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Welcome to the Africa-related regional notice board, a notice board for things particularly relevant to Wikipedians working on articles related to Africa. With the advent of WikiProject Africa, this page has transferred some of its subpages and will be dropping some of its project-like functions, instead serving as a place to inform people of what's happening with Africa-related content.

News and announcements[edit]

  • Wiki Loves Women celebrates Wikipedia's 15th anniversary by launching the Wiki Loves Women #15Challenge writing contest to increase the number of biographies on notable African women on Wikipedia. Please join in and celebrate Wikipedia 15 by participating in this bilingual (English/French) writing contest to increase the number of notable African women on the two language versions!
There are 3 ways to participate
It is all meant to be an easy going contest... no hassle... just for the pleasure of working together on a theme that still has such little coverage on Wikipedia (even after 15 years...) Isla Haddow (talk) 14:41, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
  • {{Portal|Traditional African religion}} has been created and can be viewed here. I have opened a new discussion at Talk:Traditional African religion#Portal for this topic requesting input from other editors as to which image we can use as a portal link before submitting the request to the portal team. For example if you add {{Portal|Nigeria}} to Nigerian related articles, the portal section would automatically show the Nigerian flag. I was thinking of using this Dogon or Tellem Nommo image. I like it because of what it symbolises: "hands held high symbolising prayer for rain" based on their traditional religion. If you guys have another image in mind, please share your thoughts on the article's talk page in order to keep discussions centralised. Also please help by adding {{Portal|Traditional African religion}} to articles relating to Traditional African religions. Thanks. Tamsier (talk) 17:06, 9 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Abuja Declaration (1989) was deleted and it is still unclear why(There seems to be a sort of disambiguation). I have raised the issue at Deletion Review and would appreciate any help I can get in speeding up the process. I haven't been able to verify the references in the article (since I can't see it) but I think the article might need improvement. Please check it out and see how you could help out. Thanks Aijosh (talk) 08:59, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
  • The Ethiopia WikiProject has gone through a complete redesign and restart. Come check us out and please join and contribute. We need a lot of help and welcome all contributors.
  • The WikiAfrica and Share Your Knowledge teams are glad to announce that many "African" pictures are being published on Commons, either donated by international institutions or by single photographers. You can help: please see the list of categories here, then you can either add relevant categories to the pictures or place them in relevant articles in your favourite Wikipedia. Contents are mainly about, but not limited to, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa. Thanks a lot! --Elitre (talk) 13:41, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
  • WikiAfrica is calling for applications for the post of Wikipedian-in-Residence, in Cape Town, South Africa. The full information is available here. Isla Haddow 13:32, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Rwanda is up for FAC. Please contribute to the process and give feedback at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Rwanda/archive1 if you have the time/inclination! Thanks  — Amakuru (talk) 12:38, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
  • New project to get more African content on to Wikipedia: WikiAfrica Riannedac (talk) 111:52 30 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Technology for developing areas could use comments and expansion. Simesa (talk) 14:30, 2 January 2011 (UTC)
  • Hi everyone, as you all may know Wikimedia is in the midst of its strategic planning process (see for more information). As part of this process, I have been developing a fact base on Sub-Saharan African languages and their Wikipedias. The purpose of this fact base is to help the Wikimedia community understand the importance of these languages as they develop strategies to expand the reach of Wikimedia worldwide as well as to discuss the specific barriers to growth of these language projects. If any of you are also editors of any of the Sub-Saharan African language Wikipedias, I would really appreciate it if you took some time to look at what I've put together and make any changes or additions that you thought were appropriate. It would be especially great if anyone had some thoughts or ideas to add to the section on barriers to growth Sub-Saharan African language Wikipedias. I want to make sure that we have the most accurate information possible to inform the strategic plan as it is developed. This is the link Thanks!!!! Sarah476 (talk) 23:00, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
  • The new 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for Africa from the US State Department came out on 2009-02-25. They are Public Domain, and used sceptically, are very useful, especially for "Human Rights in x", "Media in x", "Law enforcement in x", etc... T L Miles (talk) 14:30, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
