Here's to introduce you to a new WikiProject called "The AfroCine Project". It is a project designed to be a multi-country, multi-faceted project which aims to encourage the contribution of content that relates to the historical and contemporary cinema, theatre, and arts sectors of several African countries, the Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikimedia projects.
The Entertainment Industry in Africa is huge; However, all of these very active film industries are poorly represented on Wikipedia and its sister projects, as the available information about them is very scanty and difficult to access. The AfroCine Project aims to fix this problem. It is designed to use cinema and arts to help bridge the huge African content gap on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia/Open projects, as well as to improve on the awareness of these projects and the overall movement in African countries.
Focus will include variety of interests, such as: Contemporary and historical cinema articles, biographies of relevant personalities (especially women), film articles, images of relevant subjects and personalities, etc. This will be achieved through varying methods, such as edit-a-thons, workshops, GLAMs, writing/upload contests, and so on; using the help of existing communities and affiliates across Africa and beyond.
In the month of October and November, there will be a series of contests which has been tagged "Months of African Cinema". For these months, communities, groups, and organizations are welcome to organize local events for this contest. Focus would be on writing, translations and image uploads. More information would be communicated, as time goes on; in the meantime, please sign up on the project meta page, if you're already involved with African cinema projects, or you're interested in getting involved; here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_AfroCine_Project
Also kindly share this information with your local communities.
A quick note to announce that Kiwix and the Wikimedia Foundation have
decided to enter a more formal partnership to replace the one-off grants
that Kiwix had been working through before. I know some of you have used
Kiwix or its derivatives in your Wiki-work, so wanted to make sure you knew.
See the below press release or linked blog post for more information.
And for those of you in Cape Town, have fun and happy collaborating!
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This press release is also available on the Wikimedia blog here:
and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia
*The Wikimedia Foundation and Switzerland-based Kiwix announce a global
collaboration to increase offline access to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
Lausanne, Switzerland, and San Francisco, USA, 18 July 2018 – The Wikimedia
Foundation has announced a partnership with Kiwix, the free and open-source
software solution that enables offline access to educational content, to
expand and improve access to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects
globally. This partnership will include a $275,000 contribution to Kiwix to
further enhance offline access to Wikipedia in parts of the world where
consistent, affordable internet connectivity presents a significant barrier
to accessing Wikipedia.
“Our hope is that one day everyone will have access to the internet, and
eliminate the need for other offline methods of access to information.”
said Kiwix CEO Stephane Coillet-Matillon. “But we know that there are still
serious gaps in internet access globally that require solutions today.
Kiwix is a tool to start fixing things right now.”
The Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix have had a long-standing collaborative
relationship to expand access to Wikipedia around the world. This includes
recent support to Kiwix and WikiProject Medicine to improve the
availability of offline Wikipedia medical content , as well as
improvements to the Kiwix desktop experience.
Through this partnership, the two organizations will collaborate to create
a long-term strategy for third party reuse of Kiwix’s free access platform,
fix longstanding code debt, improve Kiwix’s usability across mobile
platforms including Android, and integrate Kiwix’s and the Wikimedia
Foundation’s technical operations more closely for improved Wikipedia
“As part of the 2030 direction for Wikimedia’s future , we’re thrilled
to be partnering with Kiwix to invest in solutions to address one of the
critical barriers to participating in Wikipedia globally: reliable internet
access,” said Anne Gomez, Senior Program Manager at the Wikimedia
Foundation. “We have made a commitment as an organization to actively
address the challenges and barriers to reaching our global Wikimedia
vision: a world in which everyone can freely share in knowledge. Today
marks an important step toward realizing that commitment.”
The Wikimedia vision is global: a world in which everyone can freely share
in the sum of all knowledge. While there has been a significant reduction
in high mobile data costs and other barriers to participating in Wikipedia,
more than half the world’s population is not yet online. 
Today, Kiwix sits at the heart of the offline ecosystem with more than 3
million users from more than 200 countries. It can store millions of
Wikipedia articles from any of Wikipedia’s nearly 300 languages along with
thousands of books and videos on a single flash drive or microSD card for
access on smartphones and computers. Kiwix has also worked with nonprofits
such as the Orange Foundation, Human Rights Foundation, Internet in a Box,
WikiFundi, and Digisoft to scale distribution of offline education
materials around the world to students, teachers, and the general public.
More information about the Wikimedia Foundation’s work to expand access and
participation to Wikipedia globally, including information about this
partnership with Kiwix, can be found in the Wikimedia Foundation’s
2018-2019 annual plan. 
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports and
operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the
world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is
a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
Kiwix is an open-source software that brings internet content to millions
of people without internet access - be it because of cost, poor
infrastructures or even censorship. Websites like Wikipedia, TED talks, the
Gutenberg library and many more can be stored and browsed as if users were
online. Kiwix is available in more than 100 languages, and runs on all
major desktop and mobile platforms. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Kiwix
Association is a registered Swiss Verein that is funded solely through
donations and grants. For more information, see www.kiwix.org.
+41 79 215 8510 or stephane(a)kiwix.org
San Francisco, CA 94104
San Francisco, CA 94104
*Anne Gomez* // Senior Program Manager, New Readers
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
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I thank you for your efforts. I thank Mr. Isaac as well for his important question. What I meant is that there are many active African Wikimedia users who are not members of the user groups of their countries... These users include Wikipedia administrators... I think that it will be an excellent idea to involve them in the projects of Wikimedia user groups. That is why I will propose to each African user group a list of such active users so that they can recruit them.
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 19:52:31 +0100
From: Isaac Olatunde <reachout2isaac(a)gmail.com>
To: Mailing list for African Wikimedians
Subject: Re: [African Wikimedians] About my WISCom election
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You wrote "As a first effort, I will send to each user groups the lists of
users that should be recruited by them." What does this implies?
On Jul 14, 2018 3:42 PM, "Houcemeddine A. Turki" <turkiabdelwaheb(a)hotmail.fr>
> Dear Wikimedians,
> I thank you for your efforts. I thank you for electing me to be a part of
> WISCom. This is an honour for me. I will do my best to contribute to the
> amelioration of the situation of Wikimedia projects in Africa and to let
> all active African wikimedians work together in African user groups. As a
> first effort, I will send to each user groups the lists of users that
> should be recruited by them.
> Yours Sincerely,
> Houcemeddine Turki (User:Csisc)
> African-Wikimedians mailing list
Dear African Wikimedians,
I hope this email finds you well.
On behalf of WISCom I would like to announce that:
User: Reda Kerbouche from Algeria
User: Geugeor from Cameroon
User: Csisc fromTunisia
Will be part of the WIScom team.
Chef de projet / Consultante Junior
Co-fondatrice et secrétaire générale de Carthagina
Membre de Wikimedia TN User Group
GSM: (+216) 54 394 883
I thank you for your efforts. I thank you for electing me to be a part of WISCom. This is an honour for me. I will do my best to contribute to the amelioration of the situation of Wikimedia projects in Africa and to let all active African wikimedians work together in African user groups. As a first effort, I will send to each user groups the lists of users that should be recruited by them.
Houcemeddine Turki (User:Csisc)