Food, a Wikipedia community driver in Côte d’Ivoire

When we have a question, we often turn to Wikipedia to find the answer. However, this free encyclopaedia does not cover as many African topics as with other world regions. This is mainly due to the fact that few Africans contribute to Wikipedia.

Wiki Loves Africa
Samuel Guebo, presenting the Kumusha Takes Wiki project.


During the creation of the Kumusha Takes Wiki project, Isla Haddow-Flood and Florence Devouard came up with the Wiki Loves Africa contest as a fun way for people to share daily life in Africa on Wikipedia. Within the Orange Foundation, we thought this idea was great and we decided to partially finance the contest. The project started in 2014, with the theme of food.

Samuel Guebo worked closely with the Wikipedia community which has developed in Abidjan with the Kumusha Takes Wiki project: "Being in charge of the organisation of the Wiki Loves Africa contest between October and November 2014 in Côte d’Ivoire, I attended various photography training sessions, uploading sessions as well as photo hunts. Finally, Côte d’Ivoire won the contest with more than 900 photos relating to food."

In total, Côte d’Ivoire registered 996 entries, which was a record for the contest. The images also allowed the creation of a series of wikibooks containing the country’s recipes and cooking customs, which Ivorian women contributed to significantly. "The development of this book required more than four writing sessions, photo hunts and training sessions." notes Samuel Guebo. "Food was an extremely popular topic for the women. In terms of other topics, women represent more than 65% of the Côte d’Ivoire Wikimedia community."

Wiki Loves Africa 2014 encouraged the sharing of photos and content, illustrating all aspects of African cooking: production, supply, processing, preparation, sale... During the contest, groups of volunteers organised cooking tournaments, demonstrations, photo hunts and even Wikipedia discovery workshops.

>>>The "Come and eat" wikibook containing Ivorian recipes and cooking customs.

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