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The First Quarterly Review of The Community Team at Code For Africa

The year 2022 started on a good note! In this first quarter, we have seen remarkable impact through our community programmes. Over 200 data analysts, technologists, journalists, editors, storytellers and researchers participated in the training, fellowships and conference events that we had organised for the quarter.

We also had Esther Wanza join Code for Africa as the new Community Manager. Wanza leads WanaData (WD), Hacks/Hackers Africa, and CfA’s African Fact-Checking Alliance (AFCA) alongside other related projects.

Community Quarterly Events

WanaData successfully celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 and 9 March 2022. The event chose to challenge and break gender bias and stereotypes in media and tech spaces. In addition, WD highlighted stories and experiences of women who have risen above gender bias and stereotypes to become movers and shakers in the two industries. The event which was held in both anglophone and francophone countries was a huge success.

On 1 April 2022, we held our first International Fact Checking Day(IFCD) event. The event was organised by CfA’s African Fact-Checking Alliance (AFCA). IFCD event attracted over 50 participants across Africa, majority of whom are journalists. The seasoned panelists shared their views on the efficacy of fact-checking in debunking mis/disinformation in Africa and investigating the web.

Keynote speakers for the anglophone session included Emmanuel Bida, Tessa Knight and Kemi Busari, while francophone speakers were Assane Diagne, Armerre Sitochma and Rocard Maleyo.

HacksHackers and WanaData programmes have continued to have monthly meetups in Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Some of the topics that have been covered during the monthly meetups include journalism and legal issues around journalism, fact-checking, data search and analysis, digital security and gender-related content. We are glad to have had collaborative expert trainers and partner organisations tailor each of the topics to suit the needs of participants.

Awards, Prizes and Fellowships

WanaData awarded six fellowships in partnership with World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) to six Wana Data members. Moraa Obiria from Kenya, Anibe Idajili, Olufunmilayo Obadofin, Ijeoma Okereke from Nigeria, Dianah Chiyangwa from South Africa, and Atim Charlotte from Uganda were the successful applicants. The fellows were tasked with covering gender-related stories while using gender-sensitive datasets from the Gender Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), the Gendergap.Africa tool and other gender reports.

On the other hand, Rakiya Muhammad, a WanaData member, was selected among 11 journalists for the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) post-pandemic green recovery grant. The objective of the grant is to investigate Nigeria’s government’s Green Recovery Plans in the Wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

WanaData Nigeria member, Bukola Afeni, emerged third place in the Africa Media Recognition for West African Countries Award by Merck Foundation.

In Tanzania, WanaData members Veronica Romwald Mrema and Tulinagwe Malopa won first prize and third prize respectively in the Media Recognition Award for East African Countries by Merck Foundation.

Additionally, WanaData Nigeria member Blessing Oladunjoye, is among the ten fellows in the 2022 Solutions Journalism Africa by the Nigeria Health Watch. Announcing the winners, the body disclosed that the selected fellows would produce and publish stories on how people respond to various social problems across Nigeria and in their communities.

Want to be involved in WanaData?

Do you want to know more about WanaData activities and opportunities? Please check the WanaData website, and follow us on Twitter (hashtag: #WanaData), LinkedIn and Facebook.

Also, apply to join the community here.

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WanaData is a Pan-African network of female journalists, data scientists and techies working on changing the digital media landscape by producing and promoting data-driven news while applying digital technologies in their storytelling.

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