This page is designed to document the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria activities for the year 2022 - 2023. Some projects have separate documentation. Please click on the links for more information.
- Executive Summary
The report outlines Wikimedia UG Nigeria's operational activities from October 2022 to September 2023.
The User Group organizes diverse events and initiatives, such as campaigns, contests, educational endeavors, GLAM activities, and advocacy efforts, in collaboration with key partners.
A highlight is the Wiki-in-School program, aimed at imparting 21st-century skills to Nigerian undergraduates and recruiting lecturers to the Wikimedia community.
The group strategically expands its influence across Nigerian states, grows the operations of its local grant initiative, and improves Wiki Loves events through strategic partnerships with photographic institutions. Sustained collaborations with academic institutions and other user groups showcase a commitment to a collaborative ethos.
Introducing Naija Office Hours enhances community-building and knowledge exchange, while strategic recruitment of staff members enhances operational skills, fortifying the group's capacity.
As Wikimedia UG Nigeria reflects on its accomplishments and thanks its members for their unwavering support towards the success of its activities, it remains dedicated to advancing open knowledge, digital literacy, and collaborative efforts within the Wikimedia ecosystem in Nigeria.
- Wikimedia User Group Nigeria Community Support Fund
In October 2022, a total of 8 grant applications were received. A total of 3 applications were approved to support activities in Wiki Club, Lagos State University (LASU), Wikimedia Anambra Network. An initiative called "Wiki Kopas that focuses on introducing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects to new batches of Corp members in Osun State of Nigeria.
The funded projects are listed below;
- Opening up knowledge about Anambra North Senatorial Zone
- Wiki Kopas
- WikiClub LASU 2nd Semester Activities
- Wiki Naija Independence 2022
We organized an online event on October 1, 2022, to mark Nigeria's independence from British rule. The online event was organized on Zoom, and about 47 people participated; the event was broadcast live on our Facebook channel. A session was dedicated to each participant, telling the audience about one unique thing they knew about Nigeria. There was another session devoted to a performance by a member of our community who played a musical instrument.
As part of the celebration, a mini-article writing contest was launched to promote the creation of contents relating to Nigeria's independence and politics. About 30 editors participated in the contest, 158 new articles were created, and 646 existing Articles were improved. A total of 2,400 edits were made.
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria Abuja Network Remote event
The Wikimedia UG Nigeria Network, Abuja, organized a remote event. The Wikimedia UG Nigeria Network, Abuja, held the remote possibility. We had the remote event on October 1, 2022, at No. 11, Majekodunmi Crescent, Utako, Abuja. Some executive members of the Wikimedia UG Nigeria joined online. The event coincided with the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group event, and pleasantries were exchanged between the network and the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group. More than 20 people attended the remote event.
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria Anambra Network Remote event
The Wikimedia UG Nigeria Anambra Network organized a remote online event on October 1, 2022. The anniversary was celebrated with a Lexicographical Data Training on October 28, 2022, and more than 15 people attended—members dressed in a green-white-green dress. The network coordinator, Dr. Ngozi Perpetua Osuchukwu, awarded NGN 5,000 to the best-dressed participant. The training on lexicographic data took place at Dunhill Restaurant, Awka, on October 28, 2022. It was a one-day activity with a birthday cake. Participants were trained on how to do lexis. Each participant was given 3 or 4 words to enter as a class exercise, after which they were advised to find more words and work independently. The celebration came with cutting the Wikidata birthday cake, refreshments, etc. The people attending included both males and females. One hundred words were immediately entered as lexemes.
- Naija Office Hour: Let's Talk Collaboration
The Naija Office Hour: Let's Talk Collaboration Edition was held on August 22, 2022. It featured Carolyn Seaman, from "Girl Voices," and founder of the "Women's International Film Festival of Nigeria (WIFFEN)." It also featured Rudolph Ampofo, the Partnership Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, and Tochi Precious, the Wikimedian in Residence at theMoleskine Foundation as well as Michelle van Gilder, the founder of "The Africa Narrative and interim executive director. The Naija Office Hour edition aimed to learn from experienced program and partnership managers how to build and sustain collaborations, the key elements of the collaborations, and the importance of cooperation. 187 community members registered for the event, and more than 100 people attended. The event was held on Zoom and recorded. You can learn more about the page here. A survey was designed and shared with the participants to evaluate the impact of that edition and use the learnings to improve on the December 2022 edition.
- Wikidata 10th Anniversary
On October 29, 2022, we joined the global Wikimedia community to celebrate Wikidata's 10th anniversary. We organized an event at the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce Center in Lagos. A total of 26 community members attended in person, and the event was streamed live on our social media channels, such as Facebook. Some of the activities that took place at the event included but were not limited to cake-cutting, introductions to Wikidata, training, and social events.
- WikiVibrance 2022 event University of Ibadan Fan Club
On October 14, the University of Ibadan Fan Club hosted an event as part of the global WikiVibrance campaign to commemorate International Youth Day. The event was held at the University of Ibadan and had 20 participants in attendance.
- Social media report
On Twitter, we made a total of 33 tweets. These tweets had 6.1% engagement rate, 53 mentions, 32 link click, 369 likes, 20 replies and 9.1k impression rate.
On Twitter, we made a total of 5 tweets. These tweets had 3.5% engagement rate, 3 mentions, 2 link click, 39 likes, 3 replies and 1.2k impression rate.
On Instagram, we had a total of 2001 reach , 1.68% engagement rate, 2100 impression rate, and 150 likes
On Instagram, we had a total of 609 reach , 1.01% engagement rate, 688 impression rate, and 26 likes
- Wikimedia User Group Nigeria Community Support Fund
In November 2022, we received a total of 8 applications, of which 2 were approved for funding, 5 were declined, and 1 was marked ineligible. The approved projects are listed below.
- Awareness and Sensitization about Climate change - The primary objective of this project is to bridge environmental and climate content gap on wikipedia
- Wikipedia training to Ubandawaki Youth Forum - Capacity building for a group of youth in the Nigeria.
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria Anambra Network training program
The Wikimedia UG Nigeria Anambra Network organized a training program with the theme "Opening Up Knowledge on Anambra North Senatorial Zone." It took place in Awka on November 25, 2022. The training was designed to build capacity for community members as a prerequisite to a two-week proposed edit-a-thon to create new contents relating to Anambra as well as improve existing articles. A total of 30 people participated in the training, and the participants were a mix of new and existing editors. A list of articles about villages, cities, local government areas, and notable people in the Anambra North Senatorial Zones was collated in advance.
