personality
1. Tayo Aderinokun (MD/CEO, GTBank)
2. Fela Durotoye (MD, Visible Impact)
3. Nmachi Jidenma (Founder, CP-Africa)
3. Egghead Odewale
4. Gbenga Sesan (ED, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria)

Best Social Media Celebrity
1. Banky W
2. D’banj
3. MI
4. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
5. Wande Coal

Best Social Media Politician
1. Babatunde Fashola
2. Nuhu Ribadu
3. Goodluck Jonathan
4. Dele Momodu
5. Donald Duke

Best Social Media Site
1. Twitter
2. Facebook
3. Youtube
4. LinkedIn
5. Bebo

Best Social Media Activist
1. Amara Nwakpa (LightupNigeria)
2. Gbenga Sesan (EnoughisEnough)
3. Chude (The Future Awards)
4. Egghead Odewale
5. Ohimai Amaize (B.L.I.N.G)

Best Social Media Thinker/Influencer
1. Yinka Olaito (The Branding Gavel)
2. Paulette Erijo (Letche/Beezbox)
3. Dayo Adefila (Insight Communications)
4. Abasiama Idaresit (Wild Fusion)
5. Adeola Kayode (Teleios Consulting)

Best Use of Twitter (Personal Brands)
1. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
2. Don Jazzy
3. Pastor WD Favour
4. Genevieve Nnaji
5. Eldee The Don

Best Use of Twitter (Corporate Brands)
1. GTBank
2. Arik Air
3. UBA Group
4. Etisalat Nigeria
5. Airtel Nigeria

Best Use of Facebook (Personal Brands)
1. Fela Durotoye
2. Wande Coal
3. Goodluck Jonathan
4. 9ice
5. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Best Use of Facebook (Corporate Brands)
1. Always Nigeria
2. GTBank
3. Hennessy Nigeria
4. MTN Project Fame
5. Samsung Mobile

Best Use of YouTube (Corporate Brands)
1. UBA Group
2. GTBank
3. ABNDigital
4. Globacom Limited
5. Oceanic Bank

Best Social Media Newspaper
1. 234Next
2. Vanguard
3. BusinessDay
4. The Guardian
5. ThisDay

Best Social Media Jobs Site

Best Social Networking Site
1. Naijapals
2. Facebook

Best Social Media TV/Radio Station
1. The Beat 99.9 FM
2. Top Radio
3. Rhythm 93.7 FM
4. Channels TV
5. Soundcity

Best Micro/Blogging Platform
1. Gistcaster
2. Twitter
3. Jaiku
4. WordPress
5. Blogger (Blogspot)

Best Social Aggregation Tool
1. Afrigator
2. Flock
3. Riranwo
4. Tweetdeck
5. Sturvs

Best Ad Campaign on Facebook
1. The Experience 2010
2. Peak Talent Show
3. MTN Fastlink
4. Babatunde Fashola
5. Diamond Bank

Best Digital Media Agency
1. Seed Media
2. Wild Fusion
3. ByteSize Nigeria
4. Tregeo Creatives
5. Inove Media

Best Twitter Trend
1. #abaversion
2. #englishmadeinnigeria
3. #lightupnigeria
4. Wande Coal
5. Sanni Keita


  1. Kilonsparkles

    February 24, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I think it’s a little stupid to give an award for “Best Use of Facebook” and “Best Twitter Trend”. I mean c’mon now.

  2. allen

    February 24, 2011 at 5:05 am

    so whats the point of this?

  3. Mary007

    February 24, 2011 at 5:20 am

    the name sowambe na waaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  4. Mary007

    February 24, 2011 at 5:21 am

    also na wa for some categories lol

  5. jennietobbie

    February 24, 2011 at 6:03 am

    where is bellanaija????

  6. eleven

    February 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

    facebook? They cudda added nimbuzz

  7. FAITH

    February 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

    so who will receive d award on behave of facebook…..

    • CC

      February 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

      I wonder o!

  8. tosin o

    February 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

    TOTAL WASTE OF TIME & MONEY!!! Like r u kidding me…Best use of twitter? best use of facebook? LWTF?

  9. bobbydox

    February 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

    lmaooooooooooooooooo SOWAMBE ok great idea but how would u want to award FACEBOOK or TWITTER naija organizers the movie and music industry needs to be awarded more una dey do sowambe online award


    February 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    DUMB! so will they be giving twitter and facebook awards? LOLOL.
    these people should go and rest!


    February 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    i bet Genevieve is laughing butt off!!!

  12. Francis Ibikunle

    February 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Very innovative…

  13. Men O Pulse

    February 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Does facebook,twitter and co. have offices/reps in Naija? Shouldn’t it be strictly Naija brands ni?

  14. Adeola

    February 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Facebook has a local rep in Naija that is WIld fusion. Wow this is a good one. When is the awards?

    • Eb'rahim

      March 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Its a lie, Wild Fusion is not representing facebook in Nigeria. Dont let anyone deceive you.

  15. Neighbor

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Nonsense and Ingredient

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