Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/ African Wisdom:Films and Literature (ID: 22444724)

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statusNot funded
African Wisdom: Films and Literature
proposed start date2024-04-08
proposed end date2024-05-09
budget (local currency)1305068.3 NGN
budget (USD)1450 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Alexander achie004
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Alexander achie004



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Main Proposal[edit]

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

African Wisdom: Films and Literature

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

2024-04-08 - 2024-05-09

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)

Not applicable

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)

Africa's rich tradition of storytelling and oral wisdom, passed down through generations, is a tapestry woven with African quotes, proverbs, parables, and philosophical tales. These narratives offer profound insights into life, spirituality, morality, and our shared human experiences. In today's world, African storytelling through films and literature continues this tradition, sharing cultural wisdom globally.

The primary goal of this project is to amplify the voices and perspectives found within African films and literature, making their profound wisdom and quotes more accessible to a global audience. This initiative seeks to address the significant lack of diversity, representation, and proper documentation of quotes from African films and literature on Wikiquote.

Approaches to Achieve the Project's Goals:

1)Creating Awareness: Raising awareness is a critical element of our strategy. This will involve a series of engaging public talks and impactful social media campaigns. By showcasing the positive impact of Africa's rich cultural heritage, we aim to inspire broader participation, generate support, and ultimately amplify the voices of African wisdom on a global scale. This approach aligns with the overarching goal of the project to increase the visibility and accessibility of profound quotes from African films and literature to a global audience in order to address the lack of diversity and representation that currently exists on Wikiquote. Through multi-channel outreach efforts, we intend to gather support and participation to showcase these voices and perspectives that offer deep insights into life, spirituality, morality and the human condition through impactful storytelling narratives that connect across boundaries.

2)Content Creation and Enhancement: we will organize a series of dynamic activities, including editing campaigns, workshops, both physical and online training sessions, and engaging edit-a-thons. These initiatives will empower editors, whether they are new or experienced editors, to create and enhance high-quality Wikiquote articles, which in turn bridges the content gap and ensures that valuable African quotes are properly documented on the wikiquote. Ultimately, this approach will create a more inclusive platform that reflects the richness of African storytelling traditions by providing the tools, training, and focused efforts that enable comprehensive content creation and improvement driven by skilled editors dedicated to sharing impactful quotes and narratives from African films, literature, and oral storytelling heritage with the world.

Through this project, we aim to engage and train individuals, both new and existing Wikimedian editors, on how to effectively create and improve Wikiquote articles. Our goal is to ensure that these powerful and inspiring quotes from African films and literature are appropriately acknowledged, preserved, and documented. This effort will significantly bridge the content gap concerning notable and remarkable quotes from African films and literature on Wikiquote, making them accessible to the world.

Upon successful implementation, this project will:

  • Enhance Wikiquote's representation of quotes from African films and literature
  • Curate and promote quotes to educate, inspire, and celebrate the rich storytelling traditions and philosophies of Africa
  • Preserve and share the profound wisdom that has been a part of African culture for generations

By documenting these impactful words and narratives on wikiquote, we hope to take a step towards recognizing the meaningful contributions of African cinema and literature. This endeavor aims to create a more inclusive, representative resource that acknowledges Africa's gift for imparting cultural insights through impactful stories.

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.

1. Creating Awareness: To effectively reach both new and existing Wikimedian editors, we will utilize E-posters and flyers, strategically distributing them across platforms of our target participants. This approach ensures widespread event awareness, reaching a diverse audience. We will also establish an inclusive WhatsApp group for interested individuals to optimize efficient and cost-effective communication. Embracing an integrated messaging strategy, we will harmonize our messaging efforts to create a coherent and resonant message that underscores the event's significance and objectives.

2. Physical Training Day and Edit-a-Thon: This hands-on training session is a pivotal element of our project, offering participants valuable practical skills and profound insights into the art of editing and contributing to Wikiquote to bridge the gap. Experienced volunteer facilitators will lead the training and use teaching aids, including projectors, slides, and Wikiquote training resources( Participants will learn how to make basic edits on Wikiquote, search and retrieve information, and improve or create articles to bridge content gaps. This interactive training empowers both new and experienced contributors, fostering inclusivity and enabling effective participation. Our dedicated team will provide invaluable guidance during the edit-a-thon, fostering a collaborative environment where participants can learn, apply their knowledge, and contribute successfully. This comprehensive approach includes real-time monitoring and assessment, ensuring participants receive tailored support to become better editors, ultimately equipping them with essential skills and knowledge for ongoing contribution and growth.
3. Virtual Training (Online Follow-up Training): The virtual training, serving as an online follow-up to our project, represents a formal and structured continuation of skill development. Through this, participants will receive targeted instruction guided by experienced facilitators to further enhance their proficiency in editing and contributing to Wikiquote. This virtual training session underscores our commitment to sustained growth and knowledge refinement, ensuring participants remain equipped with the necessary tools and insights for impactful contributions.
4. Contest:The event will end with an online contest, providing incentives to engage participants. Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 contributors, encouraging wider engagement in other and future wiki events.

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.

1) Alexander achie004 (Project Lead): I will be the anchor of the Physical and Online Training sessions, leveraging my expertise as an adept Wikipedian and Wikiquote editor and Trainer. As the project lead of the successful WUGN microgrant SheSaid 2023 local event in Ogun state, I have a strong track record guiding impactful wiki projects and having participated and won in Wikiqoute editing campaigns and edit-a-thons. My honed skills in guiding and training new and experienced editors will be instrumental in this project. I will be responsible for developing training materials, conducting engaging editing workshops, and providing support and training to participants before, during, and after the project. My goal is to ensure that every participant gains the knowledge and skills needed to effectively contribute to Wikiquote, bringing quotes from African Films and Literature to a global audience.

