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Welcome to the Months of African Cinema Global Contest!Edit

Greetings!

The AfroCine Project core team is happy to inform you that the Months of African Cinema Contest is happening again this year in October and November. We invite Wikipedians all over the world to join in improving content related to African cinema on Wikipedia!

Please list your username under the participants’ section of the contest page to indicate your interest in participating in this contest. The term "African" in the context of this contest, includes people of African descent from all over the world, which includes the diaspora and the Caribbean.

The following prizes would be recognized at the end of the contest:

  • Overall winner
    • 1st - $500
    • 2nd - $200
    • 3rd - $100
  • Diversity winner - $100
  • Gender-gap fillers - $100
  • Language Winners - up to $100*
Also look out for local prizes from affiliates in your countries or communities! For further information about the contest, the prizes and how to participate, please visit the contest page here. For further inquiries, please leave comments on the contest talkpage or on the main project talkpage. We look forward to your participation.--Jamie Tubers (talk) 23:20, 30th September 2021 (UTC)

Ýou can opt-out of this annual reminder from The Afrocine Project by removing your username from this list

Job openingEdit

m:Wiki In Africa is looking for a « Community Facilitator » part time. Distance. Flexible hours. To work on exciting projects such as Wiki Loves Africa. Timeline to apply extended till Feb 6th.
Check out :https://www.wikiinafrica.org/2022/01/17/wiki-in-africa-is-expanding-community-facilitator-2022/

One of your project's articles has been selected for improvement!Edit

Hello,
Please note that First Sudanese Civil War, which is within this project's scope, has been selected as one of the Articles for improvement. The article is scheduled to appear on Wikipedia's Community portal in the "Articles for improvement" section for one week, beginning today. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate to improve the article. Thanks, and happy editing!
Delivered by MusikBot talk 00:05, 7 March 2022 (UTC) on behalf of the AFI team

Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement guidelines ratification voting open from 7 to 21 March 2022Edit

Hello everyone,

The ratification voting process for the revised enforcement guidelines of the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) is now open! Voting commenced on SecurePoll on 7 March 2022 and will conclude on 21 March 2022. Please read more on the voter information and eligibility details.

The Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) provides a baseline of acceptable behavior for the entire movement. The revised enforcement guidelines were published 24 January 2022 as a proposed way to apply the policy across the movement. You can read more about the UCoC project.

You can also comment on Meta-wiki talk pages in any language. You may also contact the team by email: ucocproject wikimedia.org

Sincerely,

Movement Strategy and Governance

Zuz (WMF) (talk) 10:38, 11 March 2022 (UTC)

Invitation to Episode 11 of WikiAfrica Hour (Podcasting Wikipedia Women)Edit

Dear all,

This is to invite you to WikiAfrica Hour episode 11, titled Podcasting Wikipedia Women, where we'll be celebrating some Wiki women, and their podcast initiatives. Date: 25th March 2022. Time: 4pm UTC. Details: WikiAfrica Hour Ceslause (talk) 11:05, 24 March 2022 (UTC)

Draft:Afro-Pakistanis, can some one adopt it?Edit

Greetings,


Happen to come across a interesting Draft:Afro-Pakistanis which still needs refs and other updates. I suppose, it will be good if some one comes forward to adopt and update the article draft; since the user who created seems to have been blocked for some other reason.


Thanks and warm regards

Bookku, 'Encyclopedias = expanding information & knowledge' (talk) 08:05, 25 March 2022 (UTC)

FAR for ChadEdit

I have nominated Chad for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. (t · c) buidhe 23:24, 25 March 2022 (UTC) I have nominated Shangani Patrol for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. (t · c) buidhe 17:56, 2 April 2022 (UTC)

Requested move at Talk:Ministry of Environment, Foresty and Tourism (Namibia)#Requested move 24 March 2022Edit

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Ministry of Environment, Foresty and Tourism (Namibia)#Requested move 24 March 2022 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. 🐶 EpicPupper (he/him | talk) 17:15, 7 April 2022 (UTC)

Article titles for rulers of the Mali EmpireEdit

I have started a discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Royalty and Nobility about what conventions should be followed for titling articles on the mansas of Mali. Ornithopsis (talk) 04:13, 9 April 2022 (UTC)

Content dispute at EthiopiaEdit

There is a content dispute at the main article Ethiopia (Talk:Ethiopia#April 2022) that would benefit from input from knowledgeable editors.--Cúchullain t/c 19:10, 14 April 2022 (UTC)

Paragon D FlowkillerEdit

Udochukwu Emeka Ekpe known as Paragon D Flowkiller is a fast raising Nigerian singer Jimeen (talk) 07:00, 17 April 2022 (UTC)

