The Kumusha Takes Wiki project created a suite of knowledge spread and creation across different communities in Africa. The project, supported by the Orange Foundation, was driven by trained Wikipedians in Residence and consisted of two stand-alone actions: Kumusha Takes Wiki community activation and Wiki Loves Africa.
The projects used community journalism to gather community-relevant information on a diverse array of topics pertinent to African heritage, culture, notable persons, geographical features, and a great many other things. The project gave a public voice to communities across Africa, empowering them to share their own histories and, through training, to acquire valuable and transferable skills.
The word Kumusha comes from the Shona language of Zimbabwe, denoting the place where one comes from. The name of the project, “Kumusha Takes Wiki” rather than “Wiki Takes Kumusha” is not an error: we want to outline the need for appropriation of the project by African people. This project was not be about Wikipedians hunting for African content, but rather about facilitating freely-licensed content created by African people and raising awareness about the benefits of sharing their efforts with others on Wikimedia projects.
Kumusha Takes Wiki was conceived by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow Flood (WikiAfrica, at the Africa Centre) in 2013. It is under Creative Commons attribution share-alike licence. The project is supported in 2013-2014 by the Orange Foundation in Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda within the frame of Activate Africa (Orange Foundation).
Currently, the following people are involved in the implementation of the project:
- Isla HaddowFlood (co-project leader)
- Florence Devouard (co-project leader)
- Moses März (researcher)
- user:Notconfusing : Maximilian Klein (researcher)
- Iolanda Pensa
- Cyriac Gbogou: Côte d’Ivoire
- Erina Mukuta: Uganda
- Samuel Guebo: Côte d’Ivoire
Kumusha Takes Wiki is possible due to the support of:
Wikipedian in Community for Uganda, Erina Mukuta, outlines her plans for Kumusha Take Wiki:
Wikipedian in Community for Cote d’Ivoire, Cyriac Gbogou, outlines his plans for Kumusha Take Wiki: