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Macdanpets/Yoruba Wikipedia Translation-a-thon
Considering the importance of development of African languages, among which Yoruba is one, with a very wide deficiency in its contents creation and contributor, there is obvious need to recruit more volunteers editors who are not just speakers of the language but professionals who are vast in the knowledge of Yoruba culture, practice and advance literacy (standard ways of Yoruba orthography). One germane deficit Yoruba Wikipedia has been faced with is poor content translation. Most articles on Yoruba Wikipedia need to be either rewritten or re-translated. This project aims to translate high-quality articles on English Wikipedia to Yoruba Wikipedia and to retain volunteer Yoruba translator experts. I am a Yoruba language teacher and a prolific content translator on Yoruba Wikipedia with more than 200 articles to my credit, and I will be leading this translation-a-thon with supports of other experienced editors of Yoruba Wikipedia community.
targetYoruba Wikipedia
start date24th March 2020
start year2020
end date4th April 2020 1 April
end year2020 2021
budget (local currency)NGN607,477.65
budget (USD)USD 1,991.73
grant typeGroup
organization (if applicable)• Yoruba Wikimedians User Group

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Increase contents on Yoruba Wikipedia
  2. Improve contents quality on Yoruba Wikipedia
  3. Recruit Yoruba language experts for Yoruba Wikipedia
  4. Increase contributors to Yoruba Wikipedia
  5. Engaging existing volunteers

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We are doing two (2) translation-a-thon

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

I am the publisher of Proof, The online informant. I'd publish the event on Newsproof and other online news platforms. I'd publish it on the Yoruba Wikipedia village pump, the [Abẹ́ igi] as well as several other Yoruba related platforms.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

  1. yo:User:Macdanpets (Project coordinator)
  2. yo:User:Ọmọladéabídèmí99
  3. yo:User:‎Sowoletoyin
  4. yo:User:Olaniyan Olushola
  5. yo:User:T Cells (local sysop)
  6. yo:User:Kaizenify (event photographer)

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high-quality content? If not, how will you support them?


5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

I have expertise in mentorship. I have mentored at least one prolific female editor on Yoruba Wikipedia. I will mentor all participants after the event based on what work best for each of the participants. I'd create a separate page on-yowiki and follow up with participants off-yowiki.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

Morning Session(Day 1)
Time Activity Facilitators
10:00AM - 10:30AM Registration All
10:30AM - 11:00AM Opening remark User:Macdanpets
11:00AM-11:30AM Introductions All
11:30AM - 12:00 Introduction to Yoruba Wikipedia User: Sowoletoyin
12:00 Noon - 12:30 Braek All
Technical Session 1
12:30PM - 1:00PM Wikipedia account & Sockpupettry User:Kaizenify
1:00pm -1:30PM Diacritical marks configuration/settings User:T Cells
1:30PM - 2:30PM NPOV User:Ọmọladéabídèmí99
2:30PM - 3:00PM Lunch
Technical Session 2
3:00PM - 4:00PM Content Translation Tool User:Olaniyan Olushola
4:00PM - 5:00PM Questions & Answers All
5:00PM - 5:30PM Votes of thanks User:Macdanpets (Project coordinator)
Morning Session(Day 2)
10:00AM - 1:00PM Contents translation All participants
1:00PM - 1:30PM Tea Break All participants
1:30PM - 4:00PM Contents translation cont'd All participants
4:00PM - 4:30PM General discussions All participants
4:00PM - 5:00PM Votes of thanks User:Macdanpets


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. If two events are organized
  2. If at least 30 people participate
  3. If at least 10 Yoruba language expert editors are recruited
  4. If at least 100 articles are translated or improved


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

This is the budget breakdown for the Translation-a-thon

Sl.No Item Quantity Rate (NGN) Total (NGN) Rate (USD) Total (USD) Notes
Total Cost of Event
(Sumtotal :NGN607,477.65 (USD 1,991.73 )).
1 Food 40 3000 120,000 9.83 393.44 Cost of meal and tea break for participants
2 Event space 2 100,000 200,000 327,86 655.73 Event space for two days.
3 Wifi + Internet 1 25000 25000 81.96 81.96 Spectranet TOZ Indoor CPE for the events
4 Transportation for event facilitators 6 10000 60000 32.78 196.72 Transportation of volunteers to-and-fro for the events
8 Certificate of participation 30 1000 30000 3.27 98.36 Participants who fully participate in the workshop will be awarded a certificate
9 Name tags 35 500 17,500 1.63 57.37 This is estimated cost of swags for participants
10 Wikipedia T-Shirt for event facilitators 6 5000 18000 16.39 98.36 This is a high-quality material and will only be given to events facilitator
11 communication 1 20000 20000 65.56 65.56 This is for phone calls & internet before and after the events
12 Internet data support for mentors 4 10000 40000 32.78 131.14 This is to provide internet for volunteer mentors after the event
13 Pre-event meetings 2 10,000 20,000 32,78 65,57 Cost associated with pre-event meetings
14 Events banner 1 25000 25000 81.96 81.96 Banner at event center
15 Contingency 1 20000 20000 65.56 65.56 This is for unforeseen expenses
Grand Total: NGN607,477.65 (USD 1,991.73 )).


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Support Support Macdanpets dedication to Yoruba language Wikipedia before and after his participation in Wiki Indba 2019 is remarkable and as a sysop on Yoruba Wikipedia, I fully endorsed this project. I'll also be happy to help in any capacity, Mac. Regards. T CellsTalk 11:11, 2 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support This is a needed project for the growth of Yoruba Wikipedia and Macdanpets has the quality experience to manage the project thereby mentoring more Yoruba editors. Kaizenify (talk) 09:52, 14 February 2020 (UTC)