Invitation to Episode 12 of WikiAfrica Hour, titled, "Who is Maryana Iskander?"Edit

Dear all,

This is to invite you to the episode 12 of WikiAfrica Hour, titled, "Who is Maryana Iskander?", where Maryana Iskander will be sharing her plans, aspirations for the Wikimedia Foundation, and her approach towards solving the movement-related problems. Date:22nd April 2022, Time:4pm UTC. Come prepared with questions you would like to ask her, or better still drop the questions via https://w.wiki/55Fs for us to ask on your behalf. Ceslause (talk) 20:26, 20 April 2022 (UTC)

Invitation to Episode 12 of WikiAfrica Hour, titled, "Who is Maryana Iskander?"Edit

Hello everyone! It promises to be an interesting conversation on community diversity, Annual planning, motivations, aspirations, as we sit with the CEO of Wikimedia Foundation, w:Maryana Iskander. Date: 22nd April 2022. Time:4pm UTC. You can drop questions via https://w.wiki/55Fs or ask them Live during the session. Ceslause (talk) 10:26, 22 April 2022 (UTC)

Merge Poverty in Africa with main Africa pageEdit

I would like to propose that this page be merged into the Africa page. I do not make this proposition lightly or without deep thought.

Here's why I am proposing this change. I teach an undergraduate information literacy course to undergraduate students, mostly freshmen. They arrive at university with a false impression that Africa is 1 place with 1 set of problems which can be solved by the UN or some NGOs. They then try to write a 3-5 page paper on something relating to a UNSDG. Often with research questions such as "How can the UN reduce poverty in Africa." When I tell them this is too broad for a 3-5 page paper and that Africa is too big and diverse to have 1 problem with poverty etc...They then say but Wikipedia does that and they are correct. However, this article and others like it are very misleading to my students here in Florida and I bet in other US states who have a weak grasp of geography.

I also noticed while looking into this issue that Wikipedia has articles for poverty in individual western countries and Asian countries with no over arching "Poverty in Europe," "Poverty in North America," or "Poverty in Asia" articles, there is one for Africa and one for South America. This is very problematic. It reinforces, pejorative, colonial views that those giant diverse land masses can be addressed as whole places with so much in common that 1 article is acceptable. It reinforces the opinion of many in the US that Africa is 1 country, with massive problems which needs "our" help.

I find it very distressing that Wikipedia, a resource I contribute to, continues to reinforce such antiquated views of Africa. I know that news organizations, NGOs, the UN, and other governments discuss Africa as a whole but that is no excuse for Wikipedia to continue to breathe life into centuries old colonial views.

In summation, please consider eliminating all the articles which address Africa as a singularity and add to or create entries which deal with Africa in a similar way to other continents (other than those for South America). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kierstyc (talkcontribs) 22:12, 22 April 2022 (UTC)

  • I know that news organizations, NGOs, the UN, and other governments discuss Africa as a whole - and that is precisely why we have an article on it, even if the article quite bad and needs improvement. It's considered a valid category for study (Brookings Institute World Bank), whether we like it or not. The African Union, somewhat by its very nature, looks at poverty on a continent wide basis ([1]). It is not our job to WP:RIGHTGREATWRONGS. If anything, it seems like we are potentially missing the "poverty in Europe" and so on articles (example). -Indy beetle (talk) 00:19, 24 April 2022 (UTC)
    Thanks for explaining the rational. I understand that but my students and I bet many other students and non-students don't understand. Could there be a sentence or 2 in the introduction which say something like;
    While the African Union, the UN and other organizations look at poverty in Africa as a whole, the efficacy is questionable. Africa is a large, diverse continent, with multiple conflicting and confounding reasons why African nations typically fall toward the bottom of any list measuring small size economic activity, such as income per capita or GDP per capita, despite a wealth of natural resources.
    I have 2 more weeks of intense grading but after that I can help fix and source this article more appropriately if that would help. I am a senior instructor at the University of South Florida with an MLIS and an MA in International Affairs. I've only ever done a tiny bit of editing in the past. So I would need and appreciate a lot of help making sure I get things in Wikipedia style. Kierstyc (talk) 15:54, 24 April 2022 (UTC)
    • Per WP:NODISCLAIMERS, we can't just go around adding statements because we find something unfortunate or disagree with its logic. We would need sources, particularly scholarly ones, which openly criticize an attempt to analyze poverty in Africa on a continental basis for us to have a reason to add such a statement. I have, however, seen scholarly & good news sources which make note of the stereotypes of poverty in Africa and poverty porn media coverage, so we could probably create a section in the article like "Public perception" or "Media depictions" which discuss the phenomenon. -Indy beetle (talk) 05:17, 25 April 2022 (UTC)
      I can help work on that in a couple of weeks. I've seen similar articles such as that and ones addressing my suggested sentence. I just didn't want to spend time finding sources if there wasn't a possiblity of the suggestions being accepted. I really appreciate all your feedback. Kierstyc (talk) 15:28, 25 April 2022 (UTC)

