Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Building Wikimedia awareness in Federal University of Technology Akure (ID: 21961110)

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Building Wikimedia awareness in Federal University of Technology Akure
proposed start date2022-11-05
proposed end date2022-12-05
budget (local currency)1082000 NGN
budget (USD)2525 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Tesleemah
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.

Tesleemah Taoheedah Taofeeq Abdulkareem Abdullahalaba Ibjaja055



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.


1. African & Proud
2. Free Knowledge Africa
3. Wikimedia Fan Club, University of Ilorin
4. Wikimedia User Group Nigeria
5. Wikimedia Project Nigeria
6. Wikimedia and libraries user group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Building Wikimedia awareness in Federal University of Technology Akure

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.

Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) is the best university of technology in Nigeria located in the populous city of Akure with over 20,000-24,000 students in the school.

The focus of the project include the following:

1. Acceptability of Wikipedia and it's sister project by students and staffs in FUTA.
2. Encourage contribution of students and staffs to the wikimedia community.
3. establishment of Wikimedia Fan Club in Federal University of Akure (FUTA).


Due to the assesibility of Wikipedia to editing by everyone, the university community believe wikipedia is prone to flaws and not reliable hence the contents can't be used for researches however we will educate and show them how the community has protected the articles from vandalism making it safe and available to editing only by qualified editors through online and physical trainings.


Since many believe wikimedia projects are done by professionals however my team and I planned to train the Students and lecturers on how to edit wikimedia contents and make use of the community to carry out research purposes.


After the repeated training of the students and staffs, In order to ensure the continuity of subsequent projects.There is need to establish a platform where Communication will be maintained and issues relating to editing of contents will be addressed.

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

Creating awareness about wikimedia in Federal University of Akure (FUTA)

Establishment of Wikimedia Fan Club in the University environment

Creation of new articles and editing the existing ones which will in turn expand wikimedia Community

Recruitment of new editors

Documenting articles related to the university as well as uploading images on the wikimedia common

Improving the skills of existing editors

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

My Team and I plan to create awareness about wikimedia on campus by sharing posters and stickers as well as seeking permission from the authorities so as to recruit participants.

There are 5 steps we plan to take:

1. Awareness creation: My Team and I will make our presence known in the campus including the academic officers, lecture halls by creating awareness about wikipedia and sister Projects. We plan to carry out the awareness program by handing out handbills and fliers containing information about wikimedia Community . We plan to recruit new editors and existing wikimedia editors in FUTA.
2. 1st Virtual Onboarding Training; This is targeted at educating the new editors recruited about how wikimedia works. This is will include creation of account and minor editing through zoom sessions with the link available for others. Existing editors will also be encouraged and exposed to new knowledge.
3. Practical sessions: This will involve interaction with participants recruited. This will involve two physical sessions. The first one will introduce the participants to editing while the 2nd practical session will answer questions and solve problems encountered while editing.
4. Second Virtual training: This training will be done to confirm and ascertain the editors can now edit and to test their capacity.
5. Edit-a-thon: There will be 3 weeks of editing of articles on Wikipedia whereby the participants will get certificate of participation as well too editors will get...
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.

1Lib1Ref, Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Monuments, WikiGap, Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos

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

Yes, Tesleemah is an experienced wikimedia project editor. she is the project lead abd indigene of the state the host university ( Federal University of Akure). She has participated in different wikimedia projects. She is the 6th Top Editor of wikiExploreNigeria projects. The 2nd highest editor of Wikipedia Awareness and Training in Gombe edit-a-thon, the 2nd runner-up of Wikiproject Public Domain Contest in Nigeria and the first prize winner of Wikipedia Nigeria Cuisine Project.