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria Anambra Network training program
In November 2022, the Lagos State University Fan Club officially submitted an application to register with the university management as a campus fan club. As a strategy to optimize Wikimedia activities on campus, the fan club invited students of the department of mass communication to a training program. E-flyers were created to promote the event. There was a plan for further engagement with other departments in the Faculty of Arts. They also contacted students at the Ojo campus to join the training, and following their mentorship, they could serve as trainers at the Ojo campus.
A meeting has been scheduled for representatives of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria and the staff advisor to clarify roles and responsibilities.
- Social media snippet
Our social media posts focused on three key areas, namely, oral history, wiki contemporary women, and the My Beautiful Africa advocacy campaign. The insights are shown below:
The @WikimediaNG on Twitter has an engagement rate of 4.8% and 7k impressions. This results from a total of 18 tweet. The handle was mentioned 18 times, and the link we shared was clicked 19 times. We got 5 replies to our tweet. This handle on Instagram Reached 2001 people with 1.78% engagement rate, 2200 impression and 80 likes.
The @Wiki4naijawomen on Twitter has an engagement rate of 3.3% and 1.3k impressions. This results from a total of 15 tweet. The handle was mentioned 1 times, and the link we shared was clicked 5 times. We got no replies to our tweet. This handle on Instagram Reached 670 people with 1.2% engagement rate, 696 impression and 22 likes.
- Wikimedia User Group Nigeria Community Support Fund
In December 2022, we received a total of 5 grant applications, of which 3 were approved for funding, and 2 were declined. The approved projects are listed below. The funded proposals were listed below;
- Grants:Wikimedia UG Nigeria Grants/Wikimedia User Group Nigeria Community Support Fund/A Sulaiman Z/Wikipedia Training and Edit-a-thon at Federal College of Education (Technical) Bichi.
- Documenting Badagry At 180 years
- Introduction to Wikisource: A Wikisource Training and Edit-a-thon
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria fan club activities
The University of Ilorin organized an online edit-a-thon to commemorate Africa Youth Month 2022. The progran was supported by WikiVibrance and the Africa Knowledge Initiative. The theme of the program was "Breaking the Barriers to Meaningful Youth Participation and Inclusion in Advocacy." A total of 40 people participated in the online edit-a-thon, and 40 articles were created. A total of 82 existing articles were improved as part of the program. The top 10 contributors were rewarded with internet data.
The Lagos State University fan club of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria was registered as a student club in the university. Two copies of the required documents (which included 6 letters of guarantee from 6 staff advisers, the club's constitution, profiles of the club's executive committee, a statement of purpose, and a letter of application) were presented at the Student's Affairs unit of the institutions in Ojo campus on November 30, 2022.
Adequate follow-up was made, and the approval for registration was granted on December 5, 2022. The approval letter was sent to the WUGN officials, the six staff advisors, and the Excos.
The Lagos State University fan club organized a training and edit-a-thon with the theme "Wiki-Ethnicity and Tribes" to create articles on ethnicity and tribes. Participants were trained prior to the event, and a total of 40 students participated in the training and the edit-a-thon. The training was held on December 10, 2022, and about 20 of the 40 participants were new editors. A contest was also organized on the same theme.
- Naija Office Hour
On December 10 2022, during the Wiki-Ethnicity and Tribe edit-a-thon, members of the fan club joined the "Naija Office Hours" special edition with the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, Maryanna Iskander.
Eight out of every ten Nigerian lecturers are Wikipedia users who want to learn how to contribute to the platform. And subsequently pass on the experience to their students. Therefore, this program is designed to identify Nigerian lecturers willing to learn about the product and impart knowledge to their students in a classroom setting. The Wiki-in-School program was designed to empower academics with the requisite knowledge to contribute to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects and pass the knowledge on to their students.
The Wiki-in-school "request for applications" took place and lasted for two weeks. This program aims to teach Nigerian tertiary institution professors about Wikipedia so they can impart 21st-century skills to their students.
- Wiki-in-School implementation
The Wiki-in-School program was implemented as planned in December 2022. We published a call for participation and received applications from 24 applicants spanning the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. 12 from the southeast, one from the south-south, seven from the southwest, two from north central, and two from the northwest, with three professors and 10 Ph.D. holders each.
All of the applicants were given a chance to be interviewed, but only the five best ones were chosen. The selected candidates were invited to Lagos for a three-day training event at the La Regial Airport Hotel, where they were also accommodated. Participants were trained based on Wikipedia editing, how to assign topics to their students, and how their works could be assessed—experienced community members led the training sessions.
At the end of the training, the participants shared the strategy they would adopt for the effective implementation of the project in their various academic institutions. They were provided stipends to support their local travel and a meetup for the participating students.
The participants departed to their various homes on January 28 2023, and mentors were assigned to follow up with them and support their work.
The trained participants are:
- Ojo J. Osunmuyiwa from Margret Mosunmola College of Health Sciences and Technology, Owo.
- Engr. Dr. Luqman Kareem Salati from Kaduna Polytechnic
- Dr. Davinson Chuka Anyogu from the University of Nigeria
- Mariam T. Gobir from Kwara State University, Malete
- Prof. Verla Andrew Wirnkor from Imo State University, Owerri. (He later didn't show up.)
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria strategic Executive members's Kick-off meeting
On January 14, 2023, the executive members of WUGN came together for an inaugural meeting to discuss and evaluate the strategies required to realize the proposed activities for as the year begins. We reviewed our work in the past years, including the challenges, what worked well, what did not work well, and what we would have done better. There were presentations from the various departments and units of our organization. The meeting lasted for 8 hours.
The Meeting featured prominent figures such as Olaniyan Olushola, who serves as both the President of the UG and the Chair of the BOT; Isaac Olatunde, holding the position of Director of Learning and Evaluations; Kayode Yussuf, the Director of Networks and Clubs; Ayokanmi Oyeyemi, functioning as the Program Director, Omolayo Ogunsiji in the role of Executive Director, and Adenike Bakare, who fulfills the responsibilities of Social Media Manager and Yinka Maja as the project officer.
During the meeting, each executive team member presented their individual strategies for carrying out their respective roles in the upcoming year. The meeting's highlight was the decision by the UG's executive team to extend an invitation to Mikaeel Adeshina (User: Agbalagba), the President of the Yoruba Wikimedians UG, to observe and learn from the proceedings as part of their mutual knowledge-sharing initiative.
