A new awards programme created to recognise the reach and influence of bloggers on our continent has just been announced.

The African Blogger Awards is calling on all bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters and YouTubers across Africa to enter the awards by registering a blog on Webfluential and will then be evaluated according to audience reach, resonance in terms of how widely shared content outside of your own community and relevance measured by the response from your community in the form of likes, comments, retweets.

The Awards have been divided into 36 different categories including Advice, Fashion and Beauty, Events and Nightlife, Education, Sports, Political, Technology and Gadgets, and Youth Culture among others.

“The African Blogger Awards are the first completely impartial, objective awards for online and social influencers on the African continent because winners will be determined by data analytics provided by Webfluential, and not through peer nominations,” says Mike Sharman, co-founder of the African Blogger Awards.

Entries close on March 9th 2014 at midnight and results will be announced on 16 April 2014 via the competition’s Twitter profile, @African_Blogger, from 11h00.

Overall awards for Africa’s Top Blogger, Top Instagrammer, Top Tweeter and Top YouTuber will be announced on 18 April 2014 at a celebration hosted in Johannesburg.

Winners in each category will receive a web banner announcing their achievement that can be personally-leveraged through their social network and a commemorative trophy.