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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wiki Loves Africa 2024 Campaign in Northeast Nigeria. (ID: 22391719)

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Wiki Loves Africa 2024 Campaign in Northeast Nigeria.
proposed start date2024-03-01
proposed end date2024-04-01
budget (local currency)1320000 NGN
budget (USD)1614.2 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Meritkosy
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)

I'm a group leader of an informal Wikimedia group.

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

Program officer/ vice president of Wikimedia User group Nigeria Gombe Network

Roles Assist the President in his duties and responsibilities. Take on tasks and projects as needed to support the overall functioning of the network. Collaborate with other members to plan and execute network activities. Assist in planning and coordinating network events, workshops, and meetings. Manage the day-to-day operations of specific programs or projects. Track program progress, budgets, and timelines. Report program outcomes and challenges to the executive committee.

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Loves Africa 2024 Campaign in Northeast Nigeria.

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

2024-03-01 - 2024-04-01

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)

Wiki Loves Africa

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)

Wiki Loves Africa" project aims to address the lack of representation of Africa on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. With the theme "Africa creates", we are aiming to showcase the breathtaking diversity and creativity that Africa has to offer, to include uploads of media that portray the process of creating, inventing, manufacturing culturally defined items, make-up, art, hairstyles, music, dance, clothes and woven materials etc. Basically, elements that promotes Africa's rich heritage and culture. expressed through music, song, dance, and movement.and bring about a change in the perception of Africa as a place of creativity and innovation.

One of the main challenges we are trying to solve is the perception of Africa as a place of poverty and conflict, rather than a place of opportunity and creativity. To address this challenge, we plan to focus on promoting content that showcases the creative achievements of Africa.

Also, to solve the lack of knowledge and awareness of Africa's rich history and culture, as well as the limited availability of content about Africa in multiple languages.

To address these challenges, we plan to organize a series of workshops and edit-a-thons, as well as provide training and support for new editors from From the Northeast Nigeria. We also plan to engage with the local communities and build partnerships with organizations that share our vision. other approaches include:

Workshop: we will introduce our community members to the Wiki Loves Africa contest and train them on how to contribute/participate and also invite professional photographers in the region and introduce them to Wikimedia projects and give them room to participate in the contest.

Photo hunts: we will embark on a photo walks taking and gathering random pictures of about 100-150 different unrepeated, quality images related to the theme.( Africa creates).

Training sessions: Training will be held before the participants start uploading the media files to ensure accuracy and meeting of the requirements and to avoid having many problems with the uploaded files.

Upload sessions: most experience editors from the community will lead and guide the rest of the participants especially the newly recruited ones during the upload sessions.

Tracking Tools: we will use outreach dashboard, Wikiloves and image category to track participants' contributions and also provide one on one support for them.

Prizes: we will consider giving out prizes at the local level to the top 5 contributors as incentives to motivate them at the end of the contest.

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.

Main activities:

  • Organize a series of edit-a-thons in Africa, with a focus on content related to creativity and innovation in Africa.
  • Run a social media campaign to promote the contest and encourage participation.
  • Provide training and support for new editors from Africa.
  • Engage with local communities and build partnerships with relevant organizations.
  • Run a photography contest and collect freely licensed photographs related to the theme.
  • Translate and share the new content created during the edit-a-thons.

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.

User:Meritkosy: Project lead and experienced Wikimedian and wil serve as Gombe Cordinator. User:Atibrarian: Will serve as a facilitator and coordinator of the campaign in Bauchi State User:El-hussein14: Will serve as Facilitator and coordinator of the campaign in Yobe State User:Bkmaina: Will serve as representative and coordinator for Borno State User:Muhammad Idris Criteria- Adamawa cordinator and facilitator User:salisu062: communication officer

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)

We aims to engage photographers, Wikipedia/Wikimedia editors, cultural organizations, educational institutions, and local communities from the North East Nigeria. We will Engage participants through the following:

Before Activities .We will engage with potential participants through:

social media, blog posts, 

Promotional campaigns Workshops and training Collaborations with local institutions Community outreach

During Activities: support and resources for participants to create and share content. Online platforms for submissions and discussions Feedback and support channels Local events and documentation Tracking Tools: we will use outreach dashboard, and hashtag tools to track participants' contributions and also provide one on one support for them After Activities:

Judging and recognition of winners Feedback surveys for improvement Exhibitions and events to showcase contributions Ongoing content improvement and community building. continue to support them in their Wikimedia journey.

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.

Through the social media channels and announcements on the community talk page.

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)

Other Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context)

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Culture, heritage or GLAM

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

The Wiki Loves Africa 2024 in Gombe aims to increase the quantity and quality of content related to African creativity on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons under the theme "Africa Create." In pursuit of our goals, we have mapped out several learning questions to guide us in collecting and analysiing data:

1. What impact we can achieve as a Community in the Wikimedia movement through contributing to the year 2024 Wiki Loves Africa event.
2. Will this add to the capacity of our community?
3. Didd the project create community awareness about Wikimedia projects in Gombe State?
4.Did the project train new editors to have the required skills for editing Wikimedia projects?
5. Did the participants contribute content to Wikipedia and its sister projects?
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 50 We expect 50 participants for the physical event.

With 10 representative from other Northeast States.

Number of editors 50
Number of organizers 5 Meritkosy is the program manager and will be the available online and offline, responsible for creating awareness, moderating the online sessions, and taking care of logistics. she will also sensitize the editors on the importance of contributing to Wikipedia and its guidelines and policies.

Atibrarian will be the (online and offline) facilitator, responsible for discussing Wikipedia account creation, how to edit, and create articles on Wikipedia and how to upload on wikimedia Commons. He will serve as a facilitator and coordinator of the campaign in Gombe State

salisu is the Communication Officer and will moderate sessions and keep participants' WhatsApp groups up-to-date with the program's every detail and step. User:El-hussein14: Will serve as Facilitator and coordinator of the campaign in Yobe State User:Bkmaina: Will serve as representative and coordinator for Borno State User:Muhammad Idris Criteria

Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 50
Wikimedia Commons 200
Wikidata 50
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract 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
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)

We will use the outreach dashboard to measure its metrics, wikiloves

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)

1320000 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.

1614.2 USD

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