Ayokanmi's program plan for 2023-2024 FY
Olushola's strategic plan 2023-2024 FY
Adenike's social media plan for 2023-2024 FY
Isaac's Learning and Evaluation Plan for 2023-2024 FY
Kayode's Community Building and Engagement Plan for 2023-2024 FY
Omolayo's Opening remarks
- Online quiz
On January 31 2023, the Wikimedia UG Nigeria (Anambra network) organized an online quiz session to test the knowledge of members of their community, including their knowledge of core contents policy on Wikipedia. Data reinforcement was provided for the winners of the quiz.
- Naija Office Hour-February edition
The February edition of Naija Office Hour took place on the 18th of February, 2023, and the focal theme was the "International Mother Tongue Celebration." The event featured a diverse panel of speakers who shared their insights and experiences on the significance of preserving and promoting linguistic diversity. The speakers and their respective topics included:
- Amrit Sufi, who delved into the "Digitization of Oral Culture" in India, emphasized the importance of leveraging technology to document and preserve traditional oral narratives.
- Mikaeel Sodiq, representing the Yoruba Wikimedia Usergroup, shared perspectives on the role of Wikimedia in supporting and promoting the Yoruba language within the digital landscape.
- Moeshe Maghundu, a dedicated language activist, provided valuable insights into the broader context of language preservation efforts, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in this critical endeavor.
- Tochi Precious, a contributor from WikiTongues, discussed the global initiative's role in capturing and sharing diverse languages through oral recordings, shedding light on the richness of linguistic diversity.
- Sadik Shadadu, representing the Dagbani Wikimedians Usergroup, shared efforts and initiatives to enhance the visibility of the Dagbani language on Wikimedia platforms.
- Belinda Mbamba, a representative from the Wikimedia Foundation, offered perspectives on the Foundation's role in supporting language-related projects and initiatives.
The event attracted substantial participation, with 100 attendees from various regions across Nigeria and Africa. This engagement underscored the widespread interest and commitment to celebrating and preserving mother tongues, reflecting the diverse linguistic tapestry in the participating communities.
- Nigeria Language Oral History Documentation
As part of the International mother tobdue day; the team organised a translate-a-thon between 17th of February to february 21st 2023.
- International Women's day 2023
On March 8, 2023, we observed International Women's Day (IWD) by highlighting the outstanding contributions of eight remarkable women within our community, all of whom have been instrumental in advancing open knowledge and achieving amazing feats. The event was designed to encapsulate the rich diversity of Nigeria, with particular emphasis on representing different geopolitical regions and linguistic communities inhabited by these women.
The overarching objective of this annual gathering was to share the remarkable success stories of these exemplary women, thereby providing a valuable learning platform for others seeking to follow in their footsteps. Additionally, it served as an opportunity to express our appreciation and recognition of their accomplishments during their lifetime.
For more details about this event, please refer to the dedicated event page here.
- Launch of Wiki Loves Africa 2023 (Climate and Weather)
On March 15, the official launch of Wiki Loves Africa 2023, themed "Climate and Weather," took place. This event commenced with an Office Hours session dedicated to engaging participants, which included Nigerian photographers, photo-enthusiasts, and Wikimedians. The primary objective of this session was to address the expectations of participants, encompassing aspects such as training, campaign duration, rewards, and the rules governing participation.
Notably, the event drew the attendance of twenty-two participants, underscoring the interest and enthusiasm surrounding the Wiki Loves Africa initiative. This annual contest is open to individuals across the African continent, allowing them to contribute relevant, free media to Wikimedia Commons. The shared media serves the Wikimedia movement, encompassing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia communities, and is made freely available for the benefit of humankind.
A distinctive feature of Wiki Loves Africa is its annual thematic focus. Participants are encouraged to contribute media in various forms, including photographs, video, and audio, aligning with the specific theme chosen for that year. In the case of Wiki Loves Africa 2023, the emphasis is on Climate and Weather.
- Clubs and Network activities
This report tells the story of the Monthly activities of Wikimedia UG Nigeria.
- Abuja Network
In partnership with the French Embassy in Abuja, the Wikimedia UG Nigeria Abuja came together to host International Women's Day 2023 in the capital city. The event was named Closing the Internet Gender Gap Project in Collaboration with the French Embassy, Abuja. This event centered around the training and coordination of edit-a-thons, catering to both seasoned Wikimedians and newcomers, all to celebrate the achievements of Nigerian women. Significantly, the event aligned seamlessly with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDGs 5, 8, 10, and 17. Distinguished participants at the event included the President of Wikimedia UG Nigeria and the Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation, alongside the Director of the French Institute in Nigeria, Abuja. You can learn about the event.
- The Anambra Network
The network plans to host Wiki4HumanRights in April 2023 after its general lunch. The WUGN event for the IWD 2023 showcased two of its members.
- KWASU Fan Club
Commencing on March 1, the event diligently executed two distinct versions of Art+Feminism: one conducted online and the other in person. The overarching objective was to champion the recognition of noteworthy Nigerian women on Wikipedia. The in-person gathering, which transpired on March 25, unfolded within the esteemed confines of the Mohammed Buhari Main Auditorium at the institute. The event garnered the participation of a commendable assembly, with over 25 female attendees present, collectively engrossed in the cause of advancing gender representation on the online encyclopedia. Notably, to facilitate participation and engagement, interested individuals were offered data reimbursement, amplifying the inclusivity and accessibility of this initiative.
- University of Ibadan Fan Club
The Club met with the existing leaders to discuss its succession plan for the incoming ones. The next meeting will be held in April.
- Naija office Hours
During the event, she discussed the latest updates to the Rapid Fund Grants and provided valuable information to assist grant applicants from Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan region. Sherry Anthoine, the co-founder of Afrocrowd, also joined the session to introduce the concept behind the Wiki Unseen project. Seventy Two (72) peopple registered for the event, while over over fifty participants featured in the meeting. Please visit the landing page for more information.
- Nigeria oral history language documentation
The Nigerian Language Oral History Documentation Project commenced on-site video shooting on April 20 in Cross Rivers State. The 2022 edition of the project concentrated on preserving the state's indigenous languages. By April 30, the team had successfully documented over 50 audio-visual materials. The project will digitize and archive the content on an Open platform and make it available for education and research. For more information about this endeavor, please visit the Nigerian Language Oral History Documentation Project.
- Inaugurating the WUGN Grant Review committee
To enhance support for Wikimedia Nigeria community members and streamline the grant application process, the WUGN (Wikimedia User Group Nigeria) inaugurated the Grant Review Committee on April 13, 2023.
