Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc- Annual Activities 2022

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Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc- Annual Activities 2022
start date2022-04-012022-04-01T00:00:00Z
end date2023-03-312023-03-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)84382200 NGN
amount requested (USD)205619.2 USD
amount recommended (USD)110000
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposal1. Olaniyan Olushola
2. T Cells
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

1. Olaniyan Olushola
2. T Cells


Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation

G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?


M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Additional information[edit]

R. Where will this proposal be implemented?


S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

T. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)

  1. (Facebook)

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.



1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

Our mission is to support and promote free access to knowledge, work with volunteers across the country, partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations, cultural and educational sectors and other mission-aligned groups to make knowledge available for free access.

Wikimedia Nigeria is committed to the ideal of a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge and we believe that free access to knowledge is a fundamental right.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

Nigeria is the most diverse country in Africa in terms of population, ethnicity, language, culture, and lifestyles. In spite of this large population and diversity, Nigeria is underrepresented on Wikimedia projects in terms of contents and contributors. Recently, there is a surge in the Wikimedia related activities in the country which require a need for sustainability. This proposal aims at sustaining the various strategic projects and successes recorded by the Wikimedia community in Nigeria over the years and to address likely challenges facing Wikimedia volunteers in Nigeria in line with our strategic objectives to support volunteers and promote free access to knowledge via Wikipedia and other sister’s projects such as Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. We want to better support volunteers in Nigeria in 2022 and recruit diverse contributors to various projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation and enrich Wikimedia projects with diverse contents relating to the Nigeria people, culture, and oral traditions.

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

Contents generations

Campaigns - We plan to participate in community driven international campaigns and contests such as Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth, WikiGap, WPWP, 1lib1ref, Wiki Loves Monuments. We will engage at least 50 professional photographers. To do these, we will work with cultural heritage organizations such as the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, National Tourism Development Corporation and other mission-aligned organizations.

Local contents drive - We plan to organize a contents drive to create articles on the English Wikipedia, Yoruba Wikipedia, Igbo Wikipedia, and Hausa Wikipedia.

GLAM – Oral history documentation is one of the most successful projects run by Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation. 100 Audiovisuals will be recorded, uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, Wikitongues, the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Internet Archives will host our documented materials in perpetuity.

Edit-a-thons – We will organize monthly edit-a-thons to generate content on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.

2. Capacity Building and Community Support – We will train people on how to contribute to the various projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons. Participants will also be trained on how to sustain partnership, build community, plan conferences, event planning, grant-making and reporting. We will support community members who have limited resources to contribute to Wikimedia projects such as providing internet data, small routers and fund small projects or initiatives with a maximum budget of USD 1000.
3. WikiNaija- This is a monthly meet-up to that will be organised to discuss among our members ongoing issues, new findings, supports and also to invite experts to our community to share with us on how we could be a better community and also learn from their successes. We plan to organize 12 episodes of this meeting.
4. Advocacy

Wiki4NaijaWomen: This is an online advocacy initiative designed to bring attention to the state of articles about Women on Wikipedia.

MybeautifulAfricanPlaces: This is an online advocacy aimed at bringing attention of people to beautiful places in Nigeria and Africa at large by using a collection of photos submitted during the previous Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Monuments etc

Wiki in school: We plan to run a pilot education program in one of the Nigerian universities. We have met with the management of the Lagos State University on this project.

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

Our core objectives include the following:

  1. Add N100 audiovisuals of oral history to Wikimedia commons, use them in over 500, Wikipedia articles in at least 10 languages.
  2. .Add more than 20,000 items to Wikidata
  3. . Recruits at least 500 new volunteers to the community
  4. . Train at least 1000 new editors
  5. Add at least 10,000 media files to Wikimedia commons
  6. . Partner with at least 10 mission aligned organizations.
  7. Add 800 new articles to Wikipedia and improve 800 existing articles

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

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

Name: Ayokanmi Oyeyemi Username: User: Kaizenify Role: Program Director (paid staff) Responsibility: He is responsible for the overall project management, coordination of all activities, staff and volunteers. He is responsible for report writing, learning and evaluation.    Name : Tunde Oladimeji Role: Producer and Director, Nigeria Oral History Documentation Project (contractor)     Responsibility:  He is responsible for implementing the programs, He would be responsible for managing the audiovisuals production from pre-production stage to post-production stage.   Name : Omolayo Ogunsiji Username: User:O'lahyours Role: Communication manager (Volunteer) Responsibility: She is responsible for the overall communication   Name: Mikaeel Sodiq Username: Agbalagba Role: Treasurer (volunteers) Responsibility: He’s responsible for managing all financial transactions and preparing financial reports.

