Wikidata:Wiki Mentor Africa

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The Wiki Mentor Africa program is designed to help new and inexperienced developers/programmers in the African communities on not just how to make edits on Wikidata but mentoring Africans on building/maintaining Wikidata tools by pairing them with more experienced wikidata tool creators/contributors. These creators/contributors (referred to as mentors) will "adopt" newer developers, guiding them along the way as they learn about Wikidata tools and its various aspects.
The aim of the project is to build a community of Wikidata tool creators and maintainers thereby improving the technical capacity in Africa.


  • Develop technical capacity for African Wikimedia communities.
  • Promote skills transfer from capable communities/individuals to less capable communities/individuals.
  • Increase the number of Wikidata tools/maintainers/programmers.
  • Recruit new Wikimedia Tool contributors/creators.
  • Foster collaborations aimed at solving issues peculiar to African communities.
  • Ensure Wikimedia technical skills become less Eurocentric.
  • Organise annual event/conference/contests for all mentors, mentees and the general public.

How it Works[edit]

The project will pilot with a series of online training/workshops on Wikidata tools.

Every month, a workshop/training will be centered on a particular tool. We will be having at least 3 online live sessions on the chosen Wikidata tool and each session will have a duration of 1hr. The 1st session will focus on introducing the tool of the month; what the tool is, the idea behind the tool, why it was created, and how to use the tool. The 2nd will then take a look at how the tool was made. Looking at the backend of the tool; what programming language was used, the structure/architecture used. Explaining each module/feature and programming style used. And the 3rd session will focus on the maintenance issues/requirements, how to contribute to the tool.

The workshop/training will be facilitated by contributor(s) of that tool and at the end of each training/workshop, participants can then signup to be mentored by the facilitator(s) of the workshop by clicking on Mentors List where you will find mentors that are available and accepting new mentees. and by extension, be attached to the team behind the tool for mentorship as regards contributing to the tool.


Being mentored is easy and fun. Why not select a mentor from the list of Mentors and contact them directly to request Mentorship? If you choose a Mentor who shares your interests, they will be more able to assist you while you learn under their guidance or Join the WMA Telegram group

View the list of Mentors!

Upcoming Events[edit]

Please be informed that the 13th edition of Wiki Mentor Africa, initially scheduled for this Sunday, 28th May,2023 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. We deeply regret any inconvenience caused by this change. We are actively working on identifying a new date and will update this page as soon as the information is available. We greatly appreciate your understanding and continued support.

Is Mentorship right for you?[edit]

Mentorship needs a commitment from you! You are expected to stick around, practice and learn to work with others, and demonstrate a willingness to contribute across a broad range of Wikidata activities. Mentorship isn't for getting short-term assistance with a particular problem. There are other help forums for that.

If you're an African and new or inexperienced and would like a single point of contact to:

  • Guide you through understanding our key policies and guidelines
  • Discuss a range of questions about editing Wikidata, contributing to Wikidata tools, and possibly create your first Wikidata tool
  • Receive guidance on interacting with other developers and contributors, and a host of other activities on Wikidata, like help out by preventing-vandalism or doing routine maintenance tasks

...then finding a Mentor could be just the thing for you!

Whilst many Mentors take a structured, step-by-step approach to guiding new editors through the various elements of working on Wikidata/media wiki, others are more informal. They may prefer to simply steer you through key areas you're having difficulty with, and answer questions when you encounter problems.