The committee, consisting of five dedicated volunteers, was carefully selected for their zeal, hard work, and knowledge of Wikimedia projects. In addition to their expertise, the members represent the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, a deliberate move aimed at promoting national diversity within the Wikimedia Nigeria community. The committee's primary objective is to review and provide advisory recommendations to the executive members of WUGN regarding monthly grant applications submitted by Wikimedia Nigeria community members. To accomplish this, the committee will convene monthly to assess grant applications and offer insights for funding decisions. This initiative marks a significant step towards fostering inclusivity, improving the grant application process, and ensuring that the Wikimedia Nigeria community continues to thrive. This committee's efforts will positively impact our community members and the Wikimedia projects they undertake.
- User:Iwuala Lucy
- KWASU Fan Club Leads the Way in 21st Century Learning with "Wiki in School Program"
In April 2023, the Kwara State University Fan Club took the initiative to adapt the Wiki-In-School (WIS) program developed by Wikimedia User Group Nigeria. The primary objective of this program was to introduce 21st-century skills to undergraduate students within Nigerian tertiary institutions. WIS was designed to foster a learning environment where both lecturers and students could converge to gain insights into Wikipedia and its associated projects.
This particular edition of the program engaged 25 students from various departments at the institution. It sought to enhance their knowledge and proficiency in utilizing these digital resources for educational purposes. Additional information about the program and its outcomes can be accessed in the following link.
- WUGN Community Support Grant summary
During May 2023, 14 proposals were submitted, and funding was awarded to 11 of those applications:
- 1Lib 1Ref 2023 - WikiClub LASU
- 2nd round of sensitization/creating awareness of Wikipedia at Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo state.
- Wikimedia Fan Club Kwara State University (KWASU)
- Wikimedia Fan Club Kwara State University (KWASU)1Lib 1Ref 2023
- Translate-a-thon on Notable African Women
- KWASU Fan Club
- Wikibooks Nigeria
- Wikimedian awareness in Oro, kwara state
- Naija Office Hours
On May 13th, 2023, the Naija office hour session featured Maggie Dennis as our esteemed guest speaker. This event proved to be a remarkable success, with an impressive 181 participants registering their attendance. On average, approximately 89 participants actively engaged in the session.
Maggie Dennis delivered a session brimming with engagement and rich insights, shedding light on the art of community building and the vital aspect of safety in contributing. Attendees were allowed to explore diverse strategies and approaches for fostering vibrant, resilient communities, along with actionable steps to ensure their safety while contributing to these communities.
In conclusion, this session was a resounding triumph, and we extend our profound gratitude to Maggie Dennis for her invaluable contributions and insights. Please visit this page to learn more about the previous edition
- End of Wiki Loves Africa
Wiki Loves Africa 2023 commenced on March 15th, with the campaign's launch taking place in Nigeria during an office hour session that drew the participation of 22 individuals.
Fast forward to April 2023, and our efforts culminated in an impressive collection of over three thousand images, solidifying our group as the top contributor to the campaign across the entire African continent. This success underscores the invaluable partnerships we've forged with photography organizations sharing our mission, such as the Lagos State Photography Association Nigeria and Retna.
On April 25th, we collaborated with the Photography Chat Room, orchestrating photowalk events that traversed Lagos, followed by an image upload session on April 26th. These activities garnered the presence of 29 accomplished photographers. Furthermore, the panel of jury members responsible for selecting the finest campaign images represents some of the most esteemed professionals in our country. Our group also supported various grants for the Wiki Loves Africa campaign in NIgeria:
- Wikimedia Fan Club Kwara State University (KWASU) Wiki Loves Africa 2023
- Wiki Loves Africa Campaign 23 in the Niger Delta Application
- Wiki Loves Africa 2023 - WikiClub LASU
You can take a look at the winning photos from Nigeria here
- Panel of Jury for the Wiki Loves Africa 2023
- Wikimedia Nigeria Annaul Staff Retreat
The Wikimedia User Group Nigeria held its May annual Management and Staff Retreat. The primary objective of the retreat was to outline clear goals for the current fiscal year. Our ambitious goals require increased commitment and effort from our employees, volunteers, and management.
We adopted a coaching approach to enhance the effectiveness of our retreats and training programs. During the retreat, our staff had the opportunity to contribute their ideas and solutions to address specific challenges and objectives. We also shared our vision for the year with the team and volunteers in attendance, providing compelling reasons for surpassing our previous achievements. We firmly believe that productivity and performance are optimized when our employees and volunteers possess a deep understanding of our annual vision and the motivation to exceed past accomplishments and strive for greater success.
The retreat also served as a platform to physically meet our newly recruited staff members and gain insight into their motivations for joining our team. We reviewed our past activities and engaged in brainstorming sessions to devise effective strategies for running our programs throughout the year. The retreat spanned three days and featured several experts who shared their expertise in various essential skills required by our staff members. These informative sessions covered critical areas such as human resources and management, accounting and bookkeeping, taxation, social media management, learning and evaluation techniques, office management best practices, and workplace health and safety measures.
A dedicated retreat segment focused on training our newly recruited staff in organizational culture, leadership, and ethical values. This module encompassed core principles of leadership and work ethics, ensuring that our new team members are well-aligned with our organizational values and principles.
WUGN 2023 annual staff retreat banner
Cross section of participants
Engagement with social media experts at the retreat
Session on corporate Governance
Showcasing 2023-2024 activities roadmap
Outdoor dinner with participants
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria Community Support Grants
In June 2023, the Wikimedia UG Nigeria Community Support Grant received nineteen(19) proposals from across the six geopolitical zones in the country. These proposals represented the collective dreams of community members who aspired to make a difference in their regions. What made this wave of enthusiasm even more impressive was the fact that it spanned thirteen different states and six distinct geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Clearly, this was a testament to the growing impact of the Wikimedia movement in the country.
A closer look revealed an even more astonishing achievement. This grant cycle was a significant leap from the previous one, which had seen proposals from only six states and four geopolitical zones. The expansion was a beacon of progress, showcasing the growing reach and influence of the Wikimedia community in Nigeria. The proposals received under this grant cycle were as diverse as the communities they represented. They came from passionate individuals and well-organized networks and clubs, each with a unique vision for enhancing knowledge sharing and digital literacy. It was a true reflection of the rich tapestry of ideas that thrived within the Nigerian Wikimedia community.
