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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Documentation and Digitization of African Soundscapes South-West Nigeria (ID: 22253135)

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Documentation and Digitization of African Soundscapes South-West Nigeria
proposed start date2024-02-01
proposed end date2024-04-30
budget (local currency)2410000 NGN
budget (USD)3134.92 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• ReoMartins
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)

I'm a group leader of an informal Wikimedia group.

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

I am the Project Lead at The Afrosounds Project; I envision and facilitate the project's mission and trajectory, onboard volunteer team members and delegate tasks.

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Documentation and Digitization of African Soundscapes South-West Nigeria

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

2024-02-01 - 2024-04-30

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)

Not applicable

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)

Advancing musical preservation and cultural knowledge exchange, the Afrosounds project would be innovating in free knowledge by facilitating the documentation and digitization of indigenous music and sounds across Africa - starting with South Western Nigeria, and promoting the capacity of individuals to become contributors of credible musical and indigenous sound content relative to their geo-cultural community leveraging on open source techniques adopted through Wikimedia projects, to make these information available freely to global internet users. The objective of open source through Wikimedia projects is to democratize the contribution of knowledge to the internet for global consumption, hence the aim for this project to utilize wiki projects such as Wikipedia, Wiki Commons, Wikidata and Wiki Voyage to make knowledge of especially indigenous African music and sounds available online. This project hopes to facilitate the digital conversion of native musical instrument sounds, pictures, stories as well as write articles on musical projects that are at risk of being forgotten except it is submitted to the internet. Creative Commons makes this possible. This project also plans to extensively build and increase capacity of new and existing Wikimedia volunteer editors towards enhancing their knowledge of open source and how Wikimedia projects are instrumental in contributing relative knowledge about African music.

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.

By engaging communities in South-Western Nigeria, leveraging Wikimedia open-source projects, and fostering a collaborative spirit, identified activities with aim to empower the digitization and distribution of musical content, native sounds, contributing to the preservation of Africa's rich cultural heritage in music would include:

1. Engaging in a Collaborative Recording Project: This project plans to initiate collaborative recording projects with local musicians, musical entities and community members to capture a diverse range of native unique sounds, music, images and data encouraging community involvement to preserve respective cultures in South Western Nigeria, particularly Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States.
2. Organizing Meet-Ups and Edit-a-Thon: This project would also introduce capacity development meet-ups to empower local communities to the benefits of documenting and digitizing traditional music content for the sustainability of their musical heritage through capturing and contributing knowledge and information to free knowledge and organize an edit-a-thon for new and existing volunteer editors to actively increase capacity in promoting free and open knowledge of African music through Wikimedia open-source tools.
3. Digital Archives Creation through Wiki Portal: This project plans to establish a digital archive or central repository leveraging on wiki portals to systematically organize and store digitized indigenous sounds and distribute free knowledge about African music, accessible to researchers, musicians, music knowledge enthusiasts and the community, hence, preserving cultural heritage and extending these information to the global internet for adoption, reuse, resource exchange nd collaboration under creative commons licenses.

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.

Oreoluwa Ajayi (User:ReoMartins) is an experienced volunteer contributor to wikimedia projects and the project lead at The Afrosounds Project. He has organized, co-organized and managed several wiki related projects and would be responsible for onboarding volunteers and other project members to ensure the effective execution of the project scope and goals. He would also facilitate training sessions to increase the capacity of participants in contributing content to open knowledge leveraging Wikimedia projects.

Daniel Obiokeke (User:Danidamiobi) has experience with open source software development and has been a contributor to Wikimedia projects for more than five years. He would lead the team in the creation of the Afrosounds wiki portal for promoting open knowledge and also facilitate training sessions on how to contribute to various wikimedia projects, namely; wikipedia and wiki commons. As a former Wikimedian-in-Residence at The African Narrative, he would be exploring his experience in this capacity to improve standpoints for this project to bridge the knowledge gap existent as it concerns music in Africa as an underrepresented community.

