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Malawi: First Web Awards & Presidential Facebookers

For the first time ever, Malawians will be casting votes for what has been named “The 2008 Malawi Web Awards“. Awards will be given in categories ranging from web entrepreneurs, online broadcasting, music videos, social interactive media, online magazines, bloggers, journalists, web artists. There are also categories for achievements not based on the Internet, including Best Malawian Personality and Leaders of Tomorrow. In the words of the organizers:

The Malawi Web Awards were conceived to acknowledge contributions that Malawians have made throughout the past year. The Malawi Web Awards mainly recognize individuals who helped in publicizing Malawi and raising awareness of issues affecting the population of the Warm Heart of Africa. This year the nominees raised awareness of Malawi in various areas (political, cultural, entertainment).

The announcement has been released via three formats: on Caleb Phiri's blog called Malawi Current News, on an event created on the social networking website Facebook, and on the video sharing website Youtube.

Amongst the tens of people nominated for various awards are Hazel Warren, a Malawian woman who this year became the runner-up in the Big Brother Africa 3 reality TV show, bloggers William Kamkwamba and Victor Kaonga, coach of the Malawi national football team, Kinnah Phiri, several TV and radio personalities, and music artists such as Lawrence Mbenjere featured in the video below:

There is time to vote in each category until Friday December 19th 2008 at 22:00 PM GMT. The results will then be announced on Monday December 22, 2008, on the Malawi Current News blog.

The news of Malawi's first ever web awards comes in the wake of an announcement earlier in the week that Malawi's former president, Dr. Bakili Muluzi, has created a Facebook profile, with the aim of connecting with young Malawians around the world. In addition to having a Facebook profile, Dr. Muluzi has also created a Facebook group for his supporters.

The current president of Malawi, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, also has a Facebook fan group, which has existed since May 2008.

10 comments

  • Vote for Steve Sharra and Victor Kaonga in the Malawi web awards! :-)

  • Austin Madinga

    I hope the young Malawians around the world don’t underestimate the burden a Bakili presidency would have (and has had) on society!!

  • do you really see a repeat muluzi presidency as a possibility, austin? then it will be really true what they about the law. . .

  • joe

    The muluzi comeback to me is not just a possibility,its more like a neccessity.Look,the Man does do understand the needs of malawians.Thats where he does it for me…period.

  • vote for Alick Sambo of Star Media. this guy has desighned many remarkable and outstanding websites in Malawi. check out http://www.starmediamw.com/work.html to see his work. he is simply outstanding

  • Mike Lee

    i cannot see Star media on your list

  • Austin Madinga

    Until a time when only tax payers vote, non tax payers have the power to put such people into power. But that’s a debate for another day…

  • Austin Madinga

    It’s one thing to understand people’s needs Joe and another to act on them!! Running government is a serious business.

  • you’ve lost me there, thino. what do you mean by non-taxpayers who vote in malawi? who are they?

  • […] appears that social media in Malawi is on the rise. One blog talks about the first ever 2008 Malawi Web Awards that occurred in […]

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