Wiki Loves Africa/Ghana

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Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest where people across Africa can contribute media about their environment on Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate a specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes and could include any such universal, visually rich and culturally specific topics (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc).

The theme for the 2014 photo contest will be Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine. This year's contest will seek to document in the form of various media, the diverse types of cuisines across the continent of Africa. The theme will encompass the "foods", "dishes", "crops", "husbandry", "culinary art", "cooking methods", "utensils", "food markets",traditional symbols and arts "festivals", "culinary events", "famine food" and any other issues related to cuisine on the African continent.

Wiki Loves Africa activity in Ghana[edit]

In response to the above quest the Ghana team have taken it upon themselves to ensure that they capture as many Ghanaian cuisines as possible to complement the purpose of this campaign. We have a list of planned activities that will ensure our interest. We intend to contribute to this campaign via picture and video formats that will serve as rich contents for this cause. Find out more from this press release on

Activities Overview[edit]

  • Photowalk
  • Cooking competition
  • My food contest

Photowalk – This activity will ensure the gathering of Wikimedians walking through market places to capture food items (vegetables, fruits and already cooked food). This will be a day’s event focused on just getting various sorts of ingredients, food items and food joints or eatries.

Cooking Competition – We will plan with the home economics department of at least 1 secondary school to execute a cooking contest. It will involve students of this department preparing Ghanaian delicacies for photo shoot. Videos of recipes and preparation methods will also be captured and winner of the contest awarded a token.

My food contest – A social media campaign will be run to entreat individuals to upload a picture of their food (breakfast, lunch or dinner) unto the Wiki Loves Africa platform and then share on social media by tagging our social media platforms and using the appropriate hashtags. Winner will be awarded a token.

NB:Posters will be posted in universities to adequately propagate the word about Wiki Loves Africa, communities such as bloggers and vloggers will be used to also disseminate the information adequately.

Activity Details & Proposed Dates[edit]

Activity Description Proposed Date Activity Link Status
Photowalk Will target food stuff and ingredients and eatries within Accra 1st November, 2014 N/A Completed
Online Competition / Upload Session Launch and start of the online campaign 8th November, 2014 Click here Completed
Cooking Competition Competition that will be run in partnership with a senior high school to gain pictures and videos of varieties of food (mainly breakfast) 15th November, 2014 N/A Canceled
Photowalk Will target farms and vegetation of food crops 22nd November, 2014 N/A Canceled
Cooking Competition Competition that will be run in partnership with a recognized organization to document various Ghanaian delicacies (mainly lunch and dinner) in the form of pictures and videos. 29th November, 2014 Click here Completed
Photowalk / Upload Session Will target market places and various foods. 30th November, 2014 N/A Completed

Activities Report and Feedback[edit]

This section consist of details of all activities run under the 2014 Wiki Loves Africa Campaign in Ghana. We generally hosted 4 out of 6 planned activities resulting in 830 photo uploads. Click on this link to view photos of the campaign process and click here to view uploads towards the campaign. Further details are shared in the text below:

Photowalk (1st November)[edit]

The photowalk scheduled for the 1st of November ensured from the 37 Military hospital through to University of Ghana, Legon.

The activity saw 3 participants, who graced the occasion and helped with execution. 200 photos were taken and are ready to be uploaded during our upload session come Saturday the 8th of November. Below are pictures of the event.


An amount of GHC 20 each was given to each participant to cater for their food and transportation resulting in a total of GHC 60.

  • GHC 20 x 3 participants = GHC 60

Click here to view more pictures of the activity.

Posting of Posters (1st - 2nd November)[edit]

On the 1st of November we also received the posters which was shared among us to post in notable places and universities around to adequately disseminate the information about the ongoing Wiki Loves Africa. Please find below pictures of posters:

List of places where posters were posted.

  • Central University College
  • University of Ghana
  • Datalink University Ghana
  • Accra Polytechnic
  • Accra Girls Senior High School
  • Church of Pentecost, LA
  • Zenith College
  • Ghana Institute of Journalism
  • Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT


A total of GHC 210 was spent on this activity. Find breakdown below:

  • GHC 130 was paid for 60 copies of A4 print
  • GHC 20 was given to dispatch rider who delivered the posters.
  • GHC 60 was given to individuals as transportation costs for posting at the aforementioned locations.

Online Campaign Launch/Upload Session (8th November)[edit]

On the 8th November we launched the online campaign which seeks to engage participants in taking pictures of their food, environment in which food was bought and (or) at time of purchase of ingredients. The process of the preparation and utensils are all very much accepted too. The campaign was launched on our available social media outfits and was shared on 9 different mailing lists while encouraging recipients to share within their networks.

The campaign lasted for a period of three weeks, it recorded 4 participants via this outfit with a total of 26 photo uploads. 1 participant was awarded winner based on quality and how indigenous the food was. Winner was awarded a dinner for 2 and a Wikipedia souvenir.


A total amount of GHC 210 was used for this activity. Breakdown include:

  • GHC 120 for online campaign posters and picture forms for WLA
  • GHC 60 for Internet Cost
  • GHC 30 for food

Meeting with Head of Home Economics Department (13th November)[edit]

On the said date i met with the head of the home economics department of the Accra Girls Senior High School to discuss the cooking competition scheduled for the 15th November, 2014. She then updated me on their inability to support the activity.


An amount of GHC 24 was spent on food.

Cooking Competition (15th November)[edit]

This event did not hold because the hosting school were not willing to host the event and failed to communicate it in due time. It was a great disappointment for us, but allowed us to plan for the pending cooking competition by putting alternatives in place should similar circumstances crop up.