After days of meticulous scrutiny and three hours of extensive deliberations on the 22nd of June, 2023, the dedicated members of the Grant Committee made their decisions. Fifteen projects emerged as winners, meeting every criterion for this grant cycle. These projects embodied the spirit of community engagement, education, and content creation that the Wikimedia movement cherished.
Here's a glimpse of the geographical distribution of the winning projects:
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What was even more heartening to see was the balanced gender representation among the project leaders. Out of the fifteen winning projects, ten were led by inspiring women, demonstrating the inclusive and diverse nature of the Wikimedia movement. In terms of Wikimedia projects, the winning proposals spanned various platforms, with the projects distributed as follows:
- Wikimedia Commons: 6
- English Wikipedia: 5
- Hausa Wikipedia: 2
- Wikidata: 1
- Wikiquote: 1
As the WUGN Community Support Grant continued to evolve, it fueled the Wikimedia movement in Nigeria and exemplified the power of community-driven initiatives. The projects from these grants would undoubtedly contribute to a richer, more diverse, and more accessible body of knowledge for everyone. The growth was a testament to the endless possibilities when passionate individuals and communities unite to make a change, one project at a time. The story of the WUGN Community Support Grant was, and would continue to be, a tale of progress, inclusivity, and the boundless potential of the Wikimedia community in Nigeria. You can read more about the initiative here
- Wiki Loves Africa Photo Walk with PhotoTreck and LANSPAN
On June 5th, a collaborative effort between our team and partners, Phototreck and LASPPAN, culminated in a Photowalk event in the scenic Badagry region of Lagos. The event saw a remarkable turnout, with 154 professional photographers representing the Lagos State Professional Photographers Association in attendance.
The event commenced with an engaging photowalk in the morning, allowing participants to explore and capture the beauty of the Badagry area through their lenses. Subsequently, an upload session was conducted, where participants could share their captured images. It's worth noting that some attendees required assistance, as not everyone had access to laptops for the uploading process.
This collaborative project fostered valuable relationships with photography groups within Nigeria. Through these partnerships, we aim to develop further and nurture photography communities, encouraging knowledge sharing and the growth of the photography ecosystem in the region. For a more comprehensive understanding of the project and its details, we invite you to explore the following link: [ here.
- Nigerian Library Conference at FUTA
We visited the Federal University of Technology Akure Library for the Nigerian Library Conference 2023 for an outreach 1lib1ref event.
A total of 27 librarians from 7 different institutions attended an event at the ICT center of Albert Ilomade Library, FUTA. The program began with 15 participants and later expanded. The event introduced librarians to Wikimedia, emphasizing using citation hunt. The program was interactive, and participants actively contributed. After the training, we presented souvenirs to the University librarian and gifts to exemptional contributors. Challenges included limited supervision, mobile phone participation, time constraints, account creation difficulties, and unclear financial commitments.
Overall, the program was successful, with participants eager to contribute and expressing interest in future collaborations with Wikimedia Nigeria. You can learn more about this event here
WUGN Community Support Grant Summary
During the month under review, the community submitted twenty (20) funding proposals. These proposals encompassed projects spanning thirteen (13) states and all six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria. This position marked a significant improvement from the previous grant cycle, which involved only six (6) states and four (4) geopolitical zones.
The submitted proposals represented diverse initiatives, with contributions from individuals and network/club entities. After a thorough evaluation process, fifteen (15) projects met the established criteria outlined by the Grant Committee. The selection process involved rigorous scrutiny over several days and culminated in three (3) hours of extensive deliberations held on June 22, 2023. Detailed Report
- Conclusion of the Wiki Loves Earth Photowalk
The culmination of the Wiki Loves Earth event was marked by remarkable achievements, as we documented a total of 2,145 high-quality images contributed by 214 participants. This outstanding performance placed us in sixth among the 64 participating countries globally. The success of this campaign is due to several factors, including but not limited to the following:
- Collaboration with two distinct photography groups, namely Phototreck and LASPAN.
Provision of mini-grants to support professional photographers in conducting photo walks, totaling four (4).
- Collaborative efforts with organizations sharing a similar focus, such as Retna.
These key elements significantly contributed to the event's triumph and underscored the power of partnerships and support from photography enthusiasts and organizations. Detailed report.
- Naija Office Hours- July Edition
The Naija Office Hours July edition, held on July 15, 2023, focused on upskilling youth for innovation and technological development. The event featured three knowledgeable speakers and engaged 88 participants, who explored topics such as job skills, entrepreneurship, and technology. Participants provided positive feedback through survey forms, and data reimbursement was offered. Detailed report and learning evaluations
- Partnership with Retna
On the 18th of July, 2023, Wikimedia UG Nigeria, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Retna to foster a shared vision of storytelling, amplifying the accessibility of African content online, and promoting open knowledge through the effective utilization of freely licensed photos. The partnership kicks off in July with the signing of an MOU at the Wikimedia UG Nigeria office in Lagos with the attendance of Olaniyan Olushola, Mr. Isaac Olatunde and Ayokanmi Oyeyemi. The collaboration will allow participants involve in all our photography related activities.
- Official launch of Wikimedia UG Nigeria Office
We opened the Wikimedia Nigeria office on July 18th 2023 which was chaired by the Minister of Information and Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Publisher of Blueprint Newspapers and the Secretary-General of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN). We had NTA, Superscreen TV and other online media that covered the event.
- Kick off of the WUGN Train The Trainer Initiative
The WUGN Training the Trainer Initiative's second edition occurred from the 4th to the 7th of March 2023 in Gombe State, North Eastern Nigeria. This significant event marked the establishment of the Wikimedia UG Nigeria Gombe Network, a formal association comprising Wikimedians in the region. The primary objective of this network is to facilitate the announcement of the zone and date for the upcoming Train the Trainers event, scheduled to be held in Gombe from September 4th to 7th, 2023. This initiative aims to extend its impact across North Eastern Nigeria.Detailed report
- Meeting with the Nigerian National Librarian in Abuja
On the 23rd of July, representatives from the Wikipedia User Group Nigeria (WUGN), namely Olaniyan Olushola and Ayokami Oyeyemi, paid a visit to the esteemed National Librarian, Prof. Chinwe Anuobi, at the headquarters of the National Library in Abuja.
The primary objective of this visit was to strengthen the collaborative ties between WUGN and the National Library. The focus of the discussion centered on enhancing the visibility and accessibility of library metadata, with a specific emphasis on leveraging the Wikipedia project to achieve this goal.