Name: To be recruited Username: Role: Book keeper (paid) Responsibility: He’s responsible for keeping proper record of all financial activities   Name : Isaac Olatunde Role: Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata trainer and advisor, Oral History Documentation Project Responsibility: He is responsible for training participants on how to contribute to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata   Name:Ashioma Medi Username: User:SuperSwift Role: Wikipedia trainer and Wikipedia in Residence for Wiki-in-school project Responsibility: He is responsible for co-leading  volunteers training to contribute to Wikipedia and for managing the Wiki-in-school project.   Name:Yinka Maja (volunteer) Username: User:Abimaj Role: Social media manager (volunteer) Responsibility: She is responsible for managing all our social media networks.   Name: Daniel Bögre Udell – Advisor, Nigerian Oral Username :Bogreudell Role: Advisor, Nigeria Oral History Documentation Project (volunteer) Responsibility: He’s responsible for providing professional advice on the general implementation of the project.

8. 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, Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

9. 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, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities, Linguistic / Language

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation is an open movement for diverse people in Nigeria. This proposal has no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, color, geographic location, sexual orientation. Anyone who is passionate about free access to knowledge is welcome to join any of our activities.

Sexual orientation – We have no discrimination about sexual orientations. Members of the LGBT community are allowed to join us if they find any of the activities interesting.

Age – There are no age restrictions to participate in any of our activities. We welcome participation from people of different age classes.

Geography – People can join from different parts of Nigeria. We currently have hubs and clubs in many parts of Nigeria. They could also join remotely online.

Socioeconomic status – People of any class are welcome to participate in our activities. Employed and unemployed people are allowed to join us and no prior experience with Wikimedia projects is required.

Strategy to continue engage with participants

  1. Wiki Fan Clubs and Hub – We have Wiki Fan Clubs and Hubs in some parts of Nigeria. Students who participate in any of our activities will be linked to the fan club in their school or in a school close to them. Non-students would be linked to hubs in their geographical location.
  1. Engagement and Building Capacity for youth-focused organization:
  1. We plan to train the staff members of some youth-focused organization who will in turn serve as trainers and mentors for new volunteers. Also, we plan to train staff members of interested members of partners e.g. governmental agencies, embassies, private sectors etc on how to use Wikipedia and its sister projects.
  1. Meetup – There would be a monthly meetup with a mix of new and established editors and each month will have its theme and activities tailored towards understanding the challenges of new editors, and improve their works. Each month, the most positive and active editors will be appreciated with merchandise.

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

Our community is very familiar with the Universal Code of Conducts and the Friendly Space Policy. We will dedicate one of the monthly editions of our Naija Office Hours to talk about the UCOC and the Friendly Space Policy. Some of the highlights will includes the behavior that are expected from every community members, where to fill a report and so on. We will invite a WMF from the T&S to speak at the event.

13. Do you have plans to work with Wikimedia communities, groups, or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


13.1 If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.


14. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

  1. We will be working with the African Women in Media to train female journalists and women in the media sector as part of our advocacy efforts to bridge the gender gap on Wikipedia. African Women in Media will be responsible for the invitation of the participants to the training, management of the participants, provide data support for the participants and gift items for the best three participants.
  1. We will work with the Lagos State University to train hundreds of students on how to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Lagos State University will be responsible for managing the students participation, provide training halls and facilities and certificate of participation to the participants after completion.

We will partner with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), and the National Commission for Museums on Wiki Loves X projects. They will issue photographers’ letters to restricted areas during the photo contests..

15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

Each of the works carried out in this proposal will be evaluated and the learning from the evaluation report would be useful in shaping our directions on future sustainability and scalability

16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.

PO Note: This is an application from round 1 before updated changes.

17. 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.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

18. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  


Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

What Wikimedia projects interest participants the most? What training strategy yielded the best results? What is the best strategy to engage volunteers? What is the best approach and strategy to retaining volunteers?

20. 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 space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A N/A
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants More than 1000 students and academic staff will participate from different academic institutions in Nigeria, 100 from mission aligned organizations and at least 200 existing members will participate 1300
Number of editors at least 500 people will create accounts and at least 150 existing editors will participate in our edit-a-thons and various campaigns 650
Number of organizers At least 68 people will be involved in organizing various activities. There are 10 core team members, 30 hub and club coordinators across Nigeria, 10 people from mission aligned organizations, at least 10 community volunteers and 8 professional to implement the Oral History Documentation Project. 68
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikidata We will be contributing at least 20,000 new items to Wikidata 20000
Wikimedia Commons We will be contributing at least 10,000 photos and 100 oral history audiovisuals to Wikimedia Commons 10100
Wikipedia #200 new articles to the English Wikipedia
  1. 200 new articles to the Yoruba Wikipedia
  2. 200 new articles to the Hausa Wikipedia
  3. 200 new articles to the Igbo Wikipedia
  4. Distubation of 200 articles on the English Wikipedia
  5. Distubation of 200 articles on the Yoruba Wikipedia Wikipedia
  6. Distubation of 200 articles on the Igbo Wikipedia
  7. Distubation of 200 articles on the Hausa Wikipedia

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

  1. The property P5008 to help organize and track items related to this proposal on Wikidata
  2. Wikimedia Outrach Dashboard will be used to track other contributions (

Financial Proposal[edit]

23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

84382200 NGN

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

205619.2 USD

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

We have added a google document for this purpose

23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final Message[edit]

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.