  • Andry Rajoelina - Mayor of Antananarivo - is the centrepiece of the riots in Madagascar at the moment. There is a substantial article on the French wikipedia though, and I have made a start from that. Wizzy 18:46, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Flickr User Hdptcar, a photographer in the CAR for the UN, has released a portion of his photos Creative Commons License Attribution. Such images are able to be uploaded to -- and a number of good ones have been, and are used in CAR related articles. If you're looking to illustrate current events, conflicts, health, education, towns, etc in the CAR or Africa generally, this is a wonderful source. T L Miles (talk) 04:10, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • For anyone working on the DRC: I stumbled upon Dragon Operations: Hostage Rescues in the Congo, 1964-1965. by Major Thomas P. Odom, Combat Studies Institute. U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. While the content may not be helpful, it is filled with (mostly) public domain images and maps. Anything created by a US govt. employee in the course of his/her duties is automatically Public Domain, and uploadable to the Wikipedia Commons. T L Miles (talk) 20:25, 17 December 2008 (UTC)
  • 1964 Gabon coup d'état needs a bit of a copyedit as per the FAC. This would be the first FA on Gabonese subjects if it passes. --I'm an Editorofthewiki[citation needed] 00:49, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
  • Mali is currently a good article nominee. Anyone who has not contributed significantly to this article may review it according to the good article criteria to decide whether or not to list it as a good article, as outlined on the nominations page. NOTE: the user who nominated this article has not begun the review process yet, but any user (who hasn't contributed to the article) may do so. To start the review process, follow this link to create a dedicated subpage for the review. T L Miles (talk) 18:55, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
    • Mali now listed as a Good Article, though it still needs work in Culture, Post Mali Empire History (IMHO). T L Miles (talk) 14:49, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Starting a stub on 2007-2008 world food price rises, which is particularly hitting Africa. The FAO has a whole page on it at, and there are some starting points at the BBC. Any help for the macro-economically minded is appreciated. T L Miles (talk) 15:17, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Need photos and maps (especially agriculture and climate related)? Try the USDA site: there are constant rainfall and climate map updates, and photos, including non-agriculture images. Those created for the US gov. can be uploaded to commons with {{PD-USGov-USDA-ARS}} as Public Domain.T L Miles (talk) 18:58, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
  • At the risk of mucking things up I've created Category:European colonisation in Africa, under which I'm creating national sub-cats (i.e. Category:French colonisation in Africa). I only chose "Colonisation" as opposed to "colonialism" because the top article was Colonisation. I posted something about this at the AfricaProject in July 2007, but never had the nerve to make a major category change, and I can use folks help. Hope this helps streamline things. Just take a look at Category:British Empire to see how spread out and random things currently are. T L Miles (talk) 20:14, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Could folks (especially those with some academic background) take a look at Tuareg, notably the section on social structure and slavery. While I have much sympathy with Tuareg peoples, it seems monitored by folks with an interest in not discussing the Tuareg history of bonded communities, slave trade, or poor relations with their neighbors. (see the talk page) Citations are especially desired. T L Miles (talk) 15:54, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
  • The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has published its first Index of African Governance. This may be another source to mine for information on human rights, corruption, economic development, and other aspects in African country articles. — Amcaja (talk) 05:43, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
  • The text at am:Wikipedia:Can't see the font? has been used to create the local Help:Multilingual support (Ethiopic). Please change any links on en appropriately. Thanks, BanyanTree 21:37, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
    On a related note, Template:Contains Ethiopic text may be used in place of the 'Please see the instructions' notes currently in use in articles. - BanyanTree 03:08, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
  • Trade unions in Botswana and Trade unions in Benin are two newly minted articles. They could use some expert eyes. Cheers. --Bookandcoffee 23:21, 12 August 2007 (UTC)
As could Trade unions in Tanzania.--Carabinieri 08:58, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
  • I stumbled across a new (to me) licensing template, commons:Template:PD-UN, and have made a local copy at {{PD-UN}}. I'm slightly wary of the exact wording of the relevant UN legalese, but my understanding is that, as long as the relevant media is not also being used for an item the UN is selling, UN media is now free game. Assuming that the template isn't crushed by some legal argument that no one has mentioned thus far, this would obviously be a huge windfall, given the relative lack of media relating to Africa under GFDL-compatible licenses. - BanyanTree 05:18, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
  • I just discovered a potentially valuable online source for information on Africa: Michigan State University hosts the African e-Journals project, a collection of bibliographical information on scholarly journals published in Africa, the complete texts of 11 such periodicals, & what appears to be a rich colectino of links to similar collections. Have a look, mine its resources, & help publicize this needed resource. -- llywrch 23:59, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Archives: 2006-11-05/2008-04-04.