The proposed project involves the comprehensive metadata documentation for over 5 million Nigerian books in partnership with the National Library. By integrating this information into the Wikipedia platform, the initiative aims to create an expansive and easily accessible repository of knowledge related to Nigerian literature. The collaborative effort seeks to amplify the metadata associated with Nigerian books and foster a synergistic relationship between WUGN and the National Library. The envisioned outcome is a dynamic and enriched digital resource that contributes significantly to preserving and disseminating Nigeria's literary heritage. The meeting with Prof. Chinwe Anuobi was a pivotal moment in formalizing this partnership, laying the groundwork for a collaborative venture that holds immense potential for promoting Nigerian literature on a global scale. The commitment of both WUGN and the National Library to this ambitious project reflects a shared vision for advancing the accessibility and visibility of Nigeria's literary treasures.
- WUGN Community Support Grant Overview
In the current month under review, we received a noteworthy total of twenty-nine (29) proposals seeking funding from the community. These projects spanned across a diverse range of initiatives, encompassing seventeen (17) states and all five (5) geopolitical zones in Nigeria. This position marked a significant advancement compared to the previous grant cycle, which involved only six (6) states and four (4) geopolitical zones. The surge in submissions indicates a growing and widespread interest in community-driven projects.
The proposals, submitted by both individuals and Networks/clubs, underwent meticulous scrutiny by the Grant Committee. Following days of careful evaluation and a comprehensive three-hour deliberation session on the 21st of August, 2023, twelve (12) projects emerged as successful recipients of the community support grant.
The rigorous selection process ensured that each funded project met and surpassed the criteria set forth by the Grant Committee. The chosen initiatives demonstrated feasibility and impact and aligned seamlessly with the community's overarching goals and values.
This grant cycle signifies a commendable expansion in supported projects' geographical reach and diversity. It underscores the community's commitment to fostering inclusive and impactful initiatives that contribute to the overall growth and development of the Wikimedia movement in Nigeria. The selected projects exemplify the innovative and community-driven spirit that WUGN continues to foster within its network. Detailed report
- Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos
The WPWPNG campaign commenced on August 1st with a virtual launch event held on Zoom, attracting 32 attendees eager to delve into the intricacies of the campaign. This event served as a crucial platform to disseminate comprehensive details about the initiative, covering its objectives, strategies, and anticipated outcomes. For those unable to attend, an event recording is accessible here, ensuring that the campaign's insights remain available to a broader audience.
A noteworthy addition to the campaign's dynamics occurred in the third week when we introduced a banter element. This task involved regularly sharing top contributors' scores every three days, injecting friendly competition and recognition into the community.
As the campaign unfolded, it garnered substantial engagement, resulting in 6,300 edits (+480) across 6,226 pages (+457). These contributions were made by 22 users, with an additional seven contributors joining from Imo state. This event marked a significant milestone, positioning WPWPNG as the second-highest contributor.
The campaign yielded valuable lessons for the community. It highlighted that many English Wikipedia editors within our communities and extensions have fewer than 500 edits, emphasizing the need to encourage and support contributors at various stages of their editing journey. Additionally, realizing that only some feel comfortable contributing to languages beyond English underscores the importance of creating an inclusive environment.
The insights gathered underscore the necessity to initiate an edit ladder within our communities, providing a structured pathway for editors to progress and enhance their skills. Furthermore, the campaign highlighted the significance of expanding our focus beyond English Wikipedia, recognizing the potential for impactful contributions in other language projects.
To maintain visibility and cohesion, monitoring other communities to ensure they use our campaign hashtag is crucial. Additionally, the evaluation process should include tracking our projects and providing timely updates on key metrics at various points in the campaign.This approach enhances transparency and facilitates a more informed assessment of the campaign's progress and impact.
- Wikimania Watch Party Nigeria
Wikimania 2023, a premier annual conference for the Wikimedia Foundation, took place from the 9th to Sunday, August 2023, in the vibrant city of Singapore. The event attracted global participants, including representatives from Nigeria, notably Olaniyan Olushola and Olatunde Isaac, integral members of Wikimedia UG Nigeria's executive team.
The presence of Nigerian delegates at Wikimania 2023 underscored the commitment of the country to the Wikimedia movement and its ongoing efforts to promote free knowledge and collaboration on a global scale. Olaniyan Olushola and Olatunde Isaac, representatives from Wikimedia UG Nigeria, actively participated in discussions, workshops, and sessions during the conference, contributing their insights and experiences to the wider Wikimedia community.
In Nigeria, parallel to the main event in Singapore, we organized a watch party to engage the local Wikimedia community. The party served as a platform for approximately 10 participants to unite, creating a conducive environment for sharing information about the Wikimedia movement and its initiatives. The gathering allowed the Nigerian representatives to showcase the impactful work within the movement, fostering a deeper understanding of Wikimedia's goals and achievements. During the watch party, participants had the opportunity to explore and discuss the diverse projects and activities led by Wikimedia UG Nigeria. This exchange of ideas strengthened the local Wikimedia community and allowed members to connect, collaborate, and learn from one another.
Beyond the informative aspects, the watch party also facilitated a festive atmosphere, enabling attendees to enjoy each other's company while celebrating the shared mission of promoting open knowledge. Such events are crucial in building camaraderie among Wikimedia enthusiasts, fostering a sense of belonging, and inspiring continued dedication to the Wikimedia movement.
In summary, the dual engagement of Nigerian representatives at Wikimania 2023 in Singapore and the local watch party in Nigeria exemplifies the global nature of the Wikimedia movement. These initiatives contribute to the exchange of knowledge and ideas and strengthen the bonds within the Wikimedia community, creating a more robust and interconnected network dedicated to the advancement of free knowledge worldwide.
- Spotlighting of Members who completed PHD program
On the auspicious day of August 18, 2023, we proudly took to all our social channels to extend our heartfelt congratulations to two outstanding community leaders who had recently achieved a significant milestone by completing their Ph.D. programs. Ada Abuezie and Omorodion are shining examples of dedication and academic excellence within the Wikimedia community.
Ada Abuezie, the esteemed Vice President of our network in Anambra, has supported numerous Wikimedia projects within the state. Her unwavering commitment to advancing free knowledge has left an indelible mark on the Anambra Wikimedia landscape. Ada's contributions extend beyond the regional scope, as she has also played a pivotal role in championing the initiatives and endeavors of Wikimedia UG Nigeria. Her leadership and scholarly accomplishments reflect a harmonious blend of academic prowess and a passion for open knowledge.
