WikiIndaba conference 2019/Submissions/The AfroCine Project: Bridging the African Content Gap Through Pop Culture

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Submission no. 038
Title of the submission
The AfroCine Project: Bridging the African Content Gap Through Pop Culture
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Sam (User:Jamie Tubers)
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia UG Nigeria
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The AfroCine Project is a multi-country 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.

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 Wikimedia projects, as the available information about them is very scanty and difficult to access. The AfroCine Project aims to fix this gap. This will be achieved through varying methods, such as GLAM partnerships; editing workshops/edit-a-thon, writing/upload contests, etc, using the help of existing communities/affiliates in Africa and beyond.

One of the first major event organized by this project is the "Month(s) of African Cinema". This is a cross-project writing, and translating contest, which is currently going on from October to November 2018. This contest, as the name suggests will be dedicated to contributing knowledge about the cinema of various African countries to Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia.

What will attendees take away from this session?
This session aims to create awareness for this project. Learnings would be shared on what has worked and what hasn't worked so far in this project. It also aims to encourage people from various African communities and aligned groups to sign up, and to undertake activities covered in the scope of this project. The ultimate goal is to bridge the content gap about Africa.
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
  • GLAM
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
There maybe few slides for projection.
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?


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