This is very interesting, i think to liase with the media would be the best
thing since i do not know we can get really nice pictures of such public
figures. We could even tell the media houses that it is a sort of CSR when
the give us the photos to put on wikipedia.

On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 5:51 AM, stephen wanjau <wanjaus...@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello Folks!
>
> As we edit English Wikipedia, you will note that the tag Requested 
> photos<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_requested_photographs_in_Kenya>is
>  quite rampant in most articles that are about people or features in
> Kenya. As I navigated around categories of requested photographs in Africa,
> I established that Kenya has the highest number of requested photos as
> compared to the rest of the African countries. (I stand to be corrected
> though).
>
> Even if the case is not so, we still have around 500+ requested photos for
> use in Wikipedia from Kenya. But again most of these photos are of people
> [1]. For a case in point; Conjestina the famous female boxing champion.
> Personally, I would not envisage a scenario where I would be attending a
> boxing match so that I can really get a nice shot of her. But as a
> Wikipedia contributor I would really like to see here photo up on Wikipedia
> but how? One thing I believe is that, we can fulfill a great percentage of
> these requests and this is why?
>
>
> Recently, after the demise of the late Prof. George Saitoti, I held my
> horses for a reliable source to broadcast about this on the very hour of
> his passing. For this case it was the Daily Nation and Capital FM news that
> did it first from my search. I went to his Wikipedia article and updated it
> with the appropriate info plus some slight changes on the tense. I tweeted…
>
>
> ”Hey! Someone already update the Saitoti Wikipedia article #KOT”
>>
>
>
> #KOT is a hash tag  for Kenyans On Twitter that is used to address issues
> concerning Kenya on this social network. The tweet got several retweets and
> over that some positive PR that Wikipedia is up-to date.
>
>
> Later on, I was contacted by a journalist from the Nation Media Group as a
> result of my actions on Wikipedia. He told me that he had an account on
> Wikipedia but he infrequently edits because he doesn’t know how albeit he
> fetched my number from my FB profile via my Wikipedia userpage. He got my
> username from the history of the late Professor George Saitoti article. He
> interviewed me on the phone for about 45 minutes and I wish to clarify that
> I spoke in my opinion as a Wikipedia editor and not for the chapter or for
> the Wikimedia movement. He asked me how and why I did that and in general
> why I edit Wikipedia.
>
>
> Having said that, these journalists are a very essential base of photo
> contributors to us since most of these photos about the people in question
> have already been taken but in the protection of Journalists of these media
> houses. Probably what we need to do is to talk to them about CC licenses
> and the impact that their work would have on Wikipedia. From my interview,
> he was very jubilant about my deeds. I invited the journalist to come in
> after giving him an overview of cc licenses and that I need photos to make
> articles about Kenya and its people on Wikipedia speak more than 1000 words:)
>
>
> Another thing we can use social media (twitter) to inform people about
> Wikipedia activities here in Kenya. Read this article [2] about a CNN
> correspondent who navigated Kenya via twitter and she even organized a
> meet-up via twitter by using the tag #KOT!
>
>
> I would like to hear your point of view about this.
>
>
> regards,
>
> Stephen.
>
>
>
> 1.      1.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_requested_photographs_in_Kenya
>
> 2.      2.
> http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/15/world/africa/kenya-twitter-experiment/index.html
>
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> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_requested_photographs_in_Kenya
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> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_requested_photographs_of_people_of_Kenya
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> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_requested_photographs_in_Africa
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