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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 http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page 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 http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reach/Regional_Analysis/Sub-Saharan_Africa 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 http://commons.wikimedia.org -- 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 http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation, 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

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]