By SOLOMON NDA-ISAIAH
Maria Ude Nwachi, a former member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and former TA on New Media, specifically Facebook to immediate past vice president Yemi Osinbajo has won the Pulse Africa Facebook Influencer of the Year Award.
She was nominated along with MC Mbakara and others.
Nwachi grabbed the highest number of votes, joining the list of total number of 21 awardees.
At the award ceremony, she was unavoidably absent and she picked her plaque through a representative.
With the theme “The Golden Era – Bold & Elegant”, the Tivoli Garden in Ikoyi, Lagos played host to the influencer industry for the awards’ third edition on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
It took place simultaneously in all Pulse Africa markets in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Côte d’Ivoire.
Organisers say the Pulse Influencer Awards is dedicated to celebrating the digital creativity, innovation, and community-building efforts of influencers.
Former Big Brother Naija housemates, Bella Okagbue and Tacha Akide, and Guinness World Record holder, Hilda Baci, were also awarded at the 2023 edition of the Pulse Influencer Awards.
Maria Ude Nwachi wields humongous influence on Facebook where she has millions of followers both on her pages and profiles.
She has founded several groups on Facebook with active followership. They include Igboist by Maria Ude Nwachi, Maria Ude Nwachi and Friends, Maria Ude Nwachi and Friends League, Igboist And Friends Extra among others.
Her pages and profiles were among the early ones to be verified by the social media giant.
She enjoys the loyalty of her followers across board who usually come through for her, accounting to why she grabbed this prestigious award.
Her posts gain massive visibility both in her pages and groups, which when put together account for several millions of followers.
She is popular for offering empowerment to her followers as well as hosting regular give-aways to celebrate them for their support and engagement.
The massive engagement of her posts has assisted many brands and companies to receive an increased patronage.
Below is the full list of winners.
Arts/Photography Influencer of the Year – Okusaga Adeoluwa (@sagadeolu)
Lifestyle Influencer of the Year – Bella Okagbue (@bellaokagbue)
Business Influencer of the Year – Joy Esiet Ayomide (@khloes_gram)
Comedy Influencer of the Year – Folagade Banks (@folagade Banks)
Dance Influencer of the Year – Jerry Chuks (@softmadeit)
Facebook Influencer of the Year – Maria Ude Nwachi
Fashion Influencer of the Year – Bella Okagbue (@bellaokagbue)
Food Influencer of the Year – Hilda Baci (@hildabaci)
Instagram Influencer of the Year – Tacha Akide (symply_tacha)
LinkedIn Influencer of the Year – Femi Coker
Media/Blogger Influencer of the Year – Dr Chinonso Egemba (@aproko_doctor)
Most Influential Actor/Actress of the Year – Bimbo Ademoye (@bimboademoye)
Music Influencer of the Year – Michael ‘Don Jazzy’ Collins (@donjazzy)
Podcast Influencer of the Year – I Said What I Said (@isaidwhatisaidpod)
Sports Influencer of the Year – Joshua Ubeku (Beks FCB)
Tech Influencer of the Year – Oscar Frank (@oscar franky)
TikTok Influencer of the Year – Joy Esiet Ayomide (@khloes_gram)
Twitter Influencer of the Year – Ogbeni Dipo (@OgbeniDipo)
YouTube Influencer of the Year – KieKieTV
Best Dressed Female – Bola Montana (bola_montana)
Best Dressed Male – Denrele (@denrele_edun)