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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Promoting African Books and Authors 2023 (ID: 22062011)

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Promoting African Books and Authors 2023
proposed start date2023-03-01
proposed end date2023-05-01
budget (local currency) 
budget (USD)0 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• James Rhoda
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.

James Rhoda

Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Ridzaina BJ 77



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.

Wikimedia Nigeria User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Promoting African Books and Authors 2023

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.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on promoting diverse voices and perspectives in literature, which has led to a greater interest in novels from African authors.

African Authors and their books not only serve as a form of Education, Entertainment, Cultural Preservation, and Language development but it also brings about significant impact on African literature, culture, and society. In the year 2022 my team and I carried out Wikidata for Nigerian Novelist and Novel and we were able to increase awareness for Nigerian Novelists and their Novels on Wikidata, over 400 items were created on Wikidata The metric can be found on the Dashboard , 57 Nigerian Novelists using Wikidata Query Builder, and 449 Novels in Nigeria using Wikidata Query Builder.

This project seeks to go a step further and promote African Literature and the Authors on Wikidata and Wikipedia and also improve existing WIkidata items and Wikipedia articles.

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

1. Introduce new editors to Wikimedia projects (Wikidata and Wikipedia.

2. Provide the new editors and the existing editors with the necessary tool needed to improve Wikidata and Wikipedia.
3. Training and recruiting new editors
4. Adding or improving local content on Wikidata and Wikipedia.
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

1. Educating the participants on the various uses of the Wikimedia project and changing their perception of Wikipedia and other sister projects.

2. Offline Onboarding Session/ Creation of Awareness: This is a one-on-one onboarding session of the participants. The Avenue will also be used to sensitize the community on the projects of Wikimedia Foundation.
3. There will be online training sessions on how to improve or contribute contents on Wikidata and other sister projects.
4. There will also be hands-on keyboard training where the new and existing editors will be given the avenue to practice what they have learnt. After the training, there will be a two month Edit-a-thon.
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.

Wiki Loves Africa

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

Ridzaina: (Facilitator) She is an experienced Wikimedian, a co-facilitator for Reading Wikipedia in the classroom program for Teachers in Nigeria and the project lead for the Let’s connect peer learning program Kwara. She has participated in various Wikimedia projects and won several wikidata contests such as Wikidata SDG's Contest 2021, Wikidata for Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria, etc.

BJ 77: (Facilitator) He is an experienced Wikimedian, who has participated in various Wikimedia projects.

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.

A lot of Author from the African geographic location are missing from the Wikidata database due to lack of visibility, this project aims to put this the subject of African books and their Authors in the fore front thereby promoting not only African books but also the cultural background embedded in the books

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, Culture, heritage or GLAM

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

Geographic , Linguistic / Language, Digital Access

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?

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

The General friendly space policy for Wikimedia events will be summarized and read at the beginning of each event to remind the participants and the organizers of the importance of a friendly space policy and also the facilitators will be on the lookout to maintain order.

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.

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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

The main questions that we hope to have answered after completing the project are: Are they aware of Wikidata? What is their perspective regarding Wikidata separately from Wikipedia? What is their perception about Wikipedia? What are the best strategies to retain editors in the Wikimedia community? What are the best metrics to be used in measuring Wikimedia projects? What are the best techniques used to encourage students to participate and contribute to Wikimedia projects? Did the program answer the expectations of the editors?

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 We will be working with 50 participants 50
Number of editors We will be working with a total of 50 editors 50
Number of organizers There will be 3 Wikimedia volunteers (including the project lead) but we will also be working with three (3) other Experienced Wikimedia Volunteers. 6
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikidata Wikidata being the main focus of this project will have a total number of 300 items created and edited 300
Wikipedia citations, links and articles improved/created 100
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.

Summary x Sigma Hashtags x WMFLabs, Outreach Dashboard Pages Created - XTools and Global account information

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)?


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.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • 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.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).