Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Yoruba Wikimedians User Group - Annual Activities 2022/fr

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Yoruba Wikimedians User Group - Annual Activities 2022
budget (local currency)36944198 NGN
amount requested (USD)88996 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionMoyen-Orient et Afrique
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundTour 2
applicant and people related to proposalUser:Agbalagba User:macdanpets
organization (if applicable)Groupe d’utilisateurs wikimédiens de langue yoruba

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

User:Agbalagba User:macdanpets


Yoruba Wikimedians User Group

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?


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. 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?

Yoruba Wikimedians User Group is a group of Yoruba language Wikimedians committed to nurturing, developing, improving, and promoting Yoruba language Wikipedia, and other related projects such as the Yoruba Wiktionary in Wikimedia incubator, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, and other Wikimedia projects. We aim to promote the use of Yoruba Wikipedia, and Yoruba Wiktionary through various outreach efforts and to support people in western Nigeria to contribute to knowledge in the Yoruba language.

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


  1. Low volunteer native speakers for Yoruba Wikipedia and, Wiktionary.
  2. Low awareness about the Yoruba Wikipedia
  3. Lack of partnership#Inadequate community supports
  4. Lack of capacity building initiatives or programs

Proposed solutions[edit]

  1. We aim at recruiting more native speakers for Yoruba Wikipedia through various outreach efforts, awareness campaigns, contents drive, central notice banner campaign, partnership with the mission-aligned organizations, and, social media networks.
  2. We aim at using various strategies such as online promotion using a popular skit maker, Wiki Radio Show, Take Yoruba Wikipedia to Street campaign which involves community members’ street walk for Yoruba Wikipedia with drums sets, with banners and distributing fliers for people including passerby. 
  3. We aim to partner with a mission-aligned organization such as academic institutions, the National Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture (we already met with this institution), students associations such as the National Association of Yoruba Students.#We plan to organize several capacity-building programs such as training on Yoruba Wikipedia editing, Wikidata and data visualization, how to use various tools, grant-making, and reporting, program or project evaluation, Universal Code of Conduct, and community-building. 
  4. We aim to support community members, a mission-aligned group with small funds (not more than USD 500) that have good projects that could advance our objectives. We also plan to subsidize the internet data cost for active members of the community who could not afford to purchase internet data.

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

We plan to achieve these goals through:

Contents generations

  1. Contents drives – We aim to organize and participate in content drives such as edit-a-thons, translation-a-thons, contests such as Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Monuments, WikiGap, Wiki Campaign for Human Right, 1L1ref, WPWP, AfroCine, etc. We plan to collaborate with new and existing language-focused user groups in Nigeria.
  2. GLAM – Documentation of indigenous works unique to the Yoruba people and culture such as Adire, pottery, blacksmith, local oil making, drum-making, hair-making, mat-making, broom-making, wine-tapping, Garri-making, fufu-making, basket-weaving, local fishing, etc. We will document at least 20 audiovisuals of these works and upload at least and the Internet Archives will host our documented materials in perpetuity.
  3. Edit-a-thons' – We plan to organize monthly edit-a-thons to generate content on Yoruba Wikipedia, and Wiktionary, develop and grow the Wiktionary, contribute content to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.

Capacity Building

  1. Training: We will train new volunteers on how to contribute to the Yoruba language Wikipedia, Yoruba Wiktionary, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons. Existing volunteers and new ones would be trained on program evaluation, partnership, community-building, grant-making and reporting, event planning, and conference management


community support

  1. We aim to support community members, a mission-aligned group with small funds (not more than USD 500) that have good projects that could advance our objectives. We also plan to subsidize the internet data cost for active members of the community who could not afford to purchase internet data.

Volunteers recruitment

  1. We aim at using various strategies such as online promotion using a popular skit maker, Wiki Radio Show, Take Yoruba Wikipedia to Street campaign which involves community members’ street walk for Yoruba Wikipedia with drums sets, with banners and distributing fliers for people including passerby. This would attract new volunteers for the Yoruba Wikipedia, and Wiktionary.

