Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Documentary Photograph of Ogu Deities (ID: 21890239)

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statusNot funded
Documentary Photograph of Ogu Deities
proposed start date2022-08-23
proposed end date2022-11-23
budget (local currency)960000 NGN
budget (USD)2313.6 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• User:Yemi festus
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

User:Yemi festus

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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.

Gungbe Wikimedians User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Documentary Photograph of Ogu Deities

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.

The Ogu people, sometimes called Egun people, are an ethnic group located majorly in Lagos and Ogun State in the South-Western part of Nigeria. The Ogu people have varieties of dialects including Thevi, Xwela, Seto, and Toli and they also account for about 15% of the indigenous population of Lagos State.

There are colossal content gaps on notable topics about Ogu culture, cuisines, heritage, and people on Wikimedia projects including Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia. There is low content relating to Ogu deities on Wikimedia Commons. This project aim at documenting Ogu deities such as Tron, Tolegba, Ogun, Zangbeto, Ule using photography. The images would be taken, properly described, and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

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

We plan to engage at least 5 professional volunteer photographers, and each of them would work in different locations in Lagos, and Ogun. They would be supported by 5 volunteers who will be responsible for documenting the metadata for each content. At the completion of the shooting, the photographers would be trained on how to upload their respective photos on Wikimedia Commons. That would also serve as a way to engage the photographers and retain them as volunteer members of the Wikimedia Commons Community.

Articles would be created for images with no corresponding articles in Gungbe and the English Wikipedia. We envisaged that at least 50 new Wikipedia articles would be created in Gungbe and the English Wikipedia.

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

We would develop the following activities as part of these approaches or strategies.

  • Identify Ogu deities and group them based on their location (we have a list already)
  • Meeting, and engagement of volunteer professional photographers
  • Prepare the format for metadata
  • Establish a contact person in the targeted locations
  • Design timeline for shooting, training, and upload of content to Commons

As part of our strategy, we will ensure that photographers work in different locations. Based on my experience as a professional photographer who has worked on similar projects in the past, having photographers work in a different location is an effective way to get the desired results for the following reasons :

  • It saves time, and energy
  • It minimized or eliminate duplications
  • It saves cost
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.

Not applicable

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
  • User:Yemi festus - Project manager, and photographer (volunteer)
  • User:Fellyx - Photographer (volunteer)
  • User:Amazingworld01 - Photographer
  • Kehinde Fagbeji - Photographer (volunteer)
  • Joseph Semasa - Photographer (volunteer)
  • Enitan Okoya - Metadata manager
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, 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.

Our work will add at least 500 new pieces of content relating to Ogu people, culture, and tradition that are underrepresented on Wikimedia Commons, and at least 50 new articles would be created on 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.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

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

Geographic , Not applicable

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 a mix of Wikipedians, professional photographers, and other volunteers. The Wikimedians are from Commons, Gungbe, and Wikidata communities. Before the activities, there would be meetings to engage the participants on the proposed modality, documentation prepared and strategy designed. There would be a zoom call to share ideas and monitor the progress of the shooting. A WhatsApp group would be created to further engage the volunteers. This strategy has worked for similar projects.

The professional photographer would be encouraged to upload some of the images in their archive as a way to engage them after the program. They would be involved in designing another project. This way, we can give them a sense that they are part of the Wikimedia movement, and they can be involved in decision-making.

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

We will share the friendly space policy and the Universal Code of Conduct with all participants. This way, they are aware of the minimum expected behavior or acceptable behavior. Participants would be treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

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.

We will share a link to this proposal with the relevant community when its been published on meta

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, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

- What worked well?

  • What did not work well?
  • Volunteers hours invested?
  • What motivates participants?
  • What strategy yields the desired result?
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
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Total number of participants 20
Number of editors Total number of editors 4
Number of organizers Total number of organizers 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Total number of articles created 50
Wikimedia Commons Total number of images uploaded to Common 500
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.

Wikimedia Outreach dashboard

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

960000 NGN

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

2313.6 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.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • 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.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • 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).