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Gouran is a relatively new article (created on 13 February 2013‎) that remains unsourced. Posting here for any interested in possibly improving it. Cheers,

Invitation to Library of Congress Africa Collection Editathon[edit]

Proper terminology for the lead of Almohad Caliphate[edit]

For those interested, there is currently a discussion at Talk:Almohad_Caliphate#Caliphate.2C_dynasty regarding whether the Almohad Caliphate should be referred to as a caliphate or a dynasty in the lead. MezzoMezzo (talk) 16:23, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/M'Chira[edit]

Dear Africa experts: Is this place mentioned above the same as El Mechira? The descriptions do not seem to match. There's a more extensive article at, but it doesn't seem the same either. —Anne Delong (talk) 10:00, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

History of Somalia POV[edit]

I threw a NPOV dispute tag on History of Somalia (1991–2006) and am considering delisting it as a Good Article. It is highly biased to anarcho-capitalism and disproportionately draws from obscure libertarian sources, giving this undue weight. --Gerrit CUTEDH 19:05, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

"Red Maasai"[edit]

FYI, the usage of "Red Maasai" is up for discussion, see Talk:Anglo-Nubian -- (talk) 05:50, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

African American[edit]

Editors are trying to establish what would be the best lede paragraph for this page here. Some of the suggested phrasing involves African immigrants to the United States. As such, it may be of interest to WikiProject Africa members, particularly those from Africa. Middayexpress (talk) 18:35, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

article for review[edit]

started an article on Jaliba Kuyateh for a class project. Please feel free to review Aidaja12 (talk) 03:51, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Updated list of needed articles[edit]

I ran the link generator again and updated the list of most needed Africa articles. Is there a way to bring these to attention and focus on working on them? And similarly, is there a way to actually automate the process of updating the list? Coffeerain (talk) 17:26, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Coffeerain! The link doesn't work. Prof.Vandegrift (talk) 04:59, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
Whoops, thanks much, Prof.Vandegrift! How's it look now? Coffeerain (talk) 16:48, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
Looks great! Prof.Vandegrift (talk) 20:15, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia Primary School: first Calls for Articles![edit]

Hi everybody, I'm quite excited to announce the first two articles selected to kick-start the content phase of the Wikipedia Primary School project! This research project focuses on the South Africa primary school curriculum: the involved teams have selected a list of 100+ relevant articles which will undergo review (or creation) by Wikipedians, scholars/experts, or journals. We thought that involving the Wikipedia community was the obvious first step in the process, which is going to last for the next couple of years. So the articles we'd like to suggest for creation are:

  1. Makhonjwa Mountains;
  2. Stone-walled town of Kaditshwene.

Please see the project pages for more information and instructions, and thanks in advance for your invaluable help. Best, --Elitre (WPS) (talk) 13:05, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Request article grade change: Youth in Nigeria[edit]

Hello! My students wrote two new articles, Youth in Nigeria and Youth in South Africa. I believe the Nigeria article is above start class, but I would appreciate if someone could please review and possibly reclassify them. Thanks! Prof.Vandegrift (talk) 05:00, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Slavery in Mauritania[edit]

First of all this is my first time participating in a talk page so I hope this is the right place. Please feel free to instruct me on any errors of convention.

Slavery in Mauritania Under "Causes of persistence" says:

"Misinterpretation of Islam, based on early Islamic legal texts that justify slavery by slave owners and some Mauritanian imams, (Mauritania is approximately 100% Muslim).[2]"

Now the reference given is to New Yorker article on Biram Dah Abeid, an anti Islamic slavery advocate, and the "Misinterpretation of Islam" statement is attributed to his personal opinion. Yet this is clearly a widely disputed claim in the Muslim world, and it is directly disputed by both the Qur'an and the Hadiths where there are explicit and implicit allowances made for slavery. My problem with the line is that it portrays itself as a fact, when it is not even close. I don't object to leaving this part in, as long as it is made clear that this is a personal opinion, which is in dispute and contradicted by the Qur'an and the Hadith. I would be glad to write something up, or if someone with more experience in all things Wiki, would like to give it a shot, that is also fine.

Any thoughts? Mark Beronte (talk) 22:56, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

My suggestion would be to find someone who is widely recognised as a reputable authority on what the Qur'an and the Hadith say, and what is meant by it about how 21st century people should live their lives. Then cite this person's, presumably conflicting, interpretation of this. Ideally, cite a reputable authority who discusses and summarises both viewpoints from a neutral distance.
I have only read the Koran in translation, while I've read some of the other Abrahamic holy texts (Jewish, Christian, etc) in the original, so I am not a subject matter expert in this. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 22:51, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Chinese hamburger chains in Africa?[edit]

I found a Blog entry which says that two Chinese burger chains, LEM (乐而美) and KDS (快乐星), are opening stores in Myanmar, South Africa, and other African countries:

Of course this isn't an RS, but it would be an interesting thing to research. If we can find reliable sources we can start articles on LEM and KDS in English and Chinese. Perhaps also in African languages too... WhisperToMe (talk) 16:46, 30 November 2014 (UTC)