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Project summary[edit]

Project Name
Ghana Histo Cita-thon

An event that seeks to educate Wikimedia volunteers and other open communities on how to cite using books, journals and newspapers in creating and improving Wikipedia articles and Wikidata items on the events that took place during the Independence struggle of Ghana from the British.

Start/End dates
28 November 2020 - 7 January 2021
Amount requested (and the currency you wish to receive it in)
Amount requested (in US$ equivalent)

US$ 2135

The people[edit]

Contact person name/Wikimedia username

Stephen Dakyi/User:NanaYawBotar

Contact person e-mail address

nanayawbotar(_AT_)gmail.com [Alternatively, confirm that you have "Allow other users to email me" enabled in your account preferences]

Organisation (optional)

If this grant is for an organisation (for example a Wikimedia Affiliate), name it here

Project participants
Who is working on this project. For each member of the team, please describe any project-related skills, experience, or other background you have that might help contribute to making this idea a success.
  • Stephen Dakyi/User:NanaYawBotar - Project lead and event coordinator
  • Faisal Ali/User:DaSupremo - Lead Trainer

The project[edit]


Describe the project or event. Ghana had its Independence from the British colonial rule on the 6th of March, 1957, it was the first sub-Saharan African country to have gained its independence. The country's independence was spearheaded by events and personalities that made the process uncomplicated as compared to other African nations who were also struggling for their independence. However, information on these events and personalities are not accessible online.


Why is this project needed? What will it solve or improve? Attempt by the Wikimedia community in Ghana to help increase content on the pre-independence history have been met with difficulty due to the following : 1. Contributors mostly cite news/blog based websites. 2. Most articles are tagged for speedy deletion or moved to draft due to poor citations.


In partnership with a resource person from the Ghana Library Board and an experienced Wikipedian, we will train volunteers on how to reach books, journals and newspapers that contain information on pre-independence events and personalities online and offline and how to create a Wikidata item with them.


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing? What will you have done at the end of your project?

  • Will organize a 1-day training workshop for 20 Wikimedia volunteers that will focus on Wikicite. The training session will be streamed live on the social media platform of the Ghanaian Wikimedia community.
  • Will organize a month long editathon for participants of the training session.
  • Will organize four online training session (once a week) for participant of the editathon
  • Create a bibliography for History books, journals and newspapers on Wikidata and link them with existing Wikipedia articles.
  • Increase the quality of articles of notable events and personality involved in the pre-independence struggles on English Wikipedia with citations

Measures of success[edit]

What are criteria you will define success for your project, and how do you intend to measure for them? What are your targets for these measurements?

  • We would create a dashboard which the team would use to monitor contribution of various participants through collaboration
  • At the end of the project we would ensure that we make over 200 existing and new articles which are variable and reliable.
  • At least 200 Wikidata items have been created for books, journals and newspapers that contain useful resource on the pre-independence history of Ghana.


Who is your target audience for this project, and how will you ? How will you engage the community you’re aiming to serve at various points during your project?

Our target audience are new and old editors who are passionate about contributing to free and Open Knowledge through creation and making citations available for referencing of existing and new articles.

  • A promotional flyer will be created and promoted on the various social media platforms (Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter) of the Ghanaian Wikimedia community.
  • We will get participants engaged through a WhatsApp group that will be created for the project.

The Budget[edit]

How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. (You can create a table or link to a separate (public) document if needed.

Venue = 200
Promotion/branding = 250
Feeding = 535 ( (10*25)+ 285)
Internet = 700 
Transportation = 50 (10*5)
Awards = 200
Miscellaneous = 200
Total = 2135
  • Food - Food for the team and participants, during the training workshop there would be lunch breaks and refreshments. US$ 285.00 will be allocated to User:DaSupremo to organize online training sessions for participants.
  • Promotion/branding- Promotion/branding will include Wikimedia branded souvenirs and Covid-19 protective gears (Nose Masks, Face shield, hand sanitizer).
  • Transportation- Will cover the transport cost for team members and resource persons.
  • Awards - participants would be awarded with gift vouchers based on their contributions to the project. First takes $50 worth of gift vouchers, the second takes $30 and the third takes $20. The top female contributor would be awarded ($30) to encourage Women to contribute more to the project. All participant will be awarded with a certificate of Participation
  • Data - Internet data available for the entire project, thus to support team and volunteers.

COVID risk assessment (for in-person events)[edit]

If the project is for an in-person event, you must complete the risk assessment tool and checklist, and provide a link to copies of these documents here. Events must not include any international travel, and must follow all applicable local health guidelines.


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Strong support Strong supportI fully endorse this projectMukaram123 (talk) 20:20, 25 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Strong support Strong support I fully endorse this project Sunkanmi12 (talk) 20:21, 25 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Strong support Strong support I fully endorse this project xibitgh (talk) 18:21, 28 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]


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