Ibjaja055 is a an experienced Wikimedia projects editor. 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. He is the project lead of Wikimedia promotion in Federal University of Kashere and he is one of the Online Facilitator for the project

Taoheedah has also participated in different wikimedia projects. She is one of the top contributor to Explore Nigeria Project, WikiLagos, Wiki Awareness in Gombe, WikiGlam Lagos , Nigeria Cuisine project. She also participated in Wiki LIS Awareness, Afrosport Nigeria, Afrocreatives, Wiki Pages Wanted Photo (WPWP) Project and De-Stub Yoruba Wikipedia Articles Contest. She is one of the offline facilitator for the project.

Abdullahalaba has contributed to various Wikimedia projects as well, ranging from Wiki Human Right,Afro sports, Wikilibarians and Afro creatives. He was the 4th top editor for Wikilagos 2022 and the weekly top editor for LasginfOfficers4wiki. He will also facilitate offline and be in charge of logistics arrangements.

Taofeeq Abdulkareem has participated in various Wikimedia projects as well. He participated in Afrocreatives Wikiproject, Nigeria Cuisine, Wiki Glam awareness for librarians in Lagos State, African Games and sports writing contest, wikipedia awareness for librarians at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Wikihuman rights 2022, Wikilagos Nigeria ministries and parastatals cleanup, Wikifor human rights 2021, Art & Feminism at University of Ilorin where he was one of the top 10 editors and he is the top editor for Wiki loves SDGs Nigeria Contest.

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.

Geography, Language, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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.

Federal University of Technology Akure comprises of people with diverse religion, language and tribe hence the focus will be on articles related to Nigeria heritage, Culture, Yoruba and English Wikipedia

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 , Diversity

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

Gender Identity, Geographic , Age, Digital Access

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 of the project are all members of the University since it is a learning community , we plan to recruit participants by communicating with the Deans, Faculty Officers, Student Union, Class representatives and Course representatives.

My team and I will supervise the new editors during the 3 week edit-a-thon to prevent vandalism by supplying them with necessary knowledge pertaining to contributing to wikipedia and its sister Projects. At the end of the project, there will be expansion of articles on Wikipedia, Wikidata items and more images will be uploaded on Wikimedia Common which will be available for Pages Wanting Photos.

The participants will be followed by creation of WhatsApp platform titled 'Wikimedian Fan Club in FUTA' , Issues related to editing on Wikipedia will be discussed. Also other vital information and more will be passed on the platform.

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

We will ensure no form of harassment is expressed by our participants . We will ensure special tag are given to the facilitators such that any form of harassment can be reported. Since it is a University Community, we will ensure underage do not attend the program except with the guidance of a parent or legal guardians

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.

I have informed Wikimedia Nigeria group through the meta user group via this link

Also I have informed Wikimedia and libraries user group on the meta page via this link

And Wikiproject Nigeria group through the talk page via this link

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.

School authorities : we are going to seek permission from the school so as to make use of lecture halls, park and other places for the awareness creation.

FUTA library: we will seek the consent of the librarian to introduce us to public domain collections in the school

Student Union : We will work with the student Union in order to help with mobilization, publicity through their social media pages and facilitate securing a space for the training.

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.

Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

Are the new recruits able to contribute tothe wikimedia Community?

Was enough awareness about wikimedia projects done at FUTA?

Were there enough expansion of articles and were new articles created by participants?

Did existing editors benefited from the project?

Did the project lead to establishment of Wikimedia Fan Club in FUTA?

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 awareness beneficiaries Total No. of staffs and students who will be participated in the awareness program 550
Number of editors Total number of contributors to wikimedia projects 55
Number of events Total No. of events and training that will be carried out during the awareness creation 5
Number of articles creates or Improved The Total No. of articles created or stubs expanded during the edit-a-thon 200
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants This include the number of delegates from the school authorities and the student Union 60
Number of editors 30 new editors & 25 existing editors 55
Number of organizers 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Articles created, stubs expanded and edited articles during the training 50
Wikidata Number of data items created or edited during the training 50
Wikimedia Commons Free images uploaded during the training 100
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.

We will make use of hashtag tool, meta pages and wikimedia foundation outreach dashboard to monitor some of the project metrics such as number of participants, article views, number of references among others.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1082000 NGN

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

2525 USD

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

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