Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc.
The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. formerly Wikimedia User Group Nigeria is a not-for-profit organization committed to the development, growth, and free distribution of educational content in Nigeria. We empower people to contribute to Wikipedia and other sisters' projects to ensure that knowledge is freely accessible. We share the ideal of a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. The organization has operated as a user group for more than 3 years registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria as a not-for-profit organization in Nigeria on the 31st of October 2018.
The organization began as a Wikimedia User Group recognized by the Affiliations Committee (AffCom) of the Wikimedia Foundation an affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation on the 28th September 2015. Our first activity as a recognized affiliate was the Wiki Loves Africa 2015 tagged Africa's Culture in fashion and Adornment. This was followed by the Workshop for Students of Fountain University, a two-day workshop organized for students of Fountain University, as part of Wikipedia 15.
All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business and affairs of Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation shall be managed under, the direction of the Board of Trustees either directly or through a written delegation of authority. The authorized number of Trustees of Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation shall be at least seven (7). Trustees are selected according to the process specified in Article IV, Section 3 of the organization's Bylaws. Each Trustee shall hold office until the expiration of his or her term as specified in Article IV, Section 3 of the Bylaws, or until his or her earlier resignation, removal from office, or death.
The board of trustees of the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. is currently composed of three (3) Community-selected Trustees and seven (7) board-appointed Trustees.
Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. Community-elected trustees SN Board Member(s) Designation Board appointment Date of appointment Expiration of appointment 1. Olaniyan Olushola Chair Community-Appointed 31st September 2021 30th September 2024 2. Olatunde Isaac Secretary Community-Appointed 31st September 2021 30th September 2024 3. Kayode Yusuf Communication Community-Appointed 31st September 2021 30th September 2024 Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. Board-appointed trustees 1. Bolaji Alabi Vice-chair Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2022 2. Dr. Elekofehinti Olushola Board Treasurer Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2022 3. Barrister Fatai Erewunmi Board legal adviser Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2022 4. Engr. Jide Adenekan (Ph.D) Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2022 5. Tosin Ogunwa Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2022 6. Runcie C.M Chidebe Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2022 7. Livingstone Imonitie Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2021 30th May 2024
Key Programs and ActivitiesEdit
The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. has been involved in several advocacy programs to promote Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in Nigeria and to bridge the gender gap on the internet. This advocacy programs have not only improved the use of Wikipedia in Nigeria but has led to an increase in the number of contributors to Wikipedia and other sister's project.
New Readers Awareness Campaign In 2017, Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. as a user group collaborated with the Wikimedia Foundation to launch a major Wikipedia awareness campaign in Nigeria. To support the awareness work in Nigeria, we collaborated with an organization called Anakle. Anakle specializes in video production, digital design, and marketing, with an office in Lagos. They provided creative development for this project, offered experienced perspectives on how to appeal to our target audience and how to produce appealing video content. They collaborated with us on channel approaches, developing a strategic overview of digital media platforms where we can share videos to reach people who are unfamiliar with Wikipedia. Anakle led all video production in the project. We selected scripts based on "Onkonkwo" character from Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, and "Emmanuella" – a prominent Nigerian web comedian. Two videos were released in October 2017, receiving over 10 million combined views
This advocacy work earned the team the 2018 African Excellence Awards, and the award ceremony took place in Dublin, Ireland.
Wikimedia User Group Nigeria/Wikimedia Radio and TV Program On the 11th of January 2017, the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. as a user group launched to promote Wikipedia ann other sisters projects and to create awareness for Wikimedia activities in Nigeria. We began with a weekly radio program at the Blackface Radio. The radio program was birthed by a Wiki Loves Women event in Nigeria. It features live interviews of content partners from Wiki Loves Women and also Wikimedians across the globe. It was live on air between 19:45 to 20:45 h (West Africa Time) every Wednesday.
Wiki Women Radio Program To strengthen our advocacy work, the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. partnered with the WFM 91.7 FM on 23rd August 2017. The objectives of the partnership include but not limited to creating awareness about Wikimedia projects, increasing content, increasing reach, encourage donations of women-related content, and increasing the number of women contributors to Wikimedia projects. WFM 91.7 MHz is a Nigerian specialized radio station licensed by Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to broadcast programs that focus primarily on women and their families. It is the first female-oriented radio station in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is headquartered at the Arepo community, Ogun State, South West, Nigeria. This program features notable women in all spheres of life. Notable women who have featured on the program include Chinedum Peace Babalola, a Nigerian Professor of Pharmacy and the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University and Lola Akinmade Åkerström, an award-winning Nigerian photographer and travel writer based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the editor-in-chief for Slow Travel Stockholm.
