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

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2020-21 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


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

The project goals were met judging from our achievements. We hosted 3 edit-a-thons which featured a hybrid of 20 newbies and 5 beginners. We created new articles, uploaded photos showcasing the beauty of the state's local government secretariats to commons, added several reliable sources on articles, published articles under review and added more than 5000 words to english Wikipedia. It was great having the presence of Olaniyan Olushola, who skillfully led the training of the participants. The first till the mid-day of the second day of the training were used in equipping the participants with the wikimedia knowledge and skills. The rest of the second and third day were for creating articles, uploading images, citing reliable sources, improving lead sections and adding wikilinks. This was done with the guidance of Olaniyan Olushola and Ptinphusmia. Participants are now aware of wikimedia projects and how to contribute to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.


Please report on your original project targets. Please be sure to review and provide metrics required for Rapid Grants.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
3 Events 3 Events All achieved outcomes for the project can be verified here via the link of the outreach dashboard used,_Owerri/SouthEast_Edit_a_thon/home
25 Participants 25 Participants 20 Newbies and 5 Beginners
30 Created or Improved Articles 32 Created or Improved Articles 28 Improved Articles and 4 Created articles
10 Commons Upload 54 Commons Upload These were photos of Imo State Local Government Secretariats' buildings, entrances, popular markets, hospitals, and signages. Such pictures were shot for twenty one (21) local government areas out of the twenty seven (27) in Imo State.
10 Repeat Participants 15 Repeat Participants We counted this as participants that came to more than one event.


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?

Understanding and putting into consideration our local context was key in the success of the project. Going for a training space/venue that's abstract, that is a place that serves cocktail, attracted and encouraged participants to attend the three events. During break periods, we initiated playing of music to relieve them of stress and refresh their minds for the remaining part of training. We also had icebreaker sessions featuring how participants joined the wikimedia community and how they felt being part of the training. We provided charging sources for Participants' phones and laptops to avoid the exhaustion of phone/laptop battery during the training. People were appreciative of the training space, refreshments, charging of phones/laptops provisions, data provisions and event planning. We got a feedback from 10 people who said all these were a motivator for their attendance in the three events. Having an experienced Wikimedian (Olushola Olaniyan) on ground provided me the opportunity to check up on the participants to ensure they are all on the same page with what is being taught at any particular point in the training. We provided our WhatsApp group as a platform for Participants to share challenges and questions in the course of their editing after each day's training.

  • What did not work so well?

However, the three days were too little a time to absorb all there is to know on editing, writing and uploading photos.

  • What would you do differently next time?

Next time, we will like to have 6-8 events over a three months period in order to accommodate more time for training participants.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

Please find below the Google doc link detailing how the grant funds were spent for your perusal.

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of US$43.12 were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/Ptinphusmia/Wiki for Human Rights 2021 in Nigeria.

Yes! I have 43.12USD remaining. I would like to use the remaining funds on a new project.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?