Omorodion, another distinguished individual we celebrated on this occasion, is an avid contributor and a vocal supporter of Wikimedia Nigeria's impactful initiatives. His consistent and valuable contributions to Wikimedia projects have significantly enriched the digital repository of free knowledge. Omorodion's open advocacy for Wikimedia Nigeria's activities has amplified the reach and impact of the organization, fostering a culture of collaboration and community engagement.
The acknowledgment on our social channels served not only as a recognition of their academic achievements but also as a tribute to their invaluable contributions to the Wikimedia movement. By spotlighting Ada Abuezie and Omorodion, we aimed to inspire others within the community to pursue excellence in their academic and Wikimedia endeavors.
The celebration also allowed the broader Wikimedia community to express gratitude for the dedication and leadership demonstrated by Ada and Omorodion. The online congratulatory messages were met with enthusiastic responses from community members, reinforcing the sense of camaraderie and shared achievement within the Wikimedia network.
In commemorating the academic successes of Ada Abuezie and Omorodion, we celebrated their accomplishments and highlighted the thriving spirit of collaboration and excellence that defines the Wikimedia community in Nigeria. Their achievements serve as a source of inspiration, motivating others to continue their contributions to the global repository of open knowledge.
- Celebrating the New Honorable Minister of Information and National Orientation
On August 21, 2023, we joyously took to all our social channels to extend our warmest congratulations to Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the newly appointed Honorable Minister of Information and National Orientation. Alhaji Idris, an unwavering supporter of our initiatives at Wikimedia Nigeria, has consistently supported our endeavors, making him an indispensable ally in our pursuit of open knowledge.
Alhaji Mohammed Idris played a pivotal role in the official opening of our Wikimedia Nigeria office in July 2023. His active involvement in the inauguration highlighted his commitment to our cause and underscored the importance he places on disseminating free knowledge in Nigeria. As a champion of our mission, Alhaji Idris has provided invaluable support, contributing to the growth and visibility of Wikimedia Nigeria.
The elevation of Alhaji Mohammed Idris to the esteemed position of Minister of Information and National Orientation holds immense promise for fostering a robust and harmonious relationship between Wikimedia Nigeria and the federal government. His deep understanding of our organization's goals and his influence within the government positions him as a key advocate for promoting open knowledge on a national scale.
The official acknowledgment on our social channels not only celebrated Alhaji Idris's new role but also recognized his instrumental role in establishing our office. The congratulatory message was met with enthusiastic responses from the Wikimedia community, reflecting a shared pride in identifying one of our staunch supporters.
Alhaji Mohammed Idris's tenure as the Minister of Information and National Orientation will provide an opportunity for enhanced collaboration and dialogue between Wikimedia Nigeria and the federal government. This partnership can amplify our initiatives' impact, facilitating the seamless exchange of information and knowledge dissemination on a broader, national scale.
In celebrating Alhaji Idris's appointment, we look forward to a future characterized by increased cooperation, mutual understanding, and a shared commitment to advancing the cause of open knowledge in Nigeria. The alignment of our goals with the vision of the new Minister of Information marks a significant step forward in our collective journey toward a more informed and interconnected society.
- Meeting with WMF Grant Resource Team
On the 23rd of August 2023, representatives from Wikimedia Nigeria, including Olaniyan Olushola, Ayokanmi Oyeyemi, Olatunde Isaac, and Omalayo Ogunsiji, convened for a pivotal meeting with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) resources team.
The primary objective of this gathering was to provide a comprehensive overview of the core projects undertaken by Wikimedia Nigeria over the past six months, with a particular emphasis on highlighting standout initiatives. The essence of this collaborative meeting was to foster a culture of shared learning among different affiliates, enabling them to leverage each other's experiences, successes, and challenges.
During the meeting, the Wikimedia Nigeria team meticulously detailed the intricacies and achievements of their recent projects. By thoroughly analyzing the initiatives undertaken, they aimed to offer valuable insights into the strategies employed, lessons learned, and the overall impact on the Wikimedia movement in Nigeria. This transparent and in-depth review served as an accountability measure and a rich source of information for other affiliates seeking inspiration and guidance in their projects.
The collaborative spirit of the meeting extended beyond merely showcasing successes. Wikimedia Nigeria openly discussed projects that faced challenges or did not meet their intended objectives. This candid exchange of experiences created an environment of shared vulnerability and, in turn, facilitated an atmosphere conducive to collective problem-solving. The essence of sharing successes and setbacks was enabling affiliates to learn not only from what worked well but also from the valuable lessons inherent in projects that encountered difficulties.
The meeting also served as a platform for networking and relationship-building among representatives from Wikimedia Nigeria and the WMF resources team. The session aimed to strengthen the ties between local affiliates and the broader Wikimedia Foundation, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.
The meeting exemplified the collaborative spirit that underpins the Wikimedia movement by fostering an environment where different affiliates can learn from one another. The exchange of knowledge and experiences is integral to improving and evolving projects within the global Wikimedia community.
As a result of this meeting, Wikimedia Nigeria and other affiliates were better positioned to leverage shared wisdom, ultimately contributing to the growth and success of the broader Wikimedia ecosystem.
- Powering emerging community in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
On the 30th of August, a significant virtual gathering took place as Wikimedia Nigeria hosted a meeting and training session to engage librarians and residents from Plateau state who expressed a keen interest in joining the Wikimedia movement and initiating a local community. The event, which featured representatives including Ayokanmi Oyeyemi, Olushola Olaniyan, and Omolayo Ogunsiji, centered around the importance of community building and provided detailed training on how individuals could actively contribute to Wikimedia projects. The meeting, conducted in a virtual format, emphasized communities' pivotal role in advancing the Wikimedia mission. We guided attendees through establishing and sustaining a vibrant local community, focusing on collaboration, knowledge sharing, and collective contribution to Wikimedia projects. We entrusted the leadership of the Plateau state community to Nangshi, a dedicated librarian with a passion for promoting open knowledge in the region. Dr. Nkem Osuigwe, recognized as the 2022 Newcomer Wikimedian of the Year, provides valuable guidance and mentorship to the community. Dr. Osuigwe's expertise and experience serve as a beacon for the Plateau state community, offering valuable insights into effective community engagement and project implementation. During the training session, 31 participants actively participated in discussions and activities. Their enthusiastic participation underscored the eagerness within the Plateau state region to contribute to the Wikimedia movement. Attendees expressed gratitude to Wikimedia Nigeria for recognizing the importance of establishing a community in their area and providing the necessary support and training. The training covered various topics, including editing Wikimedia projects, understanding the community guidelines, and fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment. We equipped the participants with the knowledge and skills to contribute to Wikimedia platforms. The event not only marked the initiation of a new community but also highlighted the commitment of Wikimedia Nigeria to extend its reach and support to regions eager to embrace the values of free knowledge and collaboration. As the Plateau state community takes its initial steps, there is a sense of anticipation and excitement for the positive impact it can make in fostering a culture of open knowledge within the local context. This training session is a testament to Wikimedia Nigeria's dedication to grassroots engagement and the growth of the Wikimedia movement on a regional level.
