The iconic four-centuries-old Fort Jesus will be the venue for the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soya) gala due for January 11, next year in Mombasa.
Close to 700 guest are expected at the historic building that was built in 1596 when Kenya’s 2018 best sportsmen and women who excelled will be rewarded.
Soya awards have traditionally been held in Nairobi but the organisers have decided to take the 15th edition to the coastal city. Kenyans will be waiting to see which sportsmen and women will be honoured for their exploits in various disciplines at the black tie event.
Organisers have revealed that an international sports icon will headline the event as they continue with their tradition of inviting celebrity guests from various sporting backgrounds.
Soya Founder Paul Tergat lauded the top performers in sports for increasingly making Kenya an ideal tourist destination. "As the organisers, we are glad to have partnered with Mombasa County, the host of this colorful event that brings together people of different walks of life and sporting disciplines,” he said.
He also revealed that nomination process has already started and the public will be invited to vote through text messages or the Soya website.
The overall winner will pocket Sh 1 million. Paralympian Samuel Muchai was declared the 2017 Sports personality of the Year.
Safaricom Soya Awards Categories
1. Overall sports personality of the year award
2. Sportsman of the year
3. Sportswoman of the year
4. Sports team of the year Men
5. Sports team of the year Women
6. Federation of the year
7. Coach of the year
8. Community hero/heroine of the year
9. Hall of fame of the year
10. Sportsman living with a disability
11. Sportswoman living with a disability
12. Most promising personality of the year girl
13. Most promising personality of the year boy
14. School team of the year boys
15. School team of the year girls
16. School coach of the year
17. Outstanding player of the year boy
18. Outstanding player of the year girl.