Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania

Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania is an officially recognized user group of Wikimedia projects contributors who have been meeting in Dar es salaam since January 2017 serving to extend the reach of Wikimedia activities in the country. The aim of this group is establishing the presence of the Wikimedia Movement in Tanzania as well as creating awareness of Wikimedia projects to Tanzanians, editing and adding contents to Wikimedia projects on SwahiliWiki (swwiki) and EnglishWiki (enwiki). Also the group serves on recruiting and training people on how they can be a part of Wikimedia through editing and adding contents to Wikipedia and its sister projects. The group deals with both Kiswahili and English wikis with much focus on SwahiliWiki. The group also plays the roles of hosting different events such as Editathons and Workshops that seeks to extend and improve the reach of Wikimedia projects to Tanzanians and elsewhere when needed.

Wikimedia Community
User Group

LocationFlag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania
Country codeTZ
Approval date14 May 2018
Official language(s)Swahili , English
Wiki Loves Women Finale Day in 2019
An editathon in Dar es Salaam in June 2018
An editathon in Dar es Salaam in July 2017
Tanzanian women cultivating seaweeds. Winner of the 2017 Wiki Loves Africa contest. See this photo essay for more information on the topic.
A boy engaged in Kiduku dance. Winner of Wiki Loves Africa 2016.
Preparing a nutmeg. Winner of Wiki Loves Africa 2014.


  • To promote the use of Wikimedia projects to people in Tanzania.
  • To help people in Tanzania learn how to contribute to Wikimedia projects
  • To expand the SwahiliWiki in terms of its contents.
  • Generally to add Tanzania related contents to Wikipedia and sister projects.
  • To establish the presence of Wikimedia in Tanzania.
  • To serve as a contact for Wikimedia projects in Tanzania.
  • To conduct Wikipedia weekly meetups and grow a community from Tanzania.

Proposed ActivitiesEdit

  • Organizing Wikipedia edit-a-thons in Tanzania.
  • Promote editing of contents on Wikimedia projects that relates to Tanzania and neighboring countries.
  • Training Tanzanians on how they can contribute to Wikimedia projects.
  • Participating in Wiki Loves Activities.
  • Creating partners to extend the course of Wikimedia in Tanzania.


The idea of starting a Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania was initially introduced by Jack Rabah on July 2016 when he met two Wikipedia enthusiasts Antoni Mtavangu and Paul Mandele during 360 Series event at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Tanzania . Rabah connected these two people to several Wikipedians including Felix Nartey from Ghana who facilitated much to conduct remote training on the important and basic things to be done to start a user group. The local country coordinators succeed to recruit at least 15 volunteers who joined to form the group. Later Rabah introduced Ingo Koll of the swwiki Admin-team to the group. Ingo played a great role in providing edit training on SwahiliWiki, and conducted several workshops as he got the chance to come to Tanzania in 2017. The combined efforts of those people yielded to the first Wikipedia editathon that was held on 7th July 2017 with the goal of Adding Wikipedia contents on Swahiliwiki.

Events and ProjectsEdit

Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania has succeed to participate in several events including the following:-


A photo by Daniel Msirikale, the only Tanzanian and African photo that secured 11th position among the top 15 best Wikiloves Earth 2020 photos.
Group discussion during WM2030 Movement strategy salon in Dar es Salaam on 06th July 2019
  1. Wikipedia editathon-7th July 2017 (adding Wikipedia contents on Swahiliwiki)
  2. WikiWomenTz (WikiGap) Workshop -3rd Feb 2018 (Training women how to contribute to Wikimedia projects especially Wikipedia)
  3. WikiWomenTz (WikiGap) editathon-8th March 2018 (Writing about notable Women in Tanzania)
  4. Wikipedia Editathon 2018 -June 20,2018 (Creating Wikipedia awareness to Tanzanian community
  5. Launch of Wiki Loves Women Project in Tanzania (08 September 2018)| Here
  6. Wiki Loves Monuments-Tanzania (September 2018)
  7. Wiki Loves Women Tanzania Women in Politics (20 October 2018) | Here
  8. Tanzanian Women in Wikidata and Cinema (17 Nov 2018) [1]
  9. ASSAT editathon 24 November 2018 (Preparation of Swahili Astronomical dictionary in collaboration with the department of Swahili Language from University of Dar es Salaam) [2]
  10. Tanzanian Women in Wikidata and Cinema-I (01 December 2018) [3]
  11. Wiki Loves Women Workshop and Editathon-Tanzania 15.12.2018 [4]
  12. Wikicommons Editathon (12.01.2019) | Here
  13. Wikieditors vs Notable Women Wikieditors (26.01.2019) Here
  14. Launch of Wiki Loves Africa Contest in Tanzania (04.02.2019)
  15. WLA Photo hunts (11.02.2019 & 17.02.2019)
  16. Wiki Loves Women & WikiWomenTz(WikiGap) Even at the residence of the Swedish ambassador in Tanzania (7th March 2019)
  17. Wiki Loves Women-Tanzania ̈(8th Event) (March 2019)
  18. ART&FEMINISM EVENT (March 2019) (was done on 4 April 2019)
  19. Wiki Loves Women-Tanzania ̈9th WLW Event (6 April 2019)-Her 2 Her Chat between Tanzania notable Women and Tanzanian Wikimedians
  20. AStronomy Editathon ( 11 April 2019)-Updating latest Swahili vocabularies in Swahili Wikipedia
  21. East Africa Training Workshop (by Woubzena Jifar & Asaf Bartov) 12th April to 14 April 2019-Dar es Salaam Tanzania
  22. WLW Finale (10th event) on 30th April 2019-Concluding event in the series of 10 WLW events in Tanzania for 2018/2019.
  23. Astronomy Photo selection event
  24. Wikimedia 2030ːMovement strategy salon in Dar es salaam, Tanzania 6th July 2019
  25. Youth Strategy Salon in Tanzania (03rd August 2019)
  26. East Africa Strategy Salon in UGANDA (06th-08th Sept 2019)
  27. Wiki Loves Africa 2020 in Tanzania
  28. Wiki Loves Earth 2020 in Tanzania (01st July to 31st July)
  29. Wikipedia pages Wanting Photos WPWP 2020 in Tanzania (15th July 2020 to 15th August 2020)

