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Sadik Shahadu

Meet Farida Bedwei: The Ghanaian Female Tech Genius With Cerebral Palsy condition

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Farida Nana Efua Bedwei born (April 6, 1979) is a Ghanaian software engineer and an author. She is the co-founder of a fin-tech company in Ghana called Logiciel Ltd. Farida Bedwei has built mobile and enterprise applications and is also known for her knowledge of software architecture and deploying mobile services, particularly for banking applications. 


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Farida has lived in many countries growing up including Dominica, Grenada and the UK before moving to Ghana at age 9. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was home-schooled until she turned 12. Her parents discovered her passion for technology at the age of 15. She was immediately enrolled in a one-year computer course at the St. Michael information technology center, making her one of the youngest in her class.

Farida Bedwei began her career as a software developer at Softtribe. She later moved to Rancard Solutions Ltd where she progressed from the position of solutions analyst to Senior Software Architect from 2001 to 2010. She has also worked with several tech companies such as G-Life Microfinance and KPMG Accra before moving on to establish her own companyLogiciel Ltd. Her first book, a mini-autobiography titled ''Definition of a miracle'' has since won her several awards such as

''Special Award'' by President Abdel Fattah El SISIspecial award by President John MahamaLegacy and Legacy Ideas Award, Government Award Financial Sector and was the winner of ''Most Influential Women in Business''.


Farida also created a cerebral palsy superhero. Her comic character called‘Karmzah’ gets her power from her crutches that she has to use for her cerebral palsy.

Farida is a tech genius!







Sadik Shahadu

Public Domain Day 2020 Celebration in Accra Ghana organized by Global Open Initiative

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Public Domain Day also known as PD Day is the observance of when copyrights of works expire and are now available in the public domain.This legal transition of copyright works into the public domain usually happens every year on 1 January based on the individual copyright laws of each country.

This year, we organized a photo walk and a Wikidata workshop to mark the celebration of the 2020 edition of Public Domain Day in Ghana  with support from Marijke EvertsAdina Ciocoiu and Sebastiaan ter Burg

on January 11 2020, several open advocates joined us to embark on an epic photo walk to capture images of some Ghanaian monuments and heritage sites. The idea of the photo walk was to add photos of public domain items onto Wikidata. During the photp walk, we visited places such Usher fort, Holy Trinity Church at Accra high street, Light House at James town and the Christiansborg Castle at Osu. 

Wikidata workshop

After several walk, the team converged at AITI-KACE to attend a Wikidata workshop organized by Sadik Shahadu, Co-founder of Global Open Initiative Foundation, A young nonprofit organization dully registered in Ghana but working with international organizations such Wikimedia foundation and Mozilla foundation. Participants of the workshop were introduced to Public Domain Day, Creative Commons licences and Wikidata.

During the Wikidata session, participants were also guided on how to upload photos to Wikimedia commons, link photos to Wikidata as well as contributing to missing items Wikidata. Several photos were added to some selected public domain items on Wikidata. 

Here is what some of the participants are saying about their experiences:

Moving from one national monument to another and taking pictures of structures of historical significance in the heart of the capital was one heart soothing experience.

Learning the stories behind their existence and what they mean to us as a people was fun. I also learnt about the importance of copyright and the significance of public domain day. All in all, a great experience.

 

Name: Emmanuel Yeboah

Occupation: Student

 I learnt how ignorance n illiteracy made our ancestors sold us out to our colonial Masters. Also, I learned about how our brave leaders stood against all odds to fight for our freedom. Blacks were treated as animals in our own land n our rich resources taken away from us too.

It's was a bad experience walking through the tunnel they were kept n knowing how they were treated.

Name: Jacinta 

Occupation: Stenographer secretary

 

Want to know more? 

Please find all the photos from the event.

Sadik Shahadu

Tomorrow (11th January 2020) is our photo walk in , . Thanks to @LaugGhana for allowing us to use their space for a workshop. @wikidata @publicdomainday @ter_burg @erikpalmer @xolotl @jgmac1106 @gideonsarpong @ZuZage @masssly

Sadik Shahadu

Public Domain Day Celebration in Ghana
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@GOIFoundation is organizing a photo walk and a workshop to mark the celebration of this year's Public Domain Day in . Click https://bit.ly/36qaKyz to register for free or call 0244666136. @publicdomainday @ter_burg @xolotl

Sadik Shahadu

Public Domain Day Celebration in Ghana

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@GOIFoundation is organizing a photo walk and a workshop to mark the celebration of this year's Public Domain Day in . Click https://bit.ly/36qaKyz to register for free or call 0244666136. @publicdomainday @ter_burg @xolotl



Sadik Shahadu

Final #indieweb Accra virtual meet up in 2019 (29th December 2019) @jgmac1106 @GOIFoundation @masssly @ZuZage

Final #indieweb Accra virtual meet up in 2019 (29th December 2019) @jgmac1106 @GOIFoundation @masssly @ZuZage

Final Accra virtual meet up in 2019 (29th December 2019) @jgmac1106 @GOIFoundation @masssly @ZuZage

