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Grassroots Language Documentation in Nigeria for Wikipedia projects.
summaryThis project aims at preserving, documenting and digitization of oral history of Nigerian indigenous languages and promote its used on relevant Wikipedia articles in English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. We will be recording oral history videos and audios, which will not be scripted but elicited through structured conversations that encourage the speakers to use different grammatical tenses in their language and share culturally relevant knowledge. Audio and Video of these materials would be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons for educational purposes and reuse on Wikipedia articles. There would be series of edit-a-thon to get these contents uploaded and used on relevant articles where they are lacking while also building the capacity of volunteers community members.
targetWikipedia Yoruba, English and Wikimedia commons
amountUSD 44,420
advisorSGill (WMF)• [[User: Wikitongues| Wikitongues]]
contact• info(_AT_)}Wikimedia.org.ng
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organization• Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc.
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Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

What problem are you trying to solve by doing this project? This problem should be small enough that you expect it to be completely or mostly resolved by the end of this project. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.


Language is one of the core values of people and identity of any nation. It's been established by the United Nation that in “every two weeks, at least one indigenous language vanishes, leading to two language extinctions each month”. Essentially, this is a problem facing small languages with little or no documentation. There are several indigenous languages in Nigeria that are neither taught in schools or written down. These endangered languages lack any tangible preservation, documentation and may soon vanished as predicted by the United Nation.

English is the official language spoken in Nigeria; however, there are over 520 languages and dialects in different parts of the country. The country is divided into 6 Geo-political zones; South-West, South-South, South-East, North Central, North West and North East, for administration. Essentially, there are three major languages spoken, written and taught in schools in Nigeria, while speakers of these languages are dominants in their respective zones e.g. South-West; Yoruba, South-East; Igbo, North-Central; Yoruba and Hausa; North-West; Hausa, North-East; Hausa. This project intends to operate a scalable plan starting with languages and dialects from the South-West; Yoruba.

This project aims at preserving, documenting and digitization of oral history of Nigerian indigenous languages and make them available under an open license for improvement of existing and new articles on Wikipedia and its sister projects.

The project was designed to provide solutions to the following key problems:

  1. There are over 500 languages and dialects in Nigeria. Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo are the three most popular languages and supported by its education system, while the rest are spoken language and stand the risk of going into extinction. This create a knowledge and content gap for Wikipedia projects and language enthusiasts.
  2. Less than 10% of these languages and dialects were covered on English Wikipedia articles, while less than 10% of these languages and dialects are available on the local Wikipedia where these languages are spoken and written; Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo, creating a content gap.
  3. The problem above is a sign of neglect or no communal engagements to promote Nigerian indigenous languages on Wikipedia and among language-based Wikimedia affiliates in the country and entire Africa.
  4. There is no digital archive of indigenous languages in Nigeria available under an open license.

What is your solution to this problem?[edit]

For the problem, you identified in the previous section, briefly describe how you would like to address this problem. We recognize that there are many ways to solve a problem. We’d like to understand why you chose this particular solution, and why you think it is worth pursuing. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

  • There are over 500 languages and dialects in Nigeria. Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo are the three most popular languages and supported by its education system, while the rest are spoken language and stand the risk of going to extinction. Thereby create knowledge and content gap for Wikimedia projects and language enthusiasts.
We understand that we can't document the over 500 languages in one year, so we want to start with the digital archival of brief oral historical information about each of the 50 languages in South-West Nigeria. Audiovisual of the contents would be recorded by a professional Cinematographer for documentation on Wikimedia Commons. We will work closely with native speakers of these languages, community that focus on these languages such as the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group and language experts in Nigeria. The contents would be preserved in a format that is acceptable on Wikimedia Commons and accessible by re-users for use on Wikimedia projects and outside of the Wikimedia projects.
  • less than 10% of these languages and dialects were covered on English Wikipedia articles, while less than 10% of these languages and dialects are available on the local Wikipedia where these languages are spoken and written; Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo, creating a content gap.
One of the key focus of this project is to promote the re-use of the contents (or files) on relevant Wikipedia articles where they are lacking. The project will run for four months and every last Saturday of each month, we will organize an edit-a-thon that will primarily focus on the uploading of the materials produced on Wikimedia Commons and using them on Wikipedia articles by volunteer members of our community.
  • The problem above is a sign of no communal engagements or activities to promote Nigerian indigenous languages on Wikipedia.
We plan to work closely with relevant communities such as the Yoruba Wikipedia Community and other non-Wikimedia community that with align mission such and engage their members. This would not only build capacity for these community but also promote collaboration with them in conferring solutions to the problems. Members of these communities working on this projects would be trained on copyright, how to attribute copyrighted works, uploading of audiovisual and other materials and re-use on Wikipedia articles and form part of the core team.
  • There is no digital archive of indigenous languages in Nigeria available under open license.
The project will produce digital archival of the collection of the focused indigenous language with the support of Wikitongues, our advisor on this project for release under a Creative Commons License that is compatible with Commons.

