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Nigerian State Legislators on Wikipedia
proposed start date2022-10-15
proposed end date2023-01-15
budget (local currency) 
budget (USD)0 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding region$$po_region;unknown_region$$
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Offordile234
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Onyenachi64 Obihoja



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.

Dream Wiki Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Nigerian State Legislators on 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.

We have realized that there are few information about Nigerian state legislators in the different Wikipedia projects. The Senate and the Federal House of Representatives are in the Federal Government. 36 state governments.

Each of these state governments has a State governor and a state House of Assembly which is the legislators for the state and make laws for the state and are headed by a speaker of the house. Several people had been elected to be members and speakers of these houses of Assembly from 1999 when Nigeria returned to civil rule to date. We have checked and noticed that most of these legislators are not in any Wikipedia projects including Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wiki commons. There has been more emphasis on the government at the federal. We intend to organize edit a thon to create and improve data on these state legislators. Also, we will collaborate with the Conference of Speakers of State Legislators in Nigeria ( https://cssln.org.ng/ ), an association of the speakers of the 36 States in Nigeria. They are to provide us with information to verify data collected about members of each state assembly. They will provide us with relevant information and facilitate our reaching any of the clerks and leadership of the state assembly to update information about existing and former assembly members. We will also have a special session with staff of the Conference of Speakers and staff of Nasarawa State House of Assembly to introduce them to Wikipedia
2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

We will organize meetings with staff of conference of speakers and a series of edit a thon'

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

1. Meetings: There will be joint meetings with the staff of Conference of Speakers so as to collect all relevant publications, both hard copies and online publications, about state legislators. We will collect pictures, We will also collect a reference or lead to the leadership of different houses of assembly from them so as to facilitate reaching these officials to provide information

2. We will also have a special session with them to introduce them to Wikipedia and invite them to the edit a thon to be conducted to create these contents.
3. We will hold some meetings with the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to collect relevant publications, pictures, etc on all their legislators.
4. We will also hold a special session with them to introduce them to Wikipedia
5. We will announce and advertise the edit a thon to invite wikimedians within Nasarawa State and Federal Capital Territory to meet and create content about state legislators in Wikipedia. This will include sending an invite to the User group Nigeria hub in FCT, Igbo User Wikimedian User Group, Yoruba and Hausa Wikimedian User Group members in Nasarawa State and FCT. There will also be a general invitation online.
6. There will be 3 edit a thon to be held in the Mararaba district in Nasarawa State. The 1st Edit a thon will be used to create content in wiki Commons. The 2nd will be used to create content in Wikidata while the 3rd will be used to edit content in Wikipedia. If we are not able to complete creating the contents we planned, participants will be urged to work online until the end of the project.
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.
5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Offordile234 : Will be in charge of co-ordinating the project . Onyenachi64: will lead the mobilization effort. Will also go to some state legislative houses to get pictures of legislators and other relevant information Obihoja: 1) Will lead the meetings and collaboration with the Conference of Speakers.

               2) Will lead the effort to reach the leadership of different state legislators as may be necessary.
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.

Nigerian Legislators are not on Wikipedia and different projects on Wikipedia so our project will fill this gap

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.

Education, Advocacy, Diversity

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

Not applicable

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?

There will be 2 classes of participants. The first set : already existing editors who are used to contributing in Wikipedia. These are wikipedians who are in Nasarawa State and FCT who will be invited to participate. These people do not need special programmes to urge them to continue participating. The other set are staff of Conference of Speakers and Staff of Nasarawa State House of Assembly. These are new entrances into the Wikipedia family. There first contact will be a special session that will be held for each of the two groups separately. These sessions will be an introduction to Wikipedia and to editing. After these sessions, they will be invited to participate in the 3 edit a thon where experienced editors will participate. It is expected that they will learn with these editors. Part of the discussions that will take place with the leadership of Conference of Speakers is that this project is to commence the process of adding state legislators to Wikipedia. These legislators are obviously so many that all the contents cannot be added within this period. They are to be urged to get all other state houses of assembly to work with wikipedians and continue adding contents. The crop of officers which participated in this project will be their first officers to drive this move. We will continue to support them to get more and more staff of state houses to join the movement and contribute. With the continuous involvement of these first participants, they will continue to participate and urge more people to participate

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

It will be a very open friendly event, anybody can participate irrespective of age, gender, educational background or race. We will all accommodate and respect each other.

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.

This project is being announce in the whatsApp User Group Nigerian Abuja Hub and other whatsApp groups. It is announced in the link below

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?

If no:

12.1 What was the reason for you deciding NOT to develop a joint proposal? How will you guarantee coordination efforts to make sure that you are not duplicating efforts and that you can maximise your work and joint impact.
I am not aware of anybody doing a similar project
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.

The confrence of speakers will provide information and access to published material that they have about state legislators in Nigeria including photos. If necessary, they will facilitate our taking pictures of legislators. They will also link us to the different state house of assemblies to provide us which whatever information and material that may be available starting with Nasarawa State House of Assembly. With their help through encouraging their staff , their staff will participate in the special session on Wikipedia and enable them to participate in the edit a thon

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

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

How much commiment the Legislatures will show in knowledge acquisition

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
Number of editors
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
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.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

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


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