Wiki In Africa/Organisation
Wiki In Africa is an organisation that runs fun, easy-to-access programs that encourage content contribution, training, and community development across Africa and beyond. Wiki In Africa was not officially registered in South Africa until March 2017, but many of its projects have been operating since 2014. The reasons behind our activities and the history of Wiki In Africa and the WikiAfrica movement are comprehensively covered on this History page.
Wiki In Africa Organisation
Official Organisational Address: 114 Runciman Drive Simon’s Town Cape Town 7975 South Africa
- non-profit voluntary organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017
- Registration number with South Africa's Department of Social Development: 187-625 NPO
- requesting Usergroup status from Affcom (mid-2018) as Wiki In Africa Usergroup
Key dates for Wiki In Africa
- 11 November 2016: Founding AGM meetup in Cape Town with Iolanda Pensa, Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood
- 23 March 2017: South Africa’s Department of Social Security authorises the registration of Wiki In Africa as a voluntary organisation and official NPO (187-625 NPO).
Funding, partners, collaboration and support
- Wikimedia Foundation
- Orange Foundation
- Goethe Institut
- Creative Commons
- Wikimedia Switzerland
- Wikimédia France
- Wikimedia Sweden
- Unite4Heritage, UNESCO
- Moleskine Foundation
- Brazil: Afrotometria • Di Jejê • foto.wiki.br
Non wikimedians African partners
- AfLIA's : Liberating Knowledge project
- Simon's Town Museum
- American Corner, Cape Town Library, Cape Town
Gender gap/diversity oriented
African Wikimedia and other collaborative organisations
- Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group (Benin)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Burundi (Burundi)
- Wikimedia Côte d'Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Mali (Mali)
- Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group (Cameroun)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Guinea Conakry (Guinea)
- The Algerian Wikimedians User Group (Algeria)
- Wikimedia Tunisie (Tunisia)* Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. (Nigeria)
- Nigerian Commons Photographers User Group (Nigeria)
- Yoruba Wikimedians User Group (Nigeria)
- Wikimedia Ghana User Group (Ghana)
- Open Foundation West Africa (Ghana)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania (Tanzania)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda (Uganda)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Tchad (Tchad)
- Egypt Wikimedians User Group (Egypt)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Botswana (Botswana)
- Planning Wikimedia Community User Group Gambia (Gambia)
- Wikimedia Community User Group Sudan (Sudan)
- Wikimedians of Democratic Republic of Congo User Group (RdC)
- Wikimedians for offline wikis
- Wikimedia volunteers in Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The operational team behind Wiki In Africa
Wiki In Africa was co-founded by User:Islahaddow, User:Anthere and User:Iopensa in 2016, although official registration took place in March 2017. Since then, the core operations team has been made up of Isla and Florence with the support, collaboration and partnership of many members of the Wikimedia movement to implement Wiki In Africa's programmes across Africa and beyond. In 2021, they were very excited to double the team with the inclusion of Candy and Ceslause.
- Isla Haddow-Flood (South Africa), Chair and Co-lead
- A Zimbabwean by birth, and a Capetonian by adoption, Oxford-educated Isla Haddow-Flood is a writer, editor and project strategist who is passionate about harnessing communication technology and media platforms for the advancement of open access to knowledge; specifically, knowledge that relates to and enhances the understanding of Africa via the Open Movement (and especially Wikipedia). Since 2011, Isla has been working to Activate Africa. Working with members of the WikiAfrica movement, she has conceptualised and instigated #OpenAfrica, Kumusha Bus and WikiEntrepreneur. :With Anthere/Florence, she has also been the co-leader of projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa (annual photographic contest), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalists in Africa collecting freely-licensed content). In 2016, Florence and Isla developed and ran Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), Wikipack Africa (an action kit for Wikipedians across Africa), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia), WikiAfrica Schools (a pilot schools programme in high schools in South Africa) and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).