- Wikimedia UG Nigeria Community Support Fund Grant- Roadmap (April-September 2023)
In its continuous commitment to fostering the growth of the Wikimedia movement in Nigeria, Wikimedia User Group (UG) Nigeria proudly presents the Community Support Fund Grant Roadmap, outlining strategic initiatives and endeavors from April to September 2023.
The Community Support Funds program, an initiative conceptualized and implemented by Wikimedia UG Nigeria, is designed to provide financial support to mission-aligned organizations, individual members of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, as well as networks, fan clubs, and organized groups actively contributing to various Wikimedia projects, including but not limited to Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons. With a budget range from NGN 50,000 to NGN 425,000, the program aims to empower and enable these entities to execute impactful projects throughout the year.
To enhance the effectiveness and reach of the Community Support Funds program, Wikimedia UG Nigeria made strategic functional enhancements in April. Key among these was recruiting new staff and reinforcing the community-led group to administer activities related to the community grant application process efficiently. This augmentation in personnel has contributed to streamlining the application process, ensuring transparency, and expediting the review and approval procedures.
Recognizing the critical role of a robust review mechanism, Wikimedia UG Nigeria established a dedicated committee to assess and evaluate the grant applications. The committee, comprising experienced and knowledgeable individuals within the Wikimedia community, ensures that the allocated funds are directed towards initiatives that align with the Wikimedia movement's mission and objectives. The group has proactively supervised the committee's activities, promoting accountability and adherence to stipulated guidelines.
As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, Wikimedia UG Nigeria is pleased to present its comprehensive management report from April to September 2023. This report encompasses an overview of activities undertaken, achievements, challenges faced, and the impact of the Community Support Funds program on the Nigerian Wikimedia community. The information is a testament to the group's dedication to effective project management and sustainable community development.
As Wikimedia UG Nigeria continues to evolve and expand its footprint in the Nigerian Wikimedia landscape, the Community Support Fund Grant Roadmap stands as a testament to its unwavering commitment to empowering and supporting individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing the Wikimedia mission in Nigeria.
- WUGN Training the Trainers Iniative (North East)
The Train the Trainers Northeast(TTNE) edition held on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2023 in Gombe was a resounding success and a remarkable event. The third iteration of TTTNE featured a comprehensive training program that attracted 22 highly qualified applicants from six states. We assigned training sessions to participants to improve the skills and knowledge of the participants, equipping them with the necessary tools and techniques to become effective trainers in their respective fields. The program covered various topics and included interactive sessions, group discussions, and practical exercises that enabled the participants to apply the concepts learned. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to participate in such a valuable and impactful program. Overall, the "TTTNE" was an outstanding event that served as a testament to the commitment and dedication of the organizers to promote excellence in training and development.
- Naija Office Hours (September edition)
The September edition of the Naija Office Hours featured Asaf Bartov, is an experienced Wikimedia, he contributes to Hebrew Wikipedia and Wikidata. He's involved in the Wiki Learn Online Project, and has worked as program officer with WMF, and Dumisani Ndubane is an activist Wikipedian volunteer involved in community resilience and sustainability and has a current role in the Global Data and Insights Team. The edition tend to introduce the African Growth Led initiative organised by WMF and led by the duo and conversation on how to improved user retention in the continent. See more details here
- WUGN 8th Anniversary
On the 16th of September, 2023, Wikimedia UG Nigeria celebrated its 8th anniversary in a hybrid event that included online and offline participants. The event was a 3-in-1 celebration that marked the group's achievements in the past eight years. The celebration was filled with fun activities and goodwill messages from members and partners of the organization. During the event, attendees were treated to refreshments, and other fun activities made the celebration memorable. The online attendees also had the opportunity to participate in the celebration as the event was streamed live. The festival was a great way to honor the hard work and dedication of the members of Wikimedia UG Nigeria. One of the celebration's highlights was the goodwill message from Dumisami Ndubane, who congratulated the group and praised them for being one of the most productive affiliates in Africa with lots of tremendous projects. The well-received announcement motivated the members to continue their good work. Overall, the 8th-anniversary celebration of Wikimedia UG Nigeria was a fun-filled and memorable event that brought together members and partners of the organization to celebrate their achievements and plan for the future.
- Unveil winners of Wiki Loves Africa 2023 Campaign
We announced the winners of the Wiki Loves Africa 2023 campaign to celebrate the country's outstanding performance with four winners, including the overall winner, out of the seven winners. The event featured the presence of photographers from LASPPAN and PCRIC. Wilson, a representative of Wiki Loves Africa, opened the program with remarks, declaring Nigeria the country to beat for Wiki Loves events. We acknowledge the steadfastness of the Jury members during the program with plaques. The WLA metrics revealed impressive statistics, with Nigeria contributing the highest number of images (3293) in Africa, surpassing the next country with 1793 images. A total of 182 participants uploaded photos, and 84 participants registered new accounts during the contest. The winners of Wiki Loves Africa in Nigeria are as follows:
- Hansel Ohioma - First Place
- Sadiq Mustapha - Second Place
- Abdullahi Abubakar - Third Place
- Mamman AA - Most Number of Photos Contributed
This achievement marks the first time a Nigerian contestant has won the best picture for Wiki Loves Africa, further solidifying Nigeria's prominence in the Wiki Loves community.
- Signing MOU with PCRIC
We started this fiscal year with one main focus: switching from quantity in our photography contest to quality and creating a formidable community of photographers contributing to Wikimedia projects.
To actualize this, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Photography Chatroom International Club, a foremost photography club with extensions in several states in the country. The concept of the MOU is to integrate photographers in contributing to the Wikimedia projects and support photographers in Nigeria.
On September 30th, we had representatives of PCRIC in the person of Gaspo and Peter Odinayo; also, WUGN had Shola Olaniyan, Ayokanmi Oyeyemi, and Kayode Yusuf as we signed the MOU.
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