Wiki Loves Women One of our core advocacy programs that focuses on bridging the gender gap on the internet is the Wiki Loves Women project. It is a project that aims to release and make widely available cultural and educational content on, or related to women, to the general public. The project works with organizations and public institutions to draw their existing information onto Wikipedia, and via this platform be made available to millions of people every day. The Wiki Loves Women project is organized in collaboration with Wiki In Africa and supported by Wikimedia Foundation. In 2016–2017 the project was run in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and was active on the ground in four West African countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, and Nigeria. See the project documentation here.
Visibility project The Visibility Project for East Africa is a gender-focus initiative in partnership with the African Women in Media, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to train female journalists in East Africa on the basics of Wikipedia editing and copyrights. It's one of our initiatives to bridge the gender gap on the internet and to recruit female contributors to Wikipedia. More than 200 Journalists from the East-Africa were trained on how to contribute to Wikipedia. The project started on the 5th of June 2020 and ended on 6th July 2020. Series of online training was organized and facilitated by the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc., Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania and the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda. The logistics supports were provided by the African Women in Media, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Media coverages Our advocacy works have earned us significant coverages in multiple national dailies and Television. Below are a few of the coverages of the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. in the media:
- Wikipedia needs more editors from Nigeria — Olatunde Isaac published by People's Daily Newspaper on March 26, 2016.
- Wikipedia partners Nigerian NGOs to promote women published by The Guardian Newspaper on July 23, 2016.
- Wikipedia partners Nigerian NGOs to promote women published by The Nigerian Voice Newspaper on July 23, 2016.
- Wikipedians organize Wiki Loves Women in Nigeria published by News Express Nigeria on July 23, 2016
- Wiki Loves women encourages Nigerian women presence on WIkipedia published by Punch Newspaper on the 14th of October 2016
- Loves Women encourages Nigerian women's presence on Wikipedia published by Daily Trust on the 14th of October 2016
- Mental illness: Wikipedia to create awareness in Nigeria published on the 23rd of January 2017
- BBC video for Wikimedia UG Nigeria in collaboration with World of Knowledge Published 13th of March, 2018.
- Olaniyan Olushola President Wikimedia User Group Nigeria on One on One with PlusTV Africa Published 19th December 2018
- NTDC needs to exploits digital space published on 19th August 2018.
- Wikipedia out to get more contents online Published 19th January 2018
- Wikimedia Nigeria won the best NGO in 2018 Published 25th December 2018
- Swedish Ambassador Partners Firm to Empower 30 Women in Lagos, Herad
- Swedish Ambassador Partners Firm to Empower 30 Women in Lagos,Todays/ng
- Swedish embassy partners firm to train Nigerian women on Wikipedia by Sunreporter
- Sweden partners frim to train Lagos women
- Wikimedia Organises Wiki Loves Earth Contest In Nigeria, Channels TV, 15th June 2019
- 2019 Merit Awards: Wikimedia Honours CEO PlusTv Africa & DG, NTDC PlusTV Africa December 2, 2019
- One on One With Olushola Olaniyan, President, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria PlusTV Africa December 11, 2018
The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. strongly believed that Wikipedia and its sister's projects belong in education. We realized that students constitute the highest users of Wikipedia and resources and this makes it imperative to develop a strategy that targets students' participation in our projects, programs, and activities that promote free knowledge.
Wikimedia Fan Club in Nigeria The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. designed this program an outreach program with the aim of taking Wikimedia projects to all the tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The program was originally conceptualized to support the result of the New Readers Outreach Survey conducted in Nigeria in the year 2016 which revealed that only 23% of internet users in Nigeria are aware of Wikipedia. Out of the 23% population that have shown awareness of Wikipedia are the Nigerian students with 43%.
Each club is a registered association in all the designated institutions and coordinated by an experienced member of the club appointed by the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Board.
Today, we have a Wikimedia Fan Club in at least seven tertiary institutions in Nigeria namely: The Univerity of Ibadan Fan Club, Wikimedia Fan Club, University of Ilorin, Wikimedia Hub, Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Wikimedia Fan Club, Ekiti State University, Wiki Club, Lagos State University (LASU), Wikimedia Fan Club, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and Wikimedia Hub Enugu domiciled at the University of Nigeria.