2) User: Ebubechukwu1 (Co-Facilitator):She will serve as the co-facilitator, drawing from her accomplished background as an editor, trainer, and Kiwix Ambassador. With over 8,000 contributions, she has spearheaded major training programs, including Wiki Glam Lagos and Wikipedia Awareness for youth corps members. Notably, she served as the Project Lead for the African Women in Education Wikiquote event and SheSaid 2023 Event in Nigeria. Ebubechukwu1 will oversee all aspects of this project, ensuring alignment with its goals and bringing her wealth of experience to this event..

3) Prithee P (Co-Facilitator and Jury Member):She will hold dual roles as Co-Facilitator and Jury Member. As an experienced Wikimedian with extensive editing and training experience, she brings a unique perspective to the team. Having served as the Project Lead for the SheSaid 2022 event in Nigeria and co-facilitated Women in Quote Kwara, she has a strong background in organizing events. In this project, she will co-develop workshops, provide mentorship, and evaluate contributions. Her experience organizing events like Wikilove SDG Tour and SheSaid Events 2022 in Nigeria makes her well-suited to enrich this learning experience and the overall project.

Our team combines specialized skills in editing, training, mobilizing contributors, and assessing content. By capitalizing on our complementary capabilities and experience with Wikiquote events, we will collaborate to conduct an impactful event that enriches the representation of quotes from African films and literature on Wikiquote.

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)

Target Participants: Our project is designed to engage a wide range of individuals, including new editors, existing Wikimedian editors, and anyone interested in contributing to Wikiquote in Nigeria and across Africa.

Recruitment and Engagement: To recruit and engage participants, we will leverage our connections with Wikimedia groups and other platforms of our target audience. Prior to the event, we will share and distribute e-flyers, short videos, learning resources, and training materials across these designated platforms. Additionally, we will send out an online registration form to enlist new editors and participants for the event.

During the Event: During the event itself, my team and I will take an active role in training participants on Wikiquote editing, covering aspects such as article creation, improvement, citation, and sourcing standards. We will also closely monitor contributions to ensure high quality. In a collaborative and supportive setting, we will guide new editors to expand Wikiquote's coverage of quotations from African Films and Literature.

Post-Event Sustainability: After the event, our commitment to participants does not end. We will work to ensure the sustainability of their engagement. This involves inviting them to join as community members of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, a step that will keep them informed and foster participation in future and upcoming wiki events. Additionally, participants will be added to a WhatsApp group designed for follow-up questions, feedback,virtual meet-ups and ongoing support. This group provides a direct line of communication between participants and the team running the event. Furthermore, we will conduct a post-event survey to gather feedback on the event and identify areas for improvement.

Project Impact: Through our project, we aim to engage editors in Nigeria and beyond to improve the representation of African Films and Literature on Wikiquote. Our outreach efforts and hands-on training will equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to expand Wikiquote's coverage. The follow-up support we provide aims to create an inclusive editing community that continues to add these quotations, increasing the diversity of African Films and Literature on Wikiquote while upholding the high-quality editing standards of the platform.

Our project not only seeks to enrich Wikiquote with African wisdom but also strives to create a dynamic and enduring community of editors dedicated to preserving and sharing the cultural and literary heritage of Africa.

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.

The announcement of the project has been posted on the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria discussion page. This announcement serves the purpose of informing the community about the project's goals and objectives, while also seeking their valuable support, feedback, and recommendations. You can find the full details here

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)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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

Gender and diversity

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)

Our project is designed to facilitate learning and provide valuable insights across several key areas:

1. Effective Project Management: We aim to refine our project management skills, encompassing planning, execution, and oversight, to ensure the seamless and efficient operation of a project of this scale.
2. Outreach and Engagement Strategies: Our goal is to identify the most effective outreach methods for engaging participants and promoting our project's objectives. These insights will be invaluable for reaching a broader audience in future endeavors.
3. Training and Education: Through hands-on training and follow-up activities, we aim to understand how to effectively equip participants with the skills and knowledge required to contribute to Wikiquote. This knowledge will be instrumental in enhancing future training programs.
4. Community Building: We aspire to comprehend the art of building a vibrant and inclusive editing community centered around African Literature and Films, creating collaborative online spaces that foster creativity and mutual support.
5. Quality Content Contribution: We hope to learn how to encourage participants to contribute high-quality content to Wikiquote while adhering to the platform's editing standards.
6. Long-term Engagement: By maintaining contact with participants after the activities, we seek to gain insights into how to sustain long-term engagement and support for continued contributions beyond the scope of this project.
7. The Impact of African Wisdom: We aim to understand how the addition of quotes from African Films and Literature enrich Wikiquote's content and its effect on readers worldwide, celebrating the cultural wealth of Africa.
8. Metrics and Evaluation: Our objective is to learn how to effectively track and assess progress, identify content gaps, and gauge the overall impact of our project. This data will be instrumental in refining our future initiatives.
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 30 New Editors:10 Existing Editors:20
Number of editors 30 New Editors:10 Existing Editors:20
Number of organizers 3 Three Organizers and facilitators
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikiquote 250
Wikifunctions or Abstract 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)

Outreach Dashboard and X tools

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)

1305068.3 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.

1450 USD

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