Thursday, September 26, 2013

Nigerian Blog Awards *Side eye*

2006 organized by Taurean Minx (who no longer blogs)

2009 organized by Sting (Who won't leave blogging alone)

It was a lot of fun. we had serious and not so serious categories. It wouldn't work now because things are different. Blogging and bloggers have changed. It was very crudely put together. Hey, i don't know the first thing about designing sites and all that long story but it was still a lot of work. With Med school, i knew i couldn't attempt continuing to organize it, so i solicited for interested individuals to carry on the blog award tradition and the honorable Good Naija Girl agreed to take over organizing the blog awards.

I think she and the people who have helped her along the way, have done a great job and the award has become something major that people take very seriously and actually campaign for. I just love the evolution. i think it's awesome.

BUT .......

When i went on the site a couple days ago and saw this

"About the Nigerian Blog Awards
The Nigerian Blog Awards were established in 2010 to recognize excellence in blogging, as determined by readers and fellow bloggers. "

"After being inspired by the 2009 Naija Bloggers’ Awards, I decided to launch the Nigerian Blog Awards and I’ve been running the Awards since 2010"

Something doesn't sit well with me about those statements because they come across as half-truths (to me). I didn't come up with the original idea for Naija Bloggers Award. The first one was held in 2006 and i didn't start blogging until 2007. I organized the second one in 2009 and afterwards specifically asked for volunteers to take over because i was starting med school and i had no interest (or expertise) in continuing to organize it.

I think if you put those two statements together, it paints a different picture from the actual facts. This does not change the price of garri in the market, was Madam Sting was irritated by it. Sorry, no vex.

Nigerian Blog Awards evolved from the Naija Bloggers Award, not some bullshit inspiration. I think that would be a fairer statement.

Now i have given you people something to talk about which equals effective promotion.


Oya cast your stones at me but also cast your votes/nominations for your favorite bloggers. I just have to say what's on my mind. It's a blessing and a curse. Like i said, no vex.


  1. Either way - I just nominated you! - Naijawife

  2. Whats the difference between the 2?
    Voted though.

    1. I was talking about the origin of the awards and how it has evolved over time. Apparently, the current organizer has a different version of events. Whatever works i guess.

  3. Confirmed my nomination.
    Wish you the best.

  4. OMG I didn't want to say anything about this but I noticed it and I definitely raised an eyebrow. It seems like something that used to be a lot of fun for us bloggers has now gone all corporate and ad / profit driven.


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