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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!







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An-Nawawi's 40 Hadith- Hadith Number 2: Islam, faith, and excellence

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Hadith 2: Islam, faith, and excellence الإسلام والإيمان والإحسان

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, one day when a man appeared with very white clothes and very black hair. There were no signs of travel on him and we did not recognize him. He sat down in front of the Prophet and rested his knees by his knees and placed his hands on his thighs. The man said, “O Muhammad, tell me about Islam.” The Prophet said:

الْإِسْلَامُ أَنْ تَشْهَدَ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَتُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةَ وَتُؤْتِيَ الزَّكَاةَ وَتَصُومَ رَمَضَانَ وَتَحُجَّ الْبَيْتَ إِنْ اسْتَطَعْتَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا

Islam is to testify there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to give charity, to fast the month of Ramadan, and to perform pilgrimage to the House if a way is possible.

The man said, “You have spoken truthfully.” We were surprised that he asked him and then said he was truthful. He said, “Tell me about faith.” The Prophet said:

أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَتُؤْمِنَ بِالْقَدَرِ خَيْرِهِ وَشَرِّهِ

Faith is to believe in Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in providence, its good and its evil.

The man said, “You have spoken truthfully. Tell me about excellence.” The Prophet said:

أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَرَاكَ

Excellence is to worship Allah as if you see him, for if you do not see him, he surely sees you.

The man said, “Tell me about the final hour.” The Prophet said:

مَا الْمَسْئُولُ عَنْهَا بِأَعْلَمَ مِنْ السَّائِلِ

The one asked does not know more than the one asking.

The man said, “Tell me about its signs.” The Prophet said:

أَنْ تَلِدَ الْأَمَةُ رَبَّتَهَا وَأَنْ تَرَى الْحُفَاةَ الْعُرَاةَ الْعَالَةَ رِعَاءَ الشَّاءِ يَتَطَاوَلُونَ فِي الْبُنْيَانِ

The slave girl will give birth to her master and you will see barefoot, naked, and dependent shepherds compete in the construction tall buildings.

Then, the man left and I remained. The Prophet said to me:

يَا عُمَرُ أَتَدْرِي مَنْ السَّائِل

O Umar, do you know who he was?

I said, “Allah and his messenger know best.” The Prophet said:

فَإِنَّهُ جِبْرِيلُ أَتَاكُمْ يُعَلِّمُكُمْ دِينَكُمْ

Verily, he was Gabriel who came to teach you your religion.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 8, Grade: Sahih

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Hadith Number 1: Deeds Are By Intentions

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Hadith 1: 

Deeds are by intentions 

إنما الأعمال بالنيات

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوِ امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ

Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 54 

 

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Nawaawi's 40th Hadith. Hadith One: Actions Are By Intentions

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Hadith 1: 

Deeds are by intentions 

إنما الأعمال بالنيات

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوِ امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ

Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 54 

 

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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.

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Open Data Day 2020 Celebration In Ghana

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Overview

 By Shahadusadik - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Open Data Day is the annual event where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data. The tenth Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020. The following Organizations will co-organize this year's event:

I Watch Africa

Theme: Using satellite and drone imagery to track deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Why are drones and satellite imagery (data) important in dealing with climate change?Negative effects of climate change on West Africa.

  Session on real-time use of open source satellite imagery to highlight deforestation and water pollution in West Africa

Open Forum:

 What are some of the innovative methods of using open data to fight climate change?

  iWatch Africa officially unveils its Climate Change Initiative.

Tree planting exercise as part of the WEF 1billion tree initiative 

Global Open Initiative 

Theme: Art and Feminism 2020: Ghanaian women in sports

As part of the Open Data Day 2020 and Art + Feminism campaign, we will organize a Wikidata edit-a-thon to create and improve biographies of Ghanaian women in sports. 

The program will host a 15 minute presentation and a 2 hour practical hands-on workshop. 

 

OpenStreetMap Ghana

Theme: Building capacity in Open Source mapping.

OSM Ghana will organize a mapathon to introduce new people to OSM and increase the skill set of existing members. There will be a 10 minute presentation about OSM and an hour hands on session to map areas known to participants.

Another hour will be used to take a 30 minutes walk around  the neighborhood to map points of interest.  

 Register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd088eM4F_PRrcFRjS1692v00kvC_BRoiZ9d7kn7PLjB7XXSg/viewform

 

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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



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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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Meet Sadat and Sadik, 2019 WikidataCon scholars from Ghana

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Sadat and Sadik at Civil Servant research summit in Sweden

The Wikimedia Deutschland has invited 2 Wikdata volunteers from Ghana to attend the 2nd edition of the Wikidata conference. The conference, popularly known as WikidataCon, is a biannual conference around Wikidata and Wikibase that brings together a diverse community of  Wikimedia volunteers, current re-users of open data and software, as well as interested potential stakeholders to build a networking and learning space for the Wikidata community. 

