Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Zaria (ID: 22204651)

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statusNot funded
Advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Zaria
proposed start date2023-10-02
proposed end date2023-11-06
budget (local currency)2145000 NGN
budget (USD)3019 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Bhaffa
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




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Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Main Proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Zaria

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2023-10-02 - 2023-11-06

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Wiki Loves Africa

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

Change: The goal of advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Zaria is increasing the quantity and quality of Hausa language content on Wikipedia, as well as promoting the understanding and appreciation of Hausa culture.

Challenges: Some of the challenges are:

  • Content Gap: Hausa language content on Wikipedia may be relatively limited, with fewer articles, stubs, or incomplete information compared to other languages.
  • Participation: Encouraging contributors, especially native Hausa speakers, to actively engage in creating and expanding Wikipedia articles in Hausa can be a challenge. This may be due to various reasons, including lack of awareness, limited digital literacy, or cultural barriers.
  • Reliable Sources: Ensuring that the Hausa Wikipedia content meets Wikipedia's reliable sourcing standards can be a challenge. Finding and citing credible sources in Hausa language may require additional effort.


  • Community Engagement: Engage with the Hausa-speaking community in Zaria to raise awareness about the importance of contributing to Wikipedia. Organize workshops, edit-a-thons nto encourage participation and provide training on editing Wikipedia articles.
  • Content Creation: Facilitate the creation of new Hausa-language articles and the expansion of existing ones. Identify key topics related to Hausa culture, history, literature, or notable personalities that are missing or underrepresented on Wikipedia and encourage contributors to focus on those areas.
  • Collaboration and Partnerships: Collaborate with local organizations, educational institutions, and cultural institutions in Zaria to form partnerships. This can include providing technical and content support, organizing joint workshop, or incorporating Wikipedia editing into relevant educational or cultural programs.
  • Capacity Building: Offer training and resources to support contributors in improving their digital literacy skills, sourcing and referencing information, and adhering to Wikipedia's guidelines and policies.
7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

List of our planned activities

1.Community Outreach and Awareness:
  • Organize workshop or training sessions to introduce Wikipedia editing and its importance in promoting Hausa language and culture.
  • Conduct awareness campaigns through social media, and community events to reach a wider audience and encourage participation.
2. Content Creation and Translation:
  • Identify key topics and articles that need to be created or expanded on the Hausa Wikipedia.
  • Organize edit-a-thons to engage contributors in creating high-quality content.
  • Provide guidance and resources for translating existing articles from English language into Hausa.
3. Partnerships and Collaborations:
  • Establish partnerships with local educational institutions, cultural organizations, or libraries to facilitate access to resources, expertise, and support for the project.
  • Collaborate with Hausa language experts, scholars, or community leaders who can provide guidance on content accuracy and cultural nuances.
4. Capacity Building and Training:
  • Offer training sessions and workshops on Wikipedia editing, reliable sourcing, referencing, and adhering to Wikipedia's guidelines.
  • Develop training materials, guides, or video tutorials to support new contributors and ensure a sustainable editing community.
5. Monitoring and Evaluation: Gather feedback from contributors and community members to assess the impact and make necessary improvements.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

I, Muhammad Ahmad (Bhaffa: Wikimedia Username) have a strong background that aligns well with the requirements mentioned in the grant application. My experience as a Language Propagation Officer at the Centre for Digitization of Indigenous African Languages (CDIAL) demonstrates my expertise and commitment to language translation and propagation.

My experience of more than 3 years in interpretation and translations further highlights my proficiency in bridging the gap between English and Hausa languages. This experience showcases my ability to accurately and effectively convey meaning and context between the two languages, which is essential for translating Wikimedia/Wikipedia articles.

Additionally, my involvement in editing Wikimedia/Wikipedia articles from English to Hausa Language demonstrate my understanding of the platform and my commitment to improving content in the Hausa language.

Moreover, my training experience through CDIAL by organizing and conducting more than 5 training sessions for local communities demonstrates my ability to effectively share my knowledge and skills with others. These training sessions, specifically related to our dictionary product, highlight my organizing experience and my dedication to empowering and educating others in language propagation.