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

  1. Promote and create awareness for Yoruba Wikipedia
  2. Recruit native speakers, teachers, and students of Yoruba languages in tertiary institutions for Yoruba Wikipedia, and Wiktionary
  3. Build capacity and improve skills for existing volunteers
  4. Promote the Yoruba heritage and culture
  5. Increasing content on Yoruba Wikipedia, and Wiktionary
  6. Improving the quality of Yoruba language Wikipedia
  7. Partner and collaborate with the mission-aligned organizations to promote Yoruba Wikipedia, and Wiktionary

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: Mikaeel Sodiq Adesina
  • Username: User:Agbalagba
  • 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: Sowole Toyin
  • Username: User: Sowoletoyin
  • Role: Training lead and Logistics Manager (volunteer)
  • Responsibility: He is responsible for planning, coordinating, and monitoring logistics
  • Name: Omolade Dorcas
  • Username: ‎Ọmọladéabídèmí99
  • Role: Communication manager (volunteer)
  • Responsibility: He is responsible for managing all communications
  • Name: Dansu Peter Zuntepo
  • Username: User:Macdanpets
  • Role: Treasurer (volunteer)
  • Responsibility: He’s responsible for managing all financial transactions and preparing financial reports.

Name: Tunde Oladimeji

  • Role: Producer and Director, Yoruba Indigenous Works Documentation Project (contractor)
  • Responsibility: He is responsible for implementing the programs; He would be responsible for managing the audiovisual production from the pre-production stage to the post-production stage.

Name: Isaac Olatunde

  • Username: T Cells
  • Role: Advisor (volunteer)
  • Responsibility: He’s responsible for providing professional advice on the general implementation of the project.
  • Username: Demmy
  • Role: Advisor (volunteer)
  • Responsibility: He will provide technical advice on implementation

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.

Geography, Language

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.

Our work on audiovisual recordings will contribute rich content about endangered vocational works of the Yoruba people that are not well documented under an open license. Many of these vocational works are no longer being practiced. For example pottery. We plan to document each and every step of the production. This type of content and knowledge are not available under a free license either for use on a Wikipedia article or for other educational purposes.

Our collaboration with the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture will help provide materials that are not easily accessible and useful to write on topics that are relevant to readers.

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, Human Rights

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.

Linguistic / Language, Digital Access

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

Our participants, depending on the project are young adults and adults who speak and write the Yoruba language at any level.

We hope to retain them through mentorships programs to keep them engaged with the Yoruba Wikipedia and Wiktionary activities.

Other ways to retain volunteers include but not limited to the following:

  1. Yoruba Wiki Fan Clubs – The Yoruba Wikimedians User Group has a Wiki Fan Club at the University of Lagos, and we are already working on a fan club at Lagos State University. We plan to increase the number of our fan clubs and these clubs will serve as focal points for Yoruba language and linguistics students in these academic institutions. They will organize periodic or monthly meetups to engage their members with technical supports and other forms of support from the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group.
  2. Engagement and building capacity for staff and networks of Yoruba-focused organizations: We plan to work with language-focused organizations, particularly Yoruba language-focused organizations or groups who will continue to engage the people within their network on how to contribute to Yoruba Wikipedia, Wiktionary, and other related Wikimedia projects.
  3. 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 improving their works. Each month, the most positive and active editors will be appreciated with merchandise.
  4. Small funding support - We plan to award small funding support, not more than USD 500 for individuals, groups, and mission-aligned organizations with pragmatic and high-impact projects to advance our objectives. This would give the grantees a sense of belonging and encourage them to do more and stay in the community.

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?

We plan to train participants on the UCOC. This will enable them to understand the minimum expected behavior required by all participants. They would fully be aware that the UCOC and our long-term Friendly Space Policy are in place.

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.

