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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2018-19 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Yes, we met most of our goals and we surpassed many of our targets.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of participants: atleast 20 over 180 people participated
Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: atleast 700 over 1,000 images were uploaded to commons
Number of newly retained contributors: we hope to get atleast 5 new contributors to continue to make contributions, after the contest is over. so far, at least 8 of the new uploaders, have made edits outside the scope of the contest.
Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: atleast 100 so far, about 10 images are being used on Wikimedia projects. It's been difficult to incorporate some of the images on Wikis, when they were facing deletion nominations (some are still under review in fact). However, this would change with follow up edit-a-thons in the coming months.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
  1. Our social media campaign and the marketing designs really worked well. We were able to achieve a great participation rate in the contest. Nigeria ended up uploading the most images in this year's Wiki Loves Africa.
  2. All our targets for this contest were met, which were mostly due to replicating and improving on some of the practices we learned from the previous editions, while trying not to make the same mistakes.
  3. The level of awareness this contest has also created for Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement in Nigeria is outstanding. So, the creation of awareness worked really well.
  • What did not work so well?
  1. Photo documentation: After the conclusion of the contest, the laptop where I saved images of the activities got damaged and I was unable to upload a lot of them to commons. The ones I got, I had to take them from social media posts that I made during the events (which means that they are of inferior quality).
  2. February was Nigeria's federal elections, which got postponed to a date we had in mind for one of our upload sessions. We had to make an emergency reschedule, which I suspect had impact on attendance. Thankfully, we still had good turnouts for the events anyway.
  3. We had some unjustified photo deletion nominations, which didn't go through; but this was still quite stressful to deal with at the time.
  • What would you do differently next time?
  1. The dilemma with photo documentation, has taught us that it is always advisable to either upload immediately or keep at least one other copy of digital documentations.
  2. There's little we can do about emergency reschedules due to incidents beyond our control, but we continue to learn how to deal with such, so as to minimize impact on our projects.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

  • See our project page here.
  • Images from Upload sessions here.
  • Images from Photowalks here.


Grant funds spent[edit]

S/N Item Quantity Unit Cost (NGN) Total cost (NGN) Notes
Photo walks/shoots - 1 main walk, and another walk organized by Unilorin wiki fan club
1 Vehicle hire (first walk) 1 20,000 20,000
2 Fuel for vehicle (first walk) 1 10,000 10,000
3 Snacks and refreshments (first walk) 10 1,000 10,000
4 DSLR Camera Rental (first walk) 1 15,000 15,000
5 Unilorin Campus photowalk 1 25,000 25,000 a campus-based photowalk
2 Days Upload Sessions/Workshops
6 Venue 2 5,000 10,000 A heavily discounted fee from the venue proprietors
7 Internet 1 20,000 20,000
8 Food and Refreshments 40 3,000 120,000
9 Backup Generator hire and fueling 2 15,000 30,000
Other project costs
10 Certificates 11 2,000 22,000 Certificates of participation for new members at the events
11 Marketing flyers 150 - 18,000
12 Compensation for coordinators 6 10,000 60,000
13 Mini Router 1 19,000 19,000 We had to change the router that the hub uses (which was mine) to get one with higher capacity.
14 Miscellany - - 38,750 Calls, logistics, taxis, bank charges, etc...

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds? Yes, ₦84,250 ($277)

We can add the remaining funds to the other projects (most especially followup workshops and edit-a-thons) that we'll be having in Ilorin. It can also be deducted from my future individual grant. The funds can also be returned.

Remaining funds have been used or will be used for other approved mission-aligned activities. This use has been requested in writing and approved by WMF.