Celebrating the Success of the Africa Wiki Challenge: Documenting Africa’s Stories and Promoting Free Trade

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Cross section of Moore Wikimedia Community participants and trainers


The Africa Wiki Challenge on the theme of “Africa Continental Free Trade” recently concluded with great success.

As co-leads for the Moore and Gurene Wikimedia Community, we organized edit-a-thons to translate 40 English Wikipedia articles into Moore and Gurene.

Our aim was to document Africa’s stories and promote the benefits of free trade. With 16 participants from Gurene and 20 from Moore, the event spanned from June 11th to June 20th, resulting in an incredible collaborative effort and knowledge shared.

Diverse Perspectives:

One of the key objectives of the Africa Wiki Challenge was to ensure a diversity of perspectives by involving participants from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We are thrilled to have had such a strong turnout, with participants representing both the Gurene and Moore communities. This brought a wealth of knowledge and unique insights to the table, enriching the articles with diverse perspectives and experiences.

Community Engagement

The success of any community-driven initiative relies heavily on engagement, and we are immensely grateful for the enthusiastic participation we witnessed during the Edit-a-thons. Our participants showed great dedication and passion for preserving African stories and promoting the concept of free trade across the continent.

Cross ssections of Moore Wikimedia Community recieving training.

Over the course of the event, we organized various training sessions and workshops to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute effectively. These sessions covered topics such as Wikipedia editing techniques, translation guidelines, and how to ensure accurate and reliable information. The active involvement and eagerness to learn demonstrated by our participants were truly inspiring.

Collaborative Efforts:

Collaboration was at the heart of the Africa Wiki Challenge, and it was incredible to witness the collective effort put forth by our participants. Working together, they meticulously translated 40 English Wikipedia articles into Moore and Gurene, ensuring that the wealth of information available on Wikipedia is accessible to a wider audience. The articles covered a range of topics related to Africa’s history, culture, economy, and the Continental Free Trade Area, contributing to the overall knowledge base about the continent.

Impact and Legacy:

The impact of the Africa Wiki Challenge extends beyond the immediate results achieved during the Edit-a-thons. By translating these articles into Moore and Gurene, we are preserving our cultural heritage and making it accessible to future generations. Additionally, by promoting the benefits of free trade through these translations, we are actively contributing to the discourse surrounding Africa’s economic development.

Furthermore, the articles created during this event will serve as valuable resources for researchers, students, and anyone seeking reliable information about Africa and the Continental Free Trade Area. This initiative has created a lasting legacy that will continue to benefit our communities and foster a sense of pride in our languages and cultures.

Username Alhaj Darajaati taking some participants through how to create Wikipedia account.

The Africa Wiki Challenge was an incredible journey that showcased the power of collaboration and community engagement. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants who dedicated their time and effort to make this event a resounding success. Their contributions have not only enriched the Wikipedia knowledge base but have also amplified the voices of the Moore and Gurene communities on a global platform.


As co-leads of the Moore and Gurene Wikimedia Community, we are immensely proud of what we have achieved together. The Africa Wiki Challenge has taken us one step closer to bridging the language gap and creating a more inclusive representation of Africa’s stories. We hope that this initiative inspires others to undertake similar projects and continue building upon the foundations we have laid.

Together, let us celebrate the success of the Africa Wiki Challenge and continue our journey towards preserving our rich cultural heritage while promoting the benefits of free trade throughout the continent.

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