Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia Hub Owerri/South East Edit-a-thon

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Wikimedia Hub Owerri/South East Edit-a-thon
Wikimedia Hub Owerri is an arm of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria born out of the need to reach other parts of Nigeria where there are people hungry for Wikipedia and its sister projects. This project was designed to Introduce and empower members of the hub in order to ensure their effectiveness and active participation/engagement in most of the projects, particularly wikipedia and Wikimedia commons
targetEnglish Wikipedia, Igbo Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons
start date22nd January, 2021
start year2021
end date22nd February, 2021
end year2021
budget (local currency)#770,000
budget (USD)$2000
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• sharpay136(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Hub, Owerri

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Project Goal[edit]

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

  1. Increase awareness of Wikimedia projects among new editors who are members of the hub and possibly nonmembers in the locality
  2. Engage new editors to ensure their retainment and commitment
  3. Equip new editors with requisite editing and writing skills for wikipedia as well as those for Wikimedia commons

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 planning a series of 3 editathons over 1 month focused on improving the presence of contents relating to the region on english and Igbo Wikipedia by creating new pages and improving existing ones as well as uploading files to commons.

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.

We will ensure full participation through email invitations, notifications on our private chat rooms, as well as social platforms. Also, we will involve the community in selecting flexible dates for our conversations.

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

We have the Chairman, Wikimedia User group Nigeria, Mr Olaniyan Shola and one other experienced wikimedian, Sam Oyelele. I will also lead as the project coordinator, considering my wealth of experience in organizing Wikimedia projects.

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

Most of the participants have smart phones which can be used during the edit-a-thons. I will be providing unlimited fast-speed internet that will be used for all the editathon meetups.

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

We will use our Whatsapp group for the participants to talk and share ideas. We will also set up a support system to encourage new editors.

6. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

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

Given that this is a new hub domiciled in the south eastern region of nigeria where wikimedia projects have little or no visibility, this project will kickstart a long journey of committed editors who will serve to ensure adequate representation of contents related to the south east region, particularly their rich culture, history and others alike. This will pull participants from the many higher institutions in the region, especially Imo state.


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

  1. Number of participants - 25
  2. Number of new editors - 20
  3. Number of of articles created or improved - 30
  4. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events) - 10
  5. Number of photos uploaded on Wikimedia commons - 10


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.

  1. Space rental = $207,80/event x 3 events = $623.38
  2. refreshments = $76.83/event × 3 events = $230.49
  3. Transportation fee to Owerri and back to Rivers and Anambra States = $20.80
  4. Transportation fee to Owerri and back to Lagos for the organizers = $407.81
  5. Accommodation for the organizers from Lagos and participants from other states = $103.89/event × 3 events = $311.69
  6. Feeding for the Organizers and participants from other States = $77.92/event × 3 = $233.77
  7. Projector Hire = $5.19/event × 3 events = $15.58
  8. internet subscription = $40.68/event × 3 events = $122.03
  9. Nose mask = $1.11/per one × 25 = $27.78
  10. Hand Sanitizer = $2.22/per one × 3 = $6.67

Total = $2000


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  1. As an active member of the Wikimedia Hub, Owerri, i solidly endorse this project as it is in sync with Wikipedia expansionary and penetration drive into local communities. It will also equip me with the knowledge and skills I need to be a better Wikimedian UruVice (talk) 02:18, 5 December 2020 (UTC)
  2. We need this to learn how to work on Wikipedia. We had not heard any such physical training Chiinobis (talk) 16:05, 6 December 2020 (UTC)
  3. to encourage the owerri hub and also to equip us to contribute better 18:03, 6 December 2020 (UTC)
  4. I support this project because as a new user from the hub, it will enable me develop the necessary skills to be a better wikip(m)edian. Ucheezotic (talk) 18:39, 6 December 2020 (UTC)
  5. I support this project to enable trainings and participation of every member. Ngostary2k (talk) 21:41, 6 December 2020 (UTC)
  6. I support this project because it helps to equip everyone in the hub especially the new user with the right knowledge to be fully involve in all of wikipedia activities. Dolphyb (talk) 09:19, 7 December 2020 (UTC)
  7. I am in support of this Wikimedia project because it will give room for more active participation to members who are not active before now. I personally need it to learn more skills on how to work on Wikipedia Rainbow2030 (talk) 20:19, 8 December 2020 (UTC)
  8. This project will enable training, inclusive learning and equal participation within the Wikipedia community and I here by lend my support for its progress Obuezie (talk) 08:19, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  9. I strongly support Oby Ezeilo (talk) 9:39, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  10. Support Support, I am glad the Wikimedia Hub, Owerri has decided to stage its first training, the hub comprises zealous individuals willing and ready to learn about Wikipedia. So, I see this project as one of the many ways of spreading the awareness of Wikipedia in Nigeria, especially places in Nigeria where the project is not very popular. Wikimedia Hub, Owerri is located in the Eastern part of the country and its part of the regions in Nigeria where Wikimedia project is not yet popular. Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 09:51, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  11. Support Support I gladly support and endorse this project. The goal is to make Wikipedia and her sister Projects known to the people of that community and it will be a great opportunity to train new users and increase the number of articles on the platform.Livingstone Imonitie (talk) 12:00, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  12. Support Support, I endorse this project as it will help to engage both existing and new Wikim(p)edians physically in this region in Nigeria to contribute to Wikipedia and its sister's projects both in English and in Igbo.James Moore200 (talk) 12:31, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  13. Support Support, I strongly support this project as it will help to enhance the awareness of the different projects of the Movement in the area. An indigenous language editors are definitely going to be doing great in the hub if given the opportunity to be trained. Adefanike (talk) 13:22, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  14. Support Support, project like this need to be organized more in our part of the world where we hardly have enough contributors to the Wikipedia projects who would bring facts about Nigeria both in English and local languages. So I believe this project is timely and I wholeheartedly support it as it would help to bridge the knowledge gap we currently have as regards local contents. Godstime Elijah (talk) 14:13, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
  15. Support SupportI support and endorse this project as it will greatly assist in building up content for Igbo Wikipedia AfricanLibrarian (talk)
  16. Support Support Timmylegend (talk) 07:52, 16 December 2020 (UTC)
  17. Support Support This seems like a very good initiative to kickstart the Owerri community.--Jamie Tubers (talk) 18:57, 17 December 2020 (UTC)