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Feminism and Folklore in Nigeria 2024
proposed start date2024-02-01
proposed end date2024-03-31
budget (local currency)1484421.56 NGN
budget (USD)1842 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Kingaustin07
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Feminism and Folklore in Nigeria 2024

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

2024-02-01 - 2024-03-31

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)

Feminism and Folklore

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)

Folk cultures, characterized by their diverse customs and traditions, serve as a vibrant reflection of communities worldwide. Yet, within these cultural narratives, women's roles as storytellers, artists, and contributors have often been underrepresented. To rectify this historical bias, the global campaign, 'Feminism and Folklore,' emerges as an international writing contest held on Wikipedia, dedicated to documenting folk cultures and women's narratives in folklore. This initiative functions as a bridge between the traditional and contemporary, shedding light on the often-overlooked role of women in the enduring narrative of human tradition.

The core objectives of this project are to amplify women's contributions and unveil the richness of Nigerian folklore and culture. Our aim is to bridge the gender gap by ensuring the comprehensive documentation, representation, and celebration of Women and Queer personalities in Nigerian folklore,folk culture (folk artists, folk dancers, folk singers, folk musicians, folk game athletes, women in mythology, women warriors in folklore, witches and witch hunting, fairy tales and more) on Wikipedia, while also documenting and spotlighting the broader narratives of Nigerian folklore(folk festivals, folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, fairy tales, folk plays, folk arts, folk religion, mythology). Through these efforts, we seek to contribute to a more inclusive and equitable representation of cultural heritage, women's experiences, and Nigerian folklore on Wikipedia.

The challenges we seek to address within this project are multifaceted, encompassing the historical underrepresentation of women and queer personalities in Nigerian folklore, the ongoing struggle against gender inequality in cultural heritage, the imperative to preserve traditional Nigerian folklore, the need for broader access to documentation, and the rectification of biases and gaps in folklore.

The project's  goal is to empower and document the narratives of Women in Folklore and Folk Cultures in Nigeria, fostering a more inclusive and equitable representation of cultural heritage and experiences on Wikipedia. Furthermore, the project is committed to translating these articles into Igbo and Yoruba languages, ensuring wider accessibility and preserving these cultural traditions for future generations.

To accomplish these objectives, we employ two primary approaches:

1)Awareness and Advocacy: Through a multifaceted approach involving public talks, social media campaigns, and media engagement, we aim to raise awareness and advocate for diverse representation. This includes showcasing the positive impact of Women in Folklore and Folk Cultures in Nigeria. Our mission is to encourage wider participation, in alignment with our goal of amplifying the narratives and contributions of women within these cultural realms.

2)Training and Edit-a-thon: Our strategy includes a series of engaging activities such as editing campaigns, workshops, physical and online training sessions, and edit-a-thons. Through these initiatives, we empower both new and experienced editors to create high-quality Wikipedia articles highlighting the achievements of Women in Folklore and Folk Cultures in Nigeria. This ensures that their valuable contributions are accessible to a wider public on Wikipedia, aligning with our goal of amplifying underrepresented perspectives and promoting equitable representation in cultural heritage.

Through this project, we aim to engage and train individuals, including women in our local communities, as well as new and existing Wikimedian editors, in the art of creating, enhancing, and translating Wikipedia articles about Women in Nigerian Folklore and Nigerian Folklore into Igbo and Yoruba languages. By meticulously documenting their contributions, stories, and experiences, we seek to ensure the appropriate recognition, preservation, and documentation of these significant aspects of our cultural heritage. This endeavor will play a vital role in bridging the content gap and ensuring that these narratives, often overlooked, find their rightful place in the digital world.

Following the successful implementation of this project, we expect a significant impact on the representation of women in folklore and Nigerian folklore on Wikipedia. It will contribute to a more balanced, accurate, and inclusive portrayal of women in Folklore and the rich tapestry of Nigerian folklore. Enriching Wikipedia's content with these essential narratives will foster a deeper understanding of cultural heritage.

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.

1 Creating Awareness About the Event: In order to create awareness about the event, we will distribute digital materials such as posters, flyers, and short videos across a variety of platforms, social media, and other online communities . We will also create a dedicated WhatsApp group for interested participants, allowing for easy communication and engagement. This multi-platform approach will ensure that we reach a wide audience and generate interest in the event.

2)Training and Edit-a-thon Sessions: This activity will involve a series of engaging workshops and sessions designed to educate and train participants, including both new and experienced Wikimedian editors, in the art of creating and improving Wikipedia articles about women in folklore and Nigerian folklore. The edit a thon session will provide hands-on experience, enabling participants to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge required to effectively contribute to Wikipedia articles. The training and edit-a-thon sessions will be conducted by experienced trainers and facilitators who will guide participants through the process of editing, improving and creating. This integrating approach will foster a collaborative and practical learning environment, encouraging participants to actively contribute to Wikipedia articles related to the project's goals.

3)Virtual Training Session: The Virtual online training aims to empower and train editors with the skills to translate existing English articles about women in folklore and folk cultures in Nigeria, into Igbo and Yoruba languages on Wikipedia. By bridging the language gap, this workshop not only preserves the rich heritage of these remarkable women but also elevates their representation, celebrating diversity and inclusivity.

4)Contest: This contest will provide participants with the opportunity to put their new skills to use by editing, creating, and translating articles related to Women in Folklore and Folk Cultures in Nigeria. This will improve the overall quality and accessibility of this content on Wikipedia, providing a valuable resource for the global knowledge community. By enhancing the knowledge of Nigeria's rich folklore traditions, this contest will help to preserve and share the unique cultural heritage of this country.

