Grants:Project/Rapid/Oludegun/Building Naijá Wikipedia Community+Edit-athon

Oludegun/Building Naijá Wikipedia Community+Edit-athon.
Naijá (also known as pidgin English) is a language widely spoken in Nigeria and one of the most popular languages. The BBC News Currently exists in Naijá.

According to BBC News, up to 75 million people in Nigeria alone speaks this language- about half the population. Although, there are three major local languages in Nigeria with Wikimedia affiliates; Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. Yet, Pidgin English is the only unified language among the Nigerians and its neighbourhood West African countries. It is known as the Lingua Franca of the West African countries.

Yesterday, 4th of October 2021, members of the Wikimedia communities in Nigeria decided to start a community that will promote, and develop the Naijá Wikipedia. Over 30 experienced members joined the group within one day of its public announcement.
start date9 November
start year2021
end date25th November 25 January 26 February
end year2021 2022
budget (local currency)NGN 823,537
budget (USD)$2000
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• ayinla_jay(_AT_)

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Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors for naijá wikipedia
  2. Translate the interface of naijá Wikipedia from English to naijá language
  3. Engage existing volunteers
  4. Increase naijá contents in incubator

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?

One Training + One edit-a-thons

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

As mentioned above we have created a whatsapp group for this purpose and conversation as stared earnest for the planning of this event.
The Nigerian community has been informed about this project on item 65 on the talk page Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, see the link here
It was also announce on the Planning Naijá Wikimedians User Group

3. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

I have informed the Nigerian community via the Useer group's talkpage on meta
The Naija Wikimedia community whatsapp group and meta page

4. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

Agbalagba- Facilitator
Oludegun- Coordinator
T Cells- Facilitator
Olaniyan Olushola-Facilitattor

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

Yes, participants have equipment and skills to participate.

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

As mentioned above, we have started a whatsapp group for mentoring and conversation after the proposed two-day edit-a-thon+training.

7. 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, see the link here

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

Some institutions like Radio Nigeria 1 and Grajos 98.3FM Lagos focused on promoting Pidgin English in Nigeria are interested in partnering with us on this project.


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

  1. Number of events 2
  2. Number of participants= 25per event
  3. Number of new editors for the Naija project= 25
  4. Number of of articles created or improved= 20
  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).

Agbalagba- Facilitator
Oludegun- Coordinator
T Cells- Facilitator
Olaniyan Olushola-Facilitattor

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

Venue= USD125x2= $250
Refreshment=$12*60= $720
Local Travels ( Facilitators)= 4*$50=$200
Internet Data 120G = $50
Alternate Power Supply=$50
Public Address System=$50
Data for participants ( subsidies)=$200
Naija Wiki- Franchise= $200


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  •   Strong support . This is one of the biggest language in Nigeria, spoken in many Afrcan coutries. I was thrilled with the level of support and acceptance by the Wikimedia community in Nigeria. I'd be available to support this project. T CellsTalk 16:45, 5 October 2021 (UTC)
  •   Strong support "Pidging" popularly called broken English is a widely spoken alternative language by Nigerians and other neighboring countries in Africa. This is a good step towards diversity and inclusion of African languages. This will interest and also give opportunity for vast number of people who find it hard to write in their local languages to contribute to Wikipedia in pidging English. Kudos to the team for this initiative.Agbalagba TC 19:23, 5 October 2021 (UTC)
  •   Strong support Pidgin English is a very popular language in Nigeria and it is widely spoken among Nigerians from different ethnic groups. I believe this project has great priceless future value, especially in the area of promoting inclusiveness. I therefore voice my support for this project. Omorodion1 (talk) 20:18, 5 October 2021 (UTC)
  • It will allow inclusiveness for pigin writers across the country. 20:21, 5 October 2021 (UTC)
  • The session would promote inclusiveness for the pigin speakers and writers across the country. Mrnyben1313 (talk) 20:27, 5 October 2021 (UTC)

  Support This is long overdue. Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 19:18, 6 October 2021 (UTC)

  • This will enable creation and translation of contents in Naija Pidgin English thereby contributing to open source knowledge. Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 21:01, 6 October 2021 (UTC)
  • This laudable project as it is an intervention that will help in preserving the language of a people. Zend2020 (talk) 04:50, 7 October 2021 (UTC)
  •   Strong support This is a very nice project as pidgin is one of the most spoken language in Nigeria. Looking forward to this.

Lordgentual (talk) 14:59, 7 October 2021 (UTC)