The set was cozy and lavish. The environment? Techie! The technologically savvy attendees ordered their drinks via Google + and tweeted away the highlights of the unfolding event on their sleek hand-held devices.
It was the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Award winners gala at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. It was a meeting of the leading bloggers – they who rule the Kenyan blogosphere. We had been invited , because the Bata Kenya Shoe Blog had been nominated in the Best Corporate Blog Award category.
The Bloggers Association of Kenya is “a body that promotes content creation on the web in Kenya and represents a group of content creators who are of Kenyan origin, descent or are based in Kenya.”
The MC for the evening was CNBC Africa TV personality Larry Madowo. Leading bloggers , media personalities ,tweeps , and artists made short speeches and presentations. One of the judges Ms. Pinky Ghelani-Raj explained the criteria for choosing the best blogs which included the writing style used , the consistency and the relevance of the content.
And when came the time to announce the winner of the Best Corporate blog the winner was none other than Bata Kenya Shoe blog! Ms. Christine Mwiti was there to receive the award on Behalf of the Bata Kenya marketing team.
Ms. Christine Mwiti displays the best corporate blog certificate.
We are proud and honored to be voted the best corporate blog in Kenya!
Turn up the music. Take the stage. Be the star you are. You are awesome. The world moves on your feet, with Northstar!
We received this e-mail from a customer. Thank you Robert for sharing!
“Last week I bumped into a colleague we work with inside a Bata shop. She was admiring the greenish Northstar wedges. You know how ladies can be with shoes.
“Aki woiyee(Please) add me Kshs.500 . I have to buy this shoe!” she cried.
It was like she could have left her handbag in the shop or anything for her to have the shoes right then! Being the good friend I am, I helped her out. Then I though…Bata must be doing something right….like they are now ‘getting it’ in terms of fashion.
Mine is a love-turned-hate-turned love for Bata shoes.
I grew up in Limuru. Throughout my childhood, my parents bought me safari boots for my casual wear (read Sunday best) and Bata leather shoes for school. My brothers and I wore that without question and naturally in my teens I started rebelling against all the things I had been made to do like wearing Bata shoes. That was until I got a job in Nairobi and moved out of home. My quest to find an official-looking pair of shoes for a job interview led me to Bata. Albeit reluctantly, I walked in to a Bata shop and was surprised to find shoes I liked! Many shoes actually – that I liked. Since then I have bought several pairs. I particularly like the Hush Puppies.
Keep it up Bata.” – Robert. W
We would love to hear from you! To share your Bata shoe story write an e-mail to : bata[dot]marketing[at]bata[dot]com
Smiling faces of happy girls are what met us at Soila Maasai Girls Center.
It is hard to believe that these girls are orphans. We were inspired.
A half an hour drive from Limuru had taken us to Soila Maasai girls rescue center in Suswa. The center caters for 100 girls who are rescued from FGM and early marriages. The children are sheltered and educated here. This center is an affiliate of Dr. Barnados home.
The scorching sun signified our arrival to Maasai Land. We were met by the Home’s administrator, Mary, who explained to us that the girls are not going breaking for Holidays, as December is the peak season for FGM in Maasai Land and therefore going home at this time would put them at risk. For this reason, they are retained at the Center during August and December holidays
and only go home during April Holidays. Their relatives however, do visit them.
After introductions, we offered the girls some words of encouragement after which the shoe presentation was done.
…and then we danced to a Maasai tune
Mary was gracious enough to show us around the center. We saw their poultry project where they rear chicken for sale . She showed us around the girls dormitories and their sitting room where they relax and watch TV. A community dispensary in the compound is a work-in-progress. Once complete, the dispensary is going to extend its services to the larger community.
And what’s a visit to Maasai Land without visiting a Manyatta? We visited a Manyatta nearby, after which we bid the girls goodbye. Days later, on 3rd Dec 2010 we visited Dr. Barnados home in Nairobi. Read about that here .
In collaboration with the Gisma Group on the Natembea Campaign, Bata Kenya recently joined other stake holders on a visit to Kyaume (pronounced Chaume) Primary School is in Tala, Machakos County. Natembea, Swahili for ‘I can walk’ is a campaign whose main objective is reduce the number of people in Africa, who go about their lives, barefoot.
The Campaign Ambassador, Ms. Julie Gichuru was the Guest Of Honor during this event whose highlight was donating shoes to the pupils. 900 pairs of shoes were donated on this day.
Ms. Gichuru helps a girl try on her new shoes.
Bata nursery school is located in the Bata residential estate in Limuru. Children of Bata employees
are provided with education free of charge. Recently the children here, were treated to new uniform
and shoes much to their joy and appreciation. .