Project goals[edit]

What are your goals for this project? Your goals should describe the top two or three benefits that will come out of your project. These should be benefits to the Wikimedia projects or Wikimedia communities. They should not be benefits to you individually. Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Primary Goals

This project is designed to achieve four main goals:

  • To freely document the brief oral history of indigenous languages in Nigeria.
  • To Increase contents on Wikimedia Commons
  • Promote the use of indigenous languages audiovisuals on relevant Wikipedia articles
  • To bridge contents gap on Wikimedia projects

Secondary Goals

  • To recruit new editors and up-skill the existing Wikimedians.
  • Build capacity for new and existing volunteers
  • To bridge the gap between languages experts and and other language-based local Wikimedia community
  • Create awareness and promote contents around indigenous language on Wikipedia.

Project impact[edit]

How will you know if you have met your goals?[edit]

For each of your goals, we’d like you to answer the following questions:

  1. During your project, what will you do to achieve this goal? (These are your outputs.)
  2. Once your project is over, how will it continue to positively impact the Wikimedia community or projects? (These are your outcomes.)

For each of your answers, think about how you will capture this information. Will you capture it with a survey? With a story? Will you measure it with a number? Remember, if you plan to measure a number, you will need to set a numeric target in your proposal (i.e. 45 people, 10 articles, 100 scanned documents). Remember to review the tutorial for tips on how to answer this question.

Primary

  • To freely document the brief oral history of indigenous languages in Nigeria: We plan to engage a professional documentary filmmakers to create short audiovisuals on the oral historical information about all the languages spoken in South-West Nigeria. We will work closely with native speakers of these languages, community that focus on these languages such as the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group and language experts in Nigeria. The contents would be preserved in a format that is acceptable on Wikimedia Commons and accessible by re-users for use on Wikimedia projects and outside of the Wikimedia projects for educational purposes and any other purposes. This goal would be considered achieved if at least 50 audiovisuals of these languages are documented and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons
  • Promote the use of indigenous languages audiovisuals on relevant Wikipedia articles: We plan to organize at least 3 edit-a-thon that would primarily focus on the use of the contents produced on relevant articles where they are lacking. Participants of the edit-a-thons would be a mix of new and existing editors. We will continue to engage the new editors to ensure that they are retained as active editors. This goal would be considered achieved if at least 40 audiovisuals of these languages are used on Wikipedia articles where they are required
  • To bridge contents gap on Wikimedia projects: Essentially, the lack of audiovisual in some language-related articles is a huge content gap as our readers would like to have a sense of how a language sounds when reading a language-related articles or text on Wikipedia. One of the ways to bridge this content gap is to ensure the use of either audio or videos (or both) on relevant articles and that is one of the primary goals of this project. This goal would be considered achieved if at least 40 audiovisuals of these languages are used on Wikipedia articles where they are required

Secondary

  • To recruit new editors and up-skill the existing Wikimedians: During the edit-a-thon for upload of the material and use of the materials on Wikipedia articles, participants (new and old editors) would be trained on how to work on audio and video files and how to use them on Wikipedia article. This is a new skill for most existing editors as they are only familiar with uploading and reusing images but not audio or video files and the relevant tools we use. We will follow up with new editors to retain them while we continue our efforts to engaging existing editors. This goal would be considered achieved if at least 20 people participate in the edit-a-thon and if at least 7 of the participants are new editors.
  • Build capacity for new and existing volunteers: Capacity building is a key to continued growth. participants would be trained on how to upload videos and audios to Wikimedia Commons and how to re-use them on Wikipedia articles. This goal would be considered achieved if at least 20 people are trained and if at least 7 of the trainees are new editors.
  • To bridge the gap between languages experts and and other language-based local Wikimedia community: On this project, we plan to work with Yoruba language expert and the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group. They would be involved in the writing and or evaluation of the script. This goal would be considered achieved if we work with at least a Yoruba language expert with a Ph.D in Yoruba language and the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group.
  • Create awareness and promote contents around indigenous language on Wikipedia We will promote some of the audiovisuals produced on social media to promote these languages. Facebook and Twitter ad would be used.