Photowalk (22nd November)[edit]

This activity was suspended so we could adequately plan for the next cooking competition in order to avoid disappointments just as we previously experienced. It was rescheduled for the 30th November, 2014.

Cooking Competition (29th November)[edit]

The cooking scheduled for the 29th November, 2014, was held in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of Tema and the Interact Club of the Deks Educational Institute. The event saw 9 Rotracters and about 15 Interacters in attendance resulting in a total 24 participants. 5 different dishes were prepared at the event, they include Rice Balls (Omo Tuo) and Groundnut Soup (Peanut Butter soup), Boiled Yam and Garden Egg Stew, Mashed Plantain (3tor Korkorr), Banku and Okro Stew, Gari Soakings and Banku and Abobi Tadi.

About a 150 Pictures and 3 videos were obtained from this cause, participants were introduced to the Wikimedia Foundation and and other sister projects. It was generally successful even though our target institution failed to host the event, we made use of our alternative which came up splendid.

Pictures from the event

Ingredients used and their prices
Ingredient Quantity Price GHC
Yam 2 tubers 20
Onion 1 Bucket 20
Garden Egg 3/4 bucket 15
Salted Tilapia (Kobi) 2 pieces 10
Pepper 3 margarine cups 5
Groundnut Paste 3 margarine cups 20
Corn Dough 4 margarine cups 8
Cassava Dough 2 magarine cups 5
Okro 2 magarine cups 7
Palm Oil 1 bottle 10
Scented Fish (Momoni) 1 Slice 2
Variety of Fishes 6 different 50
Tomatoes 1 Bucket 20
Ginger 2 tied piece 3
Abedru 2 tied piece 2
Semi Riped Plantain 10 fingers 10
Green Pepper 1 tied piece 6
Abobi (Keta School Boys) 1 bucket 5
Pear 5 pieces 8
Beef 1 pound 10
Wele 3 pieces 10
Banana 35 fingers 10
Orange 12 pieces 7
Tomato Paste 1 can 4.6
Watermelon 1 piece 10
Salt Peter 2 cubes 1
Ideal Milk 1 tin 2.7
Gari 1 margarine cup 1
Sugar 5 tied pieces 1
Coated Peanuts (Nkatie Burger) 2 packs 2
Rice 1 sack (5kg) 32.99
Pineapple 2 pieces 2.58
Frytol Oil 2 Bottles 21.48
Corn Flour (Akple Flour) 1 pack (1kg) 5.49
Carrots 12 pieces 5.99
Stock Cubes 1 pack (400g) 9.99
Goat Stewing 1 pack 18.90
Chicken Wings 1 pack 39.99
Eggs 15 pieces 10.49
Fruit & Vegetable SV 1 pack 16.14
Total Cost N/A 449.34


A total amount of GHC 663.34 was used for this activity. Breakdown include the following:

Budget for Cooking Competition
Item Quantity Price GHC Comments
Ingredients for cooking N/A 449.34 Consist of all ingredients calculated in the above table
Gas Cylinders 2 58 Filled for the purposes of cooking. It was rather unfortunate that i filled one only to realize the school had filled another so we ended paying for both.
Water 2 bags 6 Was used to serve food after cooking
Transportation N/A 150 Transportation to and from the market and to and from shoprite. It also involves transportation of cooking utensils, cylinders and food items to and from the event venue.
Total N/A 663.34 N/A

Photowalk / Upload Session (30th November)[edit]

We hosted the last and final activity, the photowalk/upload session on the 30th November, 2014 with the support of the Kumusha Team. We walked through the markets of Nima and Circle in Accra. It was fun and fulfilling as traders willing gave us the opportunity to take photos of their food items. This activity generated about 80 photos which complemented our efforts for the past month.

At the end of the Photowalk we visited the Busy Internet Cafe to ensure uploads, we encountered several difficulties as the internet was slow and unstable. We had to eventually move out to use a Surfline router. This complication caused us a number of uploads, we still have in our possession about 150 photos to be uploaded.


An amount of GHC 60 was spent on Internet

Miscellaneous Budget[edit]

This section includes other expenses that were made outside the line of activities. Below is a breakdown for the above subject line:

Item Quantity Price GH Comments
Honorarium 3 people 210 Money given to judges who appraise those who participated in the online campaign, as a way of compensating them for their time and efforts.
Award 1 50 Award for the winner of the online campaign
Surfline 1 205 Its an internet that solves the connectivity issues and allows for great upload time. Was purchased to complete later work.
Call Credit N/A 60 Cost of all calls covered under the project duration.
Charger 1 90 Misplaced the charger for the community tablet during the WLA activities. This is to replace the lost charger.
Total N/A 615 N/A

Budget for Aforementioned Activities[edit]

We received a grant of $700 towards this campaign and was converted to GHC 2100 upon arrival.

Consolidated Expenditure Account[edit]

Activity Budget GHC Expense GHC Amount GHC Amount $
Grant Received 2100
Total Income/Funds Received 2100
Less Expenditure
Photowalk (1st November) 60
Posting of Posters (1st - 2nd November) 210
Online Campaign Launch/Upload Session (8th November) 210
Meeting with Head of Home Economics Department (13th November) 24
Cooking Competition (29th November) 663.34
Photowalk / Upload Session (30th November) 60
Miscellaneous Budget 615
Total Expediture 1842.34
Balance Surplus 257.66 79.65