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Wikimedia Awareness in Akure
proposed start date2023-05-13
proposed end date2023-06-17
budget (local currency) 
budget (USD)0 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Tesleemah
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.

Tesleemah Taoheedah Abdullahalaba Taofeeq Abdulkareem Ibjaja055



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.

Yes Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, Wikimedia Project Nigeria, Wikimedia and libraries user group, African & Proud, Free Knowledge Africa

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikimedia Awareness in Akure

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.

Akure is the capital and largest city of Ondo State. The city had a population of 403,000 as at the 2006 population census . It currently accommodates close to a million people, in addition to having a University of Technology, Federal College of Agriculture, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and School of Health Technology, writers' clubs and association and a host of other institutions spread across its community. But unfortunately, despite the advantageous advancements in the community, there is an absolute dearth of editors, not to even talk of projects that seek to promote Wikipedia in the community.

As a member of the community who is lucky to have discovered Wikipedia, I feel obliged to premier the first Wikimedia promotion campaign/training in Akure for the overall ascendancy of new editors as well as raising and inspiring the emergence of active champions of the Wikipedia projects. The creation of Wikipedia and its sister's project awareness In Akure is targeted towards laying a solid foundation for the widespread adoption and use of Wikimedia products among youths in the community.

Also, the proposed month-long activity has the potential to bridge the content gaps that exist about articles on different topics with the help of experienced editors; many notable local and international scholars, organizations, tourist attraction sites such as the historical and research places, and many more in Akure do not have wide coverage on Wikipedia.

Unlike in other communities where there has been a series of training and presence of the Wikimedia community, there has never been any training or anything sort of that to train people and notify them about Wikimedia projects and how they can contribute to it them in Akure. If approved, the project will help to establish the first ever Wiki community meetup in Akure, specifically meant to keep in touch with present and future activities of Wikipedia in the community.

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

Training and Recruiting 55 new editors across different higher institutions, writers and youths' associations in Akure. This will allow full participation of students and youths from different institutions, clubs and Association within the target community.

Creating awareness about Wikimedia projects among participants in Akure. Many of the participants may be familiar with English Wikipedia but few are aware of other existing languages such as Yoruba. The dominant language in the community is Yoruba, as such, the Wikipedia training project will give focus to Yoruba Wikipedia, as well as other Wikimedia sister projects that promote free knowledge and open access to information, thereby enhancing the need for this approach.

Creating a community of Wikimedia Editors in Akure: One the the facilitators for both the online and physical sessions, Taoheedah is a one of the active and most prominent Yoruba wikipedia editor. I will partner with the Yoruba User group through her to help in the execution of the project as well as in the creation and sustainability of the community. This is in addition to creating a WhatsApp group for the new editors.

Training participants on how to contribute to the various Wikimedia projects that the training focuses on; create Wikipedia account, understand the core content policies, and understand general editing principles, creating new articles, performing minor edits among others to improve content about people, places, organizations, etc

With the help of the offline and online editors, we will leverage using the outreach dashboard to track contributions and provide one-on-one support.

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

The project will run for a period of one month to introduce Wikipedia to this community. Wikipedia Promotions in Akure will consist of five different sessions with the establishment of Wikimedia community;

1. Two days of an in-person (physical) workshop: With the help of three of the five facilitators to be engaged, the two day physical sessions hope to avail the participants the basic knowledge about Wikipedia. This will also involve account creation and on-site minor edits by all the participants.
2. Two (2) series of online reinforcement training:

To properly equip them with the needed skills about how to edit on Wikipedia, Wikicommons, etc: With the help of the online facilitators of the project, the online segment aimed at fine-tuning the editing skills of the new editors, as well polishing where they have much weaknesses.

3. One day of an in-person review session (final day): After the two days physical trainings as well as the two days online sessions, an interval of two weeks will be given for the participants to edit and practice the knowledge acquired from the project into fruition.

There will be a two weeks Edit-a-thon where winners will be awarded a certificate of excellence each; a WhatsApp group will be utilized to encourage them edit and attempt to questions arising from their newfound journey. Thereafter a one-day physical training, as the last day of the project, will be convened with the purpose of reviewing the works of the participants, clarifying where necessary, entertaining questions and clarifications, and awarding certificates to wrap up the project.

