Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Bridging the gap of sports and games in Nigeria (ID: 22590068)

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Bridging the gap of sports and games in Nigeria
proposed start date2024-06-10
proposed end date2024-07-10
budget (local currency)1800000 NGN
budget (USD)1295 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Abdullahalaba
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Bridging the gap of sports and games in Nigeria

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

2024-06-10 - 2024-07-10

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)

Other (please specify) Wikimedia training Knowledge gap

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)

In Nigeria, there exists a multitude of games, sports, and cultural recreational activities that are largely unknown and overlooked. This lack of recognition is often attributed to systemic and racial biases, resulting in a significant underrepresentation of professional athletes and sportspeople, thus limiting their visibility. To address this issue, our project is dedicated to decolonizing the knowledge base surrounding the Nigerian sports scene. Despite its vast potential and rapid growth, the Nigerian sports sector remains largely untapped and receives inadequate coverage. Furthermore, the existing content often fails to accurately portray the true diversity and richness of the country's sports landscape. Through this contest, we aim to bridge this gap by highlighting the breadth of sporting activities, amplifying the voices of marginalized athletes, and showcasing the cultural significance embedded within Nigerian sports and recreational pursuits. By shedding light on lesser-known sports and providing a platform for underrepresented athletes, we strive to foster inclusivity and promote a more comprehensive understanding of Nigeria's sporting heritage. The initiative seeks to significantly reduce the content gap and ensure that the Nigerian sports scene receives the recognition and appreciation it rightfully deserves. Highlighting Nigerian athletes and sports that are not yet represented on Wikipedia is crucial for promoting inclusivity and preserving the country's sporting heritage. Some notable athletes and sports that warrant inclusion on Wikipedia include:

1. Traditional Nigerian sports: Nigeria boasts a rich cultural heritage with a variety of traditional sports such as Dambe (traditional boxing), Kokawa (wrestling), and Ayo (a board game). Documenting the history, rules, and notable practitioners of these sports would enrich Wikipedia's coverage of Nigerian sports culture.

2. Underrepresented athletes: Many Nigerian athletes, particularly in lesser-known sports or disciplines, may not have comprehensive Wikipedia articles detailing their achievements and contributions to their respective sports. By researching and documenting their accomplishments, Wikipedia can provide recognition and visibility to these athletes.

3. Emerging sports: Nigeria's sporting landscape is continuously evolving, with athletes excelling in emerging sports such as para-sports, mixed martial arts, and extreme sports. Highlighting the achievements of athletes in these less traditional sports can contribute to a more diverse representation of Nigerian sports on Wikipedia.

4. Female athletes: While Nigerian male athletes often receive more attention, there is a need to spotlight the accomplishments of female athletes across various sports. Documenting their achievements can help address gender disparities in sports coverage on Wikipedia and inspire future generations of female athletes.

5. Regional and indigenous sports: Nigeria is a diverse country with various ethnic groups, each with its own unique sporting traditions. Exploring and documenting regional and indigenous sports from different parts of Nigeria can provide valuable insights into the country's cultural diversity and sporting heritage.

By identifying and documenting these underrepresented athletes and sports on Wikipedia, we can contribute to a more comprehensive and inclusive representation of Nigeria's sporting landscape. Here are a few examples of Nigerian female athletes who are not well mentioned on the Wikimedia space

 -Chioma Ajunwa-Opara: She made history as Nigeria's first Olympic gold medalist in an individual event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, winning the women's long jump.
 -Blessing Okagbare: A track and field athlete known for her prowess in sprints, she has won numerous medals at international competitions, including the Olympics, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games.
 -Perpetua Nkwocha: A former Nigerian footballer who represented the national team, Super Falcons, she is considered one of Africa's greatest female footballers, having won multiple African Women's Championships and represented Nigeria at several FIFA Women's World Cups.
 -Oyinlomo Quadre: A rising star in Nigerian tennis, she has achieved success at junior levels and is regarded as one of Africa's most promising young tennis players.
-Ngozi Okobi: A football midfielder who has represented Nigeria at multiple FIFA Women's World Cups and Olympic Games, she has had a successful career playing for both club and country.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more Nigerian female athletes who have achieved remarkable feats in various sports. Creating Wikipedia articles for these athletes would help celebrate their accomplishments and ensure their contributions are recognized and preserved for posterity.