Yes, we plan to work with the existing Wikimedia User Group in Nigeria we are already consulting with the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria on our proposed Yoruba Indigenous Vocational Work documentation Projects.

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.

We would be working together with the mission-aligned non-Wikimedian partners such as Yoruba Academy, Atelewo, Egbe Akomolede ati Asa Yoruba. They would partner with us on our contents drives, contests, and campaign and awareness programs. They would provide a training hall and help with promotion on their various social media networks.

The International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture for example will provide the venues and the materials such as books, newspaper archives written in the Yoruba language that volunteers needed to write the encyclopedia, and Wiktionary.

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 reports 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.

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.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Ensure Equity in Decision-making

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 challenges are volunteers facing in contributing to the Yoruba Wikipedia? What training method yielded the best results? What type of content would volunteers find interesting to write about? What is the best way that volunteers could support Yoruba Wikipedia and other Yoruba-related Wikimedia projects? What training mode do participants prefer the most (offline or online)?

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
Recruitment of new editors At least 200 new editors will be recruited for Yoruba Wikipedia and Wiktionary 300
Contents creation

1. At least 300 new articles will be created on Yoruba Wikipedia

2. At least 500 articles will be created on Yoruba Wiktionary
3. At least 200 new items will be created on Wikidata
4. At least 2,000 media files will be added to Wikimedia Commons
5. At least 30 audiovisual recordings of Yoruba vocational works will be created
Volunteers support At least a small grant (USD 500) will be awarded to at least 10 individuals or organizations for mission-aligned projects 10
Awareness Campaign

1. At least 2 short Nigerian Comedy Skits would be produced to promote the Yoruba Wikipedia and Wiktionary

2. At least 2 Take Yoruba to Street campaigns would be organized
3. At least a central notice banner will be hosted to create awareness for Yoruba Wikipedia and recruit more editors
Capacity building At least 10 in-person and virtual training would be organized and at least 500 new editors would be trained 15

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 At least 50% of all participants are retained and continue to be engaged after our activities 300
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities At least 15 people will be involved in organizing various activities. 21
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability At least 3 strategic partnership that will contribute to longer-term growth, diversity, and sustainability will be secured 5
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors There would be at least 3 surveys to evaluates our strategies N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees We will use the result of our surveys to evaluate the diversity of participants 100
Number of people reached through social media publications At least 10,000 people 15000
Number of activities developed At least 20 activities would be developed 30
Number of volunteer hours Volunteer hours would be evaluated and reported 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 300 native speakers of Yoruba language, scholars, teachers, students and academic staff will participate, and at least 20 from mission aligned organizations will participate 500
Number of editors At least 200 people will create accounts and at least 20 existing editors will participate in our edit-a-thons and various campaigns 300
Number of organizers At least 15 people will be involved in organizing various activities. There are 5 core team members, 4 people from mission aligned organizations, at least 5 community volunteers and 7 professional to implement the Yoruba Indigenous Vocational Works Documentation Project. 21
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikidata We will be contributing at least 1,000 new items to Wikidata 1500
Wikipédia 200 new articles to Yoruba Wikipedia 300
Wikimedia Commons We will be contributing at least 1,000 photos and 20 audiovisuals of Yoruba Indigenous vocational works to Wikimedia Commons 1530
Wiktionnaire We will be contributing at least 300 pages to Wiktionary 500

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. Wikimedia Outrach Dashboard will be used to track other contributions (
  2. Hashtag tool (

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.

36944198 NGN

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

88996 USD

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

  • Content generations, 1 year = USD 11,856
  • Trainings & Edit-a-thons, 1 year = USD 16,152
  • Awareness, 1 year = USD 16,899
  • Audiovisual recordings, 1 year = USD 10,903
  • Volunteers support funds, 1 year = USD 5,307
  • Staff Compensation, 1 year = 23,075
  • Administrative cost, 1 year = USD 4,804

Total = USD 88,996

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]

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