The AfroCine Project

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The AfroCine Project is a multi-country, multi-faceted WikiProject which aims to encourage the contribution of content that relates to the historical and contemporary cinema, theatre, and arts sectors of several African countries, the Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikimedia projects.

Vision[edit]

"To bridge the huge content gap and improve on the systemic bias, in respect of the African continent, by getting real African stories and viewpoints into the mainstream. This will be achieved by making: articles, citations, images, videos, and data, about the historical and contemporary African cinema, theatre and arts, to be readily available and easily accessible, both online and offline, and in different languages."

Overview[edit]

The Entertainment Industry in Africa is huge; the Nigerian cinema is currently ranked as the third largest film industry in the world, in terms of revenue and production output. Other major film industries in Africa include the cinemas of: Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and Egypt. All of these very active film industries are poorly represented on Wikipedia, as the available information about them is very scanty and difficult to access. The AfroCine Project aims to fix this problem.

Focus will include variety of interests, such as: Contemporary cinema articles, Cinema history articles, biographies of relevant personalities (especially women), film articles, film archives, archives of relevant publications about African films and filmmaking, images of relevant subjects and personalities, etc. This will be achieved through varying methods, such as GLAMs; editing workshops, writing and upload contests, partnerships with relevant organizations and Government ministries, activating Wikipedians-In-Residence (WIR) in libraries of film schools and institutions, and so on, using the help of existing communities/affiliates in Africa and beyond. This project is designed to use cinema to help bridge the content gap on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia and Open projects, as well as to improve on the awareness of these projects and the overall movement in African countries.

Members[edit]

Please list your name, if interested in participating in this WikiProject, and if you are already involved in African cinema projects/contributions.


User Related work/affiliate Country
Sam/Jamie Tubers Founder member of Nigerian Usergroup, contributor to Wikipedia, Commons, Wikidata, etc...Keen interest on African cinema. Nigeria
Gaurav Jhammat active member of Punjabi community / translation efforts/ i already write about Indian and Asian Cinema etc. India
Wikilover90 active member of Punjabi community / into outreach and organizing for Punjabi Wikipedia/ India
Justice Okai-Allotey active member of Wikimedia Ghana User Group / I write about people in arts, culture, music, politics, women and entertainment mainly/ Ghana
HandsomeBoy Coordinator, WikiProject Nigeria and Wikimedia hub, Ibadan Nigeria
Daniel Volunteer editor Nigeria
Reem Al-Kashif Researcher, editor, co-founder of Wikimedia Egypt. I love this idea! Would like to participate and/or organize activities. Egypt
Houssem Abida Volunteer contributor in arabic, english and french Tunisia
Tochiprecious Co-founder, member of Igbo Wikimedia Usergroup, translator, contributor to Igbo Wikipedia, Commons, Wiktionary, etc... I would be glad to be a part of this. Nigeria
Geugeor Co-founder, member of Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group, Wikimedian in residence Wiki Loves Women, contributor to french Wikipedia, Commons. Cameroon
TereseB active member of Wikimedia Ghana User Group Ghana
Great11 active member of Wikimedia Algeria User Group, Co-founder Wikimedia Tamazight User Group Algeria
Uzoma Ozurumba Co-founder, member of Igbo Wikimedia Usergroup, etc... . Nigeria
Egbe Eugene Volunteer developer/editor, active member of Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group. Cameroon
Rajeeb Dutta active member of West Bengal Wikimedia Community / translation efforts/ I write about people in arts, culture, music, sports and in entertainment world. India
MassiveEartha AfroCROWD UK UK
Camelia Editor in itwiki, rowiki and enwiki, translator, co-founder of WikiDonne User Group. Project page. Italy
Heathart Co-founder of Black Lunch Table (Visual arts of the African diaspora), Volunteer editor. USA
SuperSwift Founder and Coordinator, Wikimedia Fan Club Ekiti State University; Volunteer editor. Nigeria
Joy Agyepong Programs Manager, Open Foundation West Africa; active editor with much interest in projecting contents related to Africa. Ghana


Organizations/Affiliates[edit]

Please list your affiliate or organization, if interested in running projects that are aligned with African cinema, or if you are already involved in African cinema projects.

  1. AfroCROWD
  2. AfroCROWD UK
  3. Black Lunch Table
  4. Wikimedia Ghana User Group
  5. Wikimedia hub, Ibadan. Members of my hub will be adding images to Nigerian films in the month of July/August as part of our quarterly projects.
  6. Kiwix: The offline reader, bringing internet content to people without internet access
  7. WikiDonne User Group
  8. Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa
  9. Open Foundation West Africa
  10. Wiki In Africa through the Wiki Loves Women project
  11. Wikimedia Israel