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AfroCreatives WikiProject

The AfroCreatives WikiProject aims to support and mobilize creatives and professionals from the African cultural and creative industries, as well as African cultural enthusiasts, to contribute and enhance knowledge on Wikipedia about Africa’s creative economy. Only an estimated 1.5% of Wikipedia’s contributors and 15% of its contributions originate from the continent, while just 5.5% of all geotagged Wikipedia articles across all languages are related to Africa (according to the Wikipedia Diversity Observatory).

AfroCreatives WikiProject’s initial focus is on African film, which will be followed by activities centered on African literature and African fashion. ACWP is spearheaded by The Africa Narrative (TAN), a non-profit dedicated to building capacity in the African creative economy and amplifying the global visibility of African cultural soft power.

Calendar of events[edit]

FESPACO edit-a-thon activities

Online Wikipedia training sessions
  • English
    • Dates: Saturday 11th May OR Wednesday 15th May OR Saturday 1st June 2024
  • French
    • Dates: Saturday 11th May OR Thursday 16th May OR Saturday 1st June 2024
  • Arabic
    • Date: Thursday 16th May OR Saturday 1st June 2024

Online Wikidata/Wikimedia Commons training sessions

  • Date: Saturday, 18th May 2024
    • Languages: EN/FR/AR
Local training sessions
  • Date: Starting Friday, 17th of May 2024
  • Language: Based on local context

Campaign timeline

  • Saturday, 18th May to 17th June

More details


AfroCreatives WikiProject +film[edit]

The inaugural effort of the AfroCreatives WikiProject is focused on African film with the aim to:

  • Build capacity within the African film industry to contribute knowledge to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
  • Increase African-generated content about the continent’s film sector on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects through a network of community organizers.
  • Generate awareness and interest among the general public on Wikipedia as a source of valuable information on the African film industry.
  • Use this first ACWP to learn how best to expand activities into other creative sectors.

ACWP +film’s first campaign launched in July 2022 and included Edit-a-thons in Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal.

In 2024 ACWP is expanding its activities through a series of campaigns in partnership with premier African film festivals. The first will take place in May in partnership with Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Africa’s largest film festival.

The collaboration is a first-of-its-kind for (FESPACO), scheduled in an “off-year” of its biennial festival.

Who should join?[edit]


ACWP is particularly interested in mobilizing Contributors who bring a high level of knowledge, commitment, and interest in enhancing content and knowledge surrounding the African film sector. These include:

  • Film Industry Creatives and Professionals.
  • African film critics, academics and researchers.
  • African cultural and film enthusiasts, including those already contributing to Wikipedia.


  • Seasoned Wikipedia Organizers in target countries who can help mobilize existing Wiki contributors and run training sessions and edit-a-thons.


Organisers: AfroCreatives Wikiproject, FESPACO. Funded by: The Africa Narrative, Wikimedia Foundation. Comunity Organizing partners: Fédération africaine de la critique cinématographique, Wikimedia Nigeria, Wikimedia Benin, Open Knowledge Tanzania, Wikimedia Community of Togo, Wikimedia Kenya, Egypt Wikimedians, Wikimedia Botswana, Wikimedia Namibia, Wikimedia MA, Wikimedians of Republic of Congo, Wikimedia Zambia, Wikimedia Conakry, Open Foundation West Africa, Wikimedia Burkina Faso, Wikimedia Senegal, Wikimedia Cote d’Ivoire.

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