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Wiki Loves AfroDemics 2024 Campaign
start date2024-06-01
end date2025-01-31
budget (local currency)25203477 NGN
amount requested (USD)32590 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundundefined round
applicant and people related to proposalIbjaja055

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
No, it is my first time applying for a General Support Fund
You are applying as a(n). (required)
Are your group or organization legally registered in your country? (required)
Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
Fiscal organization name.

Main proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
Wiki Loves AfroDemics 2024 Campaign
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2.2. Provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan? (required)


3. Proposed start date. (required)
4. Proposed end date. (required)
5. Does your organization or group have an Affiliate or Organizational Annual Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
6. Does your affiliate, organization or group have a Strategic Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
7. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)
8. What are your programs, approaches, and strategies? What are the challenges that you are trying to address and how will your strategies support you in addressing these challenges? (required)

Academics and Scientists are parts of the notable people of Wikipedia and its sisters' projects. The notabilities are established in their professorships, scholarships, members of international academia, reliable media coverages and being the leadership of a tertiary institution. In Africa, there are thousands of active and notable professors and scientists that cut across different disciplines. However, only few are represented on the global encyclopedia and it's sister project. To the extent that there are some notable African scientists and academics who have been forgotten after their demise. For instance my collaboration with FuzzyMagma in 2022 led to the creation of article such as [Samson Gombe] who had died since 1989. [Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga] who died in 2001, [Kalenga] who died in 2011 and [Abdellatif Berbich] who died in 2015.

Also, the few scientists and academics who have found their ways into Wikipedia and its sisters projects are males. over the years, we have tried to also close the gender gaps by creating quality articles around women scientist and academics. For instance [Farida Fassi], [Florence Orabueze] and [Kelaptawa Farauta] etc

To properly represent these two interwoven categories, we have created hundreds of quality articles around academics and scientists in Africa which can be seen [[1]] and [[2]]. After deliberation with some of the usernames who have contributed immensely to articles related to African academics and scientists, we were motivated not only to further train both active and new editors on how to improve and create articles for notable academics and scientists in Africa but to also establish a regional campaign titled Wiki Loves AfroDemics; an annual campaign that will focus on improving articles about African academics and scientists for sustainability.

In the past, almost 90 percent of the members of the team have carried out awareness and successful training projects and this is a testament to our capacity to deliver the project. Our collaboration on this would also ensure smooth delivery of the project.


1. Training and Recruiting new editors: The program would train 50 volunteers in four African universities on how to positively contribute to articles relating to African academics and scientists. The universities are; Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State University, Federal Polytechnic Kaltungo and Pen Resource University. The reason for choosing these universities are;

Familiarity: The project lead and some of the facilitators are familiar with the school administration and students. Some of them have carried out programmes in the school and there are guaranteed assurances that the project would be accepted and supported by the students and staff.

Proximity: All the four schools are within the geographical area and it will be very easy for the facilitators and volunteers to carry out the programmes effectively.

2. Closing Knowledge Gaps: The training would close the knowledge gaps by digging deep into some notable but forgotten African scientists and academics on Wikipedia and Wikidata.
3. Closing Gender Gaps: The training would take into consideration the gender gaps that exist on Wikipedia. Therefore, the project would close the gender both in the recruitment and contribution process.
4. Improving existing articles: Most of the articles about Nigerian academics and scientists are stubs. They lack appropriate categorisation, no description and are without images. The participants would be trained on how to successfully improve them.
5. Creating articles: The project's team are volunteers who have displayed extraordinary mastery of creating notable and qualitative articles. You can check it here https://xtools.wmcloud.org/pages/en.wikipedia.org/FuzzyMagma and here https://xtools.wmcloud.org/pages/en.wikipedia.org/Ibjaja055. The participants would be highly trained to be able to identify, source for reliable references and create notable and qualitative articles.
6. Edit-a-thon:After the editors have been trained on how to create and improve articles related to African academics and scientists, there will be a closely monitored edit-a-thon for each of the institution that would be used to massively improve Wikipedia and it's sisters' project. Prizes would also be given to the highest contributors for motivation
7. Translation into local languages: During the edit-a-thon, translation into local languages would be encouraged and prizes would be awarded to highest contributors
8. Regional campaign: For sustainability Wiki Loves AfroDemics would be a yearly regional campaign that would be open to all solely for the improvement and creation of articles about African academics and Scientists


These are the some of the links that would be used as resources during the event;



List of African Academy of Sciences Fellows https://aasciences.africa/fellows/all

List of all The World Academy of Scientists [[3]]


9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education Yes
Culture, heritage or GLAM No
Gender and diversity Yes
Community support and engagement Yes
Participation in campaigns and contests Yes
Public policy advocacy No
Other No


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Editing Wikipedia Training, Wikidata programs, Wikimedia Commons programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Vocational, tertiary, or higher education, Teachers or professors
Other groups if any: N/A

Gender and diversity

9.3. Select all your programs and activities for Gender and diversity.
Focusing on creating content about women and/or gender diverse groups, including biographies, intersectional topic areas and/or adding images, Focusing on creating content about marginalized (underrepresented) communities and their knowledge
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Community support and engagement

9.4. Select all your programs and activities for Community support and engagement.
On-wiki training of community members, Organizing meetups, conferences, and community events
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
Other programs and activities if any: Wiki Loves AfroDemics 2024
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
1st of June 2024 - 1st of July 2024

Stakeholders Meeting: The team members and the volunteers would have four online meeting to discuss on the activities of the programme.