The project aims to implement several key strategies to achieve its objectives: 1. Physical and Virtual Trainings: Participants will receive training sessions to equip them with the skills needed to identify and create high-quality articles. Special emphasis will be placed on improving existing sports and games articles specific to Nigeria, which often lack readability and visual content. New editors will actively contribute to these articles, demonstrating their learning and editing abilities. Close monitoring will ensure the integrity of edits and prevent vandalism. Weekly training sessions will be conducted to review the quality of contributions and provide ongoing support. 2. Edit-a-thon: Experienced editors will be selected to create new articles related to Nigerian sports and games topics. This process will be closely monitored to safeguard against vandalism and maintain article quality. 3. Translate-a-thon: Facilitators from Hausa and Yoruba communities will assist editors in translating sport-related articles into these languages, ensuring broader accessibility and reach within Nigeria. 4. Wiki Loves Women in sport: This initiative will focus on addressing the gender gap on Wikipedia by creating articles about notable Nigerian women in various fields in sports and games. 5. Feedback Mechanism: A Google Form survey will be created to gather feedback from participants regarding their experiences and perceptions of the campaign. This feedback will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the project and make necessary adjustments for future initiatives. By implementing these strategies, the project aims to significantly enhance the quality and quantity of Nigerian-related content on Wikipedia, particularly in the area of sports, while also fostering community engagement and participation. This approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of the Nigerian community, particularly focusing on establishing a community of young editors. Tesleemah, a prominent Yoruba Wikipedia editor with extensive experience in Wikimedia campaigns, will play a key role as a facilitator for both online and offline sessions. This partnership with the Yoruba User group, facilitated by Tesleemah, will greatly contribute to project execution and the sustained growth of the community. To foster collaboration and communication among young editors in Nigeria, a WhatsApp group will be created. This platform will facilitate ongoing interaction, knowledge sharing, and support among participants. Participants will undergo comprehensive training to effectively contribute to various Wikimedia projects covered in the sessions. This training will include creating Wikipedia accounts, understanding core content policies, mastering general editing principles, creating new articles, and making minor edits. These skills will empower participants to enrich content related to individuals, places, organizations, and other topics of interest. To monitor progress and provide assistance, the outreach dashboard will be utilized. This tool enables tracking of contributions and offers one-on-one support to both offline and online editors. By utilizing the outreach dashboard, the project aims to promote engagement and ensure fruitful participation, ultimately contributing to the growth and sustainability of the young editor community in Nigeria.

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.

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. (Help video) When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships. The project will span over the course of one month, comprising six different sessions aimed at bridging the gap in sports and games coverage in Nigeria: 1. Two-Day In-Person Workshop: The project will kick off with a two-day in-person workshop. This workshop will provide participants with foundational knowledge of Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Commons Wiki. Three facilitators will guide participants through general and specific notability guidelines, sourcing reliable references, and writing from an objective standpoint to avoid vandalism. 2. Two Series of Online Reinforcement Training: Following the in-person workshop, two series of online reinforcement training sessions will be conducted. These sessions will focus on refining participants' editing skills on platforms like Wikipedia and Wikicommons. An online facilitator will address any lingering questions and help participants improve their editing abilities. 3. Edit-a-thon: Participants will have a two-week period after the training sessions to put their newfound knowledge into practice through an edit-a-thon. During this time, they will contribute to Wikipedia articles related to sports and games in Nigeria, applying the skills learned during the workshops and online training sessions. 4. Review and Award Presentation: Following the edit-a-thon, a three-day review session will be conducted to assess participants' contributions. Winners of the edit-a-thon will be identified based on the quality and quantity of their edits. These winners will be rewarded with gift vouchers as recognition for their efforts and contributions to improving content related to sports and games in Nigeria. By implementing these sessions, the project aims to empower participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute effectively to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia platforms, thereby enhancing the coverage of sports and games in Nigeria.

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.

Abdullahalaba(project lead, organizer and facilitator): Abdullahalaba brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as the project lead, particularly in the realm of Wikimedia projects. With a background as a Wikimedia Project Facilitator, he has played a pivotal role in fostering the growth of the Wikimedia community. Notably, Abdullahalaba served as the project lead for Wikimedia promotion at Lead City University, where his efforts resulted in the retention of over 50 editors who made significant contributions to Wikimedia projects. During the Wikimedia Promotion event in Akure, Abdullahalaba conducted enlightening sessions that equipped participants with the skills needed to navigate Wikidata items effectively. His proficiency as a Seasoned Trainer was evident as he skillfully imparted knowledge, enabling participants to make valuable contributions to Wikimedia projects.Abdullahalaba's commitment to the Wikimedia cause extends beyond individual events. He has actively engaged in a diverse array of Wikimedia projects, including Wiki Loves Library, Wikimedia Promotion in Lagos, Afrosport Nigeria, Wiki Climate Campus Tour, Afrocreatives Wikiprojects, and Wiki for Human Rights, among others. His contributions to these initiatives have been remarkable and have significantly enriched the Wikimedia community.In addition to his expertise in Wikimedia projects, Abdullahalaba possesses strong event management and planning skills, demonstrated through his leadership roles in Lead City University and Akure Physical Training. His dedication to the Wikimedia community and his passion for promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration make him an invaluable asset to Wikipedia and the broader Wikimedia movement. Role: He is the project lead and overseer of the success of the project.