General suggestions for Africa editors[edit]

  • The to-do list from the Africa portal ({{Portal:Africa/Things you can do}}) may be used as an open tasks template:

Here are some things you can do:

  • Many African countries have an official non-native language that isn't English. In many countries it's French. In addition, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, etc. are close to Northern Africa. So if you're looking at a poorly-written article and speak another language, consult the non-English article links to find additional information to mine for the English-language page.
  • Verify any CIA factbook information you cite. Smaller African countries are less frequently updated and often contain outdated information.
  • Tag countries and capital cities, significant topics and articles with {{WPCD}} on their Talk pages to ensure inclusion on a CD HTML version of Wikipedia. Good coverage is the discriminator.

Related pages[edit]

Africa Award[edit]

Guy Smiley is awarded this Africa Award for exemplary work on Africa-related articles. Presented by Amcaja from the Africa-related regional notice board

Users may present the Africa Award to anyone doing good work on Africa-related topics. This includes article creation or expansion, map design, image uploading, even redirecting and stub sorting. Users who have listed themselves above are of course eligible, but don't neglect to award users who may not have heard of the regional notice board.

Credit goes to Jcw69 for the beautiful design. Suggestions on a better name are welcome. — Amcaja 19:09, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

  • NB: Because the award displayed to right is posted on this page, the text "Africa-related regional notice board" appears in bold text. If it is copied and pasted to another page, it will appear as a wikilink.

Wikipedians actively working on Africa-related topics[edit]

