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Nigerian State Legislators on Wikipedia
proposed start date2022-10-15
proposed end date2023-01-15
budget (local currency)1905300 NGN
budget (USD)4615.55 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]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Offordile234 . 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.

I am a member of Dreams 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 noticed that there is little information about Nigerian state legislators in the different Wikipedia project. Most effort had concentrated on providing information about federal legislators which is Senators and Members of the House of Representative. Nigeria has 36 state governments. Each of these state governments have a State governor and a state House of Assembly which is the legislators for the state and make laws for the state and 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 organise edit a thon to create and improve data on these state legislators. We will collaborate with the Conference of Speakers of State Legislators in Nigeria ( https://cssln.org.ng/ ). They are to provide us information to verify data collected about these legislators and facilitate our reaching out to any clerks of state assembly to update our information about existing and former members of the assembly. We will also have a special session with staff of Conference of Speakers of State Legislators of Nigeria 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 create and improve content about Nigerian state legislators in different arms of Wikipedia. Content will be added and improved in Wikipedia, wikidata and wiki commons. we also want to introduce workers of state legislators to wikipedia so that going forward, content about state lagislators will be easily uploaded to wikipedia. To achieve this, the meetings we will hold with staff of Conference of Speakers will sell the idea to them. Our special session with staff of Conference of Speakers and staff of Nasarawa State House of Assembly will introduce them to Wikipedia and spread the knowledge to the 36 state houses of assembly so that these staff will be creating content about their members every time there is an election and new legislators are elected. within this period, we will collect relevant information about state lagislators from the 36 States of the Federation. the once we cannot collect from them, they will give us a reference to the respective state legislator. with information collected, we will then hold 3 edit a thons wil experienced editors to upload these content to wikipedia. staff of Conference of Speakers and Nasarawa State House of Assembly will also be present to learn from experienced editors on editing wikipedia

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 staff of Conference of Speakers of State legislators of Nigeria so as to collect all relevant publications, both hard copies and online publications, about state legislators. We will collect pictures and a reference or lead to the clerk of different houses of assembly as we may need to reach of obtain 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 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 to introduce state of Nasarawa State House of Assembly to Wikipedia
5. We will announce and invite wikimedians within Nasarawa State and Federal Capital Territory to an edit a thon to create and improve contents about Nigerian state legislators in Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.
6. There will be 3 edit a thon to be held in Mararaba district of 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.

Not applicable

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Mr. Christian Obah User Name: Offordile234 : Will cordinate the project. Mrs. Cecilia Nchekwerem User NAme:Onyenachi64: will lead the mobilization and protocol effort. she will set up the meeting with the conference of speakers and Nasarawa State House of Assembly and do all the necessary follow ups. will also be in charge of reach out to wikimedia groups in FCT and Nasarawa for the edit a thon. will locate the venues for the programme etc. She will also be supported by other members of our group. Mr. Betrand Ezeilo User Name: Obihoja will lead the meetings with the Conference of Speakers and the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. As a lawyers and an administrator who have had preliminary discussion with them on this issue before, he will ensure that maximun cooperation is obtained from these agencies. other wikipedians will also join in this process. Mr. Wilson .........User Name:OtuNwachinemere will lead other wikipedians to conduct the training for staff of conference of speakers and the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. Wikipedians who are based in FCT and Nasarawa State will be invited to participate in the edit a thon. All participants in this programmes will be volulnteers and not be paid salary

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, Topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context

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 provide content about majority of Nigerian legislators in wikipedia. what we presently have in wikipedia is information on federal legislators which is Senators and members of the House of Representatives. these people make federal laws. but there are state legislators which make state laws in the 36 states of Nigerian federation. most of them are not in wikipedia.

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?

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 are 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 in their office premises. 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 and Nasarawa House of Assembly is that this project is to commence a long time process of continually adding state legislators to Wikipedia as they are elected hence the need for their staff to become editors. 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. Their staff which will participated in this project will be their first officers to drive this move. We will continue to support them to get more and more their staff 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?

participation will be open to all wikipedians within FCT and Nasarawa State. It will be advertised in the sicial media incuding whatsapp group of these people. Also all staff of Conference of Speakers and Nasarawa State House of Assembly will be encourage to participate in the different sessions subject to the approvals of their office

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 informed wikipedians severally including posting it in the talk page of two User groups that have more members in the target location of the project. the links are https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Hausa_Wikimedians_User_Group and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_User_Group_Nigeria

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.
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.

I will be working with Conference of Speakers of State Legislators in Nigeria ( https://cssln.org.ng/ ) and Nasarawa State House of Assembly. they are interested in wider information about Nigerian state legislators. They 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. They will each allow their staff to participate in the first in-house training that will be conducted for each of them in their premises. They will also provide the venue for this first training. They will also allow their staff who participated in the training to join the edit a thon where we will create content about state legislators

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, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I want to see staff of Conference of Speakers and Nasarawa State House of Assembly eager to join and participate in wikipedia. I will watch out for how zealous they are to participate in the special session with each of them, how many participants attended, how many of them participated in the edit a thon, what was the response from the different state houses of assembly that we contact for information and how many contents were added or improved during the edit a thon

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
special secssion to be held for staff of Conference of Speaker and Nasarawa House of Assemblys whether the special session on understanding wikipedia and how to edit was held in both the office of Conference of Speakers and in Nasarawa State House of Assembly 2
Interest show by Staff of the two places in Wikipedia the interest to be shown by staff of the two agencies which can be measured in the number of staff that attend the special sessions to be held in their premises 20
Number of Edit a thon the number of days that the edit a thon to create and improve content on state legislatos was held 6
Number of staff that attended the edit a thon the number of staff of Conference of speakers and Nasarawa State House of Assembly that attended the edit a thons 15
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants this is number of total participants that attended the edit a thon that is both staff of Conference of Speakers, Nasarawa State House of Assembly and experienced editors 27
Number of editors this will be number of experience editors that participated the each of the edit a thon 12
Number of organizers
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikimedia Commons total number of pictures of members of state legislators to be added 120
Wikidata number of pages created or improved 90
Wikipedia number of pages created or improved 30
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.

we will use https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1905300 NGN

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

4615.55 USD

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

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