Grants:Project/Rapid/Celestinesucess/Twi Wikipedia Translatathon

Celestinesucess/Twi Wikipedia Translatathon
tw.wikipedia only has 607 articles and there are less then 10 active users. We want to translate articles from en.wikipedia to tw.wikipedia and a good tool for this is Content Translation We would like to invite new potential editors of Twi Wikipedia, native speakers that could become members of the Ghanaian community. On 3 Saturdays in September we would like to teach a 30 Twi speakers on how to use Content Translation to translate articles into Twi and publish them on the Twi Wikipedia.
start date1 October 30 March
end date14 November 1st June
budget (local currency)7,760 GHS 4788.41 GHS
budget (USD)1,696.35 US$ 917 US$
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• ursulazage(_AT_)

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Project Goal

  • Increase content and editors of the Twi Wikipedia by adding 50 new articles and 10 new editors.

Project Plan




Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

3 edit-a-thons

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

Notifications have been posted on:
  • Wikimedia Ghana Usergroup mailing list
  • Wikimedians of Africa mailing list

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

  • Zita Ursula Zage (User:Celestinesucess), facilitator - an experienced editor who has lead activities in Ghana for almost three years. Will coordinate the entire project.
  • Rexford Nkansah (User:Nkansahrexford), facilitator - an experienced Twi Wikipedia editor and a native speaker of Twi. He was the first African Wikimedian in Residence.
  • Sadik Shahadu (User:Shahadusadik), Communications - an experienced editor and Open Advocate. Will be in charge of communications.
  • Harriet Bayel (User:Mwintirew), logistics - an experienced editor who has lead several activities in Ghana. Will be in charge of Logistics.
  • Mohammed Abdulai (User:Masssly), advisor - a long time Wikimedian from the Wikimedia Ghana Usergroup with vast experience with topics concerning northern Ghana. Has agreed to advice the team and provide support.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Participants will be required to bring their own laptops. We would provide Wikipedia training to the participants

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

Participants will be engaged through a Whatsapp group and through a mentoring program.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The Wikipedia in the Twi language (tw.wikipedia) only has 607 articles and there are less then 10 active users, although according to around 58% of Ghana's population speak Twi as well as as around 30% of those who are in Ivory Coast. An easy way to change that would be to translate articles from en.wikipedia to tw.wikipedia and a good tool for this is Content Translation.
We would like to invite new potential editors of Twi Wikipedia, native speakers that could become members of the Ghanaian community. The Impact Hub Accra is an internet co-working space that could host edit-a-thons. On 3 Saturdays in October we would like to teach 30 Twi speakers on how to use translatewiki to translate articles into Twi and publish them on the Twi Wikipedia. These 30 Twi spekers will be invited for three weekends. This is needed to give Twi Wikipedia a start.



How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events: 3
  2. Number of participants: 30 10 - 15
  3. Number of new editors: 10
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 50
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)



What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  • 3x Room rental at Impact Hub Accra - 810 GHS = 170.02 US$
  • 3x Internet traffice at Impact Hub - 800 GHS = 167.92 US$
  • Feeding and water for 3 events (~10USD/day) - 3,600 GHS = 755.64 US$ 251.88 US$
  • 5x Team Management (Transport to venue for organizers and call cost) - 800 GHS = 167.92 US$
  • 5x transportation for Event participants - 60 cedis per head - GHS 300 - $54.31
  • Social media advertisement - 200 GHS = 41.98 US$
  • Printing materials (pins and stickers) - 300 GHS = 62.97 US$
  • Total: 917 US$


  • Work Smart Limited - This I.T company is offering to design a flyer and a video for us to help promote this project. They are also offering to rent us five laptops.



Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • The organizer reached out to me and other experienced Wikimedians to get help organizing this project. I am confident that the event will be a success and that the expected outcomes will be achieved. It is important to support the development of smaller Wikipedias. I fully endorse this request, Amqui (talk) 17:41, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Great project , the Twi Wikipedia definitely needs improvement. I endorse this project and would love to be a part of this.TereseB (talk) 19:04, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I have met all 5 involved organizers in person and can vouch for their dedication and experience. It's time that something is done to help tw.wikipedia and this sounds like a sound start. --Gereon K. (talk) 19:16, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • This project is very good because it will help the people twi find their places on Wikipedia. I support the project. Modjou (talk) 19:40, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I fully endorsed this project. It will be not only improve the tw.wikipedia but the fact that volunteers will be contributing to Wikipedia in their own language makes this project so special. l am looking forward to contributing to this project. Shahadusadik (talk) 20:31, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Because of the leadership and premise of this project Shanluan (talk) 19:52, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • As one of the representative of an other indigenous language I support this proposal. --Reda Kerbouche (talk) 21:59, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I strongly support this initiative. It's step closer towards making the sum of all knowledge available in every language. --African Hope (talk) 22:18, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
  • To enable her have much resource for her project. Amuzujoe (talk) 00:45, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Therefor I support this projet Amuzujoe (talk) 00:50, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I support this project because it help get much of the Two content onto Wekimedia. I therefore support this project. Amuzujoe (talk) 01:08, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  • I support the project proposal and effort. Also have a couple of questions re how it will relate to Do any editors work on both (since as I understand it Akan and Twi are very close)? Could articles composed or translated for one be rapidly translated into the other (idea being to get that much more value for your work)? --A12n (talk) 02:11, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
Answer can be found on the talk page. --Gereon K. (talk) 11:22, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support African languages Wikipedia need urgent attention. I believe this project will be net positive to Twi language Wikipedia. T Cells (talk) 02:14, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support African languages on Wikipedia really needs some serious special attention. And this project to me is a step in the right direction. Chabota (talk) 06:40, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I support this project, African languages need serious attention, for more translation and development into Wikimedia projects.Great11 (talk) 08:17, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I support this project. It's time to see African languages soar Kayusyussuf (talk) 09:04, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Strong support Among the objectives of the ongoing Wikimedia strategy consultations is to increase diversity and participation from minority communities. This project's outcome fits perfectly with that objective. —M@sssly 09:23, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Superb Initiative to promote African languages. I support Abdallahbigboy (talk) 10:30, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I support this initiative to promote African languages. --Yamen (talk) 14:20, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Strong supportThis is a step to solving the misrepresentation of African languages on Wikimedia project.Mwintirew (talk) 18:15, 4 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Initiatives to improve local language wikis is always a welcome idea! Goodluck with this!--Jamie Tubers (talk) 00:36, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support In my professional Wikimedia capacity, I am a member of the team that developed Content Translation, so I am in a bit of a conflict of interest. That said, Content Translation was made precisely with this kind of events in mind, so I support the idea. Even though English is the official language of Ghana, not everybody actually knows it, and making more knowledge accessible in the common local language is highly desirable. I strongly recommend that the organizers collect and publish information about the event: not only the list of translated articles, but also the various problems the they and the participants encountered—software bugs, translation difficulties, logistical challenges, and so on. There should be more events like this all around the world, and recording the experience and the feedback will be useful for organizing them in the future and for improving the tools. Finally, I should mention that I met the person who made the proposal at Wikimania, and I was positively impressed by her ability to translate to her language, and to organize her work, so I am confident that she can organize this event well. --Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 08:24, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Strong support Initiatives to improve and highlight local languages in the wikis are very much welcomed and this particular one in Twi is the beginning of greater things to happen.A master plan well thought of.I welcome this idea! Goodluck with this! Roysandytei (talk) 18:30,5 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I mean, don't we want to bridge the gaps in as many languages as possible? Hurray, here is a good initiative to get articles into Twi to help native speakers in Ghana and yes, I definitely have met a few of those involved in person and have confidence that they can do this. I'm endorsing this and saying kudos to the organizers of the translatathon, keep it up! --Alangi Derick (talk) 11:02, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support This seems to be an interesting project, i fully support this request.. ː) Mompati Dikunwane
  •   Support I support fully this project. Making content available in all languages is one of the strategic goals of Wikimedia, and many people in Ghana do not speak English. Offering them the possibility to access knowledge in Twi is amazing, and this project will open the doors to enrich the content and have hopefully more editors.Anass Sedrati (talk) 17:00, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Because i think we need for Twi content on Wikipedia to help people who want take up Twi projects in Ghana Afroprogrammer (talk) 22:54, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support --Nkansahrexford (talk) 16:03, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Although small numbers of speakers only, pageviews show considerable interest Kipala (talk) 11:06, 8 May 2019 (UTC)


  • Volunteer I am very proficient in Twi and fante language. I studied the fante Language in Junior high school and in senior high school i studied Twi. i Give Twi public talks every month so i think i can help with the translation of content to Twi language Afroprogrammer (talk) 22:57, 13 August 2018 (UTC)