Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/AfroLiterature:Quotes From African Literatures (ID: 22579066)

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AfroLiterature: Quotes From African Literatures
proposed start date2024-06-08
proposed end date2024-07-31
budget (local currency)2000000 NGN
budget (USD)1307.71 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Ebubechukwu1
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

AfroLiterature: Quotes From African Literatures

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

2024-06-08 - 2024-07-31

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)

Not applicable

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)

Africa's rich tradition of storytelling and oral wisdom, passed down through generations, is a tapestry woven with African quotes, proverbs, parables, and philosophical tales. These narratives offer profound insights into life, spirituality, morality, and our shared human experiences. In today's world, African storytelling through literature continues this tradition, sharing cultural wisdom globally.

The main challenges we address center on the underrepresentation and the significant lack of diversity, representation, and proper documentation of quotes from African literature on Wikiquote. The primary goal of this project is to amplify the voices within African literature, making the profound wisdom and quotes more accessible to a global audience.

Approaches to Achieve the Project's Goals:

1) Creating Awareness: This will involve series of engaging public talks and impactful social media campaigns. Our primary objective is to increase the visibility and accessibility of profound quotes from African literature globally, aiming to rectify the current lack of diversity and representation on Wikiquote. Through multi-channel outreach efforts, we intend to gather wider support and participation to showcase these quotes and perspectives that offer deep insights into life, spirituality and morality offered by African literature, thereby fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for African literary heritage.

2)Content Creation and Enhancement: we will organize a series of dynamic activities, including editing campaigns, workshops, both physical and online training sessions, and engaging edit-a-thons. These initiatives will empower editors, whether they are new or experienced editors, to create and enhance high-quality articles, which in turn bridges the content gap and ensures that valuable quotes from African literature are properly documented on wikiquote. Ultimately, this approach will create a more inclusive platform that reflects the richness of African storytelling traditions by providing the tools, training, and focused efforts that enable comprehensive content creation and improvement driven by skilled editors dedicated to sharing impactful quotes and narratives from African literature and oral storytelling heritage with the world.

Through this project, we aim to engage and train individuals, both new and existing wikimedian editors, on how to effectively create and improve Wikiquote articles. Our goal is to ensure that these powerful and inspiring quotes from African literature are appropriately acknowledged, preserved, and documented. This effort will significantly bridge the content gap about notable and remarkable quotes from African literature on Wikiquote, making them accessible to the world.

Upon successful implementation, this project will enhance Wikiquote's representation of quotes from African literature and curate and promote quotes to educate, inspire, and celebrate the rich storytelling traditions and philosophies of Africa. By documenting these impactful words on Wikiquote, we hope to take a step towards recognizing the meaningful contributions of African literature. This endeavor aims to create a more inclusive, representative resource that acknowledges Africa's gift for imparting cultural insights through impactful stories.

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.

1)Creating Awareness: To effectively reach both new and existing wikimedian, editors, we will utilize E-posters and fliers, strategically distributed across platforms of our target participants. This approach aims to ensure widespread event awareness, reaching a diverse audience with maximum impact. Additionally, we will establish an inclusive WhatsApp group for interested individuals, optimizing efficient and cost-effective communication. Through an integrated messaging strategy, we will harmonize our messaging efforts to create a coherent and resonant message that underscores the event's significance and objectives.

2)Collaborative Community Building: We will establish strategic collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Through these alliances, we aim to cultivate a passionate and dedicated Wikiquote editing community comprised of writers, scholars, and literary enthusiasts who share our vision for enriching Wikiquote with quotes from African literature. Additionally, these partnerships will facilitate the exchange of ideas, resources, and support networks, further strengthening the community's capacity to curate and promote quotes from African literature globally.

3) Physical Training Day 1: This hands-on training session constitutes a pivotal element of our project, offering participants valuable practical skills and profound insights into the art of editing and contributing to Wikiquote. participants will be trained by experience volunteer facilitators with the use of teaching aids which includes projector and slides also with wikiquote training resources on how to make basic edits on wikiquote searching and retrieval of information on wikiquote, improving and creating articles on wikiquote to bridge the gap. This interactive training empowers both new and experienced contributors, fostering inclusivity and enabling effective participation.