Here’s the list of the Team members:

Username. Role. Wikimedia group

1. Bhaffa: Lead Coordinator Hausa Wikimedians User Group
2. Masssly: Event organizer Hausa Wikimedians User Group
3. Anasskoko. Facilitator Hausa Wikimedians User Group
4. Gwanki. Trainer/Organizer Hausa Wikimedians User Group
5. Drehabilitator. Trainer. Hausa Wikimedians User Group
6. Em-mustapha. Trainer. Hausa Wikimedians User Group

We also have 5 Local community Volunteers

1. Abdulrahman Ladan (Lecturer, Hausa Department, Federal College of Education Zaria)
2. Mal. Suleiman Yusuf (Hausa Teacher at Government Secondary School Kwarbai)
3. Musa Ibrahim (B.A Hausa)
4. Jamilu Lawal Adam
5. Ibrahim Ahmad Bamalli
9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities? (required)

Target participants:

1. Hausa-speaking Community: The primary target participants are individuals who are native speakers of the Hausa language from Zaria and have a strong connection to Hausa culture. This can include students, academics, professionals, cultural enthusiasts, and community members residing in Zaria.
2. Wikimedia/Wikipedia Contributors: Engaging existing contributors to Wikimedia projects, especially those interested in language and culture preservation, can be valuable. They can provide guidance, mentorship, and contribute their expertise to the project.
3. Educational Institutions: Targeting students and teachers from colleges, and universities in Zaria can help foster interest in Wikipedia editing and promote the integration of Wikimedia projects into educational activities. (We're already in talk with Federal College of Education Zaria management)

Engaging Participants:

1. Pre-Activity Engagement:
  • We conduct outreach campaigns through social media, local community centers, and relevant online forums to generate awareness about the project.
  • Organize informational sessions or meetups where potential participants can learn about the project's goals, activities, and benefits.
2. During the Activities:
  • Facilitate interactive workshop, training sessions, and edit-a-thons where participants can gain hands-on experience in editing Wikipedia.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive environment that encourages knowledge sharing, creativity, and cultural exchange.
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to participants during the activities, addressing their questions or challenges promptly.
3. Post-Activity Follow-up:
  • Maintain communication channels, such as email lists, social media groups, or online forums, to stay connected with participants after the activities.
  • Encourage participants to continue their contributions on Wikipedia and provide opportunities for ongoing collaboration and networking.
  • Conduct feedback surveys or individual follow-ups to gather insights, evaluate participant experiences, and identify areas for improvement in future activities.
  • Recognize and appreciate the efforts of participants through certificates, acknowledgments, or showcasing their work on relevant platforms.
10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

-I reached out to them through social media (WhatsApp to be precise), physically, and on-wiki discussion page, and we already have 5 professional editors and translators. Here are the steps taken about the proposal:

  • Identify Relevant Wikimedia/Wikipedia Community: I have identified the Wikimedia community which is Hausa Wikimedians User Group.
  • Introduce My Project Idea: I started by sharing my project proposal or idea on social media group and Wikimedia discussion page. I provided a brief overview of the project, its goals, and the intended impact on advancing Hausa Language and Culture with Wikipedia in Zaria.
  • Seek Feedback: I encouraged the community members to share their thoughts, suggestions, and concerns about the project.
  • Incorporate Community Input: We review the feedback received and incorporate valuable suggestions into the project plan.

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)


13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Culture, heritage or GLAM

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Linguistic / Language

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

1. The effectiveness of the proposed activities in engaging participants and increasing the quality and quantity of content on Wikipedia in Hausa language and culture.

2. The impact of the project on the Hausa community, including their awareness and appreciation of their language and culture, and their ability to access and share knowledge online.
3. The challenges and barriers faced by participants in contributing to Wikipedia, such as language barriers, technical challenges, or lack of resources, and how to overcome them.
4. The potential for scalability and sustainability of the project, including how to involve more participants, maintain quality standards, and secure long-term funding and support.
18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 200 New Participants: 170

Returning participants: 30

Number of editors 100 Newly Registered Users (new editors): 85

Returning editors: 15

Number of organizers 6 Organizers:
1. Bhaffa
2. Masssly
3. Anasskoko
4. Gwanki
5. Drehabilitator
6. Em-mustapha
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 200
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Translatewiki 1000
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

Demographic data: To collect data on the demographics of participants, we could use survey tools such as Google Forms, or SurveyMonkey.

Quantity and quality of content: To measure the quantity and quality of content created or improved on Wikipedia, we could use tools such as Wikimedia Statistics, or WikiMetrics.

Feedback from participants: To gather feedback from participants, we could use tools such as Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, or Typeform to create surveys.

Impact on the target community: To measure the impact of the project on the target community, we could use surveys and interviews to collect feedback on the usefulness and relevance of the content.

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

2145000 NGN

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

3019 USD

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Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).