Wikidata is a collaboratively edited open knowledge base that acts as central storage for the structured data of Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Two co-founders of Global Open Initiative (GOI Foundation), Mohammed Sadat Abdulai (Director) and Sadik Shahadu (Director, Communications ) were awarded full scholarships by the Wikimedia Deutschland to attend the conference in Berlin, Germany, from October 24 to 28.

Early this year in February, the GOI Foundation started the Parliament of Ghana Editathon campaign to improve available political data of Ghanaian parliamentarians by updating Wikidata entries about Ghanaian legislators, beginning with members of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. After engaging 98 participants (including 29 new editors) in three editathon sessions, 323000 words about the MP’s education, occupation, date of birth, gender, etc. were added to more than 1000 Wikidata items and Wikipedia pages. As a result of organizing this structured data, lateral queries of knowledge properties about Ghanaian MPs can now be made and reused by everyone.

Mohammed and Sadik will join over 250 participants to brainstorm ideas and learn new skills around Wikidata tools to further develop new projects and help their communities to thrive.

More About the scholars

Mohammed Sadat Abdulai

Mohammed is a co-founder and director of Global Open Initiative. He has contributed to Wikimedia projects as User:Masssly for the past 8 years, and is involved in various structure groups of the Wikimedia Foundation, including the Wikimedia Foundation Board Election Committee, WikidataCon 2017 Program committee, coeditor of the Wikimedia Research Newsletter and member of the Wikimedia Volunteer Response Team.

Sadik Shahadu

Sadik (User:Shahadusadik) is an inspiring energetic open leader who works to build open educational practices (OER) in Ghana. He is a co-founder and Director of Communication/Partnerships for Global Open Initiative, a young non-profit organization working internationally to promote data access and open educational resources. He is a Mozilla Open Leaders X (OLˣ) organiser working with Greg Mcverry, an associate professor from Southern Connecticut State University.  He is currently receiving movement-building training and will be working closely with Mozilla staff and fellows to design new open leadership programs in Ghana. 

Sadik has been involved in several projects to support education in Ghana, including:

  • A project to build and distribute “Internet-in-a-box” devices that enable people in Ghana to use rich online resources like Wikipedia even when their access to the Internet and electricity is missing or limited.

  • An OER Network to provide no-cost websites for teachers in Ghana to create and share open educational resources designed specifically for local teaching and learning needs. 

  • He volunteers in facilitating/coordinating Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia commons in Ghana.

 

Click here to learn more about the conference.




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Sadik Shahadu To Present At MozFest 2019 In London

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The Mozilla festival 2019, Themed " Healthy AI" will be hosted in London from 22nd October to 27th October 2019. The 2019 edition will mark the 10th anniversary of the program and is expected to host hundreds of educators, activists, technologists, researchers, artists, and young people dedicated to creating a better, healthier internet. With inspiring stories in over 300 interactive sessions, Mozfest is one of the biggest gatherings in the open movement that gives participants the opportunity to build a healthy internet for the next generation.

Sadik Shahadu, an Open Leaders X (OLˣ) trainee will be co-facilitating a session with Greg Mcverry, an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University and past alumni of the Mozilla fellowship program. Sadik and Greg will co-facilitate a web literacy session themed "Indieweb and Open educational resources (OER)".

 

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS

Sadik is an inspiring energetic open leader who works to build open educational practices (OER) in Ghana. He is a co-founder and Director of Communication/Partnerships for Global Open Initiative, a young non-profit organization working internationally to promote data access and open educational resources. 

Sadik has been involved in several projects to support education in Ghana, including:

A project to build and distribute “Internet-in-a-box” devices that enable people in Ghana to use rich online resources like Wikipedia even when their access to the Internet and electricity is missing or limited.An OER Network to provide no-cost websites for teachers in Ghana to create and share open educational resources designed specifically for local teaching and learning needs. He volunteers in facilitating/coordinating Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia commons in Ghana.

Greg McVerry is a member of the advisory board for the Global Open Initiative. He is an Associate Professor of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. He is a Neag Fellow serving in the New Literacies Research Lab. Greg teaches and researches at the intersection of literacy and technology. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven. He is a member of the media and digital literacies collaborative of NCTE. He has won several awards.

He is an alumnus of the Mozilla fellowship program and will be working with Sadik to build Open educational resources in Ghana.

Join them at Mozfest in London to discover new wild tech projects, share your brilliant ideas to make the internet healthier and fuel your work with new collaborations and connections ...

Celebrate the tools, art, and community we’ve built together in the past 10 years! 

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