Do you have any goals around participation or content?[edit]

Are any of your goals related to increasing participation within the Wikimedia movement, or increasing/improving the content on Wikimedia projects? If so, we ask that you look through these three metrics, and include any that are relevant to your project. Please set a numeric target against the metrics, if applicable.

Two out of our four goals are tailored towards increasing participation within the Wikimedia movement or increasing /improving the content on Wikimedia projects. We will use the following metrics and numeric targets to measure whether we meet that component of our goals. The substantial amount of work on this project will focus on empowering the language-based local communities by working directly with language-based affiliates in the community:

Total Participation: At least five people would participate in the audiovisual production and at least 20 people will participate in the edit-a-thons and at least one relevant Wikimedia affiliates communality and at least one mission-aligned organization would participate.
Number of newly registered users: Since we will work directly with the language-based affiliates in the country to organize series of edit-a-thons to get contents produced on Wikimedia Commons and using them on Wikipedia articles, new and some existing editors would be trained and at least 10 new editors would register an account


Project plan[edit]

Activities[edit]

Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project? The project core team, our partner/advisor, language experts and the concerned affiliates are responsible for a wide range of activities around the Grassroots language documentation in Nigeria. In this section, we will describe the activities that will be funded by the proposed project below:

  • The project core team includes;
  1. Project manager( paid staff)
  2. Scriptwiter ( paid staff)
  3. Documentation officer( paid staff)
  4. Producer/director ( paid staff)
  5. Post-production( paid staff)
  6. Production/location Manager (Volunteer)
  7. Logistics Manager( Volunteer)
  8. Wikitongues
  9. Members of Yoruba Wikimedians User Group
  10. Members of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria


  • Tell us about what each member of the team will spend their time doing?

Project Management

  • Set up & coordinate members of the core project team and the concerned affiliates.
  • Write grant request
  • Maintain communication with relevant staff at Wikimedia Foundation;
  • Measure and collect data to be reported at the end of the program.
  • Report monthly and midterm on activities to WMF
  • Report on the use of budget at the end of the program;
  • Write grant report

Technical contributions This project will involve the services of the under-listed technical staff:

Documentation Officer
  • Organizing an archiving system
  • Labelling, sorting and categorizing documents for ease to use
  • Retrieving document upon request,
  • Outlining a long-term storage strategy.
  • Adhering to regulatory requirements
  • Ensuring documentation integrity
  • Controlling access to documents
  • Proofreading documents upon requests
Scriptwriter
  • Writing and rewriting scripts if necessary
  • Developing believable plots and characters
  • Getting feedback about the first draft of our work from producers or script editors
  • Researching background material
  • Laying out the screenplay to an agreed format
  • Coming up with themes and ideas,Preparing short summaries of your project ideas.
Producer/director
  • Oversee the production
  • Oversee script development
  • Coordinate various aspect of the production
  • Approving location, production schedule
  • Directing or hiring the director,
  • Organise production crew Including the cinematographer, gaffer, editor, sound mixer, makeup artists etc
  • Work with the editor during post production
Post Production
  • Audiovisual editing
  • Sound mixing
  • Color correction
  • Subtitle
Production/location manager
  • determine the number of locations
  • visit to proposed locations.
  • identify native speakers of dialects for interview.
  • arrange time of visit with the identified native speakers of dialects and communicate with the production team.
  • prepare visiting schedule to each location.
  • organize regular meetings with core team of the project.
  • ensure judicious use of project resources.
Logistics manager
  • determine the cheapest means of transportation of each visits to locations
  • ensure the number of trips determine in the budget align with the actual trips.
  • Ensure effective model for transporting project team on and off the locations.
  • Develop a simple transportation strategy for conveying project team to location.
Wikimedia affiliates
  • Coordinates hosting of Wikimedia events
  • liaise with members on the benefits, goals of the project.
  • provide on-wiki knowledge and expertise per the focused Wikipedia.
  • Support field work where needed.