  • iFaqeer (Talk to me!)
  • Peregrine981 09:53, Dec 7, 2004 (UTC)
  • Ambi 12:19, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)
  • SimonP 18:01, Dec 7, 2004 (UTC)
  • Mustafaa 10:57, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)
  • mark 12:33, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC) (African languages & linguistics, ethnolinguistics, history, maps)
  • Neutrality/talk 00:25, Dec 13, 2004 (UTC)
  • Rjhatl 12:31, 22 Dec 2004 (UTC)
  • Grutness|hello? Grutness.jpg 13:18, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC) (but I'm only moving general geography stubs into Africa-geo-stubs for now)
  • Mount Pleasant (available to help out/open to suggestions, esp. Southern Africa, post-colonial politics & issues) --Mount Pleasant 16:13, 10 Jan 2005 (UTC)
  • Jcw69 (talk) --- looking after articles relating to southern Africa
  • Warofdreams 13:48, 8 Feb 2005 (UTC) - working on sub-Saharan Africa, especially places.
  • Tuf-Kat 01:25, Feb 14, 2005 (UTC) - all kinds of world music, (especially) including African
  • BanyanTree 17:14, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC) - (Greater Horn, Great Lakes, and conflict/politics)
  • Dewet 17:35, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC) - Southern Africa, especially the Western Cape.
  • Ombudsman 08:02, 14 Mar 2005 (UTC) - primatology
  • — Matt Crypto 22:46, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC) — the odd Kenyan or Tanzanian topic.
  • Gyrofrog (talk) — watching and editing (and occasionally creating) articles about Ethiopia
  • TreveX 00:49, 27 Apr 2005 (UTC)
  • Gicheru 03:21, 29 May 2005 (UTC) Decolonization of Africa
  • Amcaja 18:32, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC) (talk) — writing articles on all things Cameroonian
  • Dvyost 07:09, 24 Jun 2005 (UTC) pitching in where I can
  • Guaka, Mali, West Africa, languages (working on the Bambara Wikipedia)
  • Revolución 03:35, 30 July 2005 (UTC)
  • Acntx 07:06, 8 August 2005 (UTC)
  • Szvest 22:49, August 27, 2005 (UTC) Wiki me up™
  • Codex Sinaiticus 18:55, 30 August 2005 (UTC) በ አማርኛ ዊኪፔድያ (Amharic Wikipedia) መጋቢ
  • llywrch -- Been working primarily on Ethiopian history topics for several months now, mostly biographies. Comments welcome.
  • Smmurphy 05:06, 29 October 2005 (UTC) - esspecially Sierra Leone
  • Sonelle (talk) 13:21, 14 November 2005 (UTC) Southern African articles (as time permits)
  • Wikiacc (talk) Been working on various random African country articles for some time.
  • Ezeu: Been working on East African related topics, as well as African Music.
  • omoo (talk), working on East African (Tanzania and Kenya) articles, and preventing vandalism
  • Gozar 05:50, 18 December 2005 (UTC); Great Lakes, DR Congo, micellaneous
  • Huldra 15:22, 12 January 2006 (UTC): Tanzania, Kenya, Mali
  • Aldux 17:45, 12 January 2006 (UTC): Kenya, Zambia, Chad
  • Nausea 17:21, 14 January 2006 (UTC): Zimbabwe (economy), Sierra Leone (Regions), South Africa
  • htonl 01:18, 19 January 2006 (UTC): (South Africa geography, institutions, politics & government, with a Western Cape focus)
  • Guinnog 18:17, 19 January 2006 (UTC) : Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bantustans
  • David | Talk 13:45, 19 February 2006 (UTC): Working on Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia and Zimbabwe politics and elections
  • JackyR: Mostly southern Africa, esp South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe. Gathering views about different usages of African language names.
  • ergot 23:46, 19 February 2006 (UTC): West Africa (esp. Nigeria); bios, politics, etc.
  • Joziboy 22:00, 1 March 2006 (UTC): South Africa, Zulu language and culture, Xhosa, South African English, Johannesburg, and various minor things...
  • Yom 04:36, 15 March 2006 (UTC): Mainly Ethiopia and Ethiopian History articles (began a few months ago).
  • SteveRwanda 06:39, 15 March 2006 (UTC): Mainly working on Rwanda articles.
  • Jaw101ie 21:02, 21 March 2006 (UTC) I mostly work on Libya related pages, Libya
  • AkinAjia 22:52, 11 April 2006 (UTC) : Mainly working on Yorubaland; bios, politics etc.
  • Xdamr 12:05, 21 April 2006 (UTC) : South Africa (1870-1950), Jan Smuts, Louis Botha, Jameson Raid.
  • Elf-friend 10:23, 24 May 2006 (UTC) : Mostly South and Southern Africa.
