Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Gungbe Wikinews Trainings and Edit-a-thons (ID: 22160386)

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statusNot funded
Gungbe Wikinews Trainings and Edit-a-thons
proposed start date2023-07-05
proposed end date2023-09-05
budget (local currency)1987000 NGN
budget (USD)4306.63 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Sagbosam
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.




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 Wikinews Community, Gungbe Wikimedians User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Gungbe Wikinews Trainings and Edit-a-thons

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.

Gungbe Wikinews is the first and only indigenous African language with a wikinews subdomain ( The subdomain was launched on April 20, 2023. Gungbe Wikinews is positioned as an online distributed and networked voluntary journalism news service - offering situated, active, learning opportunities for emerging journalists. To live up to its expectations, the gungbe Wikinews require daily news content creations. This will be achieved if more editors are trained on how to contribute to the Gungbe Wikinews. Furthermore, the gungbe Wikinews subdomain requires promotions so that all communities speaking gungbe in Nigeria, Benin and beyond can have access to a collaborative peer-reviewed timely free news. Such promotions will not be possible if more trained active contributors and news contents are not available on the gungbe Wikinews. The news articles will also be read through audio spoken news so that the not-so-literates can as well benefit from this aspect of Wikimedia project.

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

I will translate the following materials[1] from English to Gungbe in order to have a localised material for the trainings. I will involve experienced gungbe speakers in making sure these translations are accurate and unambiguous. I will do this by organising a pre-event translation discussion among existing gungbe Wikinews editors. This method will be effective because the expected participants will have training materials and can easily use them after each section has been covered during the trainings and this will be in their local that they can easily understand.

3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?
  1. Day 1 (Pre-event meet-up): I will carry out a pre-event translation meet-up between the experienced editors and native Gungbe speakers to complete the translation of the materials to be used during the events from English to Gungbe.
  2. (Day 2 - 7) Trainings and Edit-a-thon: I will carry out 6 training events on writing news articles to Gungbe Wikinews which includes a 2 day workshop for reading, recording and adding spoken news article via Wikimedia Commons.
  1. Day 2 and 3: Introduction to Wikinews
  2. Day 4: Understanding article layout
  3. Day 5: Edit-a-thon on creating news articles (hands-on practical)
  4. Day 6 and 7: Reading, recording and adding audio spoken news to created-news articles via Wikimedia Commons.

Here are samples of how the complete Wikinews with audio spoken news added will look like:

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?
  1. Sagbosam: I am one of the main contributor to gungbe Wikinews. I also contributed majorly to gungbe Wikinews when it was in incubator. I will be coordinating the event. I will also facilitate in the trainings.
  2. Misteld: He is a Sysop in Gungbe Wikinews. He will co-facilitate the event and help to keep news articles created clean. He will help in managing the project. He will support in making sure the audio Wikinews added to commons in of good quality.
  3. Gadarawamo: As an experienced wikinews contributor, he will take part in co-facilitating the events and assist communication with gungbe journalists students, writers and literate gungbe speakers.
  4. DonKevin: As an experienced Wikimedia events organiser, he will provide advice and assistance on how to carry out a successful project.
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, 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.

This project will help gungbe speakers to have more Wikinews contents in gungbe language. It will also help them to contribute to news article in gungbe language. The not-so-literate and visually impaired will be able to listen to audio Wikinews in gungbe.

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

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

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, 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 participants are members of Gungbe Wikinews community, journalist students and writers in Lagos tertiary institutions and gungbe journalists in mainstream media. I will encourage the participants to join the pre-event meet-up. I will organise a call on Google meet where I will intimate them about the history of gungbe Wikinews, its creation and what to expect in the trainings. During the trainings, I will provide guides for the participants and give time for them to ask questions. Experienced contributors will be on standby to address participants questions during the trainings. After the event, I will create a WhatsApp group specifically for the participants, where participants can ask questions in real-time. I will be sharing news topic from multiple reliable sources that can be used in creating new news articles on the WhatsApp group to continue to keep participants interested in contributing to gungbe Wikinews.

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

I will have a brief discussion on the UCoC and friendly space policy with participants before each event. Additionally, I will provide a dedicated organizer's contact and venue security contact with participants.

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 discussed the proposal with the Gungbe Wikinews Community members on-wiki and off-wiki through WhatsApp call. Here is a link to the on-wiki notification:

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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?
  1. How many participants are aware of the Wikinews project?
  2. How easy or difficult is it to record audio Wikinews?
  3. Which do participants find interesting: audio Wikinews or written Wikinews?
  4. Which do participants find easy to contribute to: audio Wikinews or written Wikinews?
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 participants with knowledge of wikinews project How many participants are aware of the Wikinews project? 7
Number of participants that find editing and creating wikinews articles easy How easy or difficult is it to edit and create Wikinews articles? 20
Number of participants that find recording audio wikinews easy How easy or difficult is it to record audio Wikinews? 15
Number of events Number events required to have a complete understanding and editing skill in creating wikinews articles with spoken audio added to it. 7
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Number of persons attending the in-person events 30
Number of editors Number of participants that have an account or created an account and make edits with on Gungbe wikinews and uploaded a recorded audio spoken news on Wikimedia commons 30
Number of organizers Number of people involved in planning, coordination and training at events 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikinews Number of Wikinews articles created 300
Wikimedia Commons Number of spoken audio news recorded and uploaded on commons 300
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.

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Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1987000 NGN

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

4306.63 USD

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