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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Celebrate 'Africa Create' Through the Lens:Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Northern Nigeria (ID: 22362820)

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Celebrate 'Africa Create' Through the Lens: Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Northern Nigeria
proposed start date2024-01-20
proposed end date2024-08-29
budget (local currency)3767902 NGN
budget (USD)4904 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• 787IYO
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




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Co-Founder (Ibrahim Yakubu): Description: As a co-founder, I play a pivotal role in the establishment and leadership of the Kiwix Wikimedians User Group. I work closely with other co-founders and group members to shape the group's mission, objectives, and strategic direction. My responsibilities include fostering collaboration, promoting our group's activities, and representing our user group within the Wikimedia community. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kiwix_Wikimedians_User_Group

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Celebrate 'Africa Create' Through the Lens: Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Northern Nigeria

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

2024-01-20 - 2024-08-29

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)

A. The changes we are bringing for the project, "Celebrate 'Africa Create' Through the Lens: Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Northern Nigeria," are summarized as:

1. Highlight African Creativity and Innovation: We will focus on showcasing the diverse creative and innovative endeavors in Northern Nigeria, from traditional arts to contemporary technology.
2. Address Knowledge Gaps: We tackle challenges related to limited internet access in Northern Nigeria by encouraging the creation and dissemination of content about the region through Wikimedia platforms.
3. Empower Local Communities: We aim to empower local communities to actively participate in knowledge sharing and content creation. By engaging residents in photography and Wikimedia projects, we provide them with the tools and skills to tell their stories and contribute to the global knowledge resources.

B. Main Challenges our project recognizes and seeks to addressed includes:

1. Knowledge Underrepresentation: Northern Nigeria's cultural and historical richness is inadequately represented on Wikimedia, impacting global awareness of its contributions.
2. Awareness Gap: A lack of awareness about Wikimedia's potential for knowledge sharing poses a significant challenge.

C. Our approach in achieving the aboved mentioned are:

1. Photo Workshops: We will organize photography workshops in Northern Nigeria to encourage local residents to capture and share their creativity and innovations. These event will raise awareness and provide opportunities for hands-on participation.
2. Content Creation: We actively engage local communities, educators, and content contributors in the creation and improvement of Wikimedia content about Northern Nigeria. This includes articles, images, and other media that reflect the region's creative endeavors.
3. Community Building: We work to build and strengthen the Wikimedia community in Northern Nigeria, providing training and support to new contributors and fostering more content creation.

In summary, the project aims to address knowledge gaps, empower local communities, and celebrate the creative and innovative spirit of Northern Nigeria by engaging residents, promoting content creation, and providing access to knowledge. These approaches collectively contribute to the change we want to bring by showcasing the region's contributions to the broader narrative of African creativity and innovation.

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.

The planned activities for "Celebrate 'Africa Create' Through the Lens: Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Northern Nigeria" includes:

Northern Nigeria comprises of 3 geo-political zones namely; Northwest, Northcentral and Northeast. We plan to have a photo-hunt to prominent state in each of the zones. In "Northwest" we will visit "kano state" as they have prominent places needed to be documented in global knowledge source as it is termed as the "Center of Commerce", in North Central we will have a photo-walk in "Niger state" since it is the state with largest land space with vast man-made activities. It is term as the "power state" while in North East we will have a photowalk in "Maiduguri" since fewer information on the culture and heritage of the north east people of Nigeria is documented. That is why we made a team that comprises of people of this region who will aid the project actualization as their roles is clearly indicated in question 8 below.

1. Photography Workshops: Organize photography workshops in various locations in Northern Nigeria (Northwest, Northeast and Northcentral). These workshops aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to capture creative and innovative aspects of their communities. Because of such we made a team that are located at the various locations as follows:

Northwest we have (787IYO, Hajjo30 and Galdiz), Northcentral we have ( Misbahu Umar) who is currently contributing to the Nupe incubator and (Mohammadbama123) who is an administrator in incubator and the co-founder kanuri Wikimedians User Group will represent (Northeast) respectively.

2. Local Community Engagement: Engage with local communities in Northern Nigeria to raise awareness about the project and encourage them to participate in photography and Wikimedia activities.
3. Documentation: We will document the progress and outcomes of the project through reports, social media handles so as to share the experience and insights with a wider audience.

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.

A. Project lead (Username: 787IYO): He will lead the overall project development and implementation activities, facilitate access to the areas targeted by this project, ensuring compliance to the grant commitments and reporting to the Project on progress and status of campaign. He is among the co-founders of "Kiwix Wikimedians User Group" (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kiwix_Wikimedians_User_Group) and have organized various projects including:(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_as_an_educational_enhancer_for_gender_equality), (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/African_Day_with_Teachers_in_enhancing_Gender_Equality) and is part of many successful projects like the (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Programs/Wikimedia_Community_Fund/Rapid_Fund/Kanuri_Wikipedia_Awareness_in_Borno_state,_Nigeria._(ID:_22192426). He was the supporting officer for the Hausa movement strategy grant. He is an experienced editor with vast organizing knowledge.

