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Africa Growth Project Pilot: Invitation for Input

Apologies for cross-posting.

Dear Wikipedians, in response to expressed needs of the communities in sub-Saharan Africa to help achieve growth of the editing communities in the region, the Wikimedia Foundation is working on an experiment-based project dubbed the Africa Growth Project. The project seeks to enhance already existing community efforts by creating a more effective online learning component, which would allow in-person efforts to focus on already-engaged newbies who have obtained a solid foundation in Wikipedia policies and collaboration norms, maximizing the return on investment of human volunteer effort. The hypothesis guiding this experiment is that providing high-quality training to new and existing Wikipedians covering the basics of contribution to Wikipedia (including introducing the many ways to contribute beyond article writing) can double the retention rates of active editors in the region.

For the pilot, we will be developing four modules, and we are inviting you to share feedback on outlines for these training modules, which are:

  • Module 1: Preparing to participate in Wikimedia projects
  • Module 2: 101 Ways to Contribute to Wikimedia
  • Module 3: The Voice of Wikipedia: Neutral Point of View
  • Module 4: Sourcing knowledge: Verifiability on Wikipedia

We hope to benefit from your experience as Wikipedians in sharing your input on these module outlines, to ensure that they capture what is needed to support the community's understanding of those policies. We are interested to hear your thoughts on what's missing, what's good, what could be improved, and any suggestions on the modules' and sections' order and pace, great illustrative examples and helpful exercises that would be useful to incorporate.

We will take your input into consideration as we develop the full modules based on these outlines (including whatever change suggestions we accept). We will also be publishing the complete modules on the WikiLearn platform when they are ready.

See the details of the pilot and the modules in the Africa Growth Pilot Page on Meta-Wiki. Kindly share your comments on the talk page by July 21st, 2023.

Thank you, from the Africa Growth Pilot team @DNdubane (WMF), @VThamaini (WMF) and @Asaf (WMF). VThamaini (WMF) (talk) 09:58, 30 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Content assessment#Proposal: Reclassification of Current & Future-Classes as time parameter, which is within the scope of this WikiProject. This WikiProject received this message because it currently uses "Current" and/or "Future" class(es). There is a proposal to split these two article "classes" into a new parameter "time", in order to standardise article-rating across Wikipedia (per RfC), while also allowing simultaneous usage of quality criteria and time for interest projects. Thanks! CX Zoom[he/him] (let's talk • {CX}) 21:12, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


There is an ongoing discussion at Talk:Witchcraft#Ridiculous! about changing the content of the lead and core definitions at Witchcraft. As the article has content about practices in African cultures, members might want to check it out. - CorbieVreccan 18:30, 11 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Invitation to episode 28 of WikiAfrica Hour, titled The state of diversity, equity & inclusion

Fellow Wikimedians,

It's my pleasure to invite you to the episode 28 of WikiAfrica Hour titled, "The state of diversity, equity & inclusion."

This episode is aimed at engaging some amazing wikimedians working in the diversity, equity & inclusion space in one way or another, as they share their thoughts on the current state of things and prospects, and also learning more about the WikiWomenCamp 2023.

Guests include:

  1. Camelia Boban - Coordinator, 2030 Movement Strategy Diversity Working Group
  2. Z. Blace - Media researcher, curator and co-organizer of QW2023
  3. Ciell - Member, Movement Charter drafting committee & Central notice admin
  4. Manav Kaur - Co-lead, WikiWomenCamp 2023
  • Date: 14th July 2023
  • Time: 4pm UTC
  • Details:

Ceslause (talk) 13:27, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

UN charges over Darfur incident

Plz see here. Bokoharamwatch (talk) 18:19, 14 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Request for an article to be created if anyone is interested

Hello fellow Wikipedians, I left a request for an article to be created at Wikipedia:Requested articles/Social sciences/History, the article is about Africa so I'm leaving a message for anyone who might be interested in creating the article. The article I am requesting the creation of is "Territorial evolution of Africa", there are plenty of articles about the territorial evolution of other places and there is more than enough content for an article about Africa's territorial evolution. – Treetoes023 (talk) 21:40, 25 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Invitation to episode 29 of WikiAfrica Hour titled, Wiki work on the heritage space

Dear Wikimedians,

It's my pleasure to invite you to the episode 29 of WikiAfrica Hour titled, Wiki work on the heritage space.

This episode is dedicated to understanding the place of wiki with regards to heritage, and how our collective approach could have a global impact on the heritage space among other things.

Guests include:

  1. Iolanda Pensa - Founder & Manager, Italian cultural heritage on Wikipedia, the Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap projects
  2. Sadik Shahadu - Communications manager, Wiki Loves Living Heritage
  3. Susanna Ånäs - Partner liaison, Wiki Loves Living Heritage
  4. Isaac Chabota Kanguya - Organizer, Wiki Loves Monuments 2023 Zambia
  • Date: 28th July 2023
  • Time: 4pm UTC
  • Details:

Ceslause (talk) 07:51, 28 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Credibility bot

