Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Building French Wikimedia Community in Nigeria (ID: 21941984)

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statusNot funded
Building French Wikimedia Community in Nigeria
proposed start date2022-10-11
proposed end date2022-11-11
grant start date2022-10-11T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-11-11T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1115975.75 NGN
budget (USD)2645 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Atchrimiade
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

User: Atchrimiade and User: Omorodion1



Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Edo Wikimedia Hub

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Building French Wikimedia Community in Nigeria

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

Nigeria as an Anglophone country in West Africa, has French speakers and readers from its neighboring countries. It is established that, Nigerians use French language to communicate with their Francophone neighbors, French as a second official language, as a career, subject for students, for the job market and for sustaining the Franco- Nigerian relationship. Nigeria has more than 6000 (six thousand) students studying French language as major across the public and private institutions in the country including the Nigerian French Village in Lagos. These Students, French Teachers and Lecturers need to read articles in French to carry out their research works, few Nigerian articles are written French language. Not much project expressing Nigerian realities in French language. This project therefore have twin objectives of training French Speakers and Writers in Nigeria to contribute Nigerian content to the French Language Wikipedia, as well as to help create articles about Nigerian institutions and culture in French Language. This will ultimately set the foundation for the establishment of a French Wikimedia Community in Nigeria.

2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

The main approach is to build capacity by training French speakers and writers in Nigeria to contribute contents to the French Wikipedia. I believe this approach will be effective because the native French speakers in Nigeria the lack the necessary wiki skills to contribute contents in the French language Wikipedia.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

The following activities will be carried out to insure the successful execution of the project:

1. Sensitization and awareness campaign about Wikipedia and its sisters projects
2. Wikipedia Editing Training and Edit-a-thon
3. Creation of Outreach Dashboard to monitor participants’ contributions, as well as to measure the project metrics.
4. Creation of whatsapp group for mentoring of the participants before, during and after the event.
4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Art+Feminism, Wiki Loves Africa, WikiGap

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?


User: Omorodion1 (Volunteer Facilitator and Co-organizer) - User Omorodion1 is an experienced Wikimedian who has organized and facilitated several Wikimedia projects in Nigeria. He will bring his experience into this project.

User: Atchrimiade ( Volunteer Project Lead)- User: Atchrimiade will help coordinate this project being a French speaker and French Lecturer in Nigeria.

User: Nosakhare Okuons (Publicity) - User Nosakhare Okuons will handle publicity for this project.

6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap, Geography, Language

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language

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?

The target participants are French Lecturers and Students at the Nigerian French Village located in Lagos. The participants will be engaged using Social Media platforms such as Whatsapp group for communication and mentoring before, during and after the project.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

We will adopt the community`s safe space and civility policies.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

The project has been announced in the discussion pages of the Edo Wikimedia Hub and the Wikimedia Usergroup Nigeria

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

I hope to learn about the readiness of French speakers and writers to contribute content about Nigeria in French Wikipedia.

16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Number of events This will include training and edit-a-thon 2
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants New Participant = 30

Old Participant = 10

Number of editors total editors for this project 43
Number of organizers minimum number of editors 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia minimum number of articles to be created or improved 50
Wikimedia Commons minimum number of upload 30
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.


Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

1115975.75 NGN

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

2645 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.


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  • 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.
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  • 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).