The Foundation has organized a series of training for students of tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It began in 2016 when we trained students of the Fountain University. Several pieces of training and edit-athon have been organized across multiple tertiary institutions including, at the University of Lagos, The University of Ibadan, Ekiti State University, the University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, University of Nigeria, University of Benin, Lagos State Polytechnic to mention a few
The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation has a strong relationship with the management of some of the major tertiary institutions in Nigeria. On the 22nd of October 2018, The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. presented an award to Professor, Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos for his contribution to open knowledge and education in Nigeria.
Members of the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation has participated in several conferences organized by the Wikimedia Foundation and the community. In 2017, the Chair, Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation participated in the Wikimedia Conference and the GLAM Conference in Tel Alvi in 2018. Sam Oye represented the group at the Wikimedia Conference in 2018. Our members have participated in several other conferences including, Wikimanina, Wiki Indaba, and the Wiki Education Conferences.
- WikiMaster Conference, Lagos In January 2018, Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. in collaboration with World of Knowledge (WOK) organized a 3-day conference that focus on creating a strong Community of WOK in Nigeria using Wikipedia as a tool. It also served as a platform to create awareness about Wikimedia projects and Wikimaster and Wikimedia User Group Nigeria. The event was held at Goethe Institute in Lagos and was covered by multiple media including BBC pidgin, TV Continental, STV, etc. It was one of the biggest events organized since the establishment of Wikimedia UG Nigeria and World of Knowledge.
- Wiki Indaba Conference 2019 In 2019, the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. organized WikiIndaba conference 2019. The conference took place in Abuja, Nigeria from 8 to 10 November 2019, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and supported by Google LLC. The conference despite having a reduced number of participants when compares to Wiki Indaba 2018 has the most diverse mix of participants. We had participants from at least 23 countries and female participants constituted more than 40% of the total participants. We also have the participation of WMF staff and other mission-aligned organizations. This diversity made the conference more interesting. We improved the diversity of the conference when compared to the 2016 and 2018 editions
Although WMF ED was not present, we had the participation of the Foundation's Chief of Operation (COO) and at least 10 WMF Staff members and the feedback from staff members and project leaders in Africa were impressive.
- She Can with ICT: In April 2016, Jack Rabah met Modupe Darabidan, head of business development, at the Mobile West Africa conference in Lagos. They discussed ways to collaborate with them on their project called She Can with ICT. We were introduced to the organization and further discussion on the best model of collaboration was established. We collaborated with them to train women on how to contribute to Wikipedia. The SHE CAN WITH ICT (Sustaining Her Enterprise, Career, and Network with ICT) project was a series of Entrepreneurship and ICT workshops for women currently in or preparing for business and professional careers. The program included the following 4 modules: -Digital Literacy & Advocacy -Entrepreneurship & Job-readiness -Mentorship -Internship and we collaborated with them on the Digital literacy with the overall goal of exposing more women to opportunities which are available to them in the technology sphere and how they how best to harness these available resources. It was a valuable initiative because it not only creates an opportunity for underprivileged women in Nigeria to contribute to Wikipedia but it also addresses the existing gender gap and the underrepresentation of African female editors in our sites.
- African Wikimedia Developers Project: In January 2018, the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. as a user group partnered with the Open Foundation West Africa Africa Wikimedia Developers Project team to train students on software development. Felix Nartey from OFWA and Alangi Derrick, a software developer flew to Nigeria to coordinate the project. The aim of the project was to recruit new volunteer developers from the continent, create a community of developers on the African continent, promote African participation in solving technical problems from the larger community, and increase the awareness of volunteer developer opportunities in Africa.
- Training by the WMF: In May 2018, Asaf Bartov, Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities, Wikimedia Foundation visited Nigeria to train members of Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. Series of training was organized in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Participants were trained on copyright, basics of Wikipedia editing, and how to write an encyclopedic article from a neutral point of view. They were trained on how to use and contribute to Wikidata. Over 50 users including students from our fan clubs participated in the training
Relationship with Other GroupsEdit
The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation has a good relationship with all the affiliates whose scope overlaps with our group especially the other three user groups in Nigeria. We have collaborated on several occasions as a more established organization provided training support to all the other user groups in Nigeria. The Yoruba Wikimedians User Group in February 2020 invited us to help support the Follow-up training for Yoruba language students of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. The Chair and the Secretary of the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation participate in the event and it was successfully executed.
In 2018, the Hausa Wikimedians User Group invited the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. to help with facilitating their Outreach in Northern Nigeria. The workshop in Kano was supported and facilitated by the Chair, Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation.
