Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Hausa Hooked letters and Ajami oral in Wikitionary (ID: 21948211)

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statusNot funded
Hausa Hooked letters and Ajami oral in Wikitionary
proposed start date2022-10-15
proposed end date2022-11-29
grant end date2022-11-29T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1884000 NGN
budget (USD)4469.68 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• User:Abubakr1111
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.

User:Salisu Adamu User:Sadauki11



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.

Not a member to any Wikimedia affiliate.

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Hausa Hooked letters and Ajami oral in Wikitionary

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.

Since the beginning of the 17th century, Hausa is written with a version of Arabic script known as (Ajami). Ajami has established itself as an important means of communication and a mediator of historical and contemporary knowledge in many areas of Hausa language & it is considered an Arabic-derived writing system. Ajami is still in widespread use in Hausa.The fact that Ajami has been used in Africa especially the Hausas It seems to be effective if it is used in Hausa Wiktionary because it will help to increase the number of contributors that will contribute in Hausa Wiktionary. That's to say this project will include Ajami script in every word created, while English alphabetical letter will be the main letters to be used in creating words in Hausa Wikitionary, but ajami will be included 2 help Hausa Readers. And there is also a huge errors made by Hausa Wiktionary editors, which is the inability to use the Hausa hooked letters.After Ajami, English script was invented as official Hausa writing system.But in the inventory, some consonants are not found in English. Most common of these are the hooked letters, ɓ, ɗ, ƙ and the semi vowel `y, which are entirely different from the corresponding plain letters b, d, k and y. In standard Hausa writing system it is necessary to use the hooked letters and it's been used in every Hausa Dictionary because not using it makes some words change their meaning entirely. So it's very important to use this writing system in Hausa Wiktionary most especially for Non-native Hausa to be able to learn easily and it'll help learners 2 learn without being confuse,one word will not turn into another and the learners will understand the meaning of a word perfectly.This will bring a lot of improvement in Hausa Wiktionary through the availability of Standard words and attracting of more contributors. Below examples of some words changing meaning when hooked letters are not included.ƙwasa

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

The main approach and strategies we have in achieving this changes is to create 300 words that has hooked letters/Ajami in Hausa Wikitionary and to improve 300 existing Words to have hook letters and Ajami as well. And also to adopt the experience of our previous project that we have successfully carried (Files Linking in Wikitionary), that's is to say we will upload 500 audio files in Wikimedia Commons with the help of this User: Sadauki11 as fascillitor, the reason for this strategic plan is to enable Wikitionarians the ability to upload audio files themselves or track audio files were necessary in Wikimedia Commons, also to be able to create words with audio files directly whenever they intend to create words. I and User:Salisu Adamu as fascillitor we train participants how to create words with hooked letters/Ajami so that readers will absolutely understand words as it is for an effective free knowledge sharing.

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

The following are the activities we will be doing as part of our strategic plans

  • We will train users how to create words with hooked letters and Ajami context.
  • We will train users how to use Ajami Arabic keyboard.
  • We will train users how to upload audio files in Wikimedia commons
  • And how to link the files in Wiktionary, so that words will be always created with audio files.
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.

Other (please specify)

Hausa Hooked letters and Ajami oral in Wikitionary
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

This project will be fasciltated by me an Admin,an experienced editor in Hausa Wikitionary user: Salisu Adamu and sound engineer in Wikimedia commons user: Sadauki11

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.


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 improve Hausa language and Hausa Wikitionary, which will brought Hausa professional writers to Hausa Wikimedia projects in either seeking of knowledge or contributing to the mission due to how they will find an absolute accurate meaning of words in Hausa Wikitionary.

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.


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

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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 are Hausa community. We already have a group of WhatsApp and Telegram

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

We will abided by UCOC and friendly space policy of Wikimedia Foundation

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 inform our community about the planned activity through Hausa Wiktionary discussion page and our social media groups.

Also, we will work together with Hausa Wikimedians User Group in achieving our impact and to help out successfully, we will notified them through their email

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.

Improve User Experience, Manage Internal Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

During the activities of this project and after its completion, we want to learn the changes this project will bring in delivering accurate free knowledge to readers, and to learn how Hausa Wikitionarians will adopt to this effective impact of creating words with hooked letters/Ajami. Lastly, we hope to learn that every word is created accurately to the best of Hausa grammatical structures.

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 35 participants will be engaged 35
Number of editors 30 participants will be contributing 30
Number of organizers Three organizers 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wiktionary Three hundred Words 300
Wikimedia Commons Five hundred audio files 500
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

300 new words will be created and 300 words will be improved by adding Hooked letters and Ajami sections in Wiktionary.While 500 audio files will be uploaded in Wikimedia commons and also will be linked to Wikitionary

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.
  • WMF Hashtags to tag users contribution (Number of words created and improved)
  • Glamorous Tool ( to track number of audioa uploaded/used in Wiktionary)

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1884000 NGN

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

4469.68 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.


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