Communication & partnerships

  • Update the project page with the necessary/useful information;
  • Update social media channels;
  • Disseminate the results/metric of our monthly events to the community at large.
  • Maintain communication with concern affiliates
  • The partnership activities are focused on long term relationships with affiliates and language community in Nigeria.
Tell us how you will carry out your project

The project is divided into three phases

  1. Preliminary work
  2. Project execution
  3. Future plan
Preliminary work
  • Inform and hold series of meetings with the identified stakeholders of this project: language-based communities,advisor, language experts and affiliates in the country to intimate them about the benefits, goals, and project plans.
  • Recruitment of technical and non-technical staff and volunteers.
  • Collect feedback and suggestions from stakeholders
  • Collate list of all the indigenous languages and dialects in the country and share the list with all the project stakeholders and request for inputs.
  • Hold regular internal team meetings to review the suggested list of indigenous language and other relevant and incidental tasks listed in the project time-line.
  • Design of processes and procedures for data gathering and documentation of the indigenous languages and communicate the document available to the stakeholders of the project.
Project execution
  • For the purpose of project execution, we plan to divide this project along the Geo-political zones in the country.E.g Yoruba South-West and part of North Central, Hausa North East;North West, Igbo; South-South, South-East
  • So, we plan to start the project execution with 101 languages in South West of Nigeria, a predominant settlement of Yoruba speaking settlement of the country.
  • The project is designed to cover 16 weeks.
  • The project team is expected to undergo at least 3trips every week for content gathering and documentation.
  • At least four videos/audios and other relevant contents are expected to be produced weekly.
  • At most one Wikipedia event; training, edit-a-thon, uploads must be organized, monthly, using the gathered content from field for the proposed training.
  • Hold a biweekly meeting to review and monitor statistics in term of work done and proposed works.
  1. Future work
  • If this project is successful, we plan to continue with documentation of languages in other geo-political zones in the country.
Work plan
Month(s) Location(s) Activities Resulting deliverables Remarks
May 2021 Lagos & Ibadan Stakeholder engagement, Production meetings, script writing, shoot days scheduling preparation for fieldwork, equipment hiring (or purchasing), hiring of technical personnel, tickets, bookings, Scout and secure locations, finalize the budget Every arrangement would have been finalized
June 2021 Ondo Audiovisual-record consent sessions, backup recordings, add metadata, define access, files editing; sound mixing, color correction and subtitle (for video), uploads to Commons, use of audiovisuals on Wikipedia articles, and activities reporting 30 media files produced (10mins per video files and 5 mins per audio files), one event organized, and at least 30 Wikipedia articles created or improved with the media files, and monthly report is submitted.
July 2021 Osun Audiovisual-record consent sessions, backup recordings, add metadata, define access, files editing; sound mixing, color correction and subtitle (for video), uploads to Commons, use of audiovisuals on Wikipedia articles, and activities reporting 20 media files produced (10mins per video files and 5 mins per audio files), one event organized, and at least 20 Wikipedia articles created or improved with the media files, and monthly report is submitted.
August 2021 Kogi Audiovisual-record consent sessions, backup recordings, add metadata, define access, files editing; sound mixing, color correction and subtitle (for video), uploads to Commons, use of audiovisuals on Wikipedia articles, and activities reporting 27 media files produced (10mins per video files and 5 mins per audio files), one event organized, and at least 26 Wikipedia articles created or improved with the media files, and monthly report is submitted.
September 2021 Ogun & Oyo Audiovisual-record consent sessions, backup recordings, add metadata, define access, files editing; sound mixing, color correction and subtitle (for video), uploads to Commons, use of audiovisuals on Wikipedia articles, and activities reporting 14 media files produced (10mins per video files and 5 mins per audio files), one event organized, and at least 14 Wikipedia articles created or improved with the media files, and monthly report is submitted.
October 2021 Lagos, Kwara & Ekiti Audiovisual-record consent sessions, backup recordings, add metadata, define access, files editing; sound mixing, color correction and subtitle (for video), uploads to Commons, use of audiovisuals on Wikipedia articles, and activities reporting 9 media files produced (10mins per video files and 5 mins per audio files), one event organized, and at least 9 Wikipedia articles created or improved with the media files, and monthly report is submitted.