4) Physical Meet Up (Edit a thon): This will offer a dynamic platform encompassing mentoring sessions aimed at enhancing participants editing skills, culminating in an engaging edit-a-thon session. Our dedicated team will provide invaluable guidance during the edit-a-thon, fostering a collaborative environment where participants can learn, apply their knowledge, and successfully contribute to the project's objectives. This comprehensive approach includes real-time monitoring and assessment, ensuring participants receive tailored support to become better editors, ultimately equipping them with essential skills and knowledge for ongoing contribution and growth.

5) Virtual Training(Online Follow up Training): The Virtual Training, serving as an online follow-up to our project, represents a formal and structured continuation of skill development. Through this, participants will receive targeted instruction, guided by experienced facilitators, to further enhance their proficiency in editing and contributing to Wikiquote towards the desired goal of the Project. This virtual training session underscores our commitment to sustained growth and knowledge refinement, ensuring participants remain equipped with the necessary tools and insights for impactful contributions.

6)Contest: Concluding the event with an online contest to engage participants and recognize their contributions. Prizes (gift vouchers) will be awarded to top 3 contributors, newest editors, and outstanding female contributors as incentives to encourage continued engagement in future Wikiquote projects and events.

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.

Ebubechukwu1 (Project Lead):I am an editor, trainer, and Kiwix Ambassador, I will serve as Project Lead. I have spearheaded major training programs, including Wiki Glam Lagos and Wikipedia Awareness for youth corps members. Notably, I served as Project Lead for the African Women in Education Wikiquote event and SheSaid 2023 Event in Nigeria. I will take on the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of this project, ensuring that every component aligns seamlessly with our goals. Additionally, I will lead the training sessions, providing guidance and mentorship to editors throughout the edit-a-thon to foster a collaborative and productive event.

Favourdare123 (Co-Facilitator and Jury):He has an extensive training experience and leadership in Wikiquote editing, he has led significant projects like WikiVibrance International Youth Day (IYD) 2022 and EveryBookItsReader 2024: African Books and Authors. Under a volunteer capacity, he will co-lead the informative training sessions. During the edit-a-thon, he will offer mentorship to editors and ensure the quality of contributions throughout the event.

Kingaustin07 (Co-Facilitator, Communications, and Logistics):He is a seasoned wikiquote editor and trainer, he has participated and won notable Wikiquote editing campaigns such as SheSaid 2022 and 2023 events. He will co-facilitate training sessions, guide participants through the Edit-a-thon, and manage communications and logistics for both team members and project participants, ensuring a seamless execution of objectives.

Alexander achie004 (Communications, Logistics, and Jury):He has expertise in communications, logistics, and content evaluation, his volunteer guidance during training, organizational skills, and perceptive feedback as a jury member will be critical in engaging new editors and shaping high-quality Wikiquote articles on African Literature.

Our team combines specialized skills in editing, training, mobilizing contributors, and assessing content. By capitalizing on our complementary capabilities and experience with Wikiquote events, we will collaborate to conduct an impactful event that enriches the representation of quotes from African literature on Wikiquote.

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: Our project is designed to engage a wide range of individuals, including new editors, existing Wikimedian editors and anyone interested in contributing to Wikiquote in Nigeria and across Africa.

Recruitment and Engagement:To recruit and engage participants, we will leverage our connections with Wikimedia groups, the Association of Nigerian Authors, and other platforms of our target audience. Prior to the event, we will share and distribute e-flyers, short videos, learning resources, and training materials across these designated platforms. Additionally, we will conduct pre-activity webinars and orientation sessions to familiarize potential participants with the objectives, expectations, and overall structure of the activities. These sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and feel more prepared for their involvement. Finally, we will send out an online registration form to enlist new editors and participants for the event, ensuring a seamless transition from recruitment to active engagement.

