January 2016 – Wikipedia was born 15 years ago on January 15, 2001 with the sole purpose of providing free and open access to knowledge globally. Over a decade and half down the line, millions of curious online explorers have been impacted by Wikipedia.
As part of celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia worldwide which the organization dubbed #Wikipedia15, a group of Ghanaian Wikipedia enthusiasts gathered at the offices of MiPromo, an Accra based media conglomerate, to celebrate and create awareness about the organization’s work and its importance.
Present at the #Wikipedia15 celebrations were Rexford Nkansah, one of the early members of the Wikimedia Ghana User Group, a Ghanaian chapter working towards the creation of a recognized chapter of the organization in Ghana. Also present were Sandister Tei; co-Founder of Wikimedia Ghana User Group and Ato Ulzen Appiah, Founder of Barcamp Ghana and a longtime supporter of the Ghanaian group.
During the celebrations, Rexford Nkansah said:
“within the 15 years of its existence, Wikipedia has impacted many lives, much knowledge has been shared, and extensive researches have been conducted thanks to its free-to-access.”
Rexford used the occasion to also call for increased participation and spreading the Wikipedia good news to all.
Over 10 strong members from the Wikimedia Ghana User Group were present, including Felix Nartey, Raphael Berchie, and Enock Seth. It was an opportunity for the team members to come together and cheer each one up of the good work being done.
About Wikipedia Ghana
Though a young group, Wikimedia Ghana User Group has, over a 4-year period been able to roll out many projects, many of which were funded by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), the mother organization behind Wikipedia. The group is currently running a WMF funded project to help digitize multimedia content from the Public Records And Archives Department of Ghana, which hopes to be the biggest project since the group’s creation.
The Wikimedia Ghana User Group is dedicated to promoting Wikipedia for education and research, while inviting as many as possible to help contribute to open knowledge, primarily beginning with putting up content relating to Ghana and Africa.
Source: Rexford Nkansah