Wiki Indaba kickstarts in Accra Ghana

20th January to 22nd January 2017

Two years ago Wikimedia ZA conceptualized  hosting the biggest gathering of all African Wikimedians. This  took place in Johannesburg , South Africa. In pursuance of the vision of the pioneers of the first Wiki Indaba in 2014, Wiki Indaba is happening again in 2017.

Wiki Indaba is a regional conference for African Wikimedians both within the continent and in the diaspora. The purpose of the conference is to foster growth of the movement’s goals and to forge collaborations and partnerships to promote the activities of the Wikimedia Foundation in Africa.

The mission of Wiki Indaba is to promote the activities of Wikipedia and its sister projects on the African continent through the collaborations between local communities. This will be done by bringing together Wikimedians and Wikipedians from Africa  to learn knew things and share  experiences to help achieve the goals and mission of the Wikimedia Foundation “making the sum of all human knowledge accessible to all and free of charge”.

This year’s edition will come off from the 20th to 22nd January 2017 in Accra, Ghana and it is under the theme”Building sustainable Communities for the Growth of Wikipedia in Africa”.

Wiki Indaba this year promises to be bigger and better include a high powered delegation from the Wikimedia Foundation led by the Executive Director Katherine Maher. It is being organized by members of the Wikimedia Community in collaboration with Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA).

The conference will have a three day training session which will primarily focus on building sustainable communities through training and capacity building, sharing experiences, workshops and presentations.

These will be  interlaced with series of side and social events. This event will also be used to celebrate Ghanaian music and dance as well as delicacy.

It will be an opportunity for African Wikimedians and Wikipedians in Africa and beyond to come under one roof  to discuss pertinent issues concerning Wikipedia and its sister projects in Africa .