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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary activation and Translating Lagos Contents on Nigerian pidgin Wikipedia (ID: 21885010)

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Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary activation and Translating Lagos Contents on Nigerian pidgin Wikipedia
proposed start date2022-08-01
proposed end date2022-08-31
grant start date2022-08-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-08-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1119719.7 NGN
budget (USD)2700 USD
amount recommended (USD)2700
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Jonywikis
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.

Wikimedians of Lagos User Group, Nigerian Pidgin Wikimedains User Group, Gungbe Wikimedians User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary activation and Translating Lagos Contents on Nigerian pidgin Wikipedia

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.

Nigerian pidgin language is commonly used in Nigeria and it aids everyday communication and it is a language that can effectively encourage people to contribute to Wikimedia projects. The Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia subdomain (pcm.wikipedia.org) is being created after the approval by the Language Committee. As one of the major contributor to this project in incubator, I plan to organise series of trainings and editathons to activate the Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary in incubator that will help users to have a Wiktionary that will support the Wikipedia and also increase content in the Nigeria Pidgin WIkipedia by translating and writing articles about Lagos.

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

1. Trainings: I will carry out 3 trainings to make use of Nigerian pidgin dictionaries in developing the Nigerian pidgin wiktionary in incubator. I will then carry out 1 training on contributing to Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia still incubator with subdomain (pcm.wikipedia.org) being created. This is neccessary to make participants to familiar with contributing to this project.

2. Edithathons: I will carry out 3 editathons to ascertain the level of undersatnding and to create contents on the Nigeria pidgin wiktionary. I will carry out 1 editathon on translating and creating contents about Lagos on Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia. This is necessary to evaluate participants learning.
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

I will organize 3 series of trainings followed by editathons on the Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary in incubator. I will also organize 1 training and editathon on Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia (with an approved subdomain pcm.wikipedia.org) to introduce new participant to Wikipedia and to continue engaging existing editors. The contents to create on Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia are articles about Lagos.

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. Jonywikis: Project Coordinator. As a Nigerian Pidgin speaker, experienced editor and major contributor to the Nigeria Pidgin Wikipedia in incubator, I will facilitate the event.

2. Omegor1: He is a major contributor to the Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia in incubator and will serve as Communications and Facilitator.
3. Jehson01: He is one of the consistent contributor to Nigeria Pidgin Wikipedia in incubator. He will serve as the Logistics and Facilitator.
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.

Creating contents on Wiktionary and Wikipedia in Nigeria pidgin language will help people that cannot understand English Language very well to take part in contributing to open knowledge.

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 , Diversity

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

Geographic , Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status

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 Nigerian Pidgin speakers in Lagos, members of Wikimedians of Lagos User Group and Nigerian Pidgin Wikimedains User Group. Before the event I will create a WhatsApp group to add expected participants. During the event other facilitators will walk around to personally support the participants. After the event, I will be sharing words and articles to create on the whatsappp group. I will post a daily editing tips with screenshots to guide on the tips. Every other weekend, i will organize a google meet to attend to questions that require live explanations.

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

During the meet-ups before the events I will discuss the policies with expected participants. I will organize a pre-event zoom meeting where we will discuss the importance of sticking to the policy. I will also share a link to the policies with the 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 will invite Nigeria pidgin speakers by creating an event digital banner and posting in Facebook groups where Nigerian pidgin is used as means of communication. I have discussed with some members of both groups and I have also informed them on the discussion page. I have discussed with both communities on their WhatsApp group. The link to meta discussion page can be seen below:

1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedians_of_Lagos_User_Group
2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Nigerian_Pidgin_Wikimedians_User_Group
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, Ensure Equity in Decision-making, Manage Internal Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. Is 3 trainings and editathons sufficient for participants to contribute actively to Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary?

2. Is 1 training and editathion sufficient for participants to create new articles on Nigerian pidgin Wikipedia?
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
Total number of articles created Total number of articles created on Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary and Wikipedia 120
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Number of participants 25
Number of editors New editors: 5

Returning editors: 15

Number of organizers Number of organizers 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Incubator Number of articles created on Nigerian Pidgin Wiktionary 100
Incubator Number of articles created on Nigerian Pidgin Wikipedia 20
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.

Outreach dashbord

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1119719.7 NGN

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

2700 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.


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  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
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