Deliverables
File type No. of files Format Duration Approximate size on GB or TB
Video 50 WebM or .ogg 500 minutes (8.33 hours) 5.74 GB
Audio 50 .ogg 250 minutes (4.16 hours) 2.87 GB

Budget[edit]

How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table later if needed.) Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

Audiovisual production cost

S/n Items Unit hourly rate(USD) No. hours/week weekly pay(USD) monthly pay(USD) Total pay(USD) Remarks
1 Project manager 1 40 10 400 1600 6,400
2 Documentation officer 1 30 10 300 1200 4,800
3 Producer/director 1 50 10 500 2,000 8,000.
4 Post production 5,000
Total cost USD 24,200

Travel logistics

S/n Items Unit cost per unit Total cost per day Total cost per week Cost per month Total cost (for 4 months)
1 Food 2 13 26 78 312 1,248
2 Accommodation 2 50 100 300 1200 4,800
3 Bus hire 1 200 200 600 2,400 9,600
Total cost USD 15,648

Edit-a-thon logistics per month

S/n Items Unit cost per unit Total cost
1 Food 25 13 325
2 Event hall 1 265 265
3 Internet 1 53 53
4 face mask 25 2 50
5 Video promotion 1 200 200
Total cost USD 893

The total cost for Edit-a-thon will take place every month for 4 months (USD 893 x 4 months= USD 3,572).

Summary of Project cost
S/n Description Amount Remarks
1 Audiovisual production cost USD 24,200
2 Travel logistics USD 15,648
3 Edit-a-thon logistics USD 3,572
4 contingency USD 1,000
Total USD 44,420


Total budget: USD 44,420

Budget Narrative

Project Manager: This is an outsourced task to an experienced Project manager. He will work for 10hrs per week at the rate of $40/hr (10hrs x $40). The project manager will work for a total of 4 months (i.e. 16 weeks at $400 per week).

  • Payment per week - $40 x 10 = $400
  • Payment per month - $400 x 4 = $1,600
  • Payment for 4 months - $1,600 x 4 = $6,400
Key notes
  • Hourly rate= $40
  • Hours per week = 10hrs
  • One month= 4 Weeks
  • Project duration= 4 Months
  • Unit= One person

Documentation officer: This task is outsourced task to an experienced Documentation officer. He will work for 10hrs per week at the rate of $30/hr (10hrs x $40). The documentation officer will work for a total of 4 months (i.e. 16 weeks at $300 per week).

  • Payment per week - $30 x 10 = $300
  • Payment per month - $300 x 4 = $1,200
  • Payment for 4 months - $1,200 x 4 = $4,800
Key notes
  • Hourly rate= $30
  • Hours per week = 10hrs
  • One month= 4 Weeks
  • Project duration= 4 Months
  • Unit= One person

Producer/Director: This task is outsourced to an experienced documentary film producer/director. He will work for 10hrs per week at the rate of $50/hr (10hrs x $50). The project manager will work for a total of 4 months (i.e. 16 weeks at $300 per week).

  • Payment per week - $50 x 10 = $500
  • Payment per month - $400 x 4 = $2,000
  • Payment for 4 months - $2,000 x 4 = $8000
Key notes
  • Hourly rate= $50
  • Hours per week = 10hrs
  • One month= 4 Weeks
  • Project duration= 4 Months
  • Unit= One person
Post Production

Post-production ( 50 Videos files + 50 Audio files) cost = $5000

Travel Logistics for two volunteers

Two volunteers will travel with the team. They are the production manager and production assistance.

Food
  • Food per day - $13 x 2 = $26
  • Food per week - $26 x 3 = $78
  • Food per month - $78 x 4 = $312
  • Food for 4 months - $312 x 4 = $1248
Accommodation
  • Accommodation per day - $50 x 2 = $100
  • Accommodation per week - $100 x 3 = $300
  • Accommodation per month - $300 x 4 = $1200
  • Accommodation for 4 months - $1200 x 4 = $4800
Key note
  • Number of trips per week = 3
  • One months = 4 Weeks
  • Project duration = 4 months
  • Units = 2 persons
Bus hire

The team will a car for the trip. We plan to hire a vehicle for this trip as follows:

  • Car hire per day - $200 x 1 = $200
  • Car hire per week - $200 x 3 = $600
  • Car hire per month - $600 x 4 = $2,400
  • Car hire for 4 months - $2,400 x 4 = $9,600
Key note
  • Number of trips per week = 3
  • One months = 4 Weeks
  • Project duration = 4 months
  • Units = 1 Bus