During the Event: During the event itself, my team and I will take an active role in training participants on Wikiquote editing, covering aspects such as article creation, improvement, citation, and sourcing standards. We will also closely monitor contributions to ensure high quality. In a collaborative and supportive setting, we will guide new editors to expand Wikiquote's coverage of quotes from African Literature.

Post-Event Sustainability: After the event, our commitment to participants does not end. We will work to ensure the sustainability of their engagement. This involves inviting them to join as community members of the Wikiquote editing community, a step that will keep them informed and foster participation in future and upcoming wiki events. Additionally, participants will be added to WhatsApp group designed for follow-up questions, feedback,virtual meet-ups and ongoing support. This group provides a direct line of communication between participants and the team running the event. Furthermore, we will conduct a post-event survey to gather feedback on the event and identify areas for improvement.

Project Impact: Through our project, we aim to engage editors in Nigeria and accross Africa to improve the representation of African Literature on Wikiquote. Our outreach efforts and hands-on training will equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to expand Wikiquote's coverage. The follow-up support we provide aims to create an inclusive editing community that continues to add these quotations, increasing the diversity of African Literature on Wikiquote while upholding the high-quality editing standards of Wikiquote.

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.

We are committed to upholding youth safety standards in accordance with international and local laws and the Wikimedia Youth Safety Policy. The Wikimedia Youth Safety Policy will be summarized and read at the beginning of each event, and all participants will be informed of its guidelines. Throughout the event, our team will strictly adhere to these policies to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees, particularly children and youth. The Wikimedia Youth Safety Policy can be found here[1].

In addition to adhering to established policies, we will actively solicit feedback from attendees following each event to assess their sense of safety and comfort. This feedback will be used to identify areas for improvement and refine our approach to youth safety. By continuously monitoring and evaluating our practices, we will maintain a welcoming and secure environment for young wikimedians and ensure that our events meet the highest standards of safety and inclusivity.

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.

The announcement of this project has been made on the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria discussion page to inform the community about the goals and objectives of this project, and to solicit their support, comments, and recommendations via this link(

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)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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)

In this project, we aim to learn and achieve several learning outcomes :

1. Enhanced Editing Skills:Through hands-on participation in editing wikiquote, we aim to enhance our editing skills, including article creation, improvement, citation, and sourcing standards. This will not only benefit our contributions to this project but also improve our overall proficiency in editing Wikimedia projects.

2. Community Engagement and Collaboration: We hope to learn effective strategies for engaging and collaborating with diverse communities, including new editors, existing wikimedian editors, Association of Nigerian Authors and individuals interested in contributing to Wikiquote in Nigeria and across Africa. Building strong community relationships is essential for the success and sustainability of this project.

3. Cultural Understanding and Appreciation: By focusing on African literature and quotes, we aim to deepen our understanding and appreciation of African culture, traditions, and literary heritage. This project provides an opportunity to explore diverse perspectives and narratives, fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

4. Project Management and Leadership: As project leads and facilitators, we seek to develop and refine our project management and leadership skills. This includes overseeing all aspects of the project, coordinating activities, managing resources, and guiding team members to achieve project goals effectively and efficiently.

5.)Editor Retention: We seek to understand and implement strategies to retain editors beyond the duration of this project. By providing ongoing support, mentorship, and opportunities for engagement, we aim to create a welcoming and supportive environment that encourages continued participation in Wikiquote and other Wikimedia projects.

6. Impact Assessment and Evaluation: Finally, we aim to learn how to assess and evaluate the impact of our work. This involves measuring the reach and effectiveness of our outreach efforts, evaluating participant engagement and satisfaction, and identifying areas for improvement. By collecting and analyzing data on project outcomes, we can continually refine our strategies and maximize our impact.

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 40 New Participants:20

Returning Participant:20

Number of editors 40 New Participants:20

Returning Participant:20

Number of organizers 4 Organizers faciltating and co-facilitating the event
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikiquote 300
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

100 articles Created and 200 articles improved

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)

Outreach Dashboard ,X tools and Global account information to efficiently and accurately track editors contributions.

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)

2000000 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.

1307.71 USD

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