The Wikimedia Kenya!
Hoi, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the Chinese. Today, I’m back
to where I belong. I mean, the story would be about the East African things. Will talk about the activities and the ongoing movements made by a number of the Kenyans from Nairobi. I’m talking about the Board Members lead by Alex Wafula, Stephen Wanjau, David Mugo, Anne Njeri and finally Oscar Limoke (the one and Only).
The idea of establishing the chapter was brought by Abbas Mahmoud, former participant and winner of the 2009 Google Wikipedia Challenge. Took him few weeks to draw out the bylaw and submit it to the appropriate site. Slowly managed to initiate the Mailing list which gathered a number of volunteers to share their ideas and help creating some strategies in order to make the chapter established. Abbas created the page to the Wikimedia Kenya site and later Limoke made it into the CD, DVD, PDF, etc.
By then, it was only Samson Maosa, Oscar Limoke, Oliver Stegen, and Abbas Mahmoud. BUT the movements inspired various numbers of Kenyans to join the cause. If you happen to be on the mailing list, I guess you know the activities and plans shows up on your mail box. However, I don’t see Maosa on the move quite often. When the plan for founding the chapter, there was:
Mohammed George – (this is me)!
Those are the guys who helped the establishment of the chapter. Abbas played a major role, but did not wish to engage himself on the Board (that made me nicknamed him the Kenyan Mandela). And when I asked him about the position on the Wikimedia Kenya, said:
“I do not have an official role in Wikimedia Kenya.– Abbas.”
A few days ago, The WMF blog covers how offline Wikipedia reaches Kenyan schools by means of a Wikimedia Kenya project. Wafula was notified via Swahili Wikipedia user talk page about that there are have been a signpost talks about the Wikimedia movement in Kenya:
“The Kenyan chapter – the only one in the region – officially launched the project at Wikipedia’s Anniversary on January 14, 2011; the project covers 30 schools in three regions, in which a team of volunteers travel to remote parts of Kenya to share offline Wikipedia with students, installing offline versions of the English Wikipedia from a disc or memory stick in schools that have computers. The volunteers then provide both teachers and students with tutorials on how to operate the database.”–
When you read the story on the Wikimedia Blog, you’ll find it very interesting – seeing how people gathered together and spread the information/awareness of Wikipedia in a rural areas for free! Back in 2011, I was introduced to Stephen Wanjau by Asaf Bartov that the guy is heading to Dar es Salam to deliver some Wikipedia training to a group of librarians, teachers, and IT personnel as part of a larger 3-day training event in Dar, run by the ITOCA organization.
But I couldn’t be able to meet with the guy. The training was taking place during the week-days which seemed to be pretty hard for me to attend the training. It was painful, but swamped with a job. On the 30th April 2012, Alex Wafula made the main page makeover and give the official Wikimedia Kenya website a new look. And now is following the allocation of the roles given to the Board Members of the WMKE:
Chairman – David Mugo
Vice chaiman – Oscar Limoke
Project Manager – Alex Wafula
Treasurer – Stephen Wanjau
Secretary – Ann Njeri.