See tripatatreat.net for more information on the cost of hiring a bus

Edit-a-thon per month
  • Number of participants = 25 participants
  • Cost of food per participant = $13
  • Cost of food per event = $13 x 25 = $325
  • Cost of hall per event = $325
  • Cost of internet = $53
  • Cost of facemask for 25 people at $2 per person = $50
  • Total cost per event = $893
  • Total cost for 4 months (4 events) = $893 x 4 = $3572
  • Video promotion = $200
Key note

Number of event = 4

Community engagement[edit]

How will you let others in your community know about your project? Why are you targeting a specific audience? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve at various points during your project? Community input and participation helps make projects successful.

  • Wikimedia Nigeria official WhatsApp.
  • Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation's official mailing list
  • Wikimedia Nigeria official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram fan pages
  • Wikimedia User Group Nigeria's community portal.

Get involved[edit]

Participants[edit]

Please use this section to tell us more about who is working on this project. For each member of the team, please describe any project-related skills, experience, or other background you have that might help contribute to making this idea a success.

Core team

  • Olaniyan Olushola - Project manager:- Olushola is a financial management expert and former asset management consultant to the First Bank of Nigeria, a bank founded in 1894 with a assets totaling NGN5.9 trillion (USD 153,908,000,000). Shola is the Chair, Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc., and a member of the WMF's Affiliations Committee. He has lead and managed over 50 Wikimedia programs/projects that focus on advocacy, community organising, capacity building, partnership-building and volunteers management. He is the producer of several Wikimedia advocacy radio show. The most prominent and longest running program is the Wiki Women Radio Program produced as part of the Wiki Loves Women project. He has featured in several notable national televisions to promote Wikimedia projects, notably; BBC Channels TV, TVC News & PlusTV Africa. He has attended several Wikimedia conferences and chaired the Wiki Indaba 2019. Olushola is a co-producer of the New Readers Awareness Campaigns promotion videos. This advocacy work earned the team the 2018 African Excellence Awards, and the award ceremony took place in Dublin, Ireland. He's a co-coordinator of the WPWP Campaign, and the project manager of the the Visibility Project in which over 200 female journalists in East Africa were trained and mentored on how to contribute to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Olaniyan Olushola would be responsible for managing the entire project with the support of several volunteer members of the Wikimedia Nigeria Community.
  • Dayo Akanmu (Ph.D) - Documentation support :- Dr. Dayo Akanmu hold a doctorate degree (Ph.D) in Linguistic stylistics, Master of Arts (M.A) degree in Yoruba Stylistics, Master of Arts degree (M.A) in Communication and Language Arts from the Univeristy of Ibadan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Yoruba language from the Lagos State Univeristy. He has several papers in reputable local and International journals with over 20 years of teaching and research experience. Dr. Akanmu is a principal lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. He was a forner coordinator of Yoruba, English, French, Igbo and Hausa languages in the College for a period of four years. He was the immediate past Head of the Yoruba Department.
  • Mikaeel Sodiq - Production Manager:- Sodiq hold a Bachelor's degree in Adult education with specialization in Yoruba language. He is the President of the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group. He was a production manager for at least two awareness campaign videos, Afrocuration Campaign video produced in collaboration with the Moleskine Foundation and a Short Wikipedia Documentary for Wikipedia 20. He will be in charge of all the logistics planning, including hotels booking, car hiring, locations management, production crew management, and the time-management at every location.
  • Daniel Bögre Udell - Advisor:- Danie Udell is a TED Resident and the co-founder of Wikitongues, which grew out of a personal project he began in 2013. He has been working with online initiatives since 2011, when he helped launch the Catalan-language edition of Global Voices. He is an historian and designer by training, having studied at Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research in New York City. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese. He is an advisor on this project.
  • Dansu Peter - Production assistant:- Dansu Peter is a Yoruba language expert and active member of the Yoruba Wikipedia with over 200 articles created on Yoruba Wikipedia. He holds a Bachelor of Art degree (BA) in Yoruba and he will be working on this project as a production assistant.

COVID-19 risk analysis[edit]

The risk of COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria is generally low and there is no restrictions, partial or total lockdown in any parts of Nigeria due to COVID-19 (aside from the emergency lockdown in March 2020).[1]

Normal businesses are conducted by people across the states while following the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control's COVID-19 protocol and guideline. COVID-19 vaccination has commenced in Nigeria and there are no indications that Nigeria would proceed on a lockdown.

