Nigeria dominates again on the international scene as The Naked Convos (TNC) a Nigerian blog, wins 3 awards at the Black Weblog Awards which took place at The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, Texas, USA, on Saturday 2nd November, 2013.
Out of 35 categories, TNC was nominated for 5 separate categories which include: Best Relationship Blog, Best Blog Post Series, Best Group Blog, Best Writing in a Blog, Best International Blog. Out of 5 nominations, TNC proudly walked home with three awards, namely best Relationship Blog, Best Blog Post Series and the most desirable award being; Best International Blog.
Olawale Adetula, founder of the site, said in a brief interview that winning the awards indicates a movement in the right direction not just for the TNC team but bloggers in Africa generally.
“I’d just like to say a big thank you to all the members of the TNC team and our amazing readers for making this happen. This wasn’t as a result of anyone’s individual effort. For the past three years, we’ve been writing some awesome stories; we shared great art on Tuesdays, we wrote some amazing relationship posts on Mondays and Wednesdays, we had exciting series on Thursdays, did some thought-provoking polls on Fridays, helped other young people like us on Saturdays and Sundays and made everyone laugh with our fantastic humour packed news roundup on Saturdays. All of this boils down to the collective effort of a very young, very dynamic and very hardworking team,” He said, in a brief interview.
The Naked Convos is an interactive initiative designed to create safe spaces where young men and women engage in open and honest conversations about anything and everything as driven by thought-provoking articles by young writers. The platform, which has been running since August 2010, celebrated its 3rd Anniversary recently with upgrades to its user interface and the launch of its mini-social networking engine.
On the recent improvements on the site, Wole Talabi, Online Editor at TNC stated that it was about time TNC took the big step to accommodate its ever-growing audience.
“After two years of pushing out some of the best original content in the African web space, we decided to take things one step further and, fully exploring our ‘express you’ payoff line. We modified the site into a micro-social network,” Wole said. “No, it’s not Facebook! No, it’s not Twitter. It’s just TNC.”
According to him, visitors are now able to register as members, build their own profile, send and receive private messages from other members and also start their own conversations under different groups.
With their success at the Black Weblog Awards and the exciting new features of TNC 3.0, The Naked Convos is making a statement in the blogging world that it is here to stay.
The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) who have been previously overlooked by other Internet award events online. The Awards has been featured in several mainstream and online media outlets, including NPR, CNN, and others with winners also appearing in other media outlets such as MSNBC, the Huffington Post and BET.
The Naked Convos Website (www.thenakedconvos.com)
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