WikiIndaba conference 2019/Submissions/State of African Wikis: What Are The Challenges Facing African Language Wikipedias? Any Potential Solutions?

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Submission no. 009
Title of the submission
Challenges Facing African Language Wikipedias: What Are The Potential Solutions?
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
Lecture / Panel
Author of the submission
Sam Oyeyele (User:Jamie Tubers); Dumisani Ndubane (User:DNdubane (WMF))
Anass Sedrati
(If you'd like to be on this panel, please contact User:Jamie Tubers).
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Nigeria; South Africa
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia UG Nigeria; Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The stunted growth of African Language Wikipedias has been a major source of concern for quite a while in the movement. Even though the African Wikimedia Community is steadily expanding, the same can not be said of Wikipedias in African Languages. This is majorly due to the fact that, a lot of Africans contribute to and read Wikipedia in non-indigenous languages; typically colonial languages.

This panel will be bringing together leaders of the movement on the continent to discuss the major causes of this sad trend, and ways to mitigate this and promote the use of Wikipedia in African local languages.

What will attendees take away from this session?

An update on Wikipedia projects in Africa. This session hopes to bring to the general consciousness of African Wikimedians, the sad state of our local language Wikipedias. It also hopes to seriously get practical suggestions on how to fix this problem, from grassroots Wikimedians in various African communities, so that we can figure out the next directions to take in improving the use of Wikipedia in our local languages.

Theme of presentation
  • Sister Projects
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

General (Beginners to Advanced audience).

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)

There maybe few slides to show some statistics at the beginning of the discussion.

Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?


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  1. Anass Sedrati (talk) 16:18, 16 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Mounir Touzri (talk) 22:02, 24 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. --Gereon K. (talk) 09:38, 25 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Final decision[edit]