We thrive to ensure an uninterrupted project implementation while ensuring duty of care principles are applied, respecting and sustaining international effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and sustain WMF’s response to the pandemic.

We shall seek to minimise risk to, and burden on people participating in this project and seek to maximise the benefit and avoid or significantly reduce any harm that may result due to COVID-19 during the project implementation.

For the purpose of supporting decision-making on this project implementation, we are categorising risks on a scale of:

  1. High
  2. Medium
  3. Low

We will assess the above scale based on the severity of the impact on the project, relative to the likelihood of the risk manifestation or occurrence..

SN Risk Mitigation/Remarks Impact assessment
1. Risk of exposure and spreading of COVID-19 by members of the project team We will follow the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control's protocol and Guidelines on COVID-19 and WMF’s Risk Assessment protocol Low
2. Risk of exposure and spreading of COVID-19 by participants We will follow the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control's protocol and Guidelines on COVID-19 and WMF’s Risk Assessment protocol Low
3. Risk of exposure and spreading of COVID-19 by any partner organization We will follow the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control's protocol and Guidelines on COVID-19 and WMF’s Risk Assessment protocol Low
4. Travel restrictions No travel restriction in any parts of Nigeria. If there are travels restrictions in the future before shooting is completed, we will postpone the rest of the shooting until the restrictions are lifted and the edit-a-thons would be conducted online. Note: We will only consider this option if the restriction timeframe is short Low
5. Lockdown No lockdown in any parts of Nigeria due to COVID-19. However, we plan to take the following measure. 1. Take advantage of this period of “no-lockdown” to do the shooting to compensate for any lockdown that may result from Covid-19 2. If there is lockdown before shooting is completed, we could ask our contact in the targeted state to do the recording, while we do the post-production which includes editing of the visual and audio material, color correction in video, sound effect etc. Low

Overall, the risk of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic to this project is relatively low. The project would not be truncated by any travel restrictions, partial or total lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The risk and likelihood of exposure and spreading of COVID-19 is relatively low.

Community notification[edit]

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  • Yoruba Wikipedia community notified
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  • Wikimedia User Group Nigeria's community notified via official mailing list and community portal.

Endorsements[edit]

Do you think this project should be selected for a Project Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project below! (Other constructive feedback is welcome on the discussion page).

  • Support Support The magnitude of knowledge gap this project will close is enormous. Honestly, most these languages are already in extinction, but this project will in no small way rejuvenate them, which will be a very big plus for WIKIPEDIA. Macdanpets Macdanpets (talk) 21:29, 10 February 2021 (UTC)
  • This project will be of immense importance to the future generations of Nigerians and Africans. I endorse it. Ugwulebo.
  • Support Support In the coming years, we might be faced with the greater worry of recruiting new volunteers in the various Nigerian languages due to speed at which these languages are going extinct. Even now, It's difficult to find language editors in the various Nigerian languages. This project will be a life saver in building a toolkit that will help to address this and content gap. Ptinphusmia (talk) 03:58, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support As a member of the Yorùbá user group, I am excited to see the goals, objectives and modalities of this project. Even though it is a start, I am confident that it is a good start in the right direction. I wholly endorse it and will be eagerly awaiting the kick off

This project will surely rescue a lot of endangered indigenous languages in Nigeria. Adefanike (talk) 06:43, 11 February 2021 (UTC)