Tesleemah is a certified organizer with expertise in Wikimedia projects focused on climate change and sustainability. As the project lead for Wikimedia promotion in Akure, she has played a crucial role in organizing and facilitating various initiatives within the Wikimedia community.Tesleemah's contributions extend beyond her role as a project lead. She has served as a facilitator for prominent events such as the Explore Africa contest and the Afrosports project, spearheaded by Free Knowledge Africa. Additionally, Tesleemah has facilitated Wikimedia awareness sessions at institutions like the Federal University of Kashere, further demonstrating her commitment to spreading knowledge and awareness about Wikimedia projects.With her experience and dedication, Tesleemah will be a valuable asset to the project. Her involvement as a certified organizer and her coordination of sessions will ensure the smooth execution of the project's objectives. Being in the Yoruba Wikimedia community,She will be training editors on how to go about translating articles to Yoruba. Tesleemah's presence will provide invaluable guidance and support, both physically and in coordinating various aspects of the project. Role: facilitator and communication manager.

Ibjaja055 is an experienced Wikimedia editor and coordinator with a proven track record of leadership. He has led various Wikimedia initiatives, including promotions at the Federal University of Kashere and Wiki Loves AfroDemics (Nigeria). He has also facilitated Wikimedia promotion in Akure and coordinated Wikiclimatecampustour. Additionally, being from the Hausa Wikipedia Community, he will train participants to translate sports and games articles into Hausa, promoting inclusivity within the Wikimedia. Role: Facilitator and trainer.

Kamoranesi90. He is a Wikipedia editor, a lover of sport who holds a master degree in transportation geography. He is a data analyst. Kamoranesi90 will help with logistics and analysis of data retrieved. Role: logistics manager.

Pmanofficial: He is a Wikipedia editor who will train people on how to use Wikidata and as well as Yoruba Wikipedia. Role: Online Facilitator and trainer.

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)

The target participants for the program are Nigerian youths, and prior to the activities, Google forms will be released to call for applications. From the applicants, forty participants will be selected and trained for the program. To ensure the integrity of articles and prevent vandalism, only experienced editors will be permitted to create and translate articles, with close monitoring in place. Additionally, there will be weekly reviews of edits conducted to maintain quality. Following the activities, the WhatsApp group created for the participants will be maintained to provide continuous mentoring and exposure to similar projects in the future. This will facilitate ongoing support and collaboration within the community of participants beyond the program's duration.

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.

The event will strictly adhere to the Wikimedia-friendly space policy, ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. Before the event commences, the general friendly space policy for Wikimedia events and the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) will be distributed to participants. Additionally, measures will be taken to maintain a safe and conducive atmosphere throughout the event. Participants aged 14 or younger will be permitted to register for the training, as the target audience includes youths interested in Sports in Nigeria. However, mature content such as violent or sexually explicit imagery will not be displayed in public areas of the venue. To further ensure the safety of all attendees, copies of the youth safety plan will be made available at the event. Additionally, all physical events will comply with local laws and regulations applicable to young attendees, thereby promoting a secure and lawful environment for everyone involved.

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.

Discussing the project idea with community members through the Discussion page of the Nigeria Wikimedians User Group fosters transparency and inclusivity within the community. Here is the link to the Discussion page: [1]. Engaging with community members will contribute to the effective planning and implementation of the project.

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)

Other Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context)

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


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)

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

Did the project train new and existing editors? Did the project close the knowledge gap by improving the visibility of sports and games articles in Nigeria? Did the project close gender gaps relating to sports articles in Nigeria? Did the project translate articles related to sports and games articles in Nigeria? Did the project improve articles in Nigeria?

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 60 Total number of participants including facilitators and organiser during the physical events
Number of editors 40 These are people who will be trained and contribute to the project. 30 old editors and 10 new editors.
Number of organizers 5 Total number of people that will coordinate the project to ensure it's success
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 30
Wikimedia Commons 50
Wikidata 30
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

30 Wikipedia articles: 30 articles to be translated and improved 50 wikicommon: 50 pictures related to Sports and games in Nigeria will be uploaded 30 wikidata items: 20 new Wikidata items related to Sports and games will be Created and 10 existing missing data items will be worked on.

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)

I will use WMF Dashboard tool and project Meta page

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)

1800000 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.

1295 USD

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