Meetup/AfroCROWD/Africa Day 2019
- 1 Africa Day is Saturday, May 25th!
- 2 Ideas for editing
- 3 Other Useful information/ Resources
- 4 Sign Up
Africa Day is Saturday, May 25th!
Join us as this year, in celebration of Africa Day, we add articles to Wikipedia about notable African women.
Do you have a Wikipedia User account?
- If you do, please skip this next step and go to the "get started" section.
- If you don't have your free Wikipedia user account, please create one here (remember to use a username you will remember, but that isn't your actual name)
Let's get started:
The goal this Africa Day is to add at least one sentence or item to Wikipedia on a notable African woman.
Don't forget to add a citation/ bibliographical reference and if adding media like a photo, don't forget to be sure it is yours or available for free to the public.
Check out our section on citations and adding images.
Join the Africa Day campaign:
- In Person at an event near you
- Hold your own event with friends or in a coffee shop
Participate at an in person event
We have partnered with African Women on Board, Wikimedia Nigeria, and Open Foundation, West Africa, to hold in person events in Nigeria and Ghana. Please learn about these events here.
- Ghana at Soronko Academy, East Legon, Saturday, 25 May, 2019 starting at 10 AM WAT
- Nigeria Victoria Island, Lagos at the offices of African Women on Board, Saturday, 25 May, 2019 12PM-4PM WAT
Participate online on your own or with a group
You can participate virtually on your own or with friends:
Your mission: Edit or add a sentence to at least one article or item to Wikipedia or Wiki Commons on a notable African Woman.
- Once you have your Wikipedia user account and have registered to the Dashboard
- Go to the AfroCROWD Tutorials page for a guided tour of Wikipedia with free videos on how to edit Wikipedia.
- Then return to this page and browse our editing ideas section and choose your editing topic. Visible Women of Colors or Wiki Loves Women are great places to start for example.
- Once you are done with your first edit, sounds off! Let us know via social media using the hashtag #WikiAfricaDay2019 on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and sharing a pic or telling us about the person you wrote about.
No matter how you edit, remember to have fun! Happy Africa Day 2019!
Ideas for editing
Click below for lists of notable African Women from within the Wikipedia community
Add Your Suggestions Here of African women articles to be improved or created:
- Elsie Kanza
- Daphne Mashile Nkosi
- Maria Luísa Abrantes
- Valentine Rugwabiza (for translations)
- Folake Coker (for translations)
- Queen Ahmose-Nefertari
- Dahia al-Kahina, in what is now Algeria, army commander, 690 AD
- Ann Nzingha, military commander, pre-colonial Angola
- Prof. Chioma Agomo
- Amanda Obidike
- Kathy Addy
- Oyinkan Braithwaite
- Michelle Essome
- Angeli Arora
- Adesua Dozie
- Saratu Atta
- Laila Ali Abdulla (edit)
- Constance Ikokwu
- Mosun Layode
- Reni Folawiyo
- Aisha Mohammed Oyebode
- Jewel Taylor (edit)
- Pearl Uzokwe.
Other Useful information/ Resources
Editing contribution types for new Wikipedia editors:
Is this your very first time? Try this:
- Add a biographical sentence: Start with a name, a birthday, an occupation or title, what they famously did, and (very importantly) a citation to verify your information from a credible source(s).
===== How to make a citation (bibliographical reference) =====:
1) First, click on the pencil icon on the right to begin using "Visual Editor". Visual editor makes editing easier - like writing a school paper.
2) In Visual Editor, click on the area you want to add the citation. Then click cite. If you have a website as a source, add the website to the blank area.
If you do not have a website source, click manual and follow the prompts. Then click publish. If you have questions, ask a Wikimedia coach or go to Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources.
3) Then click publish.
Relevant videos and other media
- Introduction to the AfroCROWD Wikimedia Initiative
- Introduction to Wikipedia Editing
- Creating and Editing Wikipedia Articles
- Adding Citations to Wikipedia
More on Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website on earth (World Economic Forum), and the English language Wikipedia contains nearly 5.5 million articles, more than 40 million worldwide on 265 separate language sites, resulting in 16 billion page views per month. (See the statistics page for more information.)
Africa Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Partners/ Initiatives
- African Women on Board
- Open Foundation West Africa, Ghana
- Wikimedia Nigeria
- Wiki Project African Diaspora
More on AfroCROWD
Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an outreach initiative and Wikimedia usergroup which seeks to increase awareness of the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture, and software movements among potential editors of African descent. Since its launch during Black Wiki History Month in 2015, AfroCROWD has sensitized thousands in its target audience about free culture crowdsourcing and the need to close the multicultural and gender gaps in Wikipedia. AfroCROWD has also held monthly multilingual edit-a-thons in partnership with cultural institutions, galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM) and many others.
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