Sadik Shahadu

Sadik Shahadu

When the commuinity met to discuss about our upcomming @MozOpenLeaders mentoship program in Accra. @jgmac1106 #OER #Indieweb @GOIFoundation

When the commuinity met to discuss about our upcomming  @MozOpenLeaders mentoship program in Accra. @jgmac1106 #OER #Indieweb @GOIFoundation

When the commuinity met to discuss about our upcomming  @MozOpenLeaders mentoship program in Accra. @jgmac1106 @GOIFoundation

 

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#Indieweb Accra Community Meet up

#Indieweb Accra Community Meet up

A beautiful screenshot of our community virtual meet up. Join us next year to discover how we are using indieweb blocks to empower university students to create in Ghana. Please donate to support this program. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-sadik-empower-students-in-ghana-with-mozilla?utm_source=twitter&... @ZuZage @jgmac1106 @masssly

 

 

 

Sadik Shahadu

What I Learned from WikidataCon 2019 in Berlin, Germany

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For the first time, I received a full scholarship to attend WikidataCon in Berlin from 24th October to 28th October 2019. It was my first time in Berlin and I had just returned from CivilServant Wikipedia research summit in Stockholm. 

 

Prior to attending WikidataCon 19, I introduced Students of the University of Cape Coast to Wikidata (most of them were totally new to it). 17 out of 25 attendees managed to create their accounts and made their first edits on Wikidata. All 25 attendees were later added on to our community whatsApp group after the session. A platform we use to discuss topics around Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects. 

 

Upon  Arrival For WikidataCon 19 at Ander Urania

 

I arrived at the hotel with a fellow WikidataCon scholar, Mohammed Sadat abdulai on the 23rd October 2019 at 10am. It was an exciting moment for me because I was going to meet many Wikidata enthusiasts from around the world. I then moved to ander urnia where we had our briefing ahead of the official event day as volunteers.

 

Scholars Get Together At WMDE

 

Being a recipient of WikidataCon 2019 Scolarship, I joined other scholars at the WMDE Berlin office to enjoy a “ welcome party”. I had the opportunity to meet many contributors from different countries. The food, the drinks and the fruits, everything was just awesome. 

 

Serendipity! I served as a volunteer for Babysitting and live streaming. It was my first and it is definitely not going to be  the last time to stand behind the camera and control the live streaming. 

 

WikidataCon Day One

 

After an incredible opening keynote delivery by Léa Lacroix, I then moved to the ‘Glimpse over Wikidata session’.

At midday, I joined another keynote session by Benjamin Yang. It was great to learn Why collecting lexical data is one of the best ways we can help support underserved and endangered languages.  After that, I then moved to volunteer for Babysittinng and returned later for practical hands-on workshop on ‘Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons’. I discovered how organising Structured Data on Commons can be fun.

 

One of the reasons why I attended  WikidataCon 19 was to learn how to reuse Wikidata for other languages. I must say I did meet my expectations.

 

WikidataCon Day Two

 

Moving on to day 2 was more than I anticipated. I needed to learn more about infoboxes, Wikicite, Wikidata query services and SPARQL. It was truly fulfilling and fun. I had the opportunity to learn how to query data from Wikidata using SPARQL and a lot more on infoboxes. The day ended so well with yet another volunteer role (Live streaming volunteer). I stood behind the camera to livestream a session. An exciting moment it was playing with the camera for the first time in that capacity. Right after the session I asked myself: how did I do that?.

The entire day was stressful yet intriguing because I tried to catch up with a lot of sessions. Wait, how can I forget the meditation session? It was my first time practicing it and I totally loved it. I felt so relaxed and relieved after the session. 


Wikibase and iNaturalist Adventure

 

The first time I heard about Wikibase was early last year. Honestly, I had no idea what it is and what is does. As curious as I was, I decided to join the Wikbase workshop on Sunday at the office of the WMDE office. It was exciting to explore something I was totally new to. 


Takeaways:

 

  • Learned new things on Wikidata integrator

  • Played with open refine wikibase on github

  • Explored Cocoda Mapping Concordance Tool

  • Experimented with wikibase command line

  • Thanks to WMDE, I can now docker-compose a wikibase instance. 

 

Finally, I managed to installed wikibase on my linux operating system after a long struggle. Wikibase docker was the new ‘ishh’ for me and I absolutely enjoyed the workshop. At least I managed to installed Wikibase on my computer all by myself. So cool!

One of the key things I also learned from the Wikibase workshop was changing a logo on media wiki.

 

At 3pm, I joined the iNaturalist workshop participants for a forest adventure in Berlin where we took photos of plants and uploaded to the iNaturalist app. 

 

What Next After WikidaCon

 

On the 2nd of November, I gave a talk on Wikidata at the Ghana tech lab monthly community meetup in Accra where I shared my WikidataCon experience with the participants.

I also gave an introduction to Wikidata presentation at 2 of our bi weekly virtual community meetup. 

Our pending grant will also host a series of Wikidata contests in Ghana (Grant application is long overdue).

I am also involved in the planning of 2020 the Wikidata birthday celebration in Ghana. 




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