- Florence Devouard (France) Co-Lead
- A Wikipedian since 2002, a former Chair of Wikimedia Foundation and a founding member of Wikimedia France, Florence Devouard was born in France where she currently lives. She is a public speaker and consultant. She helps organisations to discover and implement new internet-based tools. :Above everything, she loves to share her knowledge of new practices and online communities. She cares for language diversity and multicultural dialogue and is a supporter of the open-source and free knowledge movement. Since 2013, Florence is the co-leader on projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa (photographic contest in Africa), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalism to collect and create freely-licensed content in Africa). She also participates as the Scientific Collaborator at SUSPI to the Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP research programme (developing and evaluating a system to assess Wikipedia articles for primary education in South Africa). In 2016, Florence and Isla developed and ran Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), Wikipack Africa (an action kit for Wikipedians across Africa), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia), and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).
- Ceslause Ogbonnaya (Nigeria), Wiki In Africa Intern 2021
Ceslause Ogbonnaya is an education enthusiast who currently lives in Abuja, Nigeria. Though born in Nigeria, his flair for foreign languages led him to study B.A French (Major), and German (Minor) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, during which he had his French language immersion at Centre International de Recherche et d’Etude de Langues (CIREL) of Université de Lomé, Togo, the Republic of Bénin, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal. He was also the Director of Socials for the university’s Modern Languages Association (MLA) during his final year in the university.
His passion for education led to him co-founding Centre d’Etudes de la Langue Française Shalom (CELF SHALOM) in 2012, an educative excursion outfit, aimed at helping Nigerians attain high proficiency in French language. He joined the Texas based Menes Konsult and the Pretoria based Europlaw Group later in 2016 as a Bilingual French/English Business Specialist in their Nigerian office, and worked with Vera Wang on a social enterprise Miss Fashion Week Africa, aimed at helping African models shoot into the international spotlight.
He joined the Wikimedia movement in 2018, and has been actively involved in the Igbo Wikimedians User Group. In 2020, he was one of the grantees of Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) annual project grant, and he was also the Project lead for the 2020 Igbo Wikimedians User Group WPWP project. He won the first prize in the Igbo Wikimedians UG for the 2020 Decolonize the Internet Contest.
- Candy Tricia Khohliwe (Botswana), Wiki Loves Women Administrative Assistant
Candy Tricia Khohliwe is a long-term editor and member of the Wikimedia Botswana Usergroup. She has led two successful Wiki Loves Africa photo contest and a successful Art and Feminism Editathon and panel discussion. She is the coordinator with Wiki Loves Women Focus Group Members initiative.
The board members of Wiki In Africa
- Rachel Zadok (South Africa), Treasurer
- Zadok was born in South Africa in 1972 to a South African mother and an Israeli father and grew up in Kensington, a white middle-class suburb of Johannesburg. She later studied Fine Art and worked as a freelance graphic designer. In 2004, Zadok entered the 'How to Get Published' competition on Channel 4's Richard & Judy Show, reaching the final five of 46,000 entrants. Pan Macmillan subsequently offered her a publishing contract. Gem Squash Tokoloshe was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Awards First Novel award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and long-listed for the IMPAC Award. On her return to South Africa, she wrote her second book Sister Sister and launched the highly successful and influential NGO, Short Story Day Africa.
- Emma Kaye (South Africa), Secretary
- Emma Kaye was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. On completing her A'Levels she studied business, marketing and computer programming at Oxford Brookes University, England and from there moved to the London School of Economics. During her time in London, Kaye worked in financial PR and wrote short term money management programs for the money markets. Kaye has a number of seminal (and enduring) business and industry ventures to her name, and attained multiple professional accolades and leading-light endorsements in the course of a steadily evolving, outwardly mercurial-seeming career spanning only 15 years. She draws attention to the strong business underpinning of her work, pointing out that her involvement has twice had the result of giving sustainable business direction and African brand equity to a highly charged, emerging sector.
- Iolanda Pensa (Italy/Switzerland)
- Iolanda Pensa was born in Switzerland and currently lives in Milan, Italy. Beginning in high school, she’s traveled everywhere from the U.S. to the U.K. and from Russia to Africa. An active Wikipedia contributor since 2006, Iolanda is deeply involved with the WikiAfrica project, but is also a researcher and art critic. She is currently based at SUPSI in Switzerland leading the Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP programme. She was also the lead organiser for Wikimania Esino Lario in 2016.