The WikiGap 2018, 2019, and 2020 were organized in collaboration with the Igbo Wikimedians User Group. In April 2020, the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria to participate in Visibility Project, a Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc project in collaboration with the African Women in Media and sponsored by the UNESCO. The Igbo Wikimedian User Group was represented by Uzoma Ozurumba, the Co-founder of the Igbo Wikimedians User group. She was a facilitator and actively participated in the mentorship program.
Currently, the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc., Yoruba Wikimedians User Group, Igbo Wikimedians User Group, and the Hausa Wikimedians User Group are working on a project called Decolonizing the internet organized by the Goethe-Institut.
Wikimedia User Group Nigeria has also collaborated with Afrocrowd, Oregon State University, US and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta organized an edithathon as part of the Black History Month to celebrate Black People. Over 30 editors participated in the 2day editathon. 5 new articles were also created with over 6.02K words added to Wikipedia see more details here
Diversity of ActivitiesEdit
In the last four years, the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation has organized or directly involved in organizing a variety of different pragmatic programs and events. These activities have helped to promote the Wikimedia movements in Nigeria and has led to the establishment of other language-focused user groups. It has improved the number of readership and the number of unique active contributors to Wikipedia.
The Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. formerly Wikimedia User Group Nigeria is a not-for-profit organization committed to the development, growth, and free distribution of educational content in Nigeria. We empower people to contribute to Wikipedia and other sisters' projects to ensure that knowledge is freely accessible. We share the ideal of a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
- To promote Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in Nigeria
- To increase the quality and quantity of Nigeria related topics that are currently underrepresented on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects
- To support the growth, development, and distribution of free educational materials in Nigeria
- To partner with the education-based organization including the government to create educational contents and its free distribution
- To support the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation
- To support the use of Wikimedia projects as important tools for education and learning in Nigeria
Wikimedia Nigeria is committed to the ideal of a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge and we believe that free access to knowledge is a fundamental right.
Our mission is to support and promote free access to knowledge, work with volunteers across the country, partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations, cultural and educational sectors and other mission-aligned groups to make knowledge available for free access.
Our Core values
Our Proposed Operating principles
Our operating principles are based on our values, as follows:
- We shall promote the values inherent in the concept of open knowledge
- We shall recognize transparency as a key factor in every growth and development
- We are committed to the ideal of free access to knowledge
- We shall ensure that contents released for educational purpose are with the high level of accuracy
- We shall promote the use of licenses, formats, and sources that support open knowledge
- We shall be committed to promoting the provision of high-quality open knowledge to everyone
- We shall recognize that the contribution of volunteers is central to our activities, growth, and development.
- We shall be committed to encouraging, involving and engaging members of our community
- We shall learn from and openly share our learning with the global Wikimedia movement
- We shall be transparent in our operations
- We shall support, encourage and promote diversity within our community
- We hope to become an independent Nigeria not-for-profit organization that engages actively with the global movement
Geographic Focus (Chapters) / Thematic Focus (Thematic Organizations)Edit
Wikimedia Nigeria shall act as the official chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation in Nigeria. Currently, there are three language-focused user groups in Nigeria and we have a good working relationship with all the user groups in Nigeria. See the section on the Relationship with Other Groups
Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Nigeria. Our certificate of incorporation can be found here.
Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc. Board Members SN Board Member(s) Designation Board appointment Date of appointment Expiration of appointment 1. Olaniyan Olushola Chair Community-Appointed 31st September 2018 30th September 2021 2. Olatunde Isaac Secretary Community-Appointed 31st September 2018 30th September 2021 3. Kayode Yusuf Communication Community-Appointed 31st September 2018 30th September 2021 4. Bolaji Alabi Vice-chair Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021 5. Dr. Elekofehinti Olushola Board Treasurer Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021 6. Barrister Fatai Erewunmi Board legal adviser Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021 7. Engr. Jide Adenekan Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021 8. Tosin Ogunwa Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021 9. Runcie C.M Chidebe Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021 10. Livingstone Imonitie Board member Board-Appointed 31st May 2019 30th May 2021
|Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation (Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Board meetings)||Wikimedia Nigeria activities|
|This page provides information about the Wikimedia Nigeria. Minutes are provided to increase transparency of the work of the Foundation.|
- Official meeting minutes of the Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation is at: Minutes
Active Contributor InvolvementEdit
- Olaniyan Olushola
- T Cells
- Jamie Tubers
- Livingstone Imonitie
- Ashioma Medi
- Alaafiabami Oladipupo
- Oby Ezeilo
- Kayode Yusuf
- Abubakar A Gwanki
- Mutiat Mustapha