As this is a highly active WikiProject, I would like to introduce you to Credibility bot. This is a bot that makes it easier to track source usage across articles through automated reports and alerts. We piloted this approach at Wikipedia:Vaccine safety and we want to offer it to any subject area or domain. We need your support to demonstrate demand for this toolkit. If you have a desire for this functionality, or would like to leave other feedback, please endorse the tool or comment at WP:CREDBOT. Thanks! Harej (talk) 18:03, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:1969 Libyan coup d'état#Requested move 7 August 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. UtherSRG (talk) 16:11, 7 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The article has sections on African cultures. There has been conflict around the meanings of the words "traditional" and "witchcraft". - CorbieVreccan 19:57, 14 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does this pass inclusion criteria? Basically the draft author wrote 'it exists' and provided a reference. I'm a draft reviewer without expertise in this area and would appreciate your feedback. Many thanks. Gryllida (talk, e-mail) 16:48, 15 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:MENA#Requested move 12 August 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. — DaxServer (t · m · e · c) 08:13, 20 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Task force proposal

It may make sense to create an African cities task force, in collaboration with WikiProject Cities. According to (which is a publicly editable source, and most likely has some duplicates), there are 509,779 settlements in Africa. I think a task force that could assist with the creation and improvement of African settlement entries would be useful. CROIXtalk 03:47, 22 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Notability question about City People Awards in Nigeria

Hello, we've seen a few articles come up in Articles for Deletion (AfD), where a certain musical act has won or been nominated for a City People Entertainment Awards in Nigeria; can someone comment on the notability of these awards? Are they compared to the Grammy Awards or the American Music Awards, being the highest award for musical performers in the country? How well known are the awards in Nigeria or Africa? Feel free to comment here or ping my on my talk page. Thank you. Oaktree b (talk) 18:35, 24 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Oaktree b, you could compare the award to iHeartRadio Music Awards or People's Choice Award. There are reliable sources that supports the award itself. Best, Reading Beans (talk) 01:27, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Chandesi#Requested move 25 August 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. UtherSRG (talk) 17:33, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Libyan civil war (2011)#Requested move 16 August 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. —Usernamekiran_(AWB) (talk) 22:08, 29 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Battle of Khartoum (2023)#Requested move 21 August 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. —usernamekiran (talk) 22:50, 29 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Anybody here knowledgeable about Pre-Colonial African witchcraft? Or about the introduction of beliefs about witchcraft in colonial times? Head on over to Witchcraft in Africa. They desperately need your help! Skyerise (talk) 23:41, 1 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Merger discussion for Fall of the Derg

An article which may be of interest to members of this project—Fall of the Derg—has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. XTheBedrockX (talk) 16:37, 5 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Invitation to episode 30 of WikiAfrica Hour, titled Echoes from Wikimania 2023

Fellow Wikimedians,

It's my pleasure to invite you to the episode 30 of WikiAfrica Hour titled, "Echoes from Wikimania 2023."

This episode is aimed at engaging some Wikimedians who attended the in-person Wikimania in Singapore, as they share their experiences through out the conference and make possible recommendations on how best we could support first-time attendees of various Wikimedia conferences.

Guests include:

  1. Pellagia Njau - Member, Wikimedia Community User Group Tanzania
  2. Carol Mwaura - Co-founder, Wikimedia Community User Group Kenya
  • Date: 8th September 2023
  • Time: 4pm UTC
  • Details:

Ceslause (talk) 13:31, 7 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Inclusive representation

Updating the demographic representation of the people of ekiti south west local government people of ekiti state, south west nigeria. 2600:1700:D200:D60:E18D:6549:68E2:BC64 (talk) 02:39, 9 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Are these sources enough for an article?

I wish to create White slaves of Molepolole are these sources enough to create an article. (PDF) "THE WHITE SLAVES OF MOLEPOLOLE" -BLACK PERIL TALES AND THE AMBIGUITIES OF RACIAL AUTHORITY IN COLONIAL BOTSWANA by JEFF RAMSAY 1 ( , The Jazz King (11): Sebele's "White Slaves" :: Mmegi Online , Historical Dictionary of Botswana - Google Books Dwanyewest (talk) 22:37, 10 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi @Dwanyewest - On the whole I would say not. First, the issue itself could be covered in the history section of Molepolole and that even before having an article on this issue, an WP:OKFORK would be more appropriate with History of Molepolole. Second, in terms of the sources, is considered generally unreliable (see WP:RSP), material there is self-published; Mmegi Online I cannot access the full article, so difficult to comment. In terms of the Historical Dictionary, that is a reliable source, but the entry is very small and implies that these were exaggerations, press reporting for the purposes of reinforcing white supremacy and white (British) rule. My understanding of this issue is that essentially the descendents of Boer settlers were intermixing with local populations and that colonial authorities were "concerned" there was too much equality. Nevertheless, a redirect to History of Molepolole probably could be justified once that article appeared covering this issue. Regards, Goldsztajn (talk) 10:58, 18 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Women in Green's 5th Edit-a-thon

Hello WikiProject Africa:

WikiProject Women in Green is holding a month-long Good Article Edit-a-thon event in October 2023!

Running from October 1 to 31, 2023, WikiProject Women in Green (WiG) is hosting a Good Article (GA) edit-a-thon event with the theme Around the World in 31 Days! All experience levels welcome. Never worked on a GA project before? We'll teach you how to get started. Or maybe you're an old hand at GAs – we'd love to have you involved! Participants are invited to work on nominating and/or reviewing GA submissions related to women and women's works (e.g., books, films) during the event period. We hope to collectively cover article subjects from at least 31 countries (or broader international articles) by month's end. GA resources and one-on-one support will be provided by experienced GA editors, and participants will have the opportunity to earn a special WiG barnstar for their efforts.

We hope to see you there!

Grnrchst (talk) 14:03, 21 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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