Ongoing projects/programmesEdit

Told Cities 2021 in TanzaniaEdit

Told Cities 2021 in Tanzania project will be an online edit-a-thon that aims to create,edit and improve content about the African (especially Tanzanian) heritage buildings and museums that are recognized by UNESCO on Swahili Wikipedia, English Wikipedia and Wikidata. We have applied for a rapid grant to host this online editatathon for all participants who will be interested in to be part of this project. Feel free to review and endorse the rapid grant proposal.The event is expected to be done on March 2021 and more information will be provided in our social media channels including Signal group.

Feminism and Folklore 2021 in TanzaniaEdit

Feminism and Folklore 2021 in Tanzania will be part of an international writing contest organized at Wikipedia annually in the month of February and March to document folk cultures and women in folklore in different regions of the world on Swahili Wikipedia. Feel free to review and endorse the rapid grant proposalThis Project is contest will have local prizes and will run for a one month long period from 1st March to 31st March 2020, and more information will be provided in our social media channels including Signal group.


Wiki Loves Africa 2021 in TanzaniaEdit

WLA 2021 in Tanzania banner

Wiki Loves Africa 2021 in Tanzania is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute media that relates Health + Wellness theme to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa in 2021 encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate the Health + Wellnesstheme for this year 2021. The 2021 competition started on 15th February 2021 and closes on 15th of April 2021, however in Tanzania the contest will be officilly launched on 01st April 2021 and will end on 30th April 2021. Inline with that we have applied for a rapid grant, we encourage the members to feel free endorsing it.

Future PlansEdit

  • To conduct more editathons and workshops which seek to create awareness of Wikimedia projects on Tanzania.
  • To participate in different global Wikimedia projects such as Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikiloves Women, Wiki Loves Earth, etc.
  • To become an Organizational entity (Chapter)
  • To form the East Africa Wiki Community
  • To find more partners for the group to have capacity of implementing more projects


  1. Paul Mandele
  2. Eid John
  3. Emmanuel Mangu
  4. Alfredina Manila
  5. Edwin Bakalemwa
  6. Otto Nyongole
  7. Fakii Soloka
  8. Matinde John
  9. Amandus N Luhazi
  10. Vitus Kalugendo
  11. Stella Angelo
  12. Hebron Geofrey
  13. Mwanaharusi Seleman
  14. Habib Mrisho
  15. Robert Kamunde
  16. Clement Makangabila
  17. Pellagia Njau
  18. Glory Jonathan
  19. Ally Hashimu Kiliwasha
  20. Mwinuka Stella
  21. Catherine Kisanga
  22. Fredrick James Musalika
  23. Maryam Mgonja
  24. Aneth David
  25. BlessNathan
  26. David Nanage
  27. Jackline Mfuse
  28. Deovolente Mtavangu
  29. Dennis Kibahila
  30. Eliatosha Kwizera
  31. Dominic Deusdedith
  32. Antoni Mtavangu
  33. Filbert Akaro
  34. Bennett Benedict
  35. Evans Exaud
  36. Aristarik Maro
  37. Samwel Lawrence Lyimo
  38. Magoiga Mtatiro
  39. Issa Mkwawa
  40. Alex Method
  41. Rollando Mkolwe
  42. Salvatory Starson
  43. Elizabeth Chamle
  44. Benson Muite
  45. Ester Foi
  46. Kaanaeli Kaale
  47. Erasmus Rukantabula

How to joinEdit

The group invites persons or people who are willing to join Wikimedia projects movement in Tanzania.You can join the community by sending your membership request to or you can reach us through Wikimedia Tanzania. Also we encourage you to read the Wikimedia Tanzania-social medias code of conduct before joining.

Designated Contacts for Wikimedia FoundationEdit



Facebook page: Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania
Twitter account: Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania

Annual ReportsEdit

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Affiliations Committee ResolutionsEdit