User script to detect unreliable sourcesEdit

I have (with the help of others) made a small user script to detect and highlight various links to unreliable sources and predatory journals. Some of you may already be familiar with it, given it is currently the 39th most imported script on Wikipedia. The idea is that it takes something like

  • John Smith "Article of things" Deprecated.com. Accessed 2020-02-14. (John Smith "[https://www.deprecated.com/article Article of things]" ''Deprecated.com''. Accessed 2020-02-14.)

and turns it into something like

It will work on a variety of links, including those from {{cite web}}, {{cite journal}} and {{doi}}.

The script is mostly based on WP:RSPSOURCES, WP:NPPSG and WP:CITEWATCH and a good dose of common sense. I'm always expanding coverage and tweaking the script's logic, so general feedback and suggestions to expand coverage to other unreliable sources are always welcomed.

Do note that this is not a script to be mindlessly used, and several caveats apply. Details and instructions are available at User:Headbomb/unreliable. Questions, comments and requests can be made at User talk:Headbomb/unreliable.

- Headbomb {t · c · p · b}

This is a one time notice and can't be unsubscribed from. Delivered by: MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:00, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

Notability of Abu-Abdullah AdelabuEdit

I was looking over the page on the Ghana Empire, which brought the page on Abu-Abdullah Adelabu to my attention. Back in 2011–2012, Johnjofe added mentions of this person to several pages, including Ghana Empire. However, many of the claims on these pages seem to fail verification: for instance, I have not been able to find any references to a work by Adelabu titled The Ghana World: A Pride For The Continent prior to its mention on the Ghana Empire page in 2012, and the citations in the paragraph in question appear largely irrelevant to the topic at hand. The article on Adelabu himself is poorly sourced, and most of the sources are seemingly either self-published webpages or don't mention him at all. I am not convinced Abu Abdullah Adelabu is notable; if he is, his article needs serious revision to line up with WP:BLP. The paragraph on his comments about the historiography of the Ghana Empire also needs better sourcing or should be deleted. I suspect several of Johnjofe's other contributions also need review. BLPs are out of my wheelhouse, so I figured I'd take my concerns here rather than going straight to AfD. Ornithopsis (talk) 01:44, 30 April 2022 (UTC)

  • Having looked at some of the sources, I say take it to AfD. -Indy beetle (talk) 09:51, 30 April 2022 (UTC)

Notice of Good Article reassessmentEdit

Hi there! This is a notice that I have opened an individual Good Article reassessment on the article Guinea-Bissau women's national football team, which falls under the domain of this WikiProject. The review can be seen at this link (Talk:Guinea-Bissau women's national football team/GA2) and any editor is welcome to help fix it up so that it can maintain GA status. Thanks! PCN02WPS (talk | contribs) 20:15, 2 May 2022 (UTC)

Additionally, I have opened the following reassessments as well. PCN02WPS (talk | contribs) 06:13, 5 May 2022 (UTC)

Metamizole (Dipyrone) medication availability in African countriesEdit

 
World map of availability of Metamizole (Dipyrone)
   Over-the-counter with limited restrictions.
   Available, but no data on the requirement of prescriptions.
   Prescription-only, with fairly limited restrictions on its use.
   Prescription-only, with extensive restrictions on its use.
   Banned for human use. It may still be used by veterinary cases.
   No data.

Hello,

I have recently worked on the Metamizole (Dipyrone) article, and I have tried to improve the availability map as much as I could.

I would like to ask help in knowing in which countries it is available OTC, if it needs prescription, or if it is not available/banned.

If you have information and don't want to edit the map yourself, you can comment at the File Talk page c:File_talk:Metamizole_(Dipyrone)_Availability_World_Map.svg and that would be enormously helpful. There are some countries that it is not available at the drug store, and only for hospitalized patients (Kuwait and Bangladesh), so asking a pharmacist could help clear any doubt.

Thanks! :)

Arthurfragoso (talk) 20:01, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Several issuesEdit

I've several issues. Bokoharamwatch (talk) 21:52, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

Three, in fact, at least. An article, firstly and secondly, on Cameroun and Nigeria apiece have been moved to drafts (July 2015 Adamawa and Borno States attacks, August 2021 Cameroon clashes) but a similar article on Chad wasn't (2005 Chad attacks). Also the kidnap attempt I discussed earlier was also denied. Bokoharamwatch (talk) 21:55, 14 May 2022 (UTC)