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Wikipedia partners Yoruba to promote, preserve, protect history, others

To promote, preserve and protect the Yoruba history, language and culture, the world’s largest online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has started a partnership with the International Centre for Yoruba Arts

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To promote, preserve and protect the Yoruba history, language and culture, the world’s largest online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has started a partnership with the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture (the Yoruba World Centre).

The collaboration interest was presented to the Centre, last Saturday, at the University of Ibadan (UI), by the Yoruba Wikimedians User Group, one of the 183 international representatives of Wikimedia Foundation Incorporation, the operators of Wikipedia.

According to the administrator, the intention of the Wikimedians is to use the resources of the Yoruba World Centre to improve the quality and credibility of content on Yoruba Wikipedia, and to promote the Centre among Yoruba academics, students and researchers all over the world.

RESPONDING, the YWC Coordinator recounted that the Centre had been on the ground since 2014 but was formally presented to the public by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, late last year and had lived up to expectations as the engine room for documentation, preservation and promotion of Yoruba history, language, arts and culture.

He said the Centre was in collaboration with other language and culture development organisations like the Centre for Yoruba Language Engineering (CEYOLENG), Egbe Akomolede ati Asa, the Yoruba Studies Association (YSAN) the Dawn Commission and others, so as to be able to deliver on its mandate, saying that this will go a long way in achieving the desires of Wikipedia.