B. Co-organizer 1 (Username:Hajjo30): She will be in charge of partnership. Her role is to mobilize people around the project, co-train interested participants in the campaign. She have been available in both female representation in numerous grants some of which includes: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Programs/Wikimedia_Community_Fund/Rapid_Fund/Wikimedia_as_an_educational_enhancer_for_gender_equality_(ID:_22067507)

C. Co-organizer 2 (Username:Galdiz): He have mentored several Wikimedians as he is part of the let's connect team from the Hausa community (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Let%27s_Connect_Profile/Aliyu_Umar). His availability in "Wiki Loves Africa 2024 " will be of great importance to the team. Some of events he managed includes: (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Umar_A_Usman/Hausa_Wiki_Women_Participation) and (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Umar_a_usman/Wikiloves_Sport_people).

D. Co-organizer 3 (Username:Mohammadbama123) He will lead the training on photography. He is an experienced photographer and will conduct the editathon for uploading the pictures into Wikimedia commons. He is an experience editor who is currently and administrator in the incubator trying to bring out the Kanuri Wikipedia to own its site (https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/kr) and have received grant due to such commitments:(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Programs/Wikimedia_Community_Fund/Rapid_Fund/Kanuri_Wikipedia_Awareness_in_Borno_state,_Nigeria._(ID:_22192426). He was also part of the movement strategy representing the kanuri community.

E. Co-organizer 4 (Username:Misbahu Umar): He will be in charge of all necessary communication needed across the Northern Nigeria states as he has shown a lot of capacity in such roles given to him in past projects.

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)

A. The target participants for "Celebrate 'Africa Create' Through the Lens: Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Northern Nigeria" include a diverse range of individuals and groups:

1. Local Photographers: Local photographers from Northern Nigeria who can capture creative and innovative aspects of their communities.
2. Wikimedia Contributors: Existing or potential Wikimedia contributors interested in uploading photographs, creating or improving Wikipedia articles, and contributing to Wikimedia projects.
3. Community Members: Residents from various communities in Northern Nigeria who want to actively participate in knowledge sharing.

B. Engagement Before and During Activities: To engage participants before and during the activities, the project will implement the following strategies:

1. Online Promotion: Utilize social media, project websites, and local online communities to reach potential participants. Share project information, objectives, and benefits to generate interest.
2. Community Outreach: Conduct information sessions and workshops in advance of the main events to explain the project's goals, provide photography tips.
3. Advertising: Use traditional advertising methods, such as flyers, posters, and watsup groups to inform the community about upcoming events and activities.
4. Local Language Promotion: Ensure that project information and communications are available in local languages to cater to the diverse linguistic communities in Northern Nigeria that is simply why we engage users contributing currently in the incubator in our team.

C. Follow-Up with Participants After the Activities: The project will implement the following strategies to maintain engagement and provide support:

1. Feedback and Evaluation: Conduct surveys or feedback sessions with participants to understand their experiences, challenges, and suggestions for improvement.
2. Online Community: Create an online platform where participants can continue to engage, share their work, and seek assistance from one another.

These strategies will ensure participants remain engaged, motivated, and supported even after the project's main activities.

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.

We will used the following:

1. Information Posters: Eye-catching posters in local languages will be displayed in community centers and social media platforms. Some of which can be seen in the the following link: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Celebrate_%27Africa_Create%27_Through_the_Lens:_Wiki_Loves_Africa_2024_in_Northern_Nigeria
2. Social Media: Engage a broad audience by sharing project updates, event announcements, and engaging content on popular social media platforms. Create dedicated groups
3. Offline Discussions: Face-to-face meetings with existing Wikimedians will personally invite their participation, clarify project goals, and strengthen community relationships. We have a training guide for the theme as shown in the link below : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AYKYwq3njPLS_RrWGWkpJGOTych35Vkp/view?usp=drivesdk
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)

Climate Change and sustainability

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


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

Identify Topics for Impact

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

1. How can we effectively engage and empower local communities in contributing to Wikimedia projects?

2. What strategies work best for raising awareness about Wikimedia and its potential for knowledge sharing in Northern Nigeria?
3. What impact does local participation have on the quality and quantity of Wikimedia content related to Northern Nigeria?
4. How can we encourage contributors to create content in local languages to ensure inclusivity and relevance?
5. What strategies work best for retaining and motivating new and existing contributors in the long term?
6. What is the impact of this project on preserving and promoting the creative and innovative heritage of Northern Nigeria?
7. How does increased access to knowledge and the presence of Northern Nigeria's content on Wikimedia platforms influence global perceptions?
8. What methods are effective for building a sense of community and collaboration among contributors in Northern 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 We are visiting 3 states in Northern Nigeria (Niger, Kano and Maiduguri) and in each state our target participants are 20 respectively
Number of editors 60 We are visiting 3 states in Northern Nigeria (Niger, Kano and Maiduguri) and in each state our target participants are 20 respectively
Number of organizers 5 We have 5 and each of the team members have specific role to play as earlier stated in question "8" above
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons 400
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

We target to upload 400 or more since we have a team of expert who have numerous thousands of edits, upload on commons and are members of common wikimedians user group.

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)

Hashtags tool and Outreach dashboard. So also, Social media analytics tools will be used to measure engagement on social media platforms, such as watsup and telegram respectively.

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)

3767902 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.

4904 USD

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