2nd of July - 2nd of August 2024

Merchandise Purchasing and creation of list of articles : The mearchandise needed for the projects would be procured. The volunteers and team members would use the resources available to identify notable academics and scientists for article creation. With the use of pet scan, all articles that needed improvements would also be identify and listed in the metapage.

4th of August - 4th of October

Trainings: In this month, two online trainings and two physical trainings would be conducted for the students and staff of each of the institution:

Federal University of Kashere AfroDemics Training: .

Pen Resource University AfroDemics Training:

Gombe State University

Federal Polytechnic Kaltungo

5th of October - 5th of December


There will be a two-month edit-a-thon for each of the university. Different outreach dashboard would be created for each of the university under the overall dashboard of Wiki Loves Afrodemics 2024 Campaign.

6th of December - 31st of January, 2025

Collation of edits and announcement of results

11. Describe your team. (required)

1. Ibjaja055 is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor. He was the founder of Federal University of Kashere Wikimedia Fan Club. He has participated in different Wikimedia projects. He is the 4th highest contributor during the third edition of the African Librarians Week held from 22-29 May 2022. The First Prize Winner of Wikipedia Awareness and Training in Gombe edit-a-thon, first Prize Winner of WikiProject Public Domain Contest in Nigeria and First Prize Winner of Wikipedia Awareness for Librarians at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria edit-a-thon. Lastly, he has created hundreds of notable and quality articles around African academics and scientists check [[4]]

Roles The project coordinator and campaign leader: in charge of overseeing the overall activities of the programmes.

2. FuzzyMagma is an experienced Wikimedia editor from Sudan who has contributed immensely to the improvement and creation of African scientists and academics articles. With several years of experience and close to 25, 000 edits on Wikimedia Foundation Projects, he has been able master the creation of good articles [5] around African scientists and academics see [Ahmed Mohamed El Hassan], [El Hadi Ahmed El Sheikh], [Wingfield] and so on. In general, he has created over one hundred articles in which 80 percent had attained B and C grades[[ https://xtools.wmcloud.org/pages/en.wikipedia.org/FuzzyMagma%7C Check here]]

Roles Lead instructor and facilitator

3.Ojewuyib is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor and a trainer. She has participated in many Wikimedia Projects such as Afro sport contest, Wikimedia Promotions in Akure and she is the leader of Federal Polytechnic of kaltungo Wikimedia Fan Club.

Roles Facilitator and in charge of recruiting women editors

4. Sadiq Y56 is a seasoned contributor to Wikimedia projects who has made a significant impact by training and recruiting more editors in Nigeria. He is the leader of Pen Resource University Wikimedia Fan Club


Project Manager, Facilitator and in charge of writing news publications for mass awareness

5. Tesleemah is the project lead of Wikimedia Awareness in Akure. She is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor and a training Associate working with Free Knowledge Africa. She has participated in many Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere where she served both as a trainer of the online sessions. She has participated in different wikimedia contests. She is the first prize winner of Wikipedia Nigeria Cuisine Project. Outside Wikipedia she has worked with different local and international organizations such as Theirworld ,YALI Kwara.


Facilitator and Communication Officer

6. Publicity manager (To be decided)
7. 2 volunteers from each of the selected institution
12. Will you be working with any internal (Wikimedia) or external partners? Describe the characteristics of these partnerships and bring a few examples of the most significant partnerships. (required)


13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Improve User Experience


Wikimedia Metrics[edit]

14. Please select and fill out Wikimedia Metrics for your proposal. (recommended)
14.1. Number of participants, editors, and organizers.

All metrics provided are optional, please fill them out if they are aligned with your programs and activities.

Participants, editors, and organizers
Metrics name Target Description
Number of all participants 210 These are the total number of participants from the four Universities , the organisers and the volunteers
Number of all editors 200 Since the programmes would majorly focused on article creation and improvement, twenty new editors and 30 existing editors would be recruited and trained from each of the university. Making 200 in four universities
Number of new editors 80
Number of retained editors 120
Number of all organizers 10 N/A
Number of new organizers 5
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 400
Wikimedia Commons 500
Wikidata 2000
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities We would ensure that at least 60% of editors in our programs continue to actively contribute after the project ends 120
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability We would maintain partnership with the four host institution and make sure that programmes like this continues after the end of the project 4
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors We would carry out a feedback survey for all our activities to measure and evaluate our impact for further improvements in subsequent projects and share learnings with other organizers in the movement. 5
The number of people reached through our social media publications related to the work developed within this proposal. The number of people reached through our social media publications related to the work developed within this proposal. 15000


16. Will you have any other revenue sources when implementing this proposal (e.g. other funding, membership contributions, donations)? (required)
16.1. List other revenue sources. (required)


16.2. Approximately how much revenue will you have from other sources in your local currency? (required)
17. Your local currency. (required)
18. What is the total requested amount in your local currency? (required)
25203477 NGN
19. What is the total requested amount in US dollars? (required)
32590 USD
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency) Amount USD
Year 1 N/A N/A
Year 2 N/A N/A
Year 3 N/A N/A
20. Does this proposal include compensation for staff or contractors? (required)
20.1. How many paid staff members do you plan to have? (required)

Include the number of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include them separately and mention their terms.

20.2. How many FTEs (full-time equivalents) in total? (required)

Include the total FTE of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include their FTEs with the terms separately.

20.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
21. Please provide an overview of your overall budget categories in your local currency. The budget breakdown should include only the amount requested with this General Support Fund (required).
Budget category Amount in local currency
Staff and contactor costs 12373600
Operational costs 12829877
Programmatic costs 25203477
22. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


Additional information[edit]

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