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According to New Reader Research in Nigeria Nigerian survey only 23% Nigerians are aware about Wikipedia. While 42% of the sampled population are students.

As an experience community leader, i observed that only One out of Ten Nigerians students know that Wikipedia can be edited.

The program is designed to take place in 3 University Campuses across Nigeria.

Therefore, i am planning to design a Mascot-like personae to be decorated with Wikipedia logo with the Caption " ask me questions about Wikipedia" .The mascot will be used to attract attention where ever we go. The overall plan is to engage many of the students about Wikipedia.
targetEnglish , Yoruba and Wikimedia Commons
start dateMay 5
end dateJun 5
budget (local currency)579750.10
budget (USD)1900.82
grant typeIndividual
non-profit statusNo
contact(s)• olaniyanshola15(_AT_)
created on08:13, 2 February 2018 (UTC)


Who are the people you want to introduce Wikipedia to?[edit]

Try to be as specific as possible about this group.
Students in tertiary institutions

In what languages do they search for information, online or otherwise?[edit]

English and online

In what ways does this group communicate with each other?[edit]

This can include services and apps in social media, mailing lists, physical spaces like conferences or lectures, or at specific institutions like at a library.
Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Instagram

What are some reasons this group would use Wikipedia? How would they benefit from it, or what would they find useful?[edit]

Think about what they would be interested in reading and learning about; does Wikipedia provide better access to information this group cares about?
It is used to support academic program . eg Assignment, Thesis and Project

Project idea[edit]

What language Wikipedia projects will you promote to new readers?[edit]

English, Igbo and Yoruba

How will you communicate with new readers? Will you be communicating with them online, in-person, or both?[edit]


Describe your idea to engage new readers. How might it be implemented? What will you tell people about Wikipedia?[edit]

Think about the steps that might involved to make this idea happen, and what you might teach people about your experience or others' experiences using Wikipedia.

As mentioned in the summary, i plan to design a mascot-like object , decorated with WIkipedia Logo . The object will display an inscription "WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WIKIPEDIA" . The object will be accompanied by a team of two members that will provide answers to questions from the interested. students.

The project will serve as means of creating attention, while the two other team members will attend to the questions from teeming fans of WIkipedia in Nigeria.

Aside the fact that this project will create awareness, it will serve as a paradigm shift among Nigerian students who only believe that Wkipedia is a search engine where they cannot contribute to.

The program will be held in 5 Universities in Nigeria.

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed?[edit]

If you’re not certain about how to respond to this question when starting your idea, you do not need to answer it right now. Campaign participants and Wikimedia Foundation staff can help you consider some options.

  • If at least 20 students are interested in asking question
  • If we were able to travel to 3 universities
  • If we are able to recruit 20 new members into our community

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need?[edit]

Do you need people with specific skills or resources to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? Do you need advising from Wikimedia Foundation staff?
Yes, I can implement this project. Yes, I will need financial needs.

Get Involved[edit]

About the idea creator[edit]

I am an active Wikimedian. I have organized over 20 successful projects within Wikimedia movement. Currently, i am working as Wikimedia In Residence at Goje Africa. I am also a member of Affcom. see my profile


  • Muokwe Esther I would like to volunteer in whatever capacity i an able to to ensure the successful implementation and delivery of this project Cupid04 (talk) 12:55, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Volunteer I will want to volunteer in this project to educate people about Wikipedia. I base in Abuja Okohamodu (talk) 09:11, 5 February 2018 (UTC)


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Project plan[edit]


I and my team will visit Five universities in Nigeria namely:

The plan is to use our mascot to arouse and attract the attention of students, to ask questions about Wikipedia. We will also plan to give out fliers that will explain Wikipedia in brief.


  • If at least 20 students are interested in asking question
  • If we were able to travel to 3 universities
  • If we are able to recruit 20 new members into our community


The following volunteers are willing to support me on the project:


  • This is the estimated budget per University:
Sl.No Item Quantity Rate (NGN) Total (NGN) Total (USD) Notes
Cost per University
(Sumtotal : 101300 NGN)
1 Hotel Accommodation for Four (4) Wikimedians 4 15000 60000 196.72 Share Accommodation for Four (4) Wikipedians- Two Nights per University
2 Feeding Per day for Four (4) Wikimedians for Two Night per University 2 24000 48000 157.38 6000NGN per person (24000NGN per day)
3 Hiring of Mascot per Institution 1 30000 30000 98.36 This is for light refreshments
4 Design of Wikipdia Logo on the Mascot 1 10000 10000 32.78
5 Dual page Fliers explaining some element of Wikipedia (5000pcs) 1 30000 30000 98.34
6 Contingency 1 15250 15250 50.00
Total (without contingency cost): NGN 178000 (USD 583.61)
Contingency cost: NGN15250 (USD)
Grand Total:NGN 193250 (USD 633.61)
Grant for Three Universities= 633.09x6USD (1900,82USD) 1900.82