Knowledge gap about the African continent on Wikipedia has persisted for so long. The fact that there are more articles on Wikipedia about Paris, than there are about Africa, is quite alarming. In 2018, UNESCO reported that over 300 African languages are endangered and more than 52 have already become extinct. Wikipedia has also become one of the greatest tools for preserving and stalling the rate at which these languages are dissipating yet there are not more than 100,000 articles written in any single African language.
The gaps are glare with the current demographics of Wikipedia contributors all points to the fact that there is a systematic bias in the knowledge that is being produced on the site and the fact that we have the opportunity to improve the narrative is heartwarming. Part of the problem is low awareness, lack of capacity building, and low contribution from the region.
In view of this, Open Foundation West Africa has been selected as an implementing partner of the Wikivibrance Campaign for Ghana to engage Wikimedia communities to improve this narrative through the Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI).
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