Creating a group of Wikimedia editors in Akure: The last day of the project will see the creation of a community for sustainability purposes. This will be easily achievable with the help of Taoheedah through the Yoruba user group.

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.

Other (please specify)

Creating awareness about Wikimedia projects,

Training wikimedia editors.

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

Yes, I do, and they're confirmed their readiness to join for the successful delivery of the project:

Tesleemah is project lead and member of the host community. She is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor and a training Associate working with Free Knowledge Africa. She has participated in many Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere where she served both as a trainer of the online sessions.An Organiser in training for Wikimedia Organisers' Lab focused on Climate Change and Sustainability. She is the first prize winner of Wikipedia Nigeria Cuisine Project. Outside Wikipedia she has worked with different local and international organizations such as Theirworld ,YALI Kwara. She is the president of National Association of Ondo State Students, Unilorin chapter. Taoheedah has also participated in different wikimedia projects. She is one of the top contributor to Explore Nigeria Project, She has also participated in Wiki LIS Awareness, Afrosport Nigeria, Afrocreatives, Wiki Pages Wanted Photo (WPWP) Project and De-Stub Yoruba Wikipedia Articles Contest. She is one of the offline facilitator for the project.

Ibjaja055 will coordinate the online sessions.He is an experienced Wikimedia projects editor. He was the convener of the Wikimedia Promotions in Federal University of Kashere. He has participated in different Wikimedia projects. He is the 4th highest contributor during the third edition of the African Librarians Week held from 22-29 May 2022. The First Prize Winner of Wikipedia Awareness and Training in Gombe edit-a-thon, first Prize Winner of WikiProject Public Domain Contest in Nigeria and First Prize Winner of Wikipedia Awareness for Librarians at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria edit-a-thon.

For the first two days in-person trainings, Taoheedah and Taofeeq will join the project lead to make it happen. They are in high proximity with the host community:

Taofeeq Abdulkareem and Abdullahalaba are also experienced wikimedia editors that have participated in various Wikimedia projects . They will also be available for the project and be in charge of logistics and other necessary arrangements.

For the final day of the project which is the day of an in-person review session, Tesleemah alongside the other facilitators will join the project lead to coordinate the final day of the project:

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.

Content Gender gap, 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.

The Akure community comprises of different people from different regions, ethnic groups and they belong to different religions, out focus will be on creating and improving articles that are related to Nigerian culture, religions and Language in Yoruba Wikipedia and English 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.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

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

Gender Identity, Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Socioeconomic status, Age, 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?

This proposal is targeted at the diverse youths in Akure Community. We hope to engage these participants before the project implementation through local radio stations and clubs. I am a member of three clubs and Associations in the community with large followers.

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 to be read at the beginning of each event. The event will.adhere to the Wikimedia-friendly space policy during the event. The Wikimedia-friendly space policy and UCoC will be distributed to participants before the event starts. The event also promises to be safe and conducive.

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.

The partnership is largely on getting the right Participants for the project. We will partner with local groups, Students leaders and local community heads for successful dissemination of information about the project to the target participants

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, Improve User Experience, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal? Did the project create community awareness about Wikimedia projects in Akure?

Did the project train new editors to have the required skills to edit Wikimedia projects?

Was the project beneficial to the target participants in terms of full satisfaction of the knowledge acquired?

Did the participants contribute contents to Wikipedia and it's sisters' projects ?

Did the project create a sustainable group of Wikimedia editors in Akure?

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
Number of Awareness Beneficiaries The total number of people that will benefit from the awareness that will be carried out in the community through online and offline mediums 200
Number of Editors The total number of participants that will be trained for the training 55
Total number of articles created or edited The total number of articles that will be created or edited during the edit-a-ton 200
Number of events The total number of events during the training 5
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The total number of participants during the event including the facilitators 60
Number of editors The total number of editors 55
Number of organizers The total number of the organizers 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Articles Created or improved during the training 50
Wikimedia Commons Non copyrighted photos uploaded during the training 100
Wikidata Number of wikidata created or improved during the training 50
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 be using the Hashtag tool and wmf outreachdashboard.

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.


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