Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022/Candidates/Tobechukwu Precious Friday (Tochiprecious)
Tobechukwu Precious Friday (Tochiprecious)
|Introductory statement / Application summary.
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|I became a Wikimedian in 2017, cofounded a user Group in 2018, became a Wikimedian in Residence and have since carried out various projects in both with Wikimedia Communities and trying to grow new communities. I’m one who strongly believes in volunteerism, community organizing, diversity and inclusion and making knowledge freely accessible to everyone. My professional career has been focused on project and program management, organizational strategy, translation, teaching and mentoring, community management, outreach management.
If given a chance, my goals are: to advocate for diversity in its many forms including content, editors, enthusiasts etc., more support for community organizations in order to provide more equitable models for advocacy, capacity building, resource allocation etc., be a strong supporter of the Movement Strategy Recommendations, especially numbers: 1 (Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement), 6 (Invest in Skills and Leadership Development), 8 (Identify Topics for Impact).
|Contributions to the Wikimedia projects, memberships in Wikimedia organizations or affiliates, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization.
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|I've been involved in the global Community since 2017.
|Expertise in skill areas identified as needs by the Board.
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|I am skilled in Organizational Strategy, Program and Projects Management, teaching and mentoring, community management, outreach management by having worked in the pioneer Technology Incubator and Accelerator in Nigeria (Wennovation Hub), I hold a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures (German and French) and am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Project Management. My professional career is focused on Program & Project Management, Community Management, Teaching and Translation, language activism. I am the founder of Smarter Languages Hub- a language services company. A Alumnus of Cherie Blair Foundation Women in Business Mentorship Program. In 2018, I was appointed the Ambassador, The Next Economy Nigeria Program funded by the Netherlands Ministry Of Foreign Affairs. In 2018, I also served as a Mentor for the Zimba Women in Business Mentorship Program, Uganda.|
|Lived experiences in the world. We are especially interested in reading about lived experiences in the regions of Africa, South Asia, East and South East Asia & Pacific, and Latin America & Caribbean. We believe that experience in these regions could help expand the board’s ability to fulfill the movement strategy goal of more equitable participation, although we recognize that other experiences may also provide important contributions.
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|Although I haven’t lived in other regions, I was born in Nigeria, live and work in the African region, one of my experiences is the knowledge gap. Wikipedia for example has more information about Paris, a city in France than Africa as a whole. Also, coming from a marginalized community in Nigeria whose language is predicted by UNESCO as an endangered Language has better shaped my mind to understand and relate to some of the challenges faced by some Communities in the region. I’m a strong supporter of the Movement Strategy Recommendations, especially numbers: 1 (Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement), 6 (Invest in Skills and Leadership Development), 8 (Identify Topics for Impact), and try as much as possible to uphold them in my region. One example is the volunteer community in Mozambique which I’m mentoring and have helped to put their Makhuwa Language Wikipedia into the incubator and support them in becoming knowledge producers. Other projects I’ve been involved in which promotes the aforementioned Movement Strategy recommendations in Africa are: AfroCuration Mozambique 1.0, AfroCuration Mozambique 2.0, AfroCuration Zimbabwe, AfroCuration South Africa, AfroCuration Event with African Leadership Academy. These have further deepened my experience working in the region. With a younger population than other continents, there's still a lot of knowledge gap in the African continent which makes it a place with great opportunity for the Wikimedia Movement to thrive. If given the opportunity, I would use my experiences to help accomplish this.|
|Cultural and linguistic fluency with regions and languages additional to your native region and language. Intercultural awareness helps build bridges in our multicultural community.
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|My background as a graduate of Foreign Languages & Literatures, as a translator, who is also currently a Masters in Project Management Student at Rome Business School (where I'm learning Italian), a language activist has further opened my mind to people and national cultures. I'm a language enthusiast, one who appreciates languages and cultures and which has helped me become more accommodating and open to learning. I'm a native Igbo Language Speaker, I speak fluent English, I can read and write good French and German but have basic to mid speaking ability. As a startup founder of Smarter Languages Hub (a language services start up which helps to bridge the language gap), I have taught and networked with people from various continents and countries. In the various Wiki projects I have organized, I've also got help from volunteers from different Wiki communities in South Africa, Portugal, Brazil, Tanzania, Ghana, Italy, Israel and so forth. This further demonstrates my open mindedness in working and collaborating with people from different walks of life.|
|Experience as an advocate for creating safe and collaborative spaces for all and/or experience in situations or contexts of censorship, repression, or other attacks to human rights.
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|As a Nigerian, I have experiences regarding censorship and repression but I would prefer not to include details. I'm an advocate for Human Rights especially in the area of Human Trafficking where I've worked with Devatop Centre For Africa Development and A-TIPSOM (Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria) to create awareness of human trafficking on Igbo Wikipedia in other to make the knowledge accessible. As a member of the Wiki Loves Women Focus Group, I organize and host events to bridge the internet gender gap. Some of my most recent projects can be found here Wiki Loves Women Focus Group SheSaid Nigeria campaign and Igbo Wikimedians User Group WikiGap Challenge|
|Experience in relation to (or as a member of, to the extent you choose to share) a group that has faced historical discrimination and underrepresentation in structures of power (including but not limited to caste, race, ethnicity, colour, national origin, nationality, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, language, culture, education, abilities, income and environment).
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|In my country, I come from an ethnic group which is underrepresented in terms of power. I would prefer not to share more details.|
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Verified by: Matanya (talk) 08:53, 17 May 2022 (UTC)
2022 Board of Trustees Analysis Committee Rating
|Candidate Name||Wikimedia Background||Sought Skills||Sought Regional Experience||Human Rights & Underrepresentation||Overall rating from the average score of the four categories||Overall rating from the average score of the nine criteria|
|Tobechukwu Precious Friday||Gold||Silver||Gold||Silver||Silver||Gold|