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Submission no. 021
Title of the submission
Raising Awareness for Wikipedia: Lessons from Nigeria
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
Panel presentation
Author of the submission
Language of presentation


E-mail address



User:ZMcCune (WMF)

Country of origin
  • USA
  • Jordan
  • Nigeria
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Wikimedia User Group Nigeria
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Last year at Wiki Indaba, a discussion began about Wikipedia's low awareness in Nigeria. A year later, the User Group in Nigeria and the Wikimedia Foundation have collaborated on 2 major projects to increase Wikipedia awareness in the country. We have worked on radio programs and videos, using social media influencers and Nollywood stars, to reach more than 12 million people. Now we would like to share the results of these pilot projects and offer lessons for other user groups.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • Insights into developing awareness efforts (how to set audience targets and choose media formats)
  • Understanding of budget costs for different types of media projects
  • How the Wikimedia Foundation can support community media projects
  • Best practices for doing promotional work (e.g. ads, radio programs, or newspaper messages) to support Wikipedia
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
  • New Readers
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Intermediate to advanced community volunteers

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
55 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)

Presentation will include details from the following projects/case studies:

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Is this Submission a Draft or Final?


Interested attendees[edit]

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  1. Anthere (talk) 00:16, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Gereon K. (talk) 11:07, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Alangi Derick (talk) 09:57, 25 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Blossom Ozurumba Talk 15:11, 5 February 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Committee decision[edit]