Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikiproject in Lagos-Nigeria (ID: 21915785)

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statusNot funded
Wikiproject in Lagos-Nigeria
proposed start date2022-07-15
proposed end date2022-12-31
grant start date2022-07-15T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1807000 NGN
budget (USD)4336.8 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Nimot123
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


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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.

Global Open Initiative Foundation LUCG Wikimedia Community

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikiproject in Lagos-Nigeria

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.

According to a survey we made on, majority of the student's in institutions in Lagos, Nigeria do not have any idea about the movement or it's platforms. This project will introduce new editors and volunteers from the institution to Wikipedia and Wikidata and also expose them to the movement. Although, Nigerian institutions are not female dominated but has seen a dramatic increase in female undergraduates in the past 12 years therefore, this project will focus more on gender, ethnic, religious and cultural related articles. Also, there are fewer articles or items about notable women on Wiki projects. This is a crucial subject for us because we will want to contribute our efforts to reducing the movement's significant bias.

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

Our primary strategy for this project will be capacity building. We will hold two offline training events outside of campus due to a lack of space. Participants will receive instruction in everything from Wikipedia and Wikidata fundamentals to quality editing. The emphasis of these articles will be on the items, appearance, style, categories, references, size, hyperlinks, headings, and subheadings of the article and we will be focusing more on the subject of women on Wikipedia and its sister project.

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

We intend to hold four edit-a-thons in order to teach or train 100 students, mostly females, how to edit Wikipedia articles and contribute to Wikidata. We'll also teach them how to stay involved in the Wikimedia movement, as well as how to interact with the Nigerian Wikimedia community and the movement's various campaigns and other global efforts. This is critical for increasing participation and interest in the cause.

We intend to introduce the movement and its platforms at the first event, start Wikipedia training at the second, Wikidata at the third, and hold a competition at the final. To close the content gender gap, we will prioritize female, gender, ethnic, religious, and cultural articles.

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?

Mukaram123 and Piousmaiden both have experience with LUCG Wikimedia Community and Global Open Initiative Foundation before relocating back to the country.

Nimot123: Project Lead Mukaram123: Facilitator and Logistics Piousmaiden: Facilitator and Finance

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, 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.

Participants will be editing articles related to female, gender, ethnic, religious, and cultural articles.

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?

Gender Identity, Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Age

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?

Gender gap in content: focuses on including females not only as artists but also as workshop participants and, hopefully, as editors.

Geography: because it will include youth from marginalized areas as editors and future organizers.

Age: it will make an attempt to include young people as contributors and, ideally, future organizers. No prior knowledge of Wikimedia is required to participate. We hope to engage these participants by issuing an open invitation to participate via specific communication channels such as posters, social media, and the SUG.

We intend to retain participants through our one-on-one mentorship system, which ensures participants' ongoing involvement in Wikimedia activities. We also track community members' contributions through the Outreach Dashboard in order to reward top contributors who contribute after the events.

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

We will include a friendly space policy in our registration form for participants who wish to participate in our activities. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated.

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.

We have made our intensions known to leader of organizations that can relate or impact this project. They used their various platforms to inform their members about the events.

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, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. How have the participants' perceptions of Wikipedia changed as a result of their participation in our activities?

2. What factors motivated them to stay connected and possibly contribute more actively? What factors act as roadblocks?
3. Do new editors have the necessary skills? What type of training and support was most/least helpful in developing these skills?
4. How many people continue to edit following the events/activities?
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
feedback from participants on the skills learned and how they are using them A mandatory evaluation form will be sent to participants after each event N/A
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 100
Number of editors 90
Number of organizers 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A 100
Wikidata N/A 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.

Program and Outreach Dashboard

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1807000 NGN

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

4336.8 USD

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

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Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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  • 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).