Check what the Movement achieved already:
  • 410 Movement Members
  • 197 Articles Produced
  • 500K Article Views
  • 231.5K Words Added

Movement’s Achievements

Click on any language to discover more about its diffusion and see the COVID articles translation status. Read them on Wikipedia or take action and translate one today!
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  • Twi 9 million native speakers
  • Swahili 100 million native speakers
  • Sesotho/Sotho 5.6 million native speakers
  • isiXhosa 8.2 million native speakers
  • Zulu/isiZulu 12 million native speakers
  • Afrikaans 7.2 million native speakers
  • Shona 8.3 million native speakers
  • Wolof 5.5 million native speakers
  • Yoruba 40 million native speakers
  • Igbo 45 million native speakers
  • Fula/Pulaar 30 million native speakers
  • Hausa 80 million native speakers
  • Tshivenda 1.2 million native speakers
  • Setswana 5.2 million native speakers
  • Luo 4.2 million native speakers
  • Eleme 50 thousand native speakers
  • Dagbani 1.16 million native speakers

Movement’s Stories


Thanks to Mor and his involvement the Covid-19 article is now available on Wikipedia for 10 million people that speak Wolof. He signed up to support the movement and translated the article in Milan, then the translation was checked by a professor in Senegal and another professor and editor in New York. 0It was then uploaded by our Wikimedia volunteer in Windhoek (Namibia).


Zwivhuya is part of the Constitution Hill (South Africa) team, and from her home in Johannesburg she has helped us to launch the movement with her translation. As part of our growing movement, language experts in South Africa have also volunteered to check her translation.


She’s one of our movement’s most productive members, translating information on Covid-19 into Sesotho, an official language in South Africa, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe spoken by over 13million people. Despite the pressures of studies, she took a moment away from her Tourism Management studies at the University of Johannesburg to support this Covid-response effort.


"When I heard of COVID-19, I thought it was beyond the understanding of non-elites, but I have learned to appreciate the power of language. I will give my best to see that my community—The Luo—Can also access the vital information concerning this pandemic."


“It is a great pleasure that the Indigenous People of Eleme, a minority of the minorities' tribe, can access COVID-19 information in their own Language.” Mr Ollorwwi Osaro Chairman at Eleme Language Center, decided to join the movement and translate with his faculty all 10 articles on Covid-19 in Eleme.

Peri Mason

“I collaborated with my mom to write the articles, she did the proof reading and I the translation of the base article in English to IsiXhosa and IsiZulu. The process was so enriching and eye opening for the both of us. My mom said reading the article in isiZulu “took her back to her schooling days” because there isn’t enough material on the internet in our native tongues. I encourage everyone to join in and narrow the knowledge gap on the internet.”

Refiloe and Kennet

This is Refiloe and Kenneth. Despite not living in the same city for over 10 years, the siblings were able to come together and help so many others. Now, thanks to them, information about covid-19 has been translated into Setswana, an official language of South Africa spoken by over 4 million people. Setswana is also spoken by a further 8 million across Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.


Rossouw is part of WikimediaZA, the South African chapter of Wikimedia, and he has been collaborating with us for a few months now. On top of the translation of the articles, he's taking care of uploading on Wikipedia articles translated and proofread by other volunteers from the movement.


Working in education for over a decade, a former head teacher, Alhassan is now a schedule Officer in Nanton District Education Office, in Ghana. “I see this as an opportunity to learn, and contribute ideas. We should be able to translate all this knowledge into our local language. Maybe one day it can be recognized globally.”


This is Hajara, a student from Tamale, Ghana. ”I'm a Dagomba by tribe and I'll love to see the Dagbani language being among other international languages when searching for something in Dagbani, so this motivated me to join this challenge when it was introduced to me by a friend so that I can also help promote the Dagbani language.”


This is Musah. By day, he teaches Dagbani and Mathematics at The Little Way R/C Junior High School in Tamale, Ghana. When he’s not doing this he’s a special kind of agent! He’s a Water Sanitation and Hygiene company agent.


This is Peter. He's a young graduate from Tarikpaa, Savelugu in Ghana, who took an interest in “sharing my little knowledge in the free encyclopedia”. Besides the desire to share, Peter noted he was motivated to participate in AfroCuration as he also wished to be able to learn from the free encyclopedia too.


What is this campaign about?

Whilst most of the world discusses Coronavirus, millions cannot join the conversation on the virus because this information is not available in their language. To spark creativity in solutions to the problems we are facing, we need knowledge on what the situation is. Translating knowledge about Covid-19 can help people locally understand and create new and useful solutions as a response, which in some cases can be life-saving.

What Wikipedia articles are you asking to be translated?

To respond to the pandemic, we are encouraging writers of African languages to translate information into their languages. We have adapted and simplified the 10 most important entries needed to spark solutions about Coronavirus and related health concepts not yet available on Wikipedia in African languages. Our focus is ‘stationary facts’. We’re not competing with TV and radio for latest updates, but people need to know (for example) what social distancing is, and why it’s important.The 10 articles are:

  • Covid-19 Simplified Base Document
  • Social Distancing/ Physical Distancing
  • Hand Washing
  • Pandemic
  • Infectious diseases
  • Airborne disease
  • Vaccine
  • Environment
  • Diagnosis
  • Face masks


Why do you use Wikipedia and not a different platform?

Wikipedia is one of the 10 most used website in the world, with 18 billion user every month. It’s free and accessible almost anywhere. All information are user-generated and can be modified and improved by anyone, anytime. If you think you might have a better solution to spread information in indigenous African languages about Covid-19, reach out and send an email to

Why don’t you encourage people to write an article about Covid-19 in African languages directly on Wikipedia?

We love Wikipedia, but the process of adding an article directly on the website can take quite some time for people who don’t know how to use the platform correctly. So, we teamed up with local Wikimedia Chapters to seek their support in uploading the article you will be creating. This way contents will be generated faster and you can focus on translating without worrying about technical staff.

Can I write an article directly on Wikipedia?

Sure! Just make sure you’re logged into your Wikipedia account, and that you send us your username so we can add your effort to the movement for reporting.

Who will check if my translation is well made?

In the first place, you. It is your responsibility to make the first draft as good as possible. As we said, seek for family and friends help if you are not sure about your translation. The article will be than checked and uploaded on Wikipedia. And one of the great things of adding a content on Wikipedia is having a community ready to improve and edit any article, if needed.

I have submitted my application more than 48h ago and I’m still waiting for the article to be translated. What else can I do?

Sorry about that. There might be 2 main reasons:

  1. We have received tons of application and we’re doing our best to fulfil every request on time. Bear with us!
  2. The articles in the languages you can translate in have been already translated. Check on Wikipedia and see if you can improve any of them. In the meantime, we might increase the list of articles to be translated. So stay tuned and check your inbox regularly.

I’m close to the end of the 4 days deadline and I’m still not finished. What can I do?

No worries. We love that you’re taking some time to run the best translation ever (?). Just write in red at the top of the article or add a comment that you need an extra 24h to complete your task, so we don’t assign the article to someone else.

I’ve changed my mind and I don’t feel like translating anymore. What happen?

While we are sorry to hear that, no worries. Please write in red at the top of the article that you are not going to complete the task or add a comment. Someone else will pick from where you left. If you change your mind, sign up again and start fresh.

Can I go outside?

Not really, sorry about that! Follow the safety instructions shared in your country and stay safe! Studies have proved that translating online in African indigenous languages is one of the best ways to spend your time while you’re forced home (prove we’re wrong if you can 😊)