Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Wikiquote of Popular Africans (ID: 21903458)

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statusNot funded
Wikiquote of Popular Africans
proposed start date2022-08-24
proposed end date2022-09-23
budget (local currency)1277407 NGN
budget (USD)3081.12 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Profayobami
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.

Kingaustin08 Favourdare123



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 User Group Nigeria

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wikiquote of Popular Africans

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.

This project aims to bridge the content gap on African's quotes by creating new entries on Wikiquote and improvement of existing ones. Wikiquote seems to have very few quotes about African popular people. Africans have a long record of writers, poets, leaders and so on whose popular intellectual works and phrases are not on wikiquote and they meet up with the wikiquote's page criteria. There is a substantial lack of content on popular Africans Leaders, Writers, Authors, Poets, etc. that deserves a stand-alone article on Wikiquote. Effort will be geared towards creating entries that bridge women gap on Wikipedia and the Wikiquote most especially.

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

We plan to accomplish this using the following approaches:

Organizing physical meetup.

Creating new entries and improving existing contents on African Poets, Leaders, Politicians, Writers, Influencers, Authors, among others.

Training and recruiting new editors for the Wikimedia Community. At the end, the project will contribute, support and bridge the underrepresented articles on African related contents.

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

Based on the above approaches, here are the following activities to be undertaken: Survey: A survey of popular Africans in different professional fields who profile are absent or in need of reinforcement will be identified and publicized. Trainings: All participants will be trained on how to contribute to Wikiquote and guides will be provided to participants.  Edit-a-thons: This will encourage collaborative research and knowledge exchange and also aid participants in understanding what they were taught during the training session. A list has been compiled by the team which would assist participants in knowing what to work on.

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?

All team members are volunteers. Favourdare123 and Kingaustin07 are experienced Wikimedians who will join me in training and convening the participants.

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, Age (regency), Geography, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), 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.

This work will address the content gap by focusing on the paucity contents on popular Africa leaders, poets, writers, authors, etc. on Wikiquote. Secondly, this work will provide a more inclusive and representative entries on Wikiquote.

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 , Advocacy, Diversity

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

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, 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?

The main target group are editors based in Lagos. However, virtual participation will be allowed. Our WhatsApp platform will be used communications and exchange of knowledge. Support system will be organized to engage new editors and existing editors to contribute actively.

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

The Wikimedia's Universal Code of Conduct and friendly space policy will be discussed prior to the start of the project with all participants to enhance a friendly environment. Non-participants will not be allowed into the event space.

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.

The WikiProject Nigeria has been notified. The Wikimedia User Group Nigeria has been notified on the Whatsapp platform.

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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, 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?

I want to learn more about Africans intellectual works and spread this information. I'm interested in learning more about various writers, poets, leaders, and why they gained that much fame in their fields. I also want to know how Africans quotes has shaped the continent, with a concentration on Africa leaders, poets, writers and authors etc. My goals are to get more knowledgeable about the Wikiquote platforms and to add to the body of online knowledge. Additionally, I'll have the chance to hone my project management abilities.

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 events Series of events to be held 3
Number of entries Number of entries to be created or improved 200
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants New participants: 10

Returning participants: 15

Number of editors Active editors 10
Number of organizers 1 Project lead and 2 Team member 3
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikiquote This consist of the new entries to be created or existing contents to be improved 200
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.

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.

1277407 NGN

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

3081.12 USD

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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  • 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.
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  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).