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.

Kingaustin07(Project Lead):I am a seasoned editor and dedicated trainer within the English Wikipedia community, and a registered Let's Connect member . With my experience co-facilitating notable Wikipedia editing campaigns such as Art+Feminism and WikiGap. In my role as project lead, I will spearhead essential training sessions aimed at enhancing contributors' proficiency on Wikipedia. Furthermore, I will guide participants through an engaging Edit-a-thon during our physical event, providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to make meaningful contributions in alignment with our project's objectives.

Senator Choko(co- Facilitator):He brings wealth of experience as an adept editor and trainer. His significant contributions to the Igbo Wikipedia community include co-facilitating events dedicated to enhancing the quality and breadth of Igbo content. In his role, he will assume the responsibility of leading training sessions for Igbo Wikipedia, imparting essential knowledge and skills to editors, with a specific focus on the creation and translation of high-quality articles that will enrich Igbo Wikipedia's content.

Ọmọladéabídèmí99(co-facilitator):She is a seasoned Yoruba Wikipedia editor, and she stands as one of the most prolific content creators on the Yoruba Wikipedia. Additionally, her leadership as the president of the Yoruba language student association at the University of Lagos showcases her commitment to promoting and preserving the Yoruba language. With a proven track record of spearheading successful projects, such as the "Wikipedia Training: University of Lagos First Semester," where she diligently trained and guided participants in the art of editing and translating into Yoruba Wikipedia. She will be responsible for conducting training sessions specifically tailored for Yoruba Wikipedia, with a focus on equipping editors with the knowledge and skills required to make effective contributions, including translation, and enhance the quality of content on the Yoruba language Wikipedia platform.

Sylvesterchukwu04:(Communications and Logistics): He is an experienced editor and has also trained editors on how to contribute to Wikipedia and other sister project. He will oversee the vital task of managing communications and logistics for both team members and project participants, ensuring a seamless and well-coordinated execution of the project's objectives.

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)

The target participants for this project encompass a diverse group, including new and experienced Wikimedian editors, women in local communities, and individuals with an interest in preserving and celebrating Women in Folklore and Folk Cultures in Nigeria.

Before the Event:, we plan to engage participants through a series of awareness campaigns and outreach efforts. We will distribute E-posters, flyers, and short videos across various online platforms to inform potential participants and stimulate their interest. Additionally, we will establish a dedicated WhatsApp group to facilitate communication, address queries, and provide updates, maximizing reach and interaction.

During the activities: our engagement strategy will involve regular communication via the established WhatsApp group a. We will provide continuous training ,guidance and support throughout the training and edit-a-thon sessions, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Participants will be encouraged to actively contribute to Wikipedia to bridge the content gap . The training sessions will be conducted by experienced trainers who will mentor and assist participants throughout.

After the activities: we will follow up with participants through the same communication channels to gather feedback and assess their experience. We will conduct post-activity surveys and evaluations to understand the impact and identify areas for improvement. Additionally, we will encourage participants to continue their contributions to Wikipedia, creating a sustained interest in the project's goals and the broader objectives of the global campaign Feminism and Folklore.

This event will be the first of its kind in Nigeria, so it's important to foster a sense of community and create a strong foundation for future projects. By engaging with participants after the event, we can assess its impact and gain valuable feedback. This will help us to improve and expand the event in the future, ensuring its sustained success and reach.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


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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.

I have informed the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria about this proposal and below is the link https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria#Feminism_and_Folklore_in_Nigeria_2024

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)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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)

Linguistic / Language

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

Improve User Experience

Learning and metrics[edit]

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

By organizing this event, I hope to : 1)Gain a deeper understanding of the diverse narratives, stories, and contributions of women in Nigerian folklore and folk culture, including their roles as storytellers, artists, and contributors to these traditions.

2)Assess the effectiveness of awareness and advocacy campaigns, including the ability to quantify the increase in awareness, engagement, and support for gender diversity in Wikipedia articles.

3)Evaluate the impact of training sessions and edit-a-thons on participants' skills and confidence in creating, improving, and translating Wikipedia articles related to women in folklore and folk culture in Nigeria.

4)Learn about the challenges and best practices of translating content into Igbo and Yoruba languages, including the technical and linguistic aspects of preserving cultural traditions through translation.

5)Understand the feasibility of preserving and promoting cultural heritage through linguistic diversity, and identify potential obstacles and opportunities for future projects in this area.

By pursuing these learning objectives, I aim to gain experience and insight to continue improving gender diversity across the Wikimedia movement, both locally and globally.

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 40 25 existing participants

15 new participants

The 40 participants will be from both the English, Igbo and Yoruba communities.

Number of editors 40 25 returning editors

15 new editors

Number of organizers 4 1 project lead

1 co-facilitator 2 Team Members And below are their roles Kingaustin07:project lead

Sylvesterchukwu04: team member communications and logistics

Senator Choko: Co-Facilitator and trainer Wikipedia Igbo

Ọmọladéabídèmí99 : Team member and Trainer Wikipedia Yoruba

Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 300
Wikimedia Commons 0
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

Articles to be created and improved on English Wikipedia. Articles created , improved and translated on Igbo and Yoruba Wikipedia

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)

1)Wikimedia Outreach Dashboard 2)Xtool

Financial proposal[edit]

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22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

1484421.56 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.

1842 USD

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