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Homograph Harmony in Hausa Wiktionary
proposed start date2024-01-20
proposed end date2024-02-10
grant start date2024-01-20T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-02-29T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1210000 NGN
budget (USD)1576 USD
amount recommended (USD)1505
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Hamza DK
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Hamza DK



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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Homograph Harmony in Hausa Wiktionary

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

2024-01-20 - 2024-02-10

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)


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)

The change we are striving to bring through this project is to address the challenges posed by homographs in the Hausa Wiktionary. Homographs, which are words with the same spelling but different meanings and pronunciations, can be a source of confusion. In the context of the Hausa language, homographs are even more complex and confusing. Some Hausa words have three different pronunciations, each with a distinct meaning.

Currently, in the Hausa Wiktionary, you can only find one definition for homograph words, which leaves out the other meanings and pronunciations. For instance, the word "Riga" has three different pronunciations, each associated with a different meaning.

To address this challenge, our main approach is to enhance the Hausa Wiktionary by focusing on homograph words. We aim to upload audio sound clips for each pronunciation of these words and attach them to the appropriate word entries. This will not only provide users with a clearer understanding of the pronunciation but also ensure that all meanings and pronunciations are accessible, reducing confusion and improving the overall quality of the Hausa Wiktionary.

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.

The planned activities for your project are as follows:

Offline Training (One Day): Conduct a one-day in-person training session for editors to enhance their knowledge of homographs in Hausa, especially for non-native Hausa speakers.

  • Cover the fundamentals of homographs, including their different meanings and pronunciations.
  • Educate participants on how speech sounds function within the Hausa language and their physical production.
  • Empower the Hausa Wikimedians with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute effectively to the Hausa Wiktionary.

Online Training (Two Days): Host two days of online training sessions. On the first day, provide detailed explanations and expand on the topic of homograph harmony in Hausa.

  • The first online session is designed to accommodate those who missed or couldn't attend the offline training.
  • The second day of online training aims to assess participants' understanding of the project and engage them further.Writing

Contest (Three Weeks): Organize a three-week writing contest focusing on Homograph Harmony in the Hausa Wiktionary. Encourage participants to apply the knowledge gained from the training sessions by contributing relevant content to improve the Wiktionary.

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.

Team Members

1. Hamza DK I'm an active Wikimedian , a native Hausa speaker from Katsina State. I have organized and facilitated various Wikimedia projects, and I'm the project lead.
2. Yusuf Sa'adu is an experienced Wikimedian who has organized and facilitated many Wikimedia projects in Northern Nigeria. He's an administrator at Hausa Wikipedia and is highly active at Hausa Wiktionary. He graduated with a degree in Hausa in 2022.
3. M Bash Ne is a graduate of Aminu Kano College of Legal and Islamic Studies with studies in both Hausa and English language. He's an enthusiastic Wikimedia contributor with substantial experience in organizing Wikimedia projects.

Team Roles and Background We are a group of dedicated volunteers with a deep commitment to Wikimedia projects.

  • I, Hamza DK, serve as the project lead, I'm a native Hausa speaker and know hundreds of homograph words.
  • Yusuf Sa'adu brings extensive experience as an administrator in Hausa Wikipedia and Wiktionary, with a focus on the Hausa language.
  • M Bash Ne contributes his expertise in Hausa and English language studies, along with experience in organizing Wikimedia initiatives.

Together, our team combines a diverse set of skills and experiences, all united in our determination to ensure the success of this project.

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 are Hausa Wikipedia editors and Hausa Wikimedians. Engagement before and during the activities: To engage participants before the activities, we will utilize various channels, including social media outlets, such as Facebook, and any other relevant platforms. The Hausa Wikimedians User Group (HWUG) on WhatsApp will be a key communication channel to reach out to participants and provide them with necessary information and updates about the project. Prior to the activities, we will actively share project details, schedules, and any preparatory materials through these channels to ensure that participants are well-informed. Follow-up with participants after the activities: After the training and writing contest activities have concluded, we will establish a discussion group or forum where participants can continue to interact. This post-activity discussion group will serve as a platform for answering questions, providing ongoing support, and encouraging ongoing contributions to the Hausa Wiktionary. It will also facilitate feedback collection to assess the impact of the training and contest, helping us improve future initiatives.

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.

I talk to the community members about the project and they all welcome it and agreed, we also contacted one of the co-founders about his opinion and he also appreciate the efforts.

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)


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)

We aim to acquire a deeper understanding of homographs to improve our writing skills and the ability to identify words with multiple meanings. Our main learning questions include:

1. How can a better understanding of homographs enhance our proficiency in written communication?
2. What strategies can we employ to effectively recognize and disambiguate homographs in texts?
3. In what ways can homograph comprehension aid language learners in grasping the nuances of word usage across various contexts?
4. How can this knowledge help prevent misunderstandings and miscommunications by allowing us to differentiate between different word meanings based on context?

Our goal is to use this project as an opportunity to not only contribute to the Wikimedia community but also to expand our own language skills and understanding of homographs.

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 Training participants
Number of editors 20 People to be participate during the contest
Number of organizers 3 These organisers will also serve as a Jury team
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wiktionary 600
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract 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
Commons Sound of the Homograph words will be uploaded to Commons 100
Wikipedia N/A 50
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)

I will use Wikimedia Foundation's dashboard tool

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)

1210000 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.

1576 USD

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