Ifeoluwa Isaac (User:Ifeoluwa32) is an experienced contributor to wikimedia projects, a media production professional and has his interest in exploring history and heritage. He would function in the capacity of managing and coordinating the documentation tour, ensuring that the project follows through effectively. He would also employ his experience in media production as a volunteer to take pictures, videos and record the project process as the documentation officer.

Precious Obiorah (User:Prithee P) is also an experienced contributor with numerous contributions and organizing other wiki projects like SheSaid and Wiki Loves SDGs. She would be responsible for community engagement and interaction during the course of this project.

Ifeoluwa Falola is an editor and music journalist in Lagos, Nigeria. He would function as a volunteer consultant in the capacity of the Outreach Liaison Personnel for the project to facilitate and encourage the coverage of notable topics relating to African musical contents by credible and reliable information sources for improved open knowledge referencing.

African Music Library is a third party organization whose aim is to preserve the knowledge of music in Africa. We would be partnering with this established organization and leveraging on their network and capacity to collect data and information about the concerned discuss to be made available on free knowledge through Wikimedia 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)

Target participants for this project are categorized in two; the indigenous natural communities where the documentation and digitization exercise would take place, and the Afrosounds community of volunteer editors. This project hopes to onboard and engage new volunteer contributors from the indigenous and marginalized communities to facilitate the contribution of their musical heritage to Wikimedia projects, especially in Yoruba language, which is identified as a minority language, hence increasing their capacity in open knowledge contributions. The Yoruba Wikimedians, The User Group Nigeria and the existing Afrosounds WikiProject community have been intimated about the project and volunteers have shown interest in proposed activities to foster collaborative efforts. The use of social media to create digital awareness would be used to interest and onboard new editors who would be interested in musical preservation and knowledge sharing of African music and sounds from the general public. During the course of the project timeline, subsequent meet-ups and discussions would also hold to sustain the community and increase the capacity of contributors through trainings, edit-a-thon sessions and office hours. A post training survey would also be structured to harvest thoughts of participants as concerning the trajectory of the project and to build an extensive directive of volunteers for further interactions.

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.

At the conception of this project, the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria has been intimated through the discussion page about our aim and possible objectives, of which this proposed project is an execution of such activities to further our work. It has also been discussed with afrosounds community volunteer editors via the community platform as a follow up program to advance our objectives of democratizing the knowledge contribution of African music and sounds. This specific project is a progressive idea to ensure the sustainability of the WikiProject. Having made a presentation about this project at Wikimania 2023 to the global community of wikimedians, this project would also be discussed with other Wikimedians in Africa at Wiki Indaba 2023 in Morocco while delivering a lightening talk on the broad project to engage more volunteers and foster collaborative support, share resources and create impact through collective action.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria#The_AfroSounds_Project https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiIndaba_2023/Submissions/The_Afrosounds_Project https://pretalx.com/wm2023/talk/3EAKAZ/

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)

Culture, heritage or GLAM

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)

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

How much of Indigenous Southwestern Nigerian music and sounds content and knowledge have we contributed to Wikimedia projects? How many people has the advocacy for free knowledge on African Music in Southwest Nigeria reached? To what extent have we contributed to advancing Wikimedia objectives through the African music industry? How have we confirmed the authenticity of credible stories surrounding topics related to indigenous music and sounds in this region? How have we leveraged open source technology, free knowledge and wikimedia projects to preserve musical heritage in Southwestern Nigeria and contributed knowledge of same to global internet users?

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 50 Host Community Participants - 20

Edit-a-thon Participants - 30

Number of editors 30 Newly Registered Editors: 20

Returning Editors: 10

Number of organizers 6
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 150
Wikimedia Commons 500
Wikidata 150
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


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)

The outreach dashboard tool would be used to onboard participants and track contributions. Hence, provision of informed insight as regards the progress of the project would be monitored and managed. I would also appreciate any other support which would ensure the successful execution and management of this project.

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)

2410000 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.

3134.92 USD

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