  • Support Support! Great Idea from a great team. Absolutely this project will help alot in preserving and immortalizing indigenous Nigerian languages which are currently facing extinction, it will also give access to speakers and learners of those languages to have access to the languages content online. --Em-mustapha User | talk 07:41, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support Encyclopedia is beyond just donation of knowledge, but donation of valued, vital and direct contents for development and learning sake. Wikipedia depend extensively on languages to thrive, and most of these Wikipedia tools(languages) are fast dying leaving huge knowledge gaps to cover. It's highly imperative we bridge them now so as to preserve and retain these languages knowledge for free for humanity. I am glad this is happening soon on the vast dying, neglected and underrepresented Nigerian local languages and in conjunction with the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group, and a big push for Wikimedia projects. It's worth endorsing! Agbalagba TC 07:45, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support This project is coming at a time where many Nigerian languages are going on extinction due to socialization and western influence on Nigerian culture. I believe this project will help preserve these languages and also address the issue of knowledge gap (of Nigerian indigenous knowledge). In addition, I believe information retrieved from this project will be used for Wikipedia articles and also for learning and re-learning. Omorodion1 (talk) 09:32, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support Hello as a member of the community, I believe this project will go a long way in helping to preserve our languages from extinction which way I am strongly endorsing it Mrnyben1313 (talk) 08:42, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support It's a beautiful thing that the language communities are involved in the planning and implementation of this project. The overall impact would be tremendous. Stormy Chamber (talk) 10:39, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Great project that will ensure a culture and invariably a civilization is preserved by documentation and archiving Zend2020 (talk) 11:50, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support. This is a viable project which its future value is priceless. Ngozi osadebe (talk) 13:20, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • This project will help the documentation of indigenous language in Nigeria. Indigenous languages in the country are lagging far behind when it comes to documentation. I endorse this! Johnjoy12 (talk) 13:47, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support. A breath of fresh air to the endangered languages in Nigeria. SuperSwift (talk) 15:27, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Music to my ear. Strategies for telling our own cultural heritage. I stand for this. Ngostary2k (talk) 17:49, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support. It is well known fact that we have so many indigenous languages in Nigeria but we all familiar with Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. Non of these three major language is preserved nor documented not to talk of creating audio and video materials of these indigenous languages for posterity purpose. This project will take care of all these lapses and also useful for educational purposes. I strongly give my support to the project. Sowoletoyin (talk) 19:09, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support! Daniel from Wikitongues here. I'm thrilled to see efforts to expand the availability of materials in African languages and to improve this linguistic and cultural gap for Wiki projects in particular. Wikitongues is honored to lend our advice and help as is useful and strongly support this initiative. Bogreudell (talk) 20:35, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support It is always great to have this kind of projects that preserves the languages and constantly promotes its usage. Goodluck for the rest of the team. Kunokuno (talk) 12:42, 12 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support Having sound visibility project like this around Nigerian neglected languages is a right step to keep them alive for generations. I stamp this with utmost backup Omidan Kofoworola (talk) 13:14, 12 February 2021 (UTC).
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support! Indeed there's no time like the present to document these languages for posterity. Having them recorded and availed will supplement activities such as research. I am in strong support of this.AKibombo (talk) 19:37, 14 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support! Excited to see this project come to life. Kayusyussuf (talk) 10:19, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support Big thumbs up for Wikimedia Nigeria and Yoruba Wikimedians User Group for taking this challenging project, because many languages in Africa lacks visibility, not to talk of the dialects under each ones. I strongly support this project to help unveil the selected ones for visibility.Rofty22 (talk) 18:27, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support Excellent idea. I strongly endorse this project. Shahadusadik (talk) 22:07, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support I endorse this project it's an elaborate program and I look forward to its execution and learning from it. Owula kpakpo (talk) 05:19, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support Noble idea. Will be willing to participate. Oby Ezeilo (talk) 12:34, 16 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support As a member of Yoruba Wikimediands Users Group, I endorse this project to help speakers of Nigerian language(s) brush up on their use of indigenous language; to help hone their reading and writing in their dialects. I want it to come to fruition already!Rizqoh (talk) 16:51, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support I think this is a very good project, while it helps to document those indigenous languages that are in danger of getting perished, the project also alligns well with Wikimedia Movement recommendations and initiatives including Funding for underrepresented commmunities. This can be one of the efforts to create global visibility of these languages perspectives through Wikipedia and its sister projects like Wikicommons as mentioned on the proposal Jadnapac (talk) 07:44, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
  • This is a great project for execution. I can't agree further but to say yes. I support this project! James Moore200 (talk) 12:29, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Support Support This project does present a potential to make a huge impact, especially with local language documentation. I look forward to seeing all these come to fruition.--Jamie Tubers (talk) 23:43, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support This is a good project for Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Isaac Kanguya✌ (talk) 21:51, 22 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Timely! Languages are going into extinction in Nigeria, this move by Wikimedia Nigeira will help in reawakening over 50 indigenous languages as proposed. Johnjoy12 (talk) 08:30, 9 April 2021 (UTC)
  • I am truly happy about this project. As a member of Igbo Wikimedians User Group, I happily endorse this great move. It will really help in enhancing our local Languages. Ngostary2k (talk) 17:28, 28 April 2021 (UTC)

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