  • Mingus ah um 22:08, 27 May 2006 (UTC) : My primary focus is on the Middle East, but I will surely dabble in articles re: North Africa
  • KI : Chad, CAR, Sudan... and maybe Libya a little
  • Impi 15:45, 7 June 2006 (UTC) Mostly South Africa and military topics
  • Astrokey44 02:42, 13 July 2006 (UTC) geography, history
  • Kahuzi 13:55, 13 July 2006 (UTC) Mainly francophone Africa, especially Chad, Congo, DRC
  • Nannus 22:35, 4 August 2006 (UTC) Main Focus African music and dance, African languages, Cameroon
  • SteveH 14:04, 11 August 2006 (UTC) Southern African history, Christianity in Africa
  • Julius Sahara 17:40, 11 August 2006 (UTC) Mostly Kenya-related topics
  • Merhawie 17:41, 23 August 2006 (UTC) I work on anything Eritrea related.
  • -Justin (koavf)·T·C·M 20:09, 4 September 2006 (UTC) - Mostly Western Sahara-related articles.
  • --Mr Accountable 18:03, 22 October 2006 (UTC) - including corporate and government topics
  • Screensaver 22:45, 22 October 2006 (UTC) (History, Zambia, History of Namibia)
  • A12n 20:24, 3 December 2006 (UTC) : Mostly topics related to African languages, but also other articles on various sujects where I see a need (notably re West Africa); will eventually get into rural economy topics
  • --Dblomgren 04:10, 21 December 2006 (UTC) - Democratic Republic of Congo, Orientale Province villages and rivers, Zande and Lingala language so far.
  • Picaroon 03:32, 23 December 2006 (UTC) Mostly Nigeria
  • Zahir Mgeni 21:18, 20 January 2007 (UTC): esp but not only E Africa: anthropology, ethnobiology, languages, history (mchanganyiko)
  • Themalau 22:16, 30 January 2007 (UTC), Mostly DRC, and Francophone Africa.
  • --Thomas.macmillan 16:24, 4 February 2007 (UTC), all over Africa, mainly stubsorting and creating new stubs, with a particular interest in Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Namibia.
  • Mangwanani 16:20, 5 February 2007 (UTC), Mainly Zimbabwe - people, places and Africa stubs.
  • Bennelliott 22:00, 18 March 2007 (UTC), Mainly South Africa related stubs, and standardising throughout. BennelliottTalkContributions
  • T_L_Miles Trying to organise and flesh out French Imperialism in West and Central Africa
  • Mehmet Karatay 09:24, 19 June 2007 (UTC) Improving the Mount Kenya article, including working on the articles that link from Mount Kenya.
  • Richardshusr - Working on History of Liberia 07:06, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
  • Babakathy - Mainly Zimbabwe, especially geography stubs. Also climate issues. Babakathy 23:25, 29 July 2007 (UTC)
  • venzen (talk) 18:08, 13 July 2008 (UTC) - Education, Open Source Software and SADC, currently Education in Swaziland.
  • Bab-a-lot (talk) 00:42, 19 October 2009 (UTC) Equatorial Guinea, Colonial Africa, Africans in arts and entertainment.
  • AlexandrDmitri (AlexandrDmitri) Would like to get active. I am particularly interested in the Maghreb region. I'm a native French and English speaker so please contact me for any translations. 07:17, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Wikiplayer13 (talk) Watching and editing articles particularly about Somalia and other Horn of African countries.
  • Moongateclimber (talk) 14:52, 29 October 2010 (UTC) I'm interested in "everything Africa", but mostly Sub-Saharan Africa's cultures.
  • Cruks2010(talk) 19:42, 13 December 2010 (UTC) writing and editing about portuguese speaking countries in Africa, mostly Angola and Mozambique.
  • Riannedac 14:07, Apr 1, 2011 (UTC)
  • Isla Haddow 10:23, 12 June 2012 (UTC)working on the WikiAfrica and WikiAfrica Incubator
  • LauraHale (talk) 10:30, 12 June 2012 (UTC) , Mainly sport articles
  • Darreg Darreg (talk) 14:40, 1 May 2014 (UTC) I focus on African Entertainment articles but am open to pages in any other field.
  • Славянский патриот (talk) 06:18, 31 July 2014 (UTC) — Primary focus is the DR Congo, Congo, and CAR. Topics mainly related to politics and military affairs.
  • →Enock4seth (talk) 09:35, 31 January 2015 (UTC) — focusing on Biographies, places and other topics in West Africa.
  • Darouet (talk) 15:09, 3 October 2016 (UTC) Working mostly on geography of East Africa and Rift Valley.
  • --Katangais (talk) 00:43, 3 December 2016 (UTC) Mainly South Africa and Namibia, especially with regards to ethnology and military history.