Africa Wiki Challenge 2021

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Africa Wiki Challenge runs from May 23rd to June 30th 2021. Join the Campaign!

The Africa Wiki Challenge is an online campaign that is aimed at generating African-related content on Wikipedia.The theme for the maiden edition of the contest was Landmarks in Africa. The competition was held from 23rd May to June 30th 2021. The annual competition aims to improve the statistics of content about Africa on Wikipedia and its sister projects.

The theme, Landmarks in Africa solicited written content on the many landmarks that covered historical, cultural, geographical and places of national significance to any country on the African continent. The campaign also encouraged the visualisation of these articles by adding/uploading photos, audios or videos. Such items or landmarks of interest include:

  • Monuments - Statues, Memorials, Historic buildings, Archaeological sites, etc.
  • National Demarcations - Districts, Municipalities, Metropolitan, Regions, States, etc.
  • Geographical Endowments - Mountains, Valleys, Forests, Waterfalls, Wildlife Reserves, Beaches, etc.
  • Infrastructural Developments - Roads, Hospitals, Churches, Mosques, Schools, Rails, Water parks, Hotels, Theme parks, etc.

Currently, only about 5% of the content on English Wikipedia is about Africa. There are more than 4000 articles related to Landmarks in Africa on Wikipedia, majority of which are stubs. While the competition is aimed at getting entries that help create articles for uncovered landmarks on Wikipedia, there's a stub elimination contest to "blast away" as many of the 4,000+ African Landmark stubs as possible!

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IMPORTANT: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this campaign will be fully virtual. Please note that the threat of contracting COVID-19 is still present globally and we encourage participants to exercise EXTREME CAUTION. Do not attend in-person events or take photographs anywhere without a mask. We would prefer that you use images from your archive or as you go about your daily practices. Please do not place yourself (or any person with you) at risk or in danger. #staysafe.

Do you want to join our campaign in 2022, check out our 2022 plan for AWC and other programs at OFWA