Fante Wikipedia Celebrates Its First Anniversary!

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We are delighted to share the news that the Fante Wikipedia is commemorating its first anniversary! This remarkable milestone is a testament to the incredible journey that began with the vision of establishing a comprehensive Fante-language knowledge base and has now flourished into a vibrant platform boasting over 1,500 articles. Fante, also known as Fanti, Fante, or Mfantse, is one of the three principal members of the Akan dialect continuum, alongside Asante and Akuapem.

Fante is spoken by at least 2 million people in Ghana, primarily in the central and southern regions of Ghana and in settlements in the other areas of western Ghana. Notable speakers include Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and former Ghanaian presidents Kwame Nkrumah and John Atta Mills. Interestingly, Maya Angelou learned Fante as an adult while in Ghana.

The Fante Language Wikipedia was initially developed on the Wikimedia Incubator by a dedicated group of volunteers, spearheaded by Wikimedians such as Robert Obiri (User:Robertjamal12), Ebenezer Kobinah Offen (User:EbenOffen1), User:Suzieturkson1, User:Leornard Nketsia, Emmanuel Assilidjoe (Assilidjoe) and a team of committed volunteers from the Fante Wikimedians Community. Their combined efforts and unwavering commitment played a pivotal role in transitioning the Fante Wikipedia from the Incubator to a fully-fledged Wikipedia site in April 2023.

The Fante Wikimedians Community has actively participated in various campaigns, including Wiki World Heritage, Arts and Feminism, and Feminism and Folklore.

A Year of Remarkable Growth

In just one year since its official launch, the Fante Wikipedia has achieved a significant milestone of over 1,500 articles. This accomplishment is a testament to the dedication of its contributors, who have worked tirelessly to create, edit, and expand content in the Fante language. 

Looking Forward

As we celebrate this significant milestone, we are excited about the future of the Fante Wikipedia. The journey has been inspiring, and we are eager to see what the future holds. We warmly invite everyone to join us in this journey of knowledge sharing and cultural preservation. Whether you are a fluent speaker or a learner of the Fante language, your contributions can make a meaningful difference.

Our vision for the future includes:

  • expanding our reach,
  • increasing the number of contributors, and
  • enhancing the quality and diversity of content available on the platform.

We aim to collaborate with educational institutions, cultural organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that the Fante Wikipedia continues to grow and thrive.

Many thanks to the Langauge Committee and all volunteers who have supported us. Here’s to many more years of growth and success! Let’s celebrate this milestone together and continue to make history with the Fante Wikipedia!

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