Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos Contest at University of Ilorin/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


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


The important goal of adding pictures to Wikipedia pages was achieved, but other goals like recruiting new editors and a greater amount of participation by editors were not achieved.


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

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of participants - 50 40 signed up, 21 participated The target of 50 participants for the WPWPUIL contest wasn't met.
Number of photos added to Wikipedia articles - 1000 photos 5020 photos This Target was achieved and surpassed heavily. This was due to the tools made available by the WPWP international contest organizers.
Number of photos uploaded to Commons - 50 photos 0 photos This target was not achieved, because it has no real bearing or relation with the nature and scope of the contest.


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?

The enthusiasm of participants to add photos to Wikipedia pages, helped in surpassing the set target. It was a different type of contest, different from the regular edit-a-thon.

  • What did not work so well?

The hostility of admins on the English language Wikipedia discouraged most of the new participants as some users were blocked for disruptive editing. The technicality of adding pictures to Wikipedia pages was not an easy task for new and inexperienced users to perform. Due to the pandemic and the security unrest during the lockdown and coupled with hostility from English Wikipedia admins to the WPWP contest, about half of participants that signed up to participate did not actively participate in the contest. The difficulty in delivering prizes to various parts of the country was quite difficult, as the pandemic and school closure was longer than expected, and the Nigeria postal service wasn't in full operation.

  • What would you do differently next time?

Next time, there will be special training sessions to be organized for capacity building, this will ensure that there is a level playing ground for all participants. Using a service that offers delivery at the point of purchase.


Grant funds spent[edit]

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

  • Prizes for winners - NGN 136,000
  • Shirts for organizers/winners - NGN 20,000
  • Internet and calls - NGN 25,000
  • Prizes delivery - NGN 13,000
  • Local transport - NGN 6,000

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?


Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

  • Metrics from the contest can be seen here[1] and here[2]
  • The project page for the contest on Meta can be accessed here [3] and the results page can be accessed here [4]