Grants:Project/Rapid/Dfertileplain/Black History Month Edit-a-thon and training

Dfertileplain/Black History Month Edit-a-thon and training.
Black History Month is celebrated annually in February, to commemorate the history of the African diaspora; so this project is set to create a Wikipedia edit-a-thon with trainings so more contents about Black History can be added to Wikipedia. This is in collaboration with TechPoint Africa:"a digital media company that amplifies Africa/Black voices" to curate more contents about Nigerians and Blacks into Wikipedia
targetEnglish Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons
start dateApril 3
start year2022
end dateJune 15
end year2022
budget (local currency)713,400 Nigerian Naira
budget (USD)$1,740
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• sejindu(_AT_)

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed. You can add details to each goal.

  1. Add or improve content for notable black persons who are deficient on Wikipedia.
  2. Encourage existing editors to spend time focusing on these articles for artists of color
  3. Recruit new editors of color
  4. Increase skills for existing editors.
  5. Add or improve content

Project PlanEdit


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?

We plan to host one training + editathon in association with the Techpoint Africa on Saturday, April 9. This event will also be part of the community exhibition on Nigerians and in diaspora who had made great technology impacts.

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.

In addition to posting the event on the discussion page of Wikimedia Nigeria User group and posting to social media. We will also send invites to various individuals.
This will be the first Black History Month editathons in Lagos, Nigeria

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

I will lead on this project as i have experience in editing Wikipedia.

We also have experienced editors like Kambai Akau and Medi Ashioma

I feel equipped to give guidance to editors with the participants that are currently committed, and we are reaching out to the Nigeria Wikimedia Usergroups to confirm that other experienced editors who can provide detailed and comprehensive support are available.

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

This editathon will be designed to offer support for participants without prior knowledge of Wikipedia. The event schedule will emphasize recruiting and training new editors, with focus on Tech areas, providing resources and fact sheets with citations for simple edits and providing a list of existing articles to be improved.
Participants will also be be advice to come with their personal computer.

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

Participants will be added to a telegram group, which will notify them about events and program in the future, including future editathons if this one is a success. To determine impact and interest, participants will also be given a post-event survey, in which they will be asked to rate their previous familiarity with Wiki(p/m)edia, gender representation in Black history, and the research resources available at this and other local institutions.

6. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

Yes, here

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

This event will simply celebrate Black History month and ensure more contents Black history are available on Wikipedia.


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

We anticipate at least fifteen students from the partnering educational institutions to attend as participants, with additional participants from the general public. We will consider the event a success if we have reached fifteen new editors and created or improved fifteen articles relating to artists with marginalized gender identities.
  1. Number of events: 2
  2. Number of participants: 25-30
  3. Number of new editors: 15
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 50
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): n/a


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).

The venue and Wi-Fi will be provided by the event host and Partner: Techpoint Africa.
Experienced editors from Wikimedia Usergroup Nigeria

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

  • Food and drinks: $15 X 30 X 2days: $900
  • Marketing (printing posters, flyers): $110
  • Marketing (paid social media): $70
  • Wholesale cost of prizes to recognize exceptional contributors/volunteers (five t-shirts; five Mugs): $130
  • Low cost stickers for participants: $95
  • Internet support (for organizer & participants during the workshop and contest)= $180
  • Hand Sanitizer & Nose masks = $60
  • Rental cost of laptops as backups (four laptops @ $25/each daily from Kanye Street Computers): $200
  • Miscellaneous supplies (printing fact sheets, name tags, providing